Top Ten Tuesday January 8

Top Ten Tuesday | Anticipation! 2019 Books I’m Excited About!

January 7, 2019 Rissi JC 50 Comments

Hello, fellow Top Ten Tuesday-ers, and friends! Here we are, a week into 2019, so of course, it’s time to talk anticipated 2019 reads with a Top Ten Tuesday January 8 topic. PS: am I the only one who thinks it’s weird to write ‘2019’??

That Artsy Reader Girl | Top Ten Tuesday January 8: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday January 8

I have a booktube video all about this topic coming, so because of this, I am going to try not to talk about books in said video. But if that doesn’t happen then, they’ll be some crossover; and really that’s okay. When you anticipate a book that much, it means you have to share all the time. For obvious legit bookworm reasons.

I’m excited about a few 2019 releases, but not an overload. Or at least I don’t feel like there is. Still, since the yearly publication schedule picks up the further we get into any new year, who knows what I might think 3 months from now.

For today, I share a select few that I’m excited about.

Top Ten Tuesday January 8 | Anticipation! 2019 Books I’m Excited About!

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1: Serious Moonlight (April) by Jenn Bennet | I’ve not yet read (I know, where have I been!?) anything by Jenn, but this one sounds old-fashioned. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the cover art is divine! Amazon | Goodreads

2: Somewhere Only We Know (May) by Maurene Goo | This past year I read Maurene’s The Way You Make Me Feel and thought it was really cuuute. Hopefully this one will follow in its footsteps. Amazon | Goodreads

3: No Place Like Here (May) by Christine June | A modern Hansel and Gretel twist? I’m in for that! Christina has actually written a handful of contemporary fairy tales, and though I do have ARCs of them, I haven’t yet had the time to read them – yes, I’m quite bookworm ashamed about this. Amazon | Goodreads

4: Brunch at Bittersweet Café by Carla Laureano | Since I so enjoyed book one last year, reading this one is a must on my early-2019-reading-plans list! Amazon | Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday January 8

5: Fake it Till You Break It (June) by Jenn P. Nguyen | This one looks darling, and I’m all about a good contemporary. This one is a pretend-to-date love story that I hope entertains. Amazon | Goodreads

6: To Best the Boys (March) by Mary Weber | Mary always writes a unique story that paints a unique world no matter its genre. Her upcoming novel (which features a girl who completes for an all-boys scholarship) sounds like it will follow this same pattern. Amazon | Goodreads

I’m also sort of curious about Sally Thorne’s upcoming novel (January) because I’ve seen so many gush-y things about her first book; and Joanne Bichof’s Daughters of the Northern Shores (March) as well as Rachel McMillan’s Murder in the City (May); plus the start of a new mystery series in Never Let Go (February) by Elizabeth Goddard! If you’re surprised that certain books didn’t make this list, they may show up in Thursday’s booktube video!


*video publishes Tuesday afternoon; channel linked above

Tell me, fellow readers and friends; what books do you most anticipate for the first half of 2019? I’d love to know all about the books that are high on your must-read yearly TBR! Share all of your thoughts below. 

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ps: please excuse the “disorder.” you can read more about Finding Wonderland’s changes, new follow options and why archive posts are a royal mess in my “Disorder + Feedback” post!

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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  • Amanda Holmes January 7, 2019 at 11:03 PM

    I forgot to add Christine June’s book to my list!
    Somewhere Only We Know looks adorable.

    • Rissi January 7, 2019 at 11:10 PM

      Much to my bookworm disappointment, I haven’t read any of Christina’s books yet, but someday I hope to remedy this. I agree! Maurene’s looks SO cuute. Thanks for the visit, Amanda. :)

  • Cheryl Malandrinos January 7, 2019 at 11:06 PM

    Such a neat list. No Place Like Here looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

    • Rissi January 7, 2019 at 11:16 PM

      Doesn’t it? Gotta’ love a good fairy tale re-telling. Thank you for the visit, Cheryl. :)

  • Mir @TBRandBeyond January 7, 2019 at 11:08 PM

    the more I hear about To Best the Boys the more I want to read it. Great list.

  • Anne@Headfullofbooks January 7, 2019 at 11:14 PM

    One good thing about doing this activity, now I am really excited about a few upcoming books. Since I usually don’t pay attention to releases this is a new position for me. Hope you get to read a few of your anticipated books. My Anticipated Releases

    • Rissi JC January 9, 2019 at 8:17 PM

      YES! There are so many to anticipate – and MANY more I haven’t even listed. (For example, I’ve been reading about an upcoming contemporary BATB, which I’m eager for.)

      Thanks, Anne – you too, hope you add some of your anticipated reads to your TBR, too. Appreciate your visit. :)

  • Greg January 7, 2019 at 11:17 PM

    It DOES feel weird to write 2019! Where did 2018 go?? Anyway I’m also looking forward to trying Jenn Bennett this year, ever since seeing Starry eyes everywhere last year!

    • Rissi January 8, 2019 at 12:09 AM

      I’m glad I’m not alone in my wonderment over this being 2019!! Where does time escape to?

      Glad to know Jenn is an author on your must-try-TBR, too, Greg – and thanks so much for the visit. :)

  • Chrissi Reads January 7, 2019 at 11:25 PM

    Great list! :-) I need to read Jenn Bennett at some point too. I feel so behind!

    • Rissi January 8, 2019 at 12:10 AM

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who has yet to read something from Jenn! Here’s hoping we both remedy this in 2019. Thanks so much for the visit, Chrissi. :)

  • Books In Bloom January 8, 2019 at 12:31 AM

    I’ve seen a few people choose Serious Moonlight. I’ve never heard of it, but will look into it.

