Tuesday, January 8, 2019

My Most-Anticipated New Releases, January-June, 2019

This week, Top Ten Tuesday is focusing on our most-anticipated releases of the first half of 2019. I am not as into new books these days as I used to be, but I still have a handful I'm excited to read as they are published between now and June. 

The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction 
by Meghan Cox Gurdon
Publication date: 1/22/19
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I'm on a quest to read and review as many books about books as I can get my hands on, especially if they're about reading with kids, so I'm hoping my local libraries will order this one as soon as it comes out.

Pay Attention, Carter Jones
by Gary D. Schmidt
Publication date: 2/5/19
Schmidt is a must-read author for me, and I'm hoping this book is more in the vein of Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now rather than Orbiting Jupiter (which was good, but a bit heavier than the other two.)

Sweeping Up the Heart 
by Kevin Henkes
Publication date: 3/19/19
It's been a while since Kevin Henkes has published a novel, so I'm excited to see how it is. It looks like it might be a bit sad, so I'm saving the ARC for when I can just read it in one sitting.

Leave No Scone Unturned 
by Denise Swanson
Publication date: 3/26/19
I'm listening to the audiobook of the first title in this series, Tart of Darkness, and I'm really enjoying the characters. I was just approved for this second book on NetGalley today, and it will be on my TBR for February or March. 

Murder Lo Mein 
by Vivien Chien
Publication date: 3/26/19
I love this series, and I have been waiting for this third book since I finished the second one. I haven't seen this one on NetGalley yet, but I'm keeping an eye out. 

Be Brave in the Scared: How I Learned to Trust God During the Most Difficult Days of My Life 
by Mary Lenaburg
Publication date: 5/10/19
Mary Lenaburg is a Catholic blogger I have been following for several years. My Catholic moms group went to see her speak last year, and her story about caring for her daughter Courtney, who was disabled due to epilepsy and died a few years ago at age 22, is really inspiring. I am excited to read more about it in this book.

A Is for Elizabeth 
by Rachel Vail
Publication date: 5/7/19
I loved the Justin Case series back when I was working in the library, and this spin-off starring Justin's sister looks just as good. I also have a daughter named Elizabeth, so it also caught my eye for that reason.

The Rest of the Story 
by Sarah Dessen
Publication date: 6/4/19
Sarah Dessen has changed publishers, and her new book will be her first with Harper Collins! The description of the story sounds good, and reading it will be a great way to kick off summer. (The cover hasn't been revealed yet. I'm really curious to see how it will look!)

Are you anticipating any of these books? What else are you looking forward to seeing on the library shelves in 2019? 


  1. The rabbit figures on the cover of "Sweeping Up the Hearth" are enough to make me want to read it. (I love rabbits!)

    This is my Top Ten Tuesday post.

  2. First off, I love your blog name! Secondly, a book entitled Murder Lo Mein makes it automatically on my TBR. Thank you for this find!

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  4. I love the titles of the two cozies on your list! They always make me want to read them right away. And I agree with Lydia, those rabbits on Sweeping Up the Hearth are so cute!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  5. These look cute. They're all new to me though.

  6. I've added The Enchanted Hour to my wish list. Thanks! I'm looking forward to the new Jacqueline Winspear in March.

  7. THE ENCHANTED HOUR sounds really good. So does the Chinese food mystery series. I'll have to check them out. Thanks for the heads-up!

    Happy TTT!