T10T: Most Anticipated Releases of 2019 (January-August)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019.

I’m not going to stop myself with the first half! I’m going to make a list about my most anticipated releases from January to August, because those are the covers that have been revealed.

This list isn’t going to include sequels: I already wrote a whole post about my most anticipated sequels for 2019.


Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee – this is the only time a middle grade has ever been on one of my most anticipated list, and that’s because Yoon Ha Lee is my favorite author and of course I’m going to read this Korean-inspired space opera involving fox spirits.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – Roshani Chokshi is writing a diverse fantasy that vaguely reminds people of Six of Crows! Chokshi’s writing is amazing and I’m sure I’m going to love this just as much as I loved her Star-Touched Queen duology. Also, this is set in historical France?

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – my favorite YA fantasy world is coming back in 2019! There were no Leigh Bardugo new releases in 2018 and it wasn’t a great year for high fantasy, I’m so glad this is coming back – even though it’s going to be an adult book. I have no idea what will happen and I can’t wait.


The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie – a new book from the author of Ancillary Justice! This time it’s fantasy, which is going to be interesting – so far, all I’ve read by Ann Leckie was (very good) science fiction. And I think the hero is trans? (So I’ve heard.) The cover also looks very unique to me.

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia – I don’t know much about this apart from the fact that the author’s writing is amazing (I read her short stories in All Out and Toil & Trouble and really liked them) and that it’s going to be an f/f book involving fictional schools and spies. I don’t need to know more.

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark – another novella from the author of The Black God’s Drums! This sounds great – is it really going to be about a tram car that is being haunted? – and I’ve heard it’s set in the same universe as the short story A Dead Djinn In Cairo, which I loved.


A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine – I love Tor, and they approved me when I requested the ARC! This is possibly my most anticipated adult novel release after King of Scars, and I have it. It seems to be my favorite kind of sci-fi, the Ancillary Justice kind, and I’m sure it’s going to be good.

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley – the author of The Stars Are Legion is back with another complex, weird military sci-fi novel! I can’t wait. I hope it’s just as unique and fascinating as her previous book.

The Fever King by Victoria Lee – I’ve heard this is gay and morally complex and that’s honestly all I need to know, I’m going to read this for sure. Also, that cover looks… ominous? I love purple.


The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman – messy queer teens, a vaguely Raven Cycle-like aesthetic, seems to hint at creepy forests. One of my most anticipated releases of the year for sure.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – with a cover like that, it has to be good, right? When it was first revealed, I couldn’t look away, and the situation isn’t that different now. Also, court intrigue and complex family dynamics in historical fantasy China? Sign me up.

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan – listen, I was waiting for this since it was just “the damn cleric book” and now I have an eARC and I have to keep myself from reading it because the release date it’s too far away but !!! my most anticipated YA release of the year is here!


With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – after The Poet X, I will read everything Elizabeth Acevedo writes.

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling – I don’t love the illustrations on this cover but I don’t care, this is going to be gay and witchy and maybe have some kind of f/f/f love triangle? I hope so, at least.

Somewhere We Only Know by Maurene Goo – I think this is the only true contemporary romance on the list? That’s because Maurene Goo knows how to write them, The Way You Make Me Feel is one of the best contemporary books I’ve ever read.


Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – another fantasy book from the author of An Enchantment of Ravens! Is this going to be fun and atmospheric and pretty as Rogerson’s debut? I really hope so.

Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone – weird adventures in space? I don’t really get what this is because it’s being compared to things I don’t know, but it sounds really interesting and I’ve heard it’s going to be gay? I hope so.

Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee – my most anticipated book for 2019! No one is surprised, and I have already read some of the stories here, but still, I can’t wait. This is going to be great.


Wilder Girls by Rory Power – I don’t know why, but this cover gives me Annihilation vibes and so does the premise. And it’s about gay girls! I love creepy f/f and 2019 is bringing more of it. Yes.

The Ascent to Godhood by JY Yang – I know. This is a sequel, but I forgot about it in my post about sequels, and so it’s here. I think this is also my favorite cover in the series, I can’t look away. I know, I didn’t love the third book as much as I hoped I would, but this one? It could be so good. I hope it is.

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim – 2019 is such a good year for YA fantasy covers. This is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. The fabric, the dynamism, the wings! I can’t wait to read this, it’s apparently about a magical tailor. Also, it’s Chinese-inspired – I’m so glad there are so many diverse YA fantasy debuts coming out this year.


Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé – this looks so creepy already. This is probably the first time a horror book ended up on my most anticipated list, but this is by Amelinda Bérubé, the author of The Dark Beneath the Ice, the best horror book I’ve ever read and one of my favorites of 2018. Of course I want to read this.

Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden – This cover looks so pretty and whimsical and weird and I’m sure the inside is going to be like that too. Anyway, Nicky Drayden writes the best weird sci-fantasy and she should get more recognition for it.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – first, this cover is amazing. Second, Mayan gods in Mexico in the 1920s? Yes. I want all the non-western historical fantasy. I hope I end up liking this as much as I liked Certain Dark Things.

And, Since I Can’t Stop Myself

Listen. This cover was revealed yesterday.


I know, this comes out in September, so it makes no sense to put it on this list, but: the gay necromancers in space book finally got a cover, and it’s amazing (I think it’s everything but pretty, but it works?), and I want to read it right now and now you know Gideon the Ninth exists too, if you didn’t already!

What are your most anticipated releases for 2018?

12 thoughts on “T10T: Most Anticipated Releases of 2019 (January-August)

  1. I haven’t managed to even start reading Rick Riordan’s books, even though I know I’ll love them, and now you’re telling me he has an entire publishing line of books like his books that I’ll also need to read? I will never catch up!

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  2. There are SO many amazing releases coming this year and I am excited for a lot of them!! I have ARCs of A Memory Called Empire and Wicked Saints which I’m looking forward to reading soon, and obviously I am HERE for the next book in the Tensorate series. Other books I’m intrigued by from your list: Gideon the Ninth (!!!!!!!!!), The Haunting of Tram Car 015 looks really good?!, I looooooove the look and sound of Fire on High, my friend is hopefully sending me a copy of The Poet X so I’m excited to read them both, and lastly I’m loving the cover for the Nicky Drayden book! I haven’t read any of her work yet but maybe I’ll get time for some of it this year!

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    1. I hope you like The Poet X! Poetry often doesn’t work for me as much as I want it to, but this one did.
      The Haunting of Tram Car 015 looked really good to me before I read A Dead Djinn in Cairo, and now I really can’t wait – it’s set in the same world, which means more Egyptian mythology and more of that atmospheric paranormal-steampunk combination.
      And Nicky Drayden is one of the best authors I discovered this year. Her books are so weird, I love them. I hope they work for you too!


  3. This list is freaking amazing, I’m adding so many of these to my TBR! 2019’s looking like a great year for diverse SFF and I’m so excited! I’m glad you included Gideon the Ninth cause it sounds super cool and the cover’s epic. This cover for The Devouring Gray is so much more aesthetic than the one I found by the way, I’m gonna try to get my hands on this version for sure.

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    1. There’s more diverse SFF every year (both adult and YA, finally) and this time I probably won’t be able to keep up with all the diverse new releases. I love that.
      I don’t like the US cover of The Devouring Gray that much either – the UK one looks more atmospheric and less fake.
      Also Gideon the Ninth!! That cover killed me. I want the book now


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