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Literacy Lists: Most Anticipated Books For The Rest Of The Year

Sorry for the double post, again, but once I’ve caught up a little on my blogging backlog things should calm down. I have two more new features that I wanted to start this month to fit in before next Monday, plus my usual Anticipated Reads feature for next month as well. I also still have several tags to post but I think I should get all – or at the very least most – of them uploaded by the end of next month. The Summer Bucket List will be coming at some point next week.

Anyway originally I was going to make up a list of books featuring France for this month. Why? Because there have been some absolutely fabulous sounding ones coming out lately and more still to come next year. So why didn’t I? I’m not entirely sure but it is a topic that I plan to tackle at some point in the future. I guess the main reason that I changed my mind is because I wanted to mention a few of the releases for the rest of the year that I’m desperate for. Why not share some of them on my birthday month, after all?

Before I get started on my top ten for the month I just want to mention the six above books briefly and point out that they really should be on this list. I feel like I’ve been waiting for The Beautiful to come out forever and I literally can not wait to get my hands on it! Vampires and New Orleans sounds like heaven to me. The other five I’m itching to read too and if you’re unfamiliar with any of them you most definitely should look them up to see if they capture your attention. As I’ve already got these books listed in my Most Anticipated Reads 2019 I’ve decided not to include them however as A) they’re already listed elsewhere and B) if I include them that’s over half my list already filled and I wanted to take the chance to mention some of the books that I hadn’t included in that list, some of which I only learnt about fairly recently. So in some ways this really is more of a top 16 but details about the above six can be found on the page mentioned above.

The Queen Of Nothing by Holly Black

Naturally The Queen Of Nothing has to be on this list! I literally can not wait for it to come out. I need to know what happens next. Although, truthfully, a little part of me is dreading finding out too.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I’ve been meaning to read The Night Circus forever (and hopefully will soon) but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. And this new novel by the author sounds like a compelling mix of fascinating and bizarre. It has an ancient library filled not just with books but also lost cities, seas and stories whispered by the dead.

The Blood Countess by Lana Popović

This is one of the books that I only recently learnt of and it sounds like just the book that I’ve been waiting for! It’s the story of a scullery maid who is vaulted to the job of chambermaid after the glamorous Countess Elizabeth Báthory takes a liking to her. From the blurb it sounds like it’s not long before this servant’s dreams become a nightmare.

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

Firstly this sounds amazing! Secondly I can not wait for this to come out!! Admittedly Slayer wasn’t exactly what I was expecting but I still have high hopes for this intriguing sounding tale of Arthur’s Camelot.

Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen

This book sounds quite different to most of the others on this list but I’m seriously looking forward to it. The setting is just the sort of historical one that I long for. And, to make things even better, there’s an element of mystery and romance involved. Sign me up!

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

Somehow I hopelessly haven’t managed to read the first of these books yet but I fully intend to soon (and re-read His Dark Materials too as it’s been a while since I last read them and I’d really like to refresh my memory). Even if book one is still on my TBR this is still a highly anticipated book for me though!

Bid My Soul Farewell by Beth Revis

Another one that I haven’t read the previous book of but I do intend to ASAP. This one had to be included as I’m itching to finally get on with Give The Dark My Love.

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

This sounds so good! It’s the story of some magical, rumored to be haunted woods. A boy goes missing in them yet mysteriously survives. What happened? How did he survive such terrible conditions? And why do the woods react uneasily to his presence?

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

I’m totally looking forward to this book! Twin goddesses, frozen cities, ancient prophecies, secrets & betrayal. Need I say more really?

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Picking a final book for this list was a little tricky as there were still a lot of options to choose between. In the end I went for The Deathless Girls, even though it wasn’t in my original top ten this month (why???) as the concept behind the story really appeals to me. The backstory of the brides of Dracula? Yes, yes, yes! It sounds like the story that I didn’t even know I needed.


So those are ten of the books – sixteen including the ones I’ve already listed elsewhere – that I’m most excited for over the rest of the year. What books are you waiting patiently – or impatiently – for? Are any of these on your TBR or new to you? Got any recommendations that you think I’d like? Let me know in the comments section (:

21 thoughts on “Literacy Lists: Most Anticipated Books For The Rest Of The Year

  1. The Blood Countess looks interesting! I haven’t heard of that one yet. But Bid My Soul Farewell is definitely on my list too after I read Give the Dark My Love! I was so surprised with how much I liked it that I need to see what happens next. Also The Deathless Girls is another one I’m really excited to read 🙂 I’m on a blog tour for The Never Tilting World and I can’t wait to read that one!

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    1. I only did recently too but it sounds like exactly the sort of book I’d love. Ooh that’s good to know. I hope you enjoy the second one as much (: I actually got a copy of it today so I’m really hoping to get to it soon (I just have a few library books that I should probably read first). Ooh cool, that’s so exciting that you’re part of one for a book that’s high on your anticipated reads. I hope you end up loving it ☺️

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  2. I’ve got quite a few on this list I’m looking forward to myself, including the “big three” – The Beautiful, Queen of Nothing, and Ninth House. Thanks for reminding me, I need to check out Blood Heir, so glad that book got a second chance!

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  3. I felt the same way about The Deathless Girls—I didn’t even know I wanted this story but I really do. Blood Countess sounds very unique for YA. A historical horror/gothic novel…yes please! And Winterwood sounds amazing, thanks for bringing it to my attention 😃

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    1. I actually have a copy of it now – I found a signed, special edition of it in store and it was so beautiful that I just needed to own it – so hopefully I’ll get it read soon. Yes I love the sound of it; I’m so glad I found it in Goodreads. Ah I hope you get a chance to read it then and end up enjoying it (:

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      1. Thanks, I just fell in love when I saw it, it’s so beautiful. And I can’t wait to read it 😊 I’m just trying to be good and read my library books first so that I can return them

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  4. AHH yes what a fantastic list! I really hope you’ll get to read The Book of Dust soon, I’d love to hear what you think of it. I’m eagerly anticipating The Secret Commonwealth and am so excited to read more about Lyra, this time! 😀

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    1. Yes I really do want to get on with it soon. Im still buried in library books right now though thanks to real life complications halting my reading last week. Hopefully I can start catching up again now. But I’m so looking forward to these books and I really hope that you enjoy The Secret Commonwealth (:

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  5. This is a very exciting list! I can highly recommend The Night Circus as it got me back into fantasy after barely touching the genre for years. I’m really looking forward to reading A Starless Sea as well!
    📕MP📚 X x x

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    1. Thank you so much ❤️ it sounds so good, I really need to get on with it soon. I hope you enjoy A Starless Sea just as much; fingers crossed that we both love it as it sounds so unique and wonderful.

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      1. You’re very welcome! And I hope so too – looking forward to hearing what you think once you get around to reading them 😊 X x x

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