Book Recommendations // Seven Books Your TBR Needs Ft. #Novel19s

Happy Thursday, everyone! 🌟❄️

I absolutely loved writing my last recommendation post featuring #Novel19s, and since there are still so many more books I’m excited about that have their publication date in 2019, I thought I’d make this a small series, and show you a few more incredible #novel19s that I can’t wait to hold in my hands.

As you know, above all, regardless of genre or book size, ownvoices books, diverse books with POC (especially Asian), LGBTQIAP+, and mental illness representation, and books written by POC authors in general, are very, very important to me, and I will always do my best to help promote, and shine a light on them.

This book recommendation post in particular reflects all that; it features books with one or more of the aspects I mentioned above, most of which will be released in the next few months—and I hope with my entire heart and soul that they will get all the attention and love in the book community.

mix7Heartstopper Volume One
by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper Volume One by Alice Oseman

Does this book even count as a 2019 release, if you can technically read it online (on Tumblr & Tapas) already? (The answer is an unwavering and resounding yes.)

Heartstopper is the wonderful, heartwarming, wholesome, and poignant book that I genuinely can’t fathom anyone ever not being completely enamored with. It has everything I love; wonderful characters you can’t help but adore, great friendships, a heartwarming romance, the cutest dog ever, amazing mental illness representation, beautiful illustrations … I could go on forever.

Rarely have I ever been this excited about a book release, and next to the fact that Alice Oseman is one of my all-time favorite authors, and I’ve been screaming about her artistic talent and her books for as long as I can remember, she’s also the sweetest person ever.

I tweeted about the fact that my local library only has about fifteen English books (most of them Percy Jackson and Harry Potter) for young adults and teens last month, and she actually replied to me, saying that she’d send a copy my way?? (She also has a form on her homepage, where you can apply for a copy for your local library [even if you’re “only” a student who volunteers there]maybe you’ll be just as lucky to receive one!)

I’m just so happy that so many other teens will be able to hold Volume One of HEARTSTOPPER in their hands, and show it all the love it deserves, thanks to her generosity. :’)

Spin the Dawn

by Elizabeth Lim

Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim

I can’t get over how absolutely stunning and magical Spin the Dawn looksand can I just stress the fact that there is an unambiguously ASIAN GIRL ON THE COVER?? Being Asian myself, I’m just so incredibly emotional over every single thing about this book, including its synopsis, and nothing I can say will ever do it justice, so I’ll just insert it here for you to get as excited over as I am:

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

Pssst, Spin the Dawn is also available for pre-order! 😇

Red, White & Royal Blue

by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Sometimes you see a cover, or read a book’s synopsis, and right away this deep certainty settles inside you that fills your heart with light and happiness, this instinctive knowledge that this book will be everything you’ve ever wanted, and more.

Red, White & Royal Blue is that book for me—can it be in my hands already, so I can give it all my love?? Honestly, I’m praying to all the deities in the universe at this point. What does an international blogger have to do to become the luckiest girl in the world, and receive a copy of this book?

Pretty please GIF – Sprinkles of Dreams

I Wish You All the Best

by Mason Deaver

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

[screams eternally in 🌈🌸✨🌟🦄💫]

With a synopsis to match, I have no doubt that I Wish You All the Best will find its way into so many readers’ hearts, and I’m already so impatient to read Mason Deaver’s debut, that I don’t think excitement actually accurately reflects the level of Feelings I’m experiencing.

Oh, and they also seem like such an effortlessly cool and down-to-earth person on social media?? I stan.

The Weight of Our Sky

by Hanna Alkaf

The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

A music loving teen with OCD does everything she can to find her way back to her mother during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in this heart-pounding literary debut.

I’m very selective when it comes to picking books to read, and even more selective, when it comes to signing up for blog toursbut I just had to sign up for The Weight of Our Sky‘s, and words can’t describe how excited I am to have been chosen to be a part of it.

The fact that it focuses on South East Asian culture and historic events makes my heart warm, even though I know that reading this book is going to be a deeply emotional experience for me. BUT IT’S ALL GOING TO BE WORTH IT.

ETA: In-between writing and publishing this blog post I’ve actually finished The Weight of Our Sky, and all I’m capable of saying right now is that it’s indeed a very emotional read, and likely to make you dissolve in tears.


The Dragon Warrior
by Katie Zhao

The Dragon Warrior is a book that I stumbled upon on Twitter through a fortunate series of events, and I am so thankful about that, because it speaks to my soul in so many ways. Katie is also incredibly sweet, and thoughtful, and all-around amazing?? If I weren’t obsessed with her book already, I’d legit scream about it all the time solely because she 120% deserves (for it) to be hugely successful.

