hey y’all, and happy december! we’re officially in the last month of the decade, and i can’t believe it’s somehow been going for about 300 years AND 5 months. wild.
2019 has been an incredible year for book releases, imo. just this week i read the deep by rivers solomon, which instantly made it onto my list of god tier books. in january a post of my favourite 2019 releases will go live (hopefully lol), and i’m also planning a “favourite books of the decade” list.
this isn’t about favourite books, though, because a huge part of my reader life is thinking about all the books i haven’t read yet. the unread books i already own, the ones tempting me every time i visit my favourite book shop, upcoming releases i can’t wait for. there were so many books this year that i was so excited for, but then they were released and i just. didn’t. read. them. so i’d like to show some love to a few of these books.
IMMORAL CODE by lillian clark
as someone who loves heist plots with all her heart, this book about a group of teens stealing money from a billionaire looks incredible. it also helps that the first time i heard about it was when a friend i trust reviewed and loved it. i believe it has found family, and one of the main characters is aroace! are we sure lillian clark didn’t write immoral code specifically for me?
THE LADY’S GUIDE TO CELESTIAL MECHANICS by olivia waite
i used to never read adult romance, but i’ve discovered my love for it this past year. alyssa cole straight up saved my summer when i read her whole reluctant royals series in one go. the lady’s guide to celestial mechanics is a wlw historical romance, about an astronomer and an artist falling in love. and you wanna know what’s wild? i first heard about this from the same friend who brought my attention to immoral code!
THE RISE OF KYOSHI by f.c. yee
avatar: the last airbender is one of the best cartoons to ever get made, and the epic crush of genie lo is making it onto my favourite-reads-of-the-decade list, so a book about one of the coolest atla characters, written by the author of genie lo, is like a dream. it’s also queer, so it’s basically got everything i want. i’ve seen so many people loving this book.
THE VINE WITCH by luanne g. smith
i’m writing this post in collaboration with the vine witch, which was released october 1st by 47North.
this book first drew me in when i saw the beautiful cover, and then i found out what it was about – a historical fantasy about witches in france? yes please. from what i’ve understood it has mystery and romance (with the big-city-person-comes-to-a-small-town-and-finds-love trope, so yes please again), and the setting is extremely appealing to me.
A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy of betrayal, vengeance, and self-discovery set in turn-of-the-century France.
For centuries, the vineyards at Château Renard have depended on the talent of their vine witches, whose spells help create the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley. Then the skill of divining harvests fell into ruin when sorcière Elena Boureanu was blindsided by a curse. Now, after breaking the spell that confined her to the shallows of a marshland and weakened her magic, Elena is struggling to return to her former life. And the vineyard she was destined to inherit is now in the possession of a handsome stranger.
Vigneron Jean-Paul Martel naively favors science over superstition, and he certainly doesn’t endorse the locals’ belief in witches. But Elena knows a hex when she sees one, and the vineyard is covered in them. To stay on and help the vines recover, she’ll have to hide her true identity, along with her plans for revenge against whoever stole seven winters of her life. And she won’t rest until she can defy the evil powers that are still a threat to herself, Jean-Paul, and the ancient vine-witch legacy in the rolling hills of the Chanceaux Valley.
Luanne G. Smith is the author of THE VINE WITCH, a fantasy novel about witches, wine, and revenge set in early 20th century France, and the forthcoming second book in the series, THE GLAMOURIST. She’s lucky enough to live in Colorado at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, where she enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, a glass of wine at the end of the day, and finding the magic in everyday life.
these are only a few of the books released this year that i was looking forward to a lot, but then didn’t find time to read. if i was to put every single book fitting this criteria on the list, it’d be miles long.
do you have any books from 2019 that were on your anticipated releases list, but that you haven’t gotten to yet?