Looking back at my 2019 anticipated releases

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Hello friends!

This is a call-out post to myself!

So, twice a year, I make these huge lists of my most anticipated releases of the year like every other bookish content creator, right? But here’s the thing, it dawned on me that once I post those lists I kind of uh…forget about them? I mean, I remember most of the books as I’m excited about them and see a lot of people talking about them on Twitter but at the same time they take a backseat in my brain or the initial excitement dies down or, or… and I end up not reading most of them. Which is all good because I also want to give some love to backlist titles and reading for me is all about balance between the two. BUT! I thought that I should at least start going through them at the end of every year to see where I stand with books I was initially anticipating. Is it still the case? Did I read them? Do I still want to read the ones I didn’t get to? We shall find out!

This list isn’t ordered in any way besides release dates from oldest to newest, since that’s how my most anticipated lists for both the first and second half of the year are organized.

book title = goodreads page


(16 books)

  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – Did I love it as much as The Poet X? No. Is it brilliant in its own right? Hell yeah, it is.
  • I Wish you All the Best by Mason Deaver – I actually read and adored this one long before its finished version, which…I should probably get to rereading. And I will. One day.
  • Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali – Hands down my favorite Muslim book out there. (my review)
  • Tell Me How you really Feel by Amina Mae Safi – This book was so angst filled but also equally soft? And it’s queer! And one of the MCs is Muslim! The other one is Jewish!
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power – This book was so weird and creepy and wonderful. It really got under my skin. (my review)
  • The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus – This book was so unexpectedly spiritual and magical. Equally quiet and powerful. (my review)
  • Crier’s War by Nina Varela – This! was! so! good! The worldbuilding so well done and the slowburn agonizingly good. Pfew.
  • Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – Another not surprising one, with, you know, Talia Hibbert being my favorite romance author.


(11 books)

Titles (2)

(9 books)

  • Enchantée by Gita Trelease – Not gonna lie, this was a very easy DNF for me, I was bored to tears.
  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – This book was such a letdown, I didn’t like the format, the relationships nor then anticlimactic ending. (my review)
  • Ruse (Want #2) by Cindy Pon – This was a free fall from how much I adored the first book in this duology. I am a sad bean.
  • Going Off Script by Jen Wilde – This story felt very similar to the author’s other works and yet I liked it a lot less? It fell flat for me. (my review)


(24 books)


(22 books)

Okay so I was kind of…ruthless with weeding out the books I don’t want to read and I talked about the reason in my 2019 round-up, but basically I was disappointed by many books last year so I want to be more selective about the books I read. If I’m being honest the main reason most of these were on there to begin with is because I kept seeing them everywhere and the hype got to me, and I’m not really interested in the story. 2020 is the year I read books I’m truly interested in so these have got to go.

  • The Girl King by Mimi Yu
  • Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury – I realized that the reason I was excited about this is because I love the author’s The Forbidden Wish but the book itself doesn’t really appeal to me.
  • The Last 8 by Laura Pohl
  • Wolf-Light by Yaba Badoe – I didn’t even remember I was excited about this??? or that it even existed? So that says it all.
  • If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka – If I’m being honest, as much as I love adult romance, I have grown out of YA romcoms and most of them just…bore me.

Besides all the books I had on my anticipated lists, I discovered so many books through the year that I am genuinely excited to read and will try to make a priority in 2020. I’ve talked about all of them in a video I posted last week, and I really loved how it turned out.

That’s it until next time.

What are some 2019 releases you’ve loved? And what are some you still want to get to in 2020?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.


14 thoughts on “Looking back at my 2019 anticipated releases

  1. This is such a huge list, but I think you did really well! I used to make anticipated releases as well as yearly TBR, but then I realized long-term TBRs never work for me xD I feel like I did so much by writing those lists and then proceed to forget about the books as the result haha!

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  2. I happen to forget a lot of my most anticipated books! Sometimes it takes ages for my library to order new releases and by then i’m kinda over it?? You did really well on reading them though!

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  3. This is quite the list! I plan to get at The Candle and the Flame and How to Make Friends with the Dark. Many of my TBR books are from all years…or centuries. My brother gave me a book on science that was written in 1831 and I want to read what questions they were asking back then. It should be interesting. And it is a book that is older than my country. Do I need cotton gloves? (Seriously is it proper to read a book that is that old with bare hands?) There are always more good books published each year than I will find time to read, if my health allows it.

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