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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Bright, Shiny, And New

Traditionally, January and February are slow months for me as far as scheduled reviews go.  Not so in 2019!  My winter calendar is already bulging with books that need to be read and reviewed.  All of these are new (and new-ish)  releases and yet, there are still more bright, shiny 2019 books that I'd like to get to in the near future.  I'm going to hit you with a list of 10 (okay, 12) in just a sec, but first ... If you want to join in this week's Top Ten Tuesday fun (and you totally do), click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl, read up on a few TTT guidelines, make your own list, and spend some happy hours visiting other people's blogs to peruse their lists.  It's a good time!  Not to mention a great way to discover new blogs, drop in on old favorites, and of course, add great-looking books to your TBR list. 

Okay, here we go with my Top Ten (Ahem, 12) Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2019:

1.  The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner (available March 19)—I'm actually almost finished with this dual timeline novel about an 81-year-old woman with Alzheimer's who's desperate to find and thank an old friend she met at the Crystal City, Texas, internment camp during World War II before her disease erases all her memories for good.  It's an intriguing novel, although it actually reads more like a memoir.

2.  Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill (available March 5)—In the same vein as Meissner's WWII novel is this one about an Italian-American teen who falls in love with a Japanese-American boy.  A romance between them would be scandalous, not to mention illegal.  When the boy is sent to an internment camp, his hope is kept alive by letters from his secret girlfriend, whose not so subtle support of Japanese-Americans could get her into some big trouble.

3.  Lovely War by Julie Berry (available March 5)—I enjoy Julie Berry's books, so I'm excited about her newest which concerns four young people torn apart by World War I.

4.  The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff (available February 5)—Jenoff's World War II novels are excellent.  This based-on-a-true-story novel about a ring of female secret agents who operated during the war sounds thrilling.

5.  Inheritance by Dani Shapiro (available January 15)—As a genealogy buff, I'm intrigued by stories like Shapiro's and the questions they raise.  This memoir is about the shock Shapiro receives when a DNA test she takes on a whim reveals that her father is not her biological parent and her subsequent search for her true identity. 

6.  The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (available January 15)—This novel, about a troubling sleeping disease that descends on a California college town and the chaos that follows in its wake, sounds riveting.

7.  The Bell Rang by James E. Ransome (available January 15)—I love historical MG novels and this one, about a slave family whose son runs away from the plantation, sounds intriguing.

8.  Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams (available January 15)—As the adoptive mother of a bi-racial child, I'm always interested in books like this one.  It's about a young girl who struggles with her chaotic family life, the fact that her skin's not as light as she would like it to be, and her own journey to find out who she really is. 

9.  The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle (January 22)—Another MG novel, this one concerns a magical island and the brewing fight over who will inherit the power to control it.

10.  The Current by Tim Johnston (available January 22)—I'm always up for a good murder mystery/small town secrets novel and this one sounds like just the ticket.  The story revolves around an "accident" that kills a young college student.  The incident bears an uncanny resemblance to another murderous event from the past, which propels a young woman to investigate both—to her own peril.

11.  The Lost Man by Jane Harper (available February 5)—I enjoyed both of the books in Harper's Aaron Falk series.  Her newest is a standalone, which is a little disappointing but still intriguing.  The plot summary on this one doesn't give away much, but it looks like another murder mystery set in the Australian outback.  I'm in!

12.  The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye (available January 8)—This historical thriller centers around a white woman from New York City who is on the run after an illicit deal gone wrong.  When she befriends a Pullman porter, who helps her find refuge at a blacks-only hotel in Portland, Oregon, she finds herself in the middle of a dangerous, racially-charged situation that will leave her smack in the middle of another tangled mess.

There you go, twelve new releases I'm excited to read.  What about you?  Which 2019 books are you looking forward to?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor.

Happy TTT!   


  1. "The Last Year of the War" sounds like such a tearjerker.

    This is my Top Ten Tuesday post.

    1. It's definitely sad, but the book is written in such a way that it's actually kind of distancing. Does that make sense? It's a tell-not-show narrative style that isn't as emotional as it should be.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    2. You're welcome. That's great to know.

  2. These all look so good! Some are already on my TBR but I'm adding The Storm Keeper's Island to it. It looks amazing. And I'm so curious about The Inheritance. I'm fascinated by genealogy and this is intriguing.

    1. I agree. I'm excited to read THE STORM KEEPER'S ISLAND. Also THE INHERITANCE. It sounds so interesting, especially for those of us who love genealogy :)

      Thanks for coming by!

  3. The Lost Man! I'm really liking Jane Harper's books. I was meh on The Current . I liked it but didn't love it.

    1. I'll be interested to see how THE LOST MAN compares to the Falk books. Bummer that THE CURRENT was meh for you. It sounds really good.

      Thanks, as always, for stopping by and commenting, Grace!

  4. You've got some good ones listed here and despite my aim to read fewer of the new and shiny, I'm still having a hard time resisting and selecting. Definitely want to read THE LOST MAN and have also heard great things about THE PARAGON HOTEL. We'll see about the others. :-)

    1. Ha ha. I ALWAYS get distracted by the new and shiny :) I'm excited for a new Jane Harper novel, but I wish it was another Aaron Falk one. THE PARAGON HOTEL does sound excellent, doesn't it?

      Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

  5. Added The Last Year of the War to my TBR. It sounds good.

    1. It is good. Not as good as I wanted it to be, but it's still an interesting read. I hope you enjoy it!

      Thanks for coming by, Brooke.

  6. So many great books I'm not aware of. 😍 Thank you for sharing this! 🤓

    1. That's why I love TTT -- I always find intriguing new books that I'd never even heard of before. So fun.

      Thanks for coming by!

  7. I love the cover of Genesis Begins Again!

    1. Me, too! My daughter gets so excited when she sees someone who looks like her on the cover of a book. I love that the cover is colorful and eye-catching.

      Thanks, as always, for your comments!

  8. I'm also extremely excited for The Dreamers. I adored her debut, The Age of Miracles, and have been waiting anxiously for something new from her for a while. The Lost Girls of Paris will be my first Jenoff book but this one sounds fantastic.

    1. I haven't read THE AGE OF MIRACLES yet. It's been on my TBR pile for a long time - just haven't gotten to it yet.

      I really enjoy Jenoff's novels. I hope you like THE LOST GIRlS OF PARIS.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I hadn't heard of most of these! Hope they go well for you!

    1. That's my favorite part of TTT -- hearing about books I otherwise wouldn't have known about.

      Thanks for coming by!

  10. Ohh.. I haven't seen some of these and I'm going to have to check them out! Very interesting list! :) Happy reading!

    1. I'm amazed at how many new books are brought to my attention because of Top Ten Tuesday!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Ooh, I see some of the titles that I want to read, also! The Dreamers, The Current, The Lost Man and the Paragon Hotel. Hope you get to read and enjoy these!

    1. I know. There are so many great-sounding books coming out this year. I want to read them all!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Ah the last title description sounds fascinating!

    1. Right? I can't wait to delve into THE PARAGON HOTEL. It sounds SO intriguing.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  13. All of these sound wonderful. The Lost Girls of Paris might be one we both read. Thanks for visiting The Book Connection this week.

    1. Pam Jenoff's a great author. If you like WWII fiction, you should definitely give her a go!

      Thanks for coming by!

  14. I hadn't heard about many of these books before but they all sound so interesting especially The Last Year of the War.


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