Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

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Here are the books scheduled to be released in the second half of 2019 that I’m anticipating the most. Since the vast majority of what I read comes from my local library, I probably won’t get around to many of these titles until months after they are released.

If my library turns out to have lots of copies of all of them, I’m going to have to spend the month of September doing nothing but reading in my free time. Honestly, that sounds like a nice way to spend those weeks. I don’t know about the weather where you all live, but here in Toronto we still have plenty of hot, humid days in September. Sometimes “summer” lasts well into October, too!

Home for Erring and Outcast Girls by Julie Kibler

Expected publication date: July 30

Why I want to read it: Historical novels appeal to me, especially when they’re about groups of people who are rarely if ever discussed in traditional history classes. Two of the characters in this tale were young women who were pregnant out of wedlock a century ago when that was an incredibly shameful thing to do. I’m interested in seeing what happened to them.

When the Plums Are Ripe by Patrice Nganang, Amy Baram Reid (Translation)

Expected publication date: August 13

Why I want to read it: I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I know almost nothing about the history of Cameroon. This book talks about this country in the World War II era, and I’m hoping it might lead me to other titles that discuss other time periods there as well.

This Tender Land by William Kent Kruege

Expected publication date: September 3

Why I want to read it: There is so much going on in this tale: The Great Depression, Native American children being stolen from their parents to be raised by the state, runaways, the (mis)treatment of orphans in the 1930s, the inclusion of a mute character, and more. I want to see how it all weaves together.


Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Expected publication date: September 10

Why I want to read it: The main character of this book is a girl who befriends a monster after it emerges from one of her mother’s paintings. Given the countless hours I’ve spent staring at paintings and dreaming about what it would be like to step into them, I already adore her. She sounds like a true kindred spirit. The Goodread tags for it also indicated that either her or someone else in the storyline is part of the LGBT+ community which is very cool and yet another reason why I simply must read this at some point.

The Testaments (Handmaid’s Tale #2) by Margaret Atwood

Expected Publication Date: September 10

Why I want to read it: I’ve been a huge fan of The Handmaid’s Tale since high school and can’t wait to see this story continue on in novel form.  I will be reviewing it for this site after I read it and am virtually guaranteed to talk everyone’s ears off about this book on Twitter and in future Top Ten Tuesday posts. Consider yourselves warned.

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

Expected publication date: September 17

Why I want to read it: My immigration process was a much calmer affair than what it sounds like this character is going to go through, but I’m still curious to compare notes. Moving to a new country always bring all sorts of surprises with it no matter who you are or where you’re moving to.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Expected publication date: September 24

Why I want to read it: I’ve never read a fantasy book about someone who was a slave before, much less a character living in the southern U.S. in what I assume will be the early 1800s. This sounds like it will be a wonderful read.

Marley: A Novel by Jon Clinch

Expected publication date: October 8

Why I want to read it: I’m always interested in stories that retell or branch off of the various subplots of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This happens to be a prequel that shows what Marley and Scrooge’s lives were like when they were young boys. I’m quite curious to find out more.

I’m a Gay Wizard by V.S. Santoni

Expected publication date: October 29

Why I want to read it: This sounds like it might be the 2019 version of a gay Harry Potter-esque novel, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about that!

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

Expected publication date: October 29

Why I want to read it: I remember a time when all books about AIDS were about it being an automatic death sentence because that was the reality for people with this illness back then. In fact, I know someone whose life was saved by the newer and more effective drugs to treat AIDS in the mid-1990s. Now that medical care for this disease has greatly improved, I’m quite curious to see how a character who has HIV will live her life in 2019.

135 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

  1. Yes I am looking forward to The Testaments too, I also think my mum would love the Home for Erring and Outcast girls, she was fascinated and is still bewildered at the reasoning and acceptance for the Magdalene Laundry stories so this looks right up her street.

    • I hope your mom loves that book! Yeah, I’m flabbergasted by the Magdalene Laundries, too. I don’t know how society ever thought they were okay.

      I hope you like The Testaments. Will you be reviewing it?

    • Thank you. Yes, that is one great cover. Have you seen the TV version of The Handmaid’s Tale? Definitely worth checking out if you haven’t watched it yet.

