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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!