Book Recommendations: Books Published in 2019

Before I get into the post, I have something to announce: I got nominated for the Best New Book Blogger award in the 2019 Book Blogger Awards hosted by May @ Forever and Everly. It would mean the absolute world to me if you voted for me to win the award by clicking HERE. (Voting closes on July 31st!)

Self-promo aside, I am here today with another book recommendations post. I think I’ve only posted one other book recommendations post on my blog so far, and that really has to change.

While I was racking my mind for a topic to recommend books on, recommending my favorite books published in 2019 so far popped into my mind. I have had only three 5-star reads this year, and all three of them were published in 2019. I don’t know what that says about me: Maybe I should be reading more from my endless pile of backlist books, but how can I resist?? 2019-published books are the ones being talked about the most lately, and I have a bad case of fomo that has me wanting to read every 2019 release so as not to feel left out when people talk about them.

Rambling aside, I have seven books published in 2019 that I loved to share with you today (in publication order). Let’s get to it!

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🌿 On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

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Rating: 4/5

With this sophomore novel, Angie Thomas proves that the popularity of The Hate U Give did not come about out of pure luck. Thomas is truly a stunning writer, with top-notch characterization, description and plot. She perfectly captures the teenage voice. And her works always tackle racism in the most nuanced of ways. Plus, the rapping aspect in this book is so well done!

🌿 The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

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Rating: 5/5

Hello, my first 5-star of the year that came right at the beginning of June and saved me from my 5-star slump! My blog is simply a vessel for HOW UNDERRATED THIS BOOK IS. If you’re reading this and still haven’t added it to your TBR, shame on you. I’m kidding, but still, read this book. Not only is the mental illness and Malaysian-Chinese rep amazing and so important, but this book is just, really enjoyable. The writing is so easy to fly through, and you will instantly be immersed into 20th century Malaysia. The characters jump right off the page, and you’re gonna care about them in such a short amount of time. [Read my review.]

🌿 We Set the Dark on Fire (We Set the Dark on Fire #1) by Tehlor Kay Mejia

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Rating: 4/5

Another underrated read! Dear universe, why do you always curse me to fall in love with the underrated books so that I’m forced to yell at people to read them for the rest of my life? This book has Latinx and f/f rep. It takes place in a fantastical setting, but is set in modern times. Its social commentary about misogyny, prejudice against immigrants, corruption and so much more is unparalleled. Also, Dani and Carmen are both incredible women who are admirable in different ways. Their romance is wonderful. [Read my review.]

🌿 I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

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Rating: 3.5/5

This is the perfect happy read for the summer, minus the homophobic parents and misgendering, but ultimately, this book is extremely hopeful. I loved getting to see Ben finally find people who accept them for who they are. I’m also positive that I Wish You All the Best is gonna be the first book a lot of people read—I know for sure that it was mine—that features a nonbinary protagonist.

🌿 Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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Rating: 5/5

I guess I have to retract my earlier claim that I only fall in love with the underrated ones, because this book is certainly not underrated. It has taken the book community by storm, and it’s for a good reason. It portrays millennial culture in a realistic, relatable and non-cringey way. The romance and characters are to die for, and it sends such a message of hope for the future. I don’t even know anything about American politics, but this book spoke to me in ways I never thought it would.

🌿 Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim

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Rating: 4.5/5

Do you like fairy tales? If so, then this book is for you, period. The writing is so beautiful, and the plot follows both a fictional tournament and a quest story! Maia is also a compelling protagonist, and her relationship with her family is written so well. This is a stand-out Asian-inspired fantasy of 2019, and you’re definitely not gonna want to miss it. [Read my review.]

🌿 The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang

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Rating: 5/5

When you read this book, you’ll know just how evil I am for recommending it to you! It’s a perfect sequel to an already incredible first book! This series is as dark as it gets, so please go into it with caution. But those who think they can handle it will be met with glorious worldbuilding that is perfectly expanded on in the sequel. Literally nobody has a moral compass, except maybe Kitay, who you’ll love. This series is chock-full of political intrigue, war themes and shamans. Themes of colonialism are also incorporated in the sequel. I’m just so amazed that Kuang has already grown into a seasoned writer with only two books under her belt!

Honestly, I haven’t even read close to half of the 2019 releases I’m most excited to get to so far. Looking at my Goodreads want-to-read shelf makes me sad because there are so many books that I really want to read but still haven’t gotten to. I’m praying that I can get to most of them soon!

