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.
Heartstopper Volume One
by Alice Oseman
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
I can’t get over how absolutely stunning and magical Spin the Dawn looks—and 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
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?
I Wish You All the Best
by Mason Deaver
LOOK. AT. THIS. BEAUTY.
[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
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 tours—but 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
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 year—you’d even have enough time to re-read it multiple times, if you want … wink, wink.
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? 💗