12 Books to Anticipate in 2019

If you’re an avid reader, chances are you’re already up to date on what books will be coming out in the new year. There are tons of novels that have already gotten enthusiastic advance praise and have attracted a lot of interest from readers all over the world. Many of these novels are coming from established writers, while some are much-anticipated debuts.

Here are some of the most exciting books to anticipate in 2019.

1. Golden Child – Claire Adam

This novel is one of the first to be released from Sarah Jessica Parker’s publishing house, SJP for Hogarth, which was established in 2016.

Golden Child is written by British author Claire Adam, who grew up in Trinidad, where the novel is set. Golden Child follows a rural Trinidadian family whose son Paul disappears into the forest one day. The family sets out to look for him and are eventually forced to make an impossible choice that will seal Paul’s fate. Adam’s writing has been described as “spare and elegant”, and she’s woven a story that manages to be thrilling while still focusing on the deeply human aspects of each character.

2. Black Is the Body – Emily Bernard

Black Is the Body was conceived while author Emily Bernard lay in a hospital bed recovering after being attacked by a stranger with a knife. The violence that she experienced at the hand of that stranger prompted her to examine her life and contemplate the ways that her race has affected her perception of the world.

Bernard’s book is a fantastic look at race in America today, but since she filters it through her experience, we get the benefit of her emotional intelligence, as well as her historical and academic knowledge. The book is made up of different essays, all written by Bernard.

The book comes out at the end of January.


3. On the Come Up – Angie Thomas

This next novel was written by award-winning author Angie Thomas, whose first novel The Hate U Give was number one on the New York Times bestseller list.

On the Come Up is about a young rapper who wants to make it big and does, but for all the wrong reasons. Young Bri has to contend with the interactions between fame and poverty, as her family’s livelihood hangs in the balance. Thomas’s first book was made into a movie only a few months ago, so it’s expected that her sophomore effort will be just as moving and well-written.

On the Come Up comes out in February.

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