What are your favorite 2019 releases so far?

48 thoughts on “Book Recommendations: Books Published in 2019

  1. I voted for you! I actually just bought The weight of our sky based on your recommendation and I’m so excited to read it!!!

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  2. Congratulations on your nomination!

    I still need to read On the Come Up, The Weight of Our Sky, and Red White and Royal Blue! They sound so good! My top three books from the year so far have been Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley, You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn, and Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry.

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    1. Thank you so much, Mari 💜💜

      I’m so happy they’re on your TBR! They are all amazing books. Nathan and you’d be mine are on my TBR. I’m especially excited for Nathan because I’ve heard promising things! I’m gonna have to wait a bit on the reviews for Hello Girls but my interest is piqued!

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  3. I recently read On The Come Up and I loved it, it’s such an amazing story. Red White Royal Blue is on my book list, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. And congratulations on your nomination!

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    1. I know, Angie Thomas is amazing! Until this month, I was in the same boat because my order for Red, White & Royal Blue still hadn’t arrived and I just couldn’t wait to read it. I think I more or less survived though, and I hope you get your hands on it soon! Thank you 💖

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  4. i’m glad you’ve read some books you love this year! we set the dark on fire has been on my tbr for months and i’m even more intrigued! also you are evil for recommending the dragon republic lol… the sheer anticipation is KILLING me!

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    1. Yes I know FINALLY! Ahh I’m sorry to be that person but you need to read it already 🥺 I totally get it thought because I’m excited for so many books yet still haven’t read them haha. Yes I know lol. If it helps, I’m pretty sure the wait will pay off 😉

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  5. I’ve really loved The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry – definitely one to put on your TBR pile. Have come across the book Red, White and Royal Blue a few times but have been reluctant to pick it up because it looks cheesy… might give it a go now after this! 💕

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    1. I just looked it up on goodreads and it sounds so creepy?! I really want to read more thriller type novels so I’ll check it out! Hmm, I don’t think I ever found it cheesy while I was reading it. And believe me, I’ve found a lot of romances cheesy. I think it’s just really sweet, but hopeful at the same time. Hope this helps and thank you for the amazing comment 💕

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  6. This is such an amazing list Caitlin?!
    Unfortunately though, I’ve only read On The Come Up (INCREDIBLE) but the rest are on my tbr! I’m so excited to get to them, especially Spin the Dawn & Red, White and Royal Blue which I’ve heard so much about!💛

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    1. Ahhh I’m so glad you liked it emme!! 🥰
      I know right?? Angie Thomas is a gift to us all. Aw, it’s okay—whenever I read recommendation post, most of them time, I’ve only read a few of them and the rest are just on my TBR! I hope you can get to them soon 💖

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  7. Im so excited about The Dragon Republic, but since I read the first book through a library I no longer have access to I have no idea when that will happen, but I hope it wont be in too long

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  8. I Wish You all the Best and Red, White, and Royal Blue are two of my favorite 2019 reads so far this year. They were so brilliant in different but adorable, hard hitting feels way. Spin the Dawn was amazing as well. I haven’t read the others, but they are definitely getting on my list after reading your recommendations!! Wonderful post and so much congratulations on the nomination!!! ♥️♥️♥️

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    1. they are like the two gayest books released this year, and I’m so happy that I enjoyed both of them! I know, they are pretty different but both brilliant! yes, ahh I loved spin the dawn! thanks for putting them on your list and I really hope they don’t disappoint ❤ congrats on your nominations as well!!

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  9. I’ve only read two on this list (On the Come Up & I Wish You All the Best) but I really liked them!! I definitely need to check out some of the others on this list, especially since we seem to have fairly similar taste in reads! I desperately want to read Red, White & Royal Blue!!

