This list only has three books on it right now because as I’m writing this, ModernMrs.Darcy (aka the book-world authority I look towards for this type of information) still hasn’t posted a guide to 2019 fall releases yet. As soon as that drops, I am sure this list will expand.
And it’s a tentative list because school has a horrible tendency to mess with my reading. Well, I guess school also helps a little because it gives you books to read, but that does not balance out the equation. During school months, the scales of time definitely tilt towards the homework side rather than the reading side.
But hey, that’s when one of the many superpowers readers have comes into play: sneaking in a couple pages every time there’s a few spare minutes and adding those pages up into a whole book. Unless those pages don’t add up to a book and then you feel like you’ve been reading the same book for a month with no progress. Which is awful. Hopefully that will not be happening with any of the following books.
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell
Release date: September 10, 2019
Genre: non-fiction, psychology
Thoughts: It’s Malcolm Gladwell! You might have heard of some of his other books (such as Outliers: The Story of Success). They all have clean and simple white covers like this one. He also hosts the podcast Revisionist History, which I LOVE-I recommended it in my podcasts post earlier this year! What he does in his books and his podcast is take stories you’ve either never heard of or have definitely heard of and then turn them completely on their heads. It’s fascinating and really makes you reconsider things. If you don’t like non-fiction, Malcolm Gladwell’s books might be good ones to try because they’re the absolute opposite of dry and boring.
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Release date: September 24, 2019
Genre: Historical fiction (with a touch of magic?)
Thoughts: Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of another book called Between the World and Me from a few years ago that is also on my to be read list. It’s won several awards, and I feel like I’ve seen it all over the place. He’s already written many books (including multiple Black Panther comics series!), but The Water Dancer is his first novel. From what the description gives away, it’s about a mother and son in slavery who are cruelly and wrongly separated. The story is about the son as he is given a strange gift that pushes him to go on a complex journey to save his family.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Release date: November 5, 2019
Thoughts: Haha, Erin Morgenstern is also the author of another book on my to be read list: The Night Circus! I’m guessing there’s a good chance you’ve either read it, heard of it, or seen its striking cover before. This is her second novel. It’s about a guy who finds a mysterious book with weird stories in it that somehow has a story about him, and it leads him into a hidden world. Okay, the plot is reminding me of the book The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (which also has a black and gold and silver cover! weird), and I did not like that book, but I think I will like The Starless Sea because of how many good things I’ve heard about The Night Circus.
Also, the UK cover for The Starless Sea is completely different-whaaaat?
What are you reading right now?
Favorite 2019 releases so far?
Other new books you want to read but haven’t gotten to yet?
P.P.S. Beautiful bookstore picture @jo_rodgers on Instagram