Most Anticipated Reads for 2019 (and also didn’t get around to in 2018)

Posted January 2, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Year End / 34 Comments


Howdy, all!

I don’t generally do this sort of post because… confession time, I rarely pay attention to release dates or notice until someone waves it in front of my face that a book is coming out.  But, toward the end of 2018, I started paying closer attention to what authors were saying in their newsletters and bloggers in their Waiting on Wednesday posts and publishers in their email lists.  Then, there is the fact that a few series left me dying for the next book STAT!!!! This list is not, but a tip of the iceberg and I’m pretty sure I’ve still missed several that I will go into freak out tizzy over later when I notice they are releasing.  

In no particular order, but somewhat by release date:

  1. Prisoner of the Night by J.R. Ward (PNR)
  2. The Savior by J.R. Ward (PNR)
  3. Alien Mischief by Cara Bristol (SFR)
  4. Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose (Thriller)
  5. Diplomatic Relations by J.L. Langley (M/M SFR)
  6. Secrets Never Die by Melinda Leigh (RS)
  7. In Her Sights by Katie Ruggle (RS)
  8. At the Mountain’s Edge by Genevieve Graham (HR)
  9. The Trouble With Tigers by Gail Koger (UF)
  10. Sassing Saul by Gail Koger (SFR)
  11. Running on Empty by S.E. Jakes (M/M RS)
  12. Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs (UF)
  13. Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh (PNR)
  14. Book 12 (untitled) Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh (UF)
  15. Wolf Instinct by Paige Tyler (PNR)
  16. Out of Luck by Kendall Talbot (RS)
  17. Cowboy Rebel by Carolyn Brown (CR)
  18. Summer on Moonlight Bay by Hope Ramsay (CR)
  19. Book 4 (untitled) Lady Sherlock by Sherry Thomas (RS)
  20. Spark Transform by Carol Van Natta (SFR)

And, here are the older releases I had plans to read and just never managed that I plan for 2019:


  1. The Kraken King by Meljean Brook (SPR)
  2. Hunted by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol (SFR)
  3. Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews (PNR)
  4. Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews (UF)
  5. Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland (UF)
  6. Heartstone by Elle Katherine White (YA- Fan)
  7. Pets In Space Three anthology (SFR)
  8. Ghost Light by E.J. Stevens (UF)
  9. The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens (UF)
  10. Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron (UF)
  11. Red Rising by Pierce Brown (YA SF)
  12. Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale (HR)
  13. Beautiful Lawman by Sophie Jordan (CR)
  14. Leo by Mia Sheridan (NA)
  15. Sit Stay Beg by Roxanne St. Clair (CR)
  16. A Purely Private Matter by Darcie Wylde (HR)
  17. Rome’s Chance by Joanna Wylde (CR)
  18. The Golden Widows by Isolde Martyn (HR)
  19. Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (UF)
  20. Becoming Dragon by Eve Langlais (PNR)

What are your most anticipated reads for 2019?  Do you have a book/s that you planned to read in 2018 and just never quite got in the mood or had time to fit it in?  Do Tell!

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

This is a good mix of book genres 🙂 Some older titles I need to read are White Trash Zombies and books by Ilona Andrews. (Any suggestions on where to start with Ilona Andrews?)

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Thanks, Crystal! I want to get through the WTZombies series for sure. Ilona Andrews hasn’t written a dud IMO. Their Edge series is complete at four books and their Kate Daniels series is finish. They just completed the first season with their Hidden Legacy series and have the ongoing InnKeeper Chronicles. As to a suggestion, their series are all magical in some way, but it takes different forms. The way you enjoy fantasy; I would point you more toward their Edge series or their Innkeeper Chronicles. for first tries. 🙂

2 years ago

At The Mountains Edge looks good! You should check out Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik, its a SFR that is so so good.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lexi

Oooo, I will do that, Lexi. I do love the sci-fi romances. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

I haven’t read a whole lot in the last couple of months so I have a few books on my kindle that I plan to start reading soon. I want to make it to 100 books by the end of the year so I’ll probably have a lot more reviews on my blog this year.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yes, last year had so many great books, but its tough to get to all the ones that look good. I like your plan of hitting a hundred and especially off your Kindle books. Very doable and you know I’ll be there for those review thoughts, Mary. 🙂

Lover of Romance
2 years ago

What a fabulous list of books you have shared here, there are some great books to be read in 2019!! And yes I need more Joanna Wylde for sure.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

There sure are. It boggles my mind when someone nearby says there is nothing good to read or they aren’t anticipating any good books. I seem to have a never ending stream of them. LOL
Definitely more Wylde. She has a new novella coming, but I would love for a full-length especially from that spin-off series she started a few years ago.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I also have a list of books from last year that I have carried over to 2019. I really need to catch up with Katie Ruggle. I hope you enjoy all of these.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

There are so many more books releasing these days that it is impossible to keep up with all the ones that sound good. Yay for Ruggle! She’s one of my favs.
I look forward to all of these. 🙂

Adriana Reyes
2 years ago

Ooo I can’t wait to see what you think of Wolf Instinct! I love that series!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Adriana Reyes

Same here! That last one was absolutely fab. Glad our wounded British wolf is getting his story next.