    Also- Congratulations on your nomination! I’m so happy for you, Caitlin!!!♥♥

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    1. So glad you liked them ahh! They are both amazing books 💕 i really think we do and I hope you check them out 💖 I was in the same boat about rw&rb because my copy still hadn’t arrived and I desperately wanted to read it. I think I still came out in one piece though so I’m wishing you all the best 💓

      Thank you so much Brittany 😭😭❤️

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      1. Ugh, I’m SO ready to get rw&rb! Honestly it’s entirely my own fault at this point that I haven’t read it. I need to go pick up a copy because everyone has been raving about it!
        You’re welcome! ♥

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  10. I love book recommendation posts– I have never wrote one myself but I love reading them!! I definitely get what you mean about wanting to read new releases as everyone is talking about them and it is great to support these new books!!
    Well I need to read The Weight in Our Sky and We Set The Dark On Fire!! They both sound brilliant and the fact that you love them just means I need to pick them up!!
    I want to read I wish you all the best as well because it sounds so sweet and I have never read a book with a nonbinary protagonist so it would be great to read it.
    I absolutely love what you said about RW&RB and it is so true!! 😍
    I can’t wait for the dragon republic!!
    So many good books!! Great post Caitlin!! 💛

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    1. If you decide to write one one day, I’ll be so happy to read it 💖 I love them as well! Right?! My backlist books hate me for a good reason. Yes, they are the two most underrated books on this list and you have to read them asjxnxnxn
      Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
      It’s the first book I’ve ever read with a nonbinary protagonist and it was so important but I think also just a typical slice of life story that didn’t just focus on sexuality so I highly recommend it!
      So glad you agree and your review for it was amazing 💓
      Omg no one is ready for that book tbh. I don’t know, the things that happened in it were just.. a lot 😂
      Thank you so much Sophie 🙂

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  11. Whenever I see Red, White, & Royal Blue on any recommendation or favorites list I get so excited! I think that books is my favorite of 2019 and it makes me so happy to see other people reading and loving it! I’ve seen so many of the books on this list recommended that I’m ashamed I haven’t checked a whole bunch of them out!

    Besides for RW&RB some of my other favorite 2019 releases include Sorcery of Thorns, Serpent & Dove, Bloom, and Kiss Number 8. Serpent & Dove comes out in September and it a fantastic, magical, enemies to lovers between a witch and witch hunter that are forced to get married. Bloom and Kiss Number 8 are both really great LGBTQ graphic novels! I’d recommend all 4 books!

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    1. If it does become your favorite, it’s so well-deserved! That book was just so good! Oh, don’t be ashamed—im the same with literally any rec list 😅

      Ohh, I’m planning to buddy read sorcery of thorns this month with a friend! I’ve heard good things about serpent & dove, and I want to read Bloom so badly but I don’t really have access to graphic novels 😦 thank you so much for the recommendations 💖

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  12. Oh my goshhh I really want to read The Weight of Our Sky!! I actually borrowed that from my library… and then did not read it. LMAO. Also, I need to read The Poppy War and I’m just scared and excited simultaneously. Because EXPECTATIONS?? Like, what if I don’t like it??

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    1. Same though!! But I’m so happy it’s on your TBR 🥺🥺 oh, that was me when I read it but I actually enjoyed it a lot—not as much as some people but I wasn’t disappointed! I think it’s generally a well-written book so you’ll be good!!

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      1. Aw thank you! I am just happy that I have blogger buddies to read and swap recs with. Any time someone even leaves a comment it makes the work we put into our blogs worthwhile.

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  13. honestly, when i clicked in this post, i was ready to find all of these amazing books i haven’t read yet and add them to my endless 2019 TBR. but i was incredibly surprised to find a few titles i have already read!
    i completely agree with you about the weight of our sky, because i definitely didn’t think i’d be this attached to the characters in such a short spam of time. even though the book is less than 300 pages long, the characters are so well written that i definitely felt close to them.
    unfortunately, i didn’t like red, white & royal blue as much as everyone else did, but probably because i had very different expectations. when i pick up romance, i mostly look for something really fast-paced that i can finish in about two sittings, but it took me a week to finish this book because i did not click with the writing style at all. it’s a shame because i like the concept a lot!
    thank you so much for your recommendations, caitlin! i can not wait to read i wish you all the best; i’ll probably save it for summer around here!

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    1. that is me when I click on these types of posts as well! i guess it’s good for your tbr though?
      I know right! I love twoos! oh, I totally get that. I thought the writing was gonna be hard to get into at first because I don’t really read stuff in third person presence tense, but I guess it just clicked for me? but I don’t think I got truly immersed in the writing until the 75 percent mark. so sorry you didn’t really enjoy it Lais 😦 thank you so much for stopping by, and yes, it’s a perfect summer read!

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