  2. I haven’t heard of most of these, but man, they sound great! I’m going to have to check out Pet and I’m a Gay Wizard (and doesn’t that title just grab your attention? lol). I heard of The Water Dancer, and I’m looking forward to reading that, even though it seems like it’s going to be an emotionally difficult book to read. Ah, well. Some of the best books are.

  3. I didn’t know that The Handmaid’s Tale was getting a second book! That’s really cool. I haven’t read the first book but I have watched the tv show and think it’s so interesting. I hope to read the book soon!

    • Yes, it was announced last autumn or winter, I believe?! You still have lots of time to read the first book before the sequel comes out. I wish I could tell you for sure if watching the show was enough to know what’s going on in The Testaments, but Atwood has been pretty tight-lipped about the details of book 2.

  4. This Tender Land and When the Plums are Ripe both sound good. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything set in Cameroon. I think that’s one of the reasons why I’m doing a read around the world challenge. There’s so many places we don’t read about.

  5. She wrote a sequel to the Handmaids Tale??? Under His Eye!

    I did read the first book before the show came out. It’s been some time now but of course there are deviations but the first season is pretty close. I had thought Atwood had stayed in close contact with production even beyond season 1 but I could be wrong.

    • Under His Eye. 😉

      Yes, she sure did! All we know about it at the moment is that it’s set 15 years after the events in The Handmaid’s Tale and has three female narrators/protagonists.

      I knew Atwood was involved with the production of season 1. I didn’t know she stuck around after that. Neat!

  6. I totally get you. Our summers here in Arizona tend to last until the end of November. No real humidity, but it’s still HOT, which I despise!

    I was actually really disappointed in Kibler’s newest. I adored her first book, but her newest just fell really flat for me. Bummer. I hope you enjoy it, though, as well as all the others on your list.

    Happy TTT!


  7. PHEW, so many good titles on here. I’m honestly never not going to be in shock that we’re finally getting a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. Like, it’s just so surreal to me in the best possible way? I’m ready. COMPLETELY ready. Can’t wait to see you thoughts when you read it/when it’s released!

  8. I can’t wait to read The Testaments, I suppose that’s all anyone will be able to talk about the first week of September! It’ll be interesting to see how Atwood handles it now that the definition of feminism has evolved to include more people. It’ll certainly be exciting!

  9. September’s one of my favourite months! I’m definitely going to read The Testaments but I am not going to get too excited over it, as I’m not sure if it needs a sequel. But I’m still interested!

  10. Thanks for putting these books on my radar! I haven’t heard of most of them, so it’s awesome being able to add some new books to my TBR! I haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale, but really want to. I watched a few episodes of the Hulu show though.

  11. It’s the same way here in Michigan in September- still plenty of warm weather.

    I’m really curious where she’s going to go with The Testaments!

    • We’ll find out in a few short months!

      And, yeah, Michigan and southern Ontario have very similar weather….although you guys do tend to get more snow in the winter from what I’ve heard. 🙂

  12. If you are part of NetGalley, they had the Home for Erring and Outcast Girls available for review ahead of the release date, but overall interesting list.

  13. Great list!
    I’m excited for The Testaments too but I haven’t even read The Handmaids Tale yet – I’ve watched and loved the TV show though 😂

  14. I almost put The Testaments on my list too, but ended up leaving it off because I didn’t know enough about it to say very much. Full Disclosure is also on my TBR for some point in the future.

  15. I forgot all about The Testaments, that is one I really am looking forward too as Margaret Atwood is a favourite dystopian author of mine.Thanks for visiting The Phantom Paragrapher

  16. Pet has been on my TBR for a while but I’d never heard of I’m a Gay Wizard before and I totally need it in my life! I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for it.
    Thanks for sharing!

  17. There are a couple here I want to check out, Marley and The Home for Erring and Outcast Girls. I have This Tender Land already on my TBR. Enjoy all this interesting looking books.

  18. Your choices are often so thoughtful and unexpected and these are no exception.
    BTW bring it with The Testaments! I’m here for it:)

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