It’s December, which means there’s only one month left in the year 2018 (yikes!). Last year, I did an exercise on my blog writing all my most anticipated releases for 2018.
I wanted to go through that list and give some quick reactions to each of the books to see if I: 1. read it, and 2, if so, what did I think of it. If I didn’t read it, or I bought it and didn’t really get into it I’ll talk about it.
Most Anticipated Books of 2018:
- Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore – Anna-Marie is probably my favorite author at the moment, and I have the book. I haven’t been able to get to read the book because I wanna enter it without my extremely high expectations. Though I’ve read many positive reviews of it from trusted bloggers and friends, I’m still holding it until The Right Time. Hopefully by the end of the year I’ll be able to read it.
- The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein and Bright We Burn by Kiersten White – Okay, so here’s the thing. I received the Dark Descent ARC a few weeks ago, and I have BWB since it came out. Have I read them yet? Nope.
- A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney – This is another ARC I received a few weeks ago, but I gave it to a friend who wanted to read it. So, I’ll have to wait.
- Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi – I love Roshani Chokshi, and obviously I loved Aru Shah.
- Chainbreaker by Tara Sim – Back when I wrote this list, I said I’d preordered it, and it’s true! I got it when it came out and it was a graduation present from me to me. I only got to the middle before I had to push it aside because I was growing bored and the characters were doing dumb shit that made me anxious. So I’ll come back to it, but begrudgingly.
- Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – I haven’t read it yet and don’t have it.
- Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann – Haven’t read it and don’t have it.
- Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra – Haven’t read it, don’t have it.
- The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta – Haven’t read it, don’t have it.
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – One of my most anticipated releases, and one of my favorite releases of the year.
- Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst – I’ve thought many times of buying it, but I’m currently not inclined to do so unfortunately.
- Circe by Madeline Miller – Another book I was excited about and haven’t gotten, despite all the great reviews.
- A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir – Friends, I died thanks to Ms. Tahir. I re-read the entirety of the series before diving into Reaper, just because I needed a refresh and they still hold up! Love it! Can’t believe the next book will be the last one in this Quartet.
- From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon – Hi I loved this book so much and I cried, not because of the main pairing, but thanks to the theme of friendship in high school. I highly identified with that conflict and it made me cry a lot.
- Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova – If you thought I wouldn’t devour this book, then you don’t know me. Read my review of it here.
- Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie – I’m a fool who hasn’t read this because I’m still too attached to Cas and Swift.
- The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes – I love Zane Obispo even though he’s a messy boy who lives for drama.
- What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera – I actually have the book and it’s even signed by the authors, but I haven’t gotten into it yet! (don’t kill me)
- Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh – Another book I have and haven’t gotten into. I know, I know.
That’s a total of six out of twenty anticipated releases that I actually read, and six more I haven’t gotten into even though I have them. That leaves eight books that I never got and didn’t read in 2018.
For 2019, I wanted my anticipated release list to be more realistic in terms of will I actually read these books. Therefore, for 2019 I’m making my anticipated release list shorter, as to ascertain the list is something I can stick to throughout the year.
- The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I would lay down my life for Roshani Chokshi. She’s an insta-buy author for me, which means I already have it preordered.
- Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi – is another book that I’m obviously getting when it comes out.
- There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon – I love Sandhya’s writing and I’m dying to go back to the Dimple universe, especially since the MC is a fat Indian girl who’s a jock. I love this so much.
- On the Come Up by Angie Thomas – Hello??? This one’s obvious??? I need to read Angie Thomas’ sophomore debut after The Hate U Give??
- Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi – And of course I also need to read the sequel to Children of Blood and Bone.
- Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine – This collection of short stories is bound to be in the same league as Her Body and Other Parties, and I’m so excited for them to be in my hands.
- We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – I feel like this book is bound to be the next great fantasy duology, probably on the level of The Wrath and the Dawn.
- Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – I love stories that involve politics!!! I love stories that remind me of The West Wing, since it’s my favorite show.
- Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno – this book was pitched as Gilmore Girls with Cuban protagonists, and I have a feeling it will be a mix of heartbreak and romance. I’m so excited!
- Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – This is probably one of the most hyped up debuts for 2019, and I’m excited about it. Comped as a Chinese Game of Thrones, mark me down as intrigued and ecstatic.
I think ten’s a good, realistic number for me… You can go through my entire Want To Read shelf on Goodreads here.
Later this month I’ll do a round-up for the entire year for my favorites, so keep an eye out for it! I have more reviews coming and I’m trying to prepare some scheduled posts for the holidays since I’ll be traveling abroad.
Any books above that you’ve read in 2018? Any from 2019 that you’re wanting to read? Let me know in the comments what you’re looking forward to reading in 2019! If you write up a list like this, also link it, so I can go read it!