I like to believe I’m going to love every book I pick up. But sadly that isn’t always the case. So I decided to choose 10 books that I think I’m going to give 5 stars, that I plan to read in 2019. Some of these are new releases, some are being released later in the year, and some of these are backlist books I just haven’t gotten to yet.
After making this list I realized most of these are either Science Fiction or Fantasy -surprise, surprise.
1. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
I’ve given 5 stars to everything I’ve read of his so far, so I’m totally expecting to love this too! This is a YA science fiction novel. The human race is near extinction and is under attack from a mysterious alien race. The main character dreams of being a pilot and we follow her through flight school.
2. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
This is another science fiction novel. The blurb on Goodreads says this is for fans of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, which is one of my favorite books of all time. This is about a mysterious epidemic in a college town that causes people to fall asleep and never wake up. When the town goes into quarantine, chaos breaks out. It sounds like this follows multiple story lines as people try to navigate how to deal with this new disease.
3. The Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
This is a YA contemporary with a hint of time travel. It’s a story about a boy who is the king of “almost”. He meets a girl at a party and almost gets his happily ever after. But she dies. Now he is reliving the day they meet. He is on the hunt to save the girl he likes, but the changes he makes also have consequences.
4. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
This seems like it’s going to be a gothic Joan of Arc retelling. And there is nothing more I need to know. I love dark fantasy and romance so I am here for this.
5. Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Historical fiction isn’t usually my thing, but everything this author writes I fall in love with. This tells the story about the rise and eventual split a rock and roll band legend in the late sixties. But knowing TJR there will be so much more to this than that.
6. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
I’ve been hyped for this book for ages but it is so long I just haven’t gotten to it yet. It is a mystery novel with a sci-fi twist. During a party at the Hardcastle mansion, their daughter turns up dead. The main character is reliving the same day, trying to solve the murder. But each time they wake up, they are in the body of a different guest. This premise just sounds SO good and mashes together some of my favorite genres.
7. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Nikoali was my favorite character from the Grisha Trilogy and I’m so excited to be back with this character and world! This follows Nikolai in the aftermath of the war as he tries to rebuild the country and hold everything together.
8. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
This is another backlist book I have shamefully not gotten to. I have heard nothing but good things about this, but again the size intimidates me so I keep putting it off. This is an Asian inspire adult fantasy about a badass female assassin. I don’t know much more about it than that, but I want to keep it that way.
9. The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
This is another extremely popular backlist fantasy (see a trend here?). Civilization has just collapsed and the world has devolved to chaos. This follows a woman and she scours the world in search of her family.
10. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
The last book in this series is being released in 2019 so I’m definitely planning to binge this series. This is about a convent that trains female assassins. And that’s all I need to know.
Have you read any of these yet? What did you think of them? I’d love to hear your thoughts!