My Musings

Books I will buy this year

So we’re two weeks into 2019 and I’m sure some of us are proud of ourselves for setting goals for this year and managing to stick to them for two whole weeks! Well done us! (I take praise however I can get it).

If you read my last post, you will know that some of my goals include, a. Not buying too many books this year as I try to read what I own and b. Not allowing myself to get caught up in the Instagram hype about, “MUST READ!!!” books. It’s not always easy but I am going to try.

That being said, there are some books coming out this year that these rules will not apply to. Don’t buy books? Nope, these books are going to be bought. Not only am I going to buy them, I am going to pre-order them. I have them on a pre-order schedule. Take that people who say I’m disorganized!

Here are my most anticipated reads for this year (so far, I’m sure some more might be added at some point).

Black Leopard, Red Wolf – Marlon James

I’m a simple girl. I see Marlon James and I want the book. This is also the first of The Dark Star trilogy which is exciting to me. I know some people who got ARC’s of this book but I have deliberately not read any reviews. I want no spoilers.

Publishing Date – February 5, 2019

On The Come Up – Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give was one of my favourite books of 2018 so I will definitely be reading the 2nd novel by Angie Thomas. Why mess with a good thing?

Publishing Date – February 5, 2019

Children of Virtue and Vengeance – Tomi Adeyemi

This will be the 2nd book in the Legacy of Orisha series. I have hyped the Children of Blood and Bone enough for you to know why I will be buying this book.

Publishing Date – March 5, 2019

Lost Roses – Martha Hall Kelly

I loved Lilac Girls, another one of my top reads of 2018. Lost Roses is the prequel to Lilac Girls and is set in the first World War. I get nervous about prequels because I’ve been burned in the past (looking at you Dan Brown and Kate Atkinson) but I’ll step out on faith for this one.

Publishing Date – April 9, 2019

Patsy – Nicole Dennis-Benn

I squealed when I saw Nicole Dennis-Benn announce this on her Instagram. I’m not only buying this book, I’m colour coordinating my nails to match. I’m extra like that.

Publishing Date – June 4, 2019

There are of course some honourable mentions. These are books I’ve wanted to buy in the past but never did for some reason or another:

  • Not That Bad – Roxane Gay. I really want all of her books tbh.
  • Well Read Black Girl – Glory Edim
  • Can We All Be Feminists. Seventeen Writers on Intersectionality, Identity, and the Way Forward for Feminism  – Edited by June Eric-Udorie (The lineup of writers in this book is amazing)
  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower – Brittney Cooper
  • Next Year in Havana – Chanel Cleeton
  • The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo (I’m suffering from major fomo with this one)
  • My Sister, The Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite (Fomo again)
  • Purple Hibiscus & Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I think that’s it for it for now. Like I said, I’m sure others will pop up but I promise myself I will not go overboard this year. Money haffi save! I have travel plans which hopefully will go much better than last year (could it be worse? I hope not!)

Okay Amazon/Thriftbooks/Book Depository, take my money…

What are some of your anticipated reads for this year?

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5 thoughts on “Books I will buy this year

  1. Lol! I’m the same with Marlon James. He drops a new book, I have to buy it.
    Black Leopard, Red Wolf been on my to-buy list since he mentioned that he has an idea to write a fantasy novel to rival Game of Thrones.

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  2. The James definitely. Also the latest Ogawa Yoko (in English), the new Toni Morrison essay/speeches collection, Ebony Thomas’ “The Dark Fantastic” which explores how YA SFF handles race and … I’ll stop there 🙃.

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