I’m waiting for… 2019 edition

Seems there’s lots of good reading to be done this year (have I ever started a year not thinking the same…? No).

Other bloggers have posted curated lists of 2019 releases (check out Bookish BeckA Little Blog of Books and Whispering Gums) and there are loads of comprehensive lists floating around (such as LitHub, and the SMH for Australian releases). There’s nothing new on my list, I’m posting it simply to have a record of books to follow-up during the year.

    • Look How Happy I’m Making You by Polly Rosenwaike – short stories about motherhood (or not)
    • The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib – anorexia and anxiety
    • Lifelines by Heidi Diehl – nationality and how it shapes our lives
    • Picture of Innocence by TJ Stimson – do I get sucked in by the promise of the ‘must-read psychological thriller of 2019’?
    • The Cook by Maylis de Kerangal – style sounds interesting
    • Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I love the seventies
    • Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi – I still haven’t read any Oyeyemi so I might as well start with this intriguing-looking book
    • The New Me by Halle Butler – yes to anything described as ‘darkly hilarious and devastating’
    • I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott – a memoir in essays
    • I’m Not Really a Waitress by Suzi Weiss-Fischmann and Catherine Knepper – it’s about more than nail polish
    • Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley – grief and group dynamics
    • Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love by Dani Shapiro – genetics and identity
    • Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken – bowling and a small town
    • The Study of Animal Languages by Lindsay Stern – communication in a marriage
    • Vacuum in the Dark by Jen Beagin – I do love that cover…
    • Memories of the Future by Siri Hustvedt – my last couple of Hustvedt experiences haven’t been great but I’m prepared to give her another go
    • Guestbook by Leanne Shapton – I love Shapton’s mix of illustration and words
    • Stay Up With Hugo Best by Erin Somers – summer reading in autumn
    • I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum – I saw her speak at MWF last year, she was terrific
    • Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls – still haven’t read Us
    • City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert – I’m still pretending Eat Pray Love never happened
    • The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy – loved Levy’s other books
    • Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout – hello Olive!
    • Carl’s Book by Naja Marie Aidt – grief memoir, of course, I’ll read it
    • The Testament by Margaret Atwood – is this THE MOST anticipated novel of 2019?
    • Make It Scream Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison – still have Recovering in the TBR but I love her essays
    • Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan – his last few have been rippers
    • No Happy Endings by Nora McInerny – happiness in the wake of tragedy
    • Exploded View by Carrie Tiffany – this is my most anticipated novel of 2019
    • Maybe the Horse Will Talk by Elliot Perlman – it’s been awhile since the wonderful Street Sweeper
    • Mother of Pearl by Angela Savage – looking forward to this
    • Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas – love him or hate him, he writes books that make people talk
    • and lastly, new unnamed novels by Heather Rose and Jennifer Down

13 responses

  1. So many reads to get excited about! I’m especially looking forward to the Elizabeth McCracken, she’s so great and I haven’t read her in so long. And the Deborah Levy. And Olive’s back! And if I didn’t feel giddy enough – the Atwood. I think 2019 might be a vintage year 🙂

    • I’ like to say at least half of them but based on my 2018 effort, that’s unlikely – I hardly read any new releases last year! Safe to say that the Aus new releases will get read (particularly Tiffany, Rose, Perlman and Tsiolkas).

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