Books

Most Anticipated 2019 Book Releases (second half)

How is it July already? We are now over half way through 2019 and there are so many exciting books that are yet to be released.

Sometimes I like to read physical books, other times its more convenient to listen to audio books whilst I’m busy doing other things. I use Audible and if you want to see if audio books are your “thing” then they have a free 30 day trial!

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Anyhoos, no matter which book format you choose, here are just a few of the books that will grace our shelves this summer, autumn and winter.

Wicked Fox – Kat Cho

Pub – 25 June 2019

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UK https://amzn.to/2Xg4T9H

US https://amzn.to/305KPJ6

Okay so this is already out, but I really need to get my hands on it! As a half-Oriental girl, I love it when Eastern works enter the West. I grew up without people that “looked like me” in literature, films, TV and magazines so it’s great that the media and art world is kind of becoming more diverse. Wicked Fox has such an interesting premise and it’s on my TBR list.

This fantasy-romance is set in modern-day Seoul.

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must eat devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales any more, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to men. He’s drawn to her anyway. When he finds her fox bead, he does not realize he holds her life in his hands.

The Downstairs Girl – Stacey Lee

Pub: 13 August 2019
Another Oriental novel, this time in the form of The Downstairs Girl written by Chinese-American author Stacey Lee. I am half Chinese. I am a journalist. I am fascinated by this period of history. I NEED TO READ THIS.

By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady’s maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, “Dear Miss Sweetie.” When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society’s ills, but she’s not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender.

While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta’s most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light.

The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

Pub: 10 September 2019

I read The Handmaid’s Tale years ago, but the story still resonates with me. I can’t wait for the sequel!

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UK https://amzn.to/2JhfqfY

US https://amzn.to/2ZZPDzI

Gotta Get Theroux This – Louis Theroux

Pub: 19 September 2019

I love a good autobiography (or biography) and my favourite journalist has written a book!

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UK https://amzn.to/2JhfE6O

In Gotta Get Theroux This, Louis takes the reader on a joyous journey through his life and unexpectedly successful career. Nervously accepting the BBC’s offer of his own series, he went on to create an award-winning documentary style that has seen him immersed in worlds as diverse as racist US militias and secretive pro-wrestlers, the violent gangs of Johannesburg and extreme drinkers in London.

Arguably his biggest challenge was corralling celebrities in his When Louis Met series, with Jimmy Savile proving most elusive. Blindsided when the revelations about Savile came to light, Louis was to reflect again on the nature of evil he had spent decades uncovering.

Filled with wry observation, larger-than-life characters, and self-deprecating humour, this is Louis at his insightful and honest best.

The Book of Dust Volume Two The Secret Commonwealth – Philip Pullman

Pub: 3 October 2019

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UK https://amzn.to/2YrVCg9

US https://amzn.to/2XfNI8s

This is my most anticipated book that’s on my TBR list! I read the His Dark Materials trilogy years and years and years ago and the ending still breaks my heart. I was so excited when Pullman wrote The Book of Dust and now the sequel is here!

It is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacqua begin her life-changing journey.

It is seven years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford’s Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground-breaking, bestselling His Dark Materials sequence.

Now, in The Secret Commonwealth, we meet Lyra Silvertongue. And she is no longer a child…

The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed.

Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.

Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost – a city haunted by daemons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.

Which books are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments below or say hi over on Instagram and Twitter @themayanirvana

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