2 years ago

That’s a lot to look forward to! There’s definitely some good ones up there. One I’m especially looking forward to is The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I loved The Night Circus, so I’m excited for a new book from her. Happy reading!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Christy

I’ll bet, Christy! I’ve heard high praise for The Night Circus and meant to read it and I know fans have waited a few years for this release. Yay for that!

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I’m looking forward to the new Katie Ruggle, Storm Cursed, and book 12 of Guild Hunter, as well! I hope you love Iron & Magic as much as I did! I can’t wait for more Hugh, and I NEVER thought I’d say that. Great list here, Sophia Rose!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yes, a lady bounty hunter sounds like a fun heroine for her latest.
Ha! Yeah, its pretty impressive when a bad guy turns into a hero. I’m looking forward to it. I always liked how Hugh was written so I probably won’t need much persuading. 🙂

2 years ago

Dannika Dark’s Nevermore comes out in two weeks. Amber Lynn Natusch has one called Warhead that comes out soon. Dianne Duvall has a yet unnamed book coming out this year also. There’s also a new Anne Bishop book in her Other’s world and of course I can’t remember the name. As far as 2018 books I still need to read? Too many to even try and list them.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

Oh yeah, you have a nice stack of anticipation reads, Lorna.
Ugh, I do know what you mean about too many from years past. There’s just no keeping up. 🙂

2 years ago

I had taken a break from series for the past few years (& tried to cool it on the arc’s) so I haven’t really been keeping track either. I wait until something pops up in my email or twitter feed lol

But I caught up on a lot of my TBR pile last year so I’ll probably get back to perusing the new/upcoming releases.

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Karen

Yeah, you did fabulous at catching up your older pile of reads. Definitely time to start snooping at the new releases again, Karen. 🙂

2 years ago

I really like many of those on your older list. Both lists have things I plan to read. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Anne

I know I have some real gems buried on my shelves and I can’t wait to get to them, Anne! 🙂

2 years ago

I hope you get to read all of these this year! I have the first in the Lady Sherlock series, so I definitely plan to read that soon.


Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I think you’ll love that one, Lauren. I am pretty jazzed to get to this stack both from this year and the ones from the past release pile.

Melanie Simmons
2 years ago

I see Heartstrikers by Rachel Aaron on your list. I highly recommend the audio. I LOVE that series. I think you’ll love it too. I hope you enjoy all the books you have listed. I know that I have several on my radar too.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh yes, I have it on audio so I can enjoy Vikas’ narration work. 🙂 I only have book one so I have a feeling I’ll be scrambling to get the rest of the series after I listen in. 🙂

2 years ago

I always like seeing what bloggers are looking forward to. You made a great list! That cover of Diplomatic Relations caught my attention, will have to look that one up as it looks great! Spark Transform is one of my most anticipated releases for 2019 as well. And I recognize quite a few of the other author names as I’ve seen you review some of their books before. I hope you can get most of these read this year.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lola

I do, too. I end up adding things to my own list after reading someone else’s. LOL

Oh yes, Diplomatic Relations is the fourth release in the series and it has been several years since the third book came out so I’m thrilled she’s going back to the series. These are hot and spicy, but also a fun blend of sci-fi future and regency historical.

Yes!!! Need Spark Transform. 🙂

herding cats
2 years ago

LOL dang that’s quite the list! I had like 3 on mine. Heh I do need to try Ruggle out. I have a stack of her books but just never got to them. This year for sure 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

I love making lists, but this particular list doesn’t stress me at all. This is like my kiddie Christmas list from the ToysRUs catalog and I know full well that I’ll be lucky to get one or two things off it, but never all. 🙂
Yes, that Ruggle was on my pile as soon as I spotted the invitation in Sourcebooks’ mailing. 🙂 Hope you end up liking her books. The suspense parts can get a tad outlandish, but the romances are so sweet.

2 years ago

As soon as Storm Cursed comes out on paperback I’ll be grabbing it. I just love that series! I also plan to read Red Rising at some point this year.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I have Storm Cursed preordered. I can’t wait.

Book date with Red Rising for you and me both. 🙂

Renee Bennett
Renee Bennett
2 years ago

I am a HUGE fan of Gail Koger. I have ALL of her Coletti Warlord books and am eagerly waiting for Sassing Saul and The Trouble With Tigers to come out. I stalk (ah follow) her page every day I can. LOL

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Renee Bennett

Yes! I know the feeling Renee. I get my fixes on the occasional excerpts. 🙂