Summer is here, so is the heat (at least in France, that is), and with that also comes so many new book releases! I haven’t dedicated any blog post to my most anticipated releases since last winter’s releases and I have missed it. Per usual, this list is mostly made of historical fiction, because that’s one of my favourite genres. It also features my second most anticipated release of the year, which I have been waiting for TWO YEARS! I cannot wait to get to it, it is SO close now. Without further ado, let’s dive into this list!
♡ Heartstopper: Volume 2 by Alice Oseman
Published: July 11th 2019 by Hodder Children’s Books
Genres: graphic novel, contemporary
I (finally) read all of Alice Oseman’s works last year and she quickly became one of my favourite authors. I used to read Heartstopper as it updated as a webcomic online, but I decided to try to wait for every volume to be released as physical copies now, so I’m so excited to finally continue reading Nick and Charlie’s story, they are the cutest!
♡ The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
Published: August 13th 2019 by Putnam
Genre: historical fiction
To be honest, I’m always there for YA historical fiction and this one seems amazing, it follows Jo Kuan, who works as a lady’s maid for a cruel woman by day and is the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, “Dear Miss Sweetie” by night, which leads her to write about fixed ideas on race and gender. It’s also a coming-of-age story about a girl trying to figure out her past and to stop living in the shadows and I’m so excited about it!
♡ The Dragon Lady by Louisa Treger
Published: August 13th 2019 by Bloomsbury Caravel
Genre: historical fiction
I stumbled upon this book on Netgalley and stared at it for a minute, because I was so intrigued. It follows the fictionalized life of Virginia Courtauld from the 1920s to the 1950s, who is ostracized by society because she’s a divorcée at the time of Wallis Simpson. She rejected the submissive role women were expected to play and started a new life with her second husband in Rhodesia… Where someone shot her. WHAT? I’m already so curious about this novel, also why did she have a dragon tattooed on her leg? I’ve got to know.
♡ The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier
Published: September 3rd 2019 by Ace
Genres: fantasy, historical fiction
OKAY, so this book is my most anticipated read for the second half of the year, I waited for it for two years, it sounds absolutely perfect. In two words: warrior. bards.* That’s it, that’s all, that’s the name of the trilogy and I’ve been silently screaming about it for so long, but now it’s finally there! Juliet Marillier’s works are beautifully woven with folklore and it sure looks like it will be the case here, once again. It’s about two siblings who want to join a team of elite warriors and end up taking part in a mission to retrieve an ancient harp (!!), how exciting does it sound? I recently read Daughter of the Forest by the same author and adored it so much, so I cannot wait to get to The Harp of Kings (and in the meantime I can catch up on her other works).
*Fun fact: I haven’t played in forever, but my Dungeon & Dragons character is a bard with white hair and purple eyes (yes, she looks like Daenerys Targaryen), so you can imagine how much I need this!!
♡ Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
Published: September 3rd 2019 by Scholastic Press
Genres: middle grade, paranormal
I don’t usually read middle grade novels, but I really enjoyed City of Ghosts and I’m looking forward to reading its sequel! Cassie’s parents go to Paris for their TV show, but Cassie ends up accidentally awakening a frighteningly strong spirit. I’m a little bit on the fence as it is set in France and it always scares me a little, but it’s Victoria Schwab and it features the Catacombs, which I’ve always been scared to go to, to be honest. I’ll probably wait until Halloween to get to it, it is the perfect time to do so!
♡ The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
Published: September 10th 2019 by Redhook
Genres: historical fiction, fantasy
This debut novel is about January Scaller, who lives in a mansion with her guardian, when one day she finds a strange book, which tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. This book, set in the 1900s, has strange truths about the world within, as well as a story that seems to be intertwined with January. Truly, who doesn’t love a book about books? I’m always there for those. I am so intrigued by this novel and I adore the cover, so I cannot wait to get to it!
♡ His Hideous Heart, edited by Dahlia Adler
Published: September 10th 2019 by Flatiron Books
Genres: short stories, retellings, horror
Here’s another book I will probably saving up for Halloween! His Hideous Heart is a YA anthology edited by Dahlia Adler and is made of thirteen short stories which are retellings of Edgar Allan Poe’s works! Anthologies can be quite uneven, but I love that they help me discover more authors. Out of the thirteen contributors, I only read Kendare Blake’s works, so I’m quite excited to read her story and I’ll be able to discover the others’.
♡ The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Published: September 10th 2019 by Chatto & Windus
I still can’t believe that Margaret Atwood is actually publishing a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale? I’m not quite sure what will come of it, but I am so excited, especially since it gives me an excuse to reread it! The Testaments picks up fifteen years after the previous book, and I’m so curious to see what will happen!
♡ The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Published: September 19th 2019 by Orion Children’s Books
Genres: fantasy, gothic, retelling
I didn’t know about this book until Samantha Shannon mentioned it on her Instagram, but wow, I need it now. To sum it up, this book is the untold story of the brides of Dracula, which is so intriguing, and once again… perfect around Halloween! I adore reading rather dark YA, so this one is right up my alley and apparently, two of the girls will fall for each other? How is in not in my hands already?
♡ Bone China by Laura Purcell
Published: September 19th 2019 by Raven Books
Genres: historical fiction, gothic
I read The Silent Companions by the same author last year and adored it, so now I have to read everything she writes. Bone China and follows Louise, who has moved into the house with her father, a doctor devoting himself to controversial medical trials, while she learns tales of fairies that hunt the land. Forty years later, Hester comes to work in the house as a nurse for Louise and discovers what happened there. I love the gothic atmosphere of Laura Purcell’s books, so I cannot wait to get back to her words and it’s set in Cornwall, which I’m always there for.
♡ The Confession by Jessie Burton
Published: September 24th 2019 by Picador
Genres: contemporary, historical fiction
I adore novels that follow perspectives in different timelines, which answer to each other, so of course, I cannot wait to get my hands on The Confession, plus I had adored The Muse! On one hand, this book is set in the 1980s, when Elise meets Constance, a successful author whose novel is being turned in a Hollywood movie. Elise follows her to LA and at a party, she makes a decision that will change her life. On the other hand, three decades later, a woman named Rose seeks answers about her mother who disappeared when she was a baby and Constance might be the one to hold it.
So that’s it, those books are my most anticipated releases for July, August and September! I hope I’ll be able to get to most of them as soon as possible, so many of them sound perfect for Autumn, so it looks like I’ll already have a TBR for that time of the year.
What about you? What are your most anticipated releases of this summer?