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Books for Life is where I share bookish lists, recommendations, and favourites. You can also catch me talking about non-bookish things here, as well as my life outside of blogging. Today I’m talking about…

six 2019 releases i cannot wait to read

Even though we’re nearly done with the first month of 2019 (what the hell), I still wanted to share some titles that I am ridiculously excited for because why the heck not.

the weight of the stars by k. ancrum

Honestly, if at this point y’all don’t know how much I love The Wicker King by K. Ancrum I have failed that book and myself. The Weight of the Stars is actually about the kid of my OT3 in TWK, and THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE CAMEOS. That side, I will forever read literally anything that K. Ancrum writes.

once and future by amy rose capetta and cori mccarthy

If you’ve been following this blog of mine since The Early Years you’d know that I am obsessed with the show Merlin. That show has every inch of my heart, and even though I know that Once & Future is not a retelling of my show, it is still a queer retelling of the Arthurian legend and just!! It has me so excited.

untitled by marie lu

There’s no cover yet, and hardly any information but it would be remiss not to mention the fourth Legend book on this list of releases I’m excited about. I adore the Legend trilogy and I cannot wait to go back to that world, and Daniel Altan Wing. BLESS.

defy me by tahereh mafi

I fell absolutely head over heels in love with the Shatter Me books when I re-read the original trilogy in preparation for Restore Me last year. This series is now one of my all time favourites and after the ending of Restore Me I cannot wait to see where the story in Defy Me takes my beloved characters.

ruse by cindy pon

I finally caved and read WANT in 2017 after I had heard so many good things about it from fellow and trusted bloggers. I definitely made the right decision because WANT was epic. When I finished reading it, I promptly tweeted the following:

Why y’all should read WANT by Cindy Pon:

And they’re all the reasons why a) you SHOULD read it, and b) I want to read RUSE.

firestarter by tara sim

Firestarter is already published but since I haven’t read it yet, it totally counts as a 2019 release I’m excited for. I have read and loved the previous books in this series and cannot wait to see how this queer steampunk story ends. A happily ever after better be in store for my bbs.


What are some 209 releases you’re looking forward to?


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Posted on: January 29, 2019 • By: Chiara

14 Responses to Six 2019 YA Releases I’m Keen For

  1. Oh I’m super excited for Firestarter too….despite having still not reread Chainbreaker?! But TO BE FAIR, I can now just marathon the whole series so #winning. And I need to read the Want series! And The Weight of Stars is probably my #1 anticipated for the year jadkslafd (apart from Clare releases and if we get the Ronan books this year 👀which I am hoping super intensely about).

    • Chiara says:

      CAIT, HOW? WHY? You need to read it.

      The Weight of Stars is honestly one I can’t even think about because I just want it right now?


  2. I really should start on Want series by Cindy Pon, it looks awesome and I’ve been hearing so many amazing things about it!

  3. I’m also super excited for Defy Me! The title and cover give me chills and I feel like it reflects Juliette’s growth into a stronger and more resilient person really well. Also I heard it’s told from 3 perspectives and one of them is Kenji’s! He is my favourite and I’m now even more excited to read it!
    I still need to read Chainbreaker! The world and characters in Timekeeper were so charming but I haven’t got my hands on the rest of the series yet.
    Some other books I’m looking forward to are Children of Virtue and Vengeance, The Boy Who Steals Houses, Wayward Son, King of Fools, Tunnel of Bones, and Not Your Backup – all of which I’m super excited for.
    I hope you get to read all of these books as soon as they’re released!

    • Chiara says:

      Defy Me is really high up on my most anticipated! I hadn’t heard that Kenji was a POV character in it, though :O I know we’re getting a novella from his perspective, which I am super keen on :D

      Chainbreaker was really good! And I have heard a lot of awesome things about Firestarter, as well, so I am eager for it. I hoep you enjoy them!

      I’m excited for almost all of those, as well! Though I still haven’t read Carry On, oops.

      Thank you!!

  4. I STILL need to read Chainbreaker, but I own it, so it will happen soon. I’m still excited about Firestarter though. And yes, I need more K. Ancrum novels!!!


  5. Wow, there are so many amazing releases coming out in 1029! I think I’m probably most excited for Marie Lu’s book!! I’ve loved everything else I’e read by her so I have high expectations…

    Awesome list!!!

  6. Kelly says:

    Once and Future sounds absolutely incredible! I love retelling type narratives where the typical male character is replaced with a female character (or genderqueer or non-binary), like Lada in the Conquerors Saga which was magnificent and beautifully diverse. I still haven’t read Want although I did buy it on Kindle a few months ago, unfortunately just haven’t gotten around to it as yet. I can’t wait for the amazing diversity of books that are being released in young adult this year and also middle grade! Beautiful post Chiara, have already started adding a few to my Goodreads!

    • Chiara says:

      I really can’t wait to see what the authors have done with the Arthurian legend! I really love gender bent stories, as well, especially if there’s more of a twist then a basic “swap”/ Want is really good, Kelly! I’m glad you have a copy to read, it’s really fast paced and didn’t take me long to read at all. There are so many wonderful releases it’s hard to keep up!

  7. Emma says:

    Ruse is one of my highly anticipated reads as well! I listened to Want and fell in love with the narrator and the story, to me, was a fresh take on climate change! I am so ready for another heist story with this band of incredible characters!

    • Chiara says:

      I just ordered it from my library because I NEED it! Want was so awesome and I wish more people were obsessed with it because it was so awesome and so diverse.

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