Top Ten Books on My 2019 TBR

Posted January 15, 2019 by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction in Top Ten Tuesday / 50 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
Today’s (actually, last week’s) Top Ten Tuesday is:

Top Ten Eighteen Books on My 2019 TBR (First Half of the Year)

I know everyone else already did this topic last week, but I… didn’t. And I felt like doing it now. I’m also not featuring ten, but instead I’m featuring three from each month. Because I want to. And there are no rules to blogging. So, yeah.


1. Slayer by Kiersten White

I’m such a HUGE Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan that I’m both excited and terrified to read this book. This is the only January pick I don’t already own, even though it’s already out. But I did request the graphic novels from my library so I can catch up on Season 8 and then read this.

2. Firestarter by Tara Sim

I can’t begin to explain the love I have for the first book in this series. I really enjoyed the second one too, but the first is seared into my memory as an absolute favorite. I can’t wait for book three!

3. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

All I can say is that I was a Kemmerer fan first (since her little-known Elemental Series days). So, na-na-na-na-boo-boo. (Yep, I’m the adult here. Remember that.)


4. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas has a new book, so I must read it.

5. Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Everything about this book makes me happy. Literally just looking at the cover sparks joy (yep, I’m Marie Kondoing over here).

6. Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

LaFevers is a favorite author. This book is pre-ordered. And she’s coming to Anderson’s Bookshop, so I’ll probably end up going and getting another copy of the book so I can do the signing line. I have no regrets.


7. To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

Mary Weber is another favorite author. I just love her writing style. I got denied on NetGalley for this book, but I’m not bitter or anything (at least not much).

8. The Revenge of Magic by James Riley

My kids and I loved Riley’s Half Upon a Time Series, so I’m excited for this one. Plus, that title—how awesome is the concept of magic seeking revenge?

9. Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith

Okay, I’ll confess that my excitement for this book started because HMH sent it to me in a pretty box with an (awesome) enamel pin. I’m shallow like that. But just read the description on Goodreads and I think you’ll agree this sounds pretty darn amazing!


10. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

I mean, this book just sounds incredible. Do I need to say anything else?

11. The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews

Cait’s newest book is coming!!! (I’m hoping for a cover reveal SOON!)

12. Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

I cannot sing the first book’s praises enough. Book 2, here I come!!


13. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

What sort of sorcery is this? An adult book on my list? I really enjoyed the first book, so I’m looking forward to this one.

14. Somewhere Only We Know by Maureen Goo

Goo is one of those feelgood authors whose books always make me happy.

15. Birthday by Meredith Russo

I have to confess that I haven’t read Russo’s first book yet (though I own a copy), but I really need to fix that. A trans book by an #OwnVoices author, this one is a must-read.


15. War of the Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

I adore this series, so I can’t wait for the third (final?) book in the series to come out!

15. Rage by Cora Carmack

Another sequel I’m excited about! Apparently June is the month for series.

16. Midsummer’s Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca

This is a middle grade retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and it sounds adorable!



What books have you been overlooking for far too long? Are there any of these that I absolutely MUST read? I want to know!


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50 responses to “Top Ten Books on My 2019 TBR

  1. Wow I am surprised that we have so few in common, actually! I am super excited for War of the Bastards, The Boy Who Steals Houses, On the Come Up, and To Best the Boys. Like SO much. A few of these I *might* be excited for but I am going to wait until you tell me about them hahah. Because if you like them… well I probably will too! 😀

    • Several of the books on your list would have been on mine if I hadn’t limited it to 3 per month. The early months were packed with books I know I want to read and then the later ones had a lot less—I’m sure that will change as we get closer to mid-year. I haven’t been keeping up with what’s coming out in the future unless it’s part of a series.

  2. I can’t wait for The Bride Test! I’ve enjoyed Robin LeFevers books so I hope her newest is good! I’m also a HUGE Buffy fan! I’ve probably watched the whole series about 4 times through, maybe more. I miss Buffy! Hope the book is good.

  3. Super excited for Slayer, and nervous too, just as you said. Also looking forward to On the Come Up and The Boy Who Steals Houses. I really liked Robin Lafevers’s His Fair Assassin trilogy but haven’t read anything else by her, so I’ll have to look for Courting Darkness. And I just bought my fourth copy of Meredith Russo’s If I Was Your Girl, because each of the previous three have mysteriously disappeared from my classroom library.

  4. we have many books in common this year as usual 🙂 I’m very excited about A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Courting Darkness (I have the ARC) and the Descendant of the Crane!

  5. I am really excited for Firestarter, but I still need to read the second book. I own it, so I’m getting there! LOL I’m also really excited for The Boy Who Steals Houses. That was on my list!


  6. Lists like this is so interesting to me, on this particular one I had only heard of maybe 2-3books beforehand ! So it’s definately a good place to hear more about some less-hyped books out there.

    im really excited for the blood price by josie jaffrey !!! I’ve reviewed the other two in the trilogy and just cannot wait to start reading it !!

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