Every book lover understands the panic of finishing a book without anything new to read. Luckily, 2019 is crammed full of exciting upcoming books that will have you chain reading and walking into poles. We asked our staff of avid bibliophiles to pick the books they can’t wait to read this year and here they are. Read ‘em and weep, laugh and learn something new. Your reading glasses won’t be getting a break for a while.
The Testament by Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood is the award-winning author behind The Handmaid's Tale. The book was actually released in 1985 and was only adapted into a TV series of the same name in 2017. The show has been an award-winning hit in its own right, which might have inspired Margaret Atwood to write a sequel. The Testaments, one of the most anticipated books of the year, is set 15 years after the events of the first book and won't be related to the TV show, which has already gone past the events of the original novel. A sequel this long in the making from such a genius mind will surely shatter even our wildest expectations.
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
Children of Blood and Bone, the young-adult African fantasy book about magic returning to the land of OrÏsha, was a powerful debut for Tomi Adeyemi. The second book in the series, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, promises even more heart-stopping storytelling. After the shocking cliffhanger of Children of Blood and Bone, Zélie and Amari must confront a new enemy as war lurks between the ruling kosidan and the oppressed maji. There's something refreshing about fantasy stories told on the scale of Harry Potter but set right here in Africa.
Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution by Amber Tamblyn
Amber Tamblyn is an actor, director and one of the founders of the Time's Up movement. In this autobiographical collection of essays, she confronts her personal transformations, the #MeToo movement, life in the political potboiler of the US and the hard-won but short-lived progress of contemporary women. Era of Ignition is set to be both an honest account of one woman growing into her voice and a rallying call for all women who have had enough. Not at all the predictable celebrity memoir we've come to expect.
Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
There's something about a Snapped: Women Who Kill marathon on an indoorsy weekend that's both repulsive and irresistible. If true crime is your guilty pleasure too, you might have heard the voices of Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark on the mega-successful podcast, My Favorite Murder. "Stay sexy and don't get murdered" is how they sign off each episode and now they've spun it into a book. It's unlike most Hot-Tos in the sense that it's slated to be a collection of stories from the co-authors' lives as well as some exclusive true crime vignettes. They will bluntly address mental health, marriage and how politeness will get you killed. And who doesn't need to hear that once in a while?
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Date Published: 12 March 2019