Have I read my most anticipated releases of 2019?

Twice a year I post lists of books I am super excited about reading – and I wanted to see whether I have actually read those books and whether I liked them or not. My reading was fairly odd last year, so I am assuming I won’t have done as well as I did in 2018.

For the first half of the year I featured ten books I could not wait to get to.

  1. The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang. I LOVED this.
  2. The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders. Sadly I could not get into this book. I am fairly sure that had more to do with my wonky reading mood during 2019 and I will try to read this again at some other point because I do love Anders’ writing.
  3. Mother Winter by Sophia Shalmiyev. This seemed custom-made for me but somehow did not quite work for me.
  4. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. I hyped this up so much in my head and ended up bouncing off it, hard. I hated the casual violence too much to keep reading it.
  5. Long Live The Tribe Of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden. This is SUCH a good memoir that I cannot recommend highly enough.
  6. Storm of Locusts (The Sixth World #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse. I loved this even more than I loved the first book in the series and will from now on read every adult book Roanhorse publishes. She is just brilliant.
  7. What My Mother And I Don’t Talk About ed. by Michele Filgate. I realized after adding this book to my list that the contributors include men – so I did not get to it yet but I am planning on buying it soon.
  8. The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West. The publication date kept being pushed back but I now own this and will hopefully get to it soon.
  9. No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder. I would like to listen to the audiobook of this but haven’t yet found it.
  10. The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang. I tried reading this for months but I was just not in the mental headspace to deal with its relentless bleakness and the brutality of the storyline. I am unsure whether I will ever be back in the reading mood for this.

I only read four of these books and DNFed an additional two. This is depressing.

For the second half of the year I named ten books I was super excited about.

  1. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo. I have not gotten around to this book yet but I am still super excited about it.
  2. The Need by Helen Phillips. Again, I did not get to this. I am currently trying not to buy too many books and also maybe a horror novel about pregnancy/ children is not the best idea at the moment. I still want to get to it at some point!
  3. I’m Telling the Truth But I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi. I sadly did not love this. I found te reading experience difficult even if I can appreciate what Ikpi does on an intellectual level.
  4. Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino. I thought this was absolutely brilliant. I listened to the audiobook which is my favourite way of consuming non-fiction.
  5. Shelf Life by Livia Franchini. I read but didn’t love this.
  6. Pet by Akwaeke Emezi. I haven’t even bought this one yet. Middle Grade is just never the age range I get excited about.
  7. In the Dream House my Carmen Maria Machado. I am still waiting for the audiobook to make it to Audible Germany. I prefer listening to memoirs on audio.
  8. How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones. I can now read this! Once I buy it, that is.
  9. Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Diaz. Another one that I am beyond excited about that I did not even purchase yet.
  10. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I cannot believe I haven’t gotten around to buying this yet.

I only read three of these books and loved only one. This is even more depressing than the first part of this post. I really did not do too brilliantly on this – which was kind of to be expected, given how weird my reading year went. I hope this year will go better, most anticipated releases wise. (you can find my first post for 2019 here)

19 thoughts on “Have I read my most anticipated releases of 2019?

    1. There are just SO many books! And many of the books I am super excited about are super expensive hard covers for a long time and then I don’t get to them soon enough to not forget about them.

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    1. I think I also sometimes write these posts for the reader I would like to be more than the reader I am. I add so many literary fiction novels and memoirs and then I end up reading romance. Also, some books sound so much better than they are!

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  1. I loved Three Women but I know people have had very mixed feelings about it. I’m afraid Trick Mirror (except for the essay about female protagonists, which was amazing) was a disappointment for me.

    I’ve just checked out my most anticipated books of 2019 (7). I read all of them, but only loved 3, and 2 were real disappointments.

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    1. I think I have properly adjusted my expectations for The Women – I have read that it focusses not so much on “female desire” but on the way in which that desire is maybe hindered by society – and men. I am really excited for it still!
      I hate when most anticipated books end up being disappointing,

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  2. I totally get the agony of lists of books you are DEFINITELY going to read this year, only to discover you’ve read…one of them. I went back and looked at a list of “series I need to finish” list I wrote about 18 months ago and discovered I’d made progress on exactly one of them. Oh well, more books to read in the future!

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    1. Oh god, series I need to finish is seriously my biggest problem. I am SO bad at that! I so very often read the first book, plan on continuing and then for some reason I just don’t do it.

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    1. I really loved The Night Circus – but I am not SUPER into the description of The Starless Sea which is probably why I haven’t gotten around to it. But I really should!

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    1. I find it really interesting to see what I eventually do pick up. I also think I need to change my approach to “most anticipated” because there is a difference (for me!) between “I need this and have pre-ordered it” and “oh, should wait until more reviews are out” and I am not always great at distinguishing between the two.

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    1. Usually I am ok with this – I have accepted how abysmal I am at following TBRs. But I read so many mediocre books last year that I am wondering if maybe I should’ve stuck with my anticipated releases to improve my reading year.

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  3. Dropping by to say I appreciate the amount of POC on this list! I really enjoyed some of these like Trick Mirror and I’m Telling the Truth but I’m Lying, whereas I was more disappointed in Three Women and Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls. I own and am looking forward to reading How We Fight for Our Lives and In the Dream House. Curious to see your thoughts on your most anticipated 2020 releases!

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    1. Thank you! I didn’t even consciously choose that – which I am kind of glad about. I have tried for a few years to be more conscious about reading books written by POC and it seems it finally is starting to come a bit more naturally.

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