  • Kay Wisteria @hammockofboojs January 8, 2019 at 12:45 AM

    Ooh I’m excited for Serious Moonlight! Happy reading :)

    Kay Wisteria @hammockofboojs recently posted: Top Ten Tuesday || 2019 Anticipated Reads!
  • Brooke Lorren January 8, 2019 at 1:37 AM

    I’ve seen No Place Like Here a couple of times and it looks like something I’ll have to request from the library.

    Brooke Lorren recently posted: My Most Anticipated Reads for 2019
  • Louise Sweeney January 8, 2019 at 3:45 AM

    Great choices! I love the design of the Brunch at the Bittersweet Cafe.

     My TTT this week.

  • Kyra Morris January 8, 2019 at 4:06 AM

    Fake It Till You Break It sounds so good!

    My TTT post!

  • Alyce @ The Bumbling Blogger January 8, 2019 at 5:51 AM

    I’ve only read one of Jenn Bennett’s books – Starry Eyes – but it was good enough that I couldn’t resist putting Serious Moonlight on my list. At least I’ve got a couple of her backlist titles to keep me going until it’s released!

  • CG @ Paper Fury January 8, 2019 at 6:37 AM

    I’m excited for To Best The Boys too!! And also I hadn’t heard of No Place Like Here yet but I LOVE modernised retellings so eep, this is exciting! Here’s my TTT for this week!

  • Cholla January 8, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    No Place Like Here looks really good! I hate waiting for books though. Hahaha.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  • Amy @ Happily Reading Ever After January 8, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    I listed Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe, too. I was looking forward to Jenn’s book, but I didn’t list it. I’ve never read any of Mary’s books, but I do love her cover.

    On my list, I might be anticipating the debut by Abigail Wilson and Wooing Cadie McCaffrey the most.

    • Rissi JC January 9, 2019 at 11:16 PM

      Don’t they both sound really good? I liked Carla’s first book in this series, and I’ve been meaning to try one of Jenn’s novels, so I’m hopeful for both.

      I’m SO excited for
      Wooing Cadie McCaffrey, but didn’t mention it in this list because it’s in my video for tomorrow. :)

      Thanks so much for the visit, Amy!

  • Hanne T January 8, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Yikes, I’m REALLY behind on 2019 releases! I really want to read Mary Weber’s books this year: I’ve heard they’re really good, and her new release has been on several of my upcoming release posts, so I’m going to make an extra effort to read them this year!

    • Rissi JC January 9, 2019 at 11:17 PM

      I have zero doubt I’m neglecting a lot that I’m excited for, but this is a start. :) Hope you enjoy Mary’s upcoming novel, Hanne. I think it sounds really unique, and Mary also has a way with creating unique worlds/characters.

      Thanks so much for the visit!

  • Kelly @ Wandering Through Books January 8, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    Contemporary isn’t usually my go-to genre, but Fake It Till You Break It sounds really fun! I also really like the colours of the cover and the design…

  • Ashley S. January 8, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    To Best the Boys is on my list too. It sounds amazing and the cover is so great!

  • Ari @ Books. Libraries. Also, cats. January 8, 2019 at 3:25 PM

    I can’t wait for Somewhere Only We Know!! Maurene Goo is the best. I’m also super eager to get my hands on Fake It Till You Break It (I always need more fake dating vibes in my life!).

  • Lauren @ Always Me January 8, 2019 at 5:12 PM

    One of these days I’m going to try Bennett!

    Thanks for visiting my blog earlier, Rissi. :)

  • Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense January 8, 2019 at 8:15 PM

    I am so excited for Somewhere Only We Know. It sounds utterly adorable. Hope we both end up enjoying it!

  • Aj @ Read All The Things! January 9, 2019 at 7:10 AM

    I hope you love them all! To Best The Boys sounds awesome, and I really like the cover.

  • Niamh @ nuggets of niamh January 9, 2019 at 5:56 PM

    You’re definitely not the only one who finds it weird to be writing “2019”! I haven’t read any Jenn Bennett books either, but they’re definitely on my radar!

    Niamh @ nuggets of niamh recently posted: Most anticipated 2019 releases // Top Ten Tuesday
    • Rissi JC January 9, 2019 at 11:37 PM

      I’m so glad I’m not alone in this, Niamh. It’s just odd.

      Glad I’m not alone in my haven’t-read-a-Jenn-Bennett-book dilemma. Hope we both enjoy them if ever we pick one up. :)

      Appreciate the visit – thanks!

  • Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight January 9, 2019 at 8:19 PM

    Definitely excited for Serious Moonlight and To Best the Boys! And actually, the others all look really cute too, but I will probably wait for a few reviews since I am a little picky about my cute books haha. Great choices, I hope you end up loving them all!

    Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight recently posted: 2019 TBR Explosion
    • Rissi JC January 9, 2019 at 11:42 PM

      Me too, Shannon – and I’m sure there’s lots others that I neglected, too. I know the feeling. Sometimes I’m really excited about a book, too, but if I’m being a good bookworm, I have to talk myself away from the “buy” button so I can read some reviews first. Sometimes it’s been those reviews that teach me a book isn’t going to be right for my reading preferences. :)

      Thanks so much for the visit!

  • […] to Thursday and another booktube day for Finding Wonderland. Today like our recent Top Ten Tuesday meme, we talk about anticipated reads of 2019, part 1 (we’ll share June-December later this […]

  • Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination January 19, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    TO BEST THE BOYS was so close to being on my list! Also NO PLACE LIKE HERE looks really good, I’m super intrigued by that one!

    Here’s my TTT from last week :)

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