I can’t wait for The Dragon Warrior‘s cover reveal, and to hopefully be able to get my hands on an ARC when they exist. 🙏🏻


The Dragon Republic
by R.F. Kuang

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang

I was completely blown away by the first book in the The Poppy War series, and I’m honestly still in disbelief, thinking about how young R.F. Kuang was when she wrote it, how amazingly she writes, and how she managed to bring such a brilliantly woven and expertly crafted tale to life, all while making it seem completely effortless.

If you haven’t read The Poppy War already, I highly, highly recommend you to do so before the sequel comes out next yearyou’d even have enough time to re-read it multiple times, if you want … wink, wink.

Sprinkles of Dreams - Let's Chat

Are any of these books on your TBRs?
Which of these books are you most excited about? Which one has your favorite cover?
What are your anticipated book releases? 💗

xx, lily - Sprinkles of Dreams
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78 thoughts on “Book Recommendations // Seven Books Your TBR Needs Ft. #Novel19s”

  1. Ohh I absolutely love this post, Lily; you mentioned SO many wonderful books coming out next year!! (I honestly can’t wait for 2019 now, if it means that I can read these amazing books. 😍) I’m honestly excited for all of these books, but especially for Red, White & Royal Blue and IYWATB!! Ahhh Spin the Dawn & The Weight of Our Sky sound incredible as well.

    I know we’ve already talked about this, haha, but some of my most anticipated releases are Famous in a Small Town, You Asked for Perfect, and Our Year of Maybe!! 💓

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    1. Yaay, I’m so happy to hear that!! 🥰🥰

      The only reason I want time to pass more quickly is because of book releases, to be honest, otherwise I just want to enjoy my now exam-free December. 🙈

      These all look so amazing, I wish I could read them all now. 😭💖

      Ahh I received a copy of Famous in a Small Town this month!! And I finished You Asked for Perfect yesterday, I think you’ll love it!! ☺️

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  2. I’m so excited for Spin the Dawn. The cover and the blurb. *swoons* And I love stories with Asian or Asian-inspired fantasy settings, or Asian protagonists. I’m always so thrilled to see them. Mainly because I’m Asian American myself, and you know, it feels so exciting…to see Asian heroes get their story told? Kind of hard to explain, but I think you know what I mean ❤

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  3. I really want to read Heartstopper, it seems like such a cute story. Plus it’s been a while since I have read a graphic novel and I have missed reading them. 🙂 Wow! The cover for Spin the Dawn looks gorgeous and the synopsis sounds amazing! I’m definitely adding that book to my TBR! Amazing post Lily! ❤ 🙂

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  4. Wow what a list of recommendations! I haven’t heard of any of these books or authors but glad to have your blog to educate me😊 I think from the descriptions , I find Heartstopper and Spin the dawn very interesting 😊 Adding these to my TBR too! I guess I’ll have to order them on Amazon or Book Depository, considering they’ll def not be available in the bookstores here lol

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              1. Ok, I’ve just pre-ordered Spin the Dawn from your book depository link. I want to check if it gets delivered all right to my new address in India, and then will order HeartStopper 🙂 Excited!!!


    1. LUUU, I missed you!! I hope you’ve been well. ❤

      I think there are still Kickstarter copies left in Alice's online shop! (The shipping is really expensive, rip – but at the same time, it has cover flaps, and overall I prefer it over the Hachette version, tbh!)


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  5. YES!!! I’m both very mad and very happy that you wrote this post. First, I’m mad because MY TBR IS GETTING OUT OF HAND and these recommendations are not helping! And at the same time, super grateful because these books just sound too awesome not to read!! 🙈

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  6. me: scrolling through blog feed
    me: seeing all the down the tbr hole posts
    me: considering how i actually don’t have ENOUGH books on my tbr, and whether i need to ask for recs from people
    lily: oh…’s that post you were looking for

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    1. My pleasure!! 💕💕

      YES pleasepleaseplease read it, Caro, it’s so cute & you will swoon!! And Alice is the sweetest, really, I love how she always takes the time to interact with everyone, and is genuinely super kind?? It makes me love her books and everything she does even more.

      I’m dyinggg over my wait for Spin the Dawn, I’m so happy I’m making more people suffer with me, haha. 😀

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  7. I LOVE this list so much!! So many of my most anticipated made this list. Spin the Dawn has got to be the most stunning book cover of the year. It’s so captivating you can’t help but be hooked.

    I still need to read The Poppy War, but I’m told that it’s a killer.

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  8. Lovely recommendations! I love Heartstopper so, so much, it’s one of my favorite reads. I also can’t wait for Spin The Dawn, that one sounds incredible and that cover is way too pretty! ❤

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  9. Mate, I am downloading Tapas right now to read Heartstopper because this needs to be done immediately. I can’t believe I’ve gone so long without eating that book up. Really rude of me.
    Ok but that cover of I Wish You All The Best? I don’t know one (1) thing about the book but I’m already soft because can we look at that cover, ladies and gents? *Heart eyes*


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