Books I Can’t Wait to Read in 2019

It’s a new year and that means I have a new reading goal! For 2019, I’ve upped the number of books I want to read to 70. Like all avid readers, there are some books I’m more excited about this year than others, and that list is sure to grow as more releases are announced. Here a few that I am MOST excited about in 2019.
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Angie Thomas follows up her smash The Hate U Give with this young adult novel about Bri, a sixteen-year-old aspiring to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Until he died, her dad was a big star in the hip hop world, so she’s got connections, but family hardships and negative media attention threaten to bring her down.
Releases February 5.

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From the writers that brought us The Wife Between Us, comes another thriller about a young woman who signs up for a psychological study to make some extra cash. But as the questions begin to get more prying and manipulative, it becomes apparent this is not your ordinary study session.
Out now.

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Tomi Adeyemi picks up where Children of Blood and Bone left off in this highly anticipated sequel. Not much is known about the plot – heck the cover hasn’t even been revealed yet! But it’s sure to be a big hit like its predecessor was.
Releasing in March.

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Sarah J. Maas delves into adult fiction with her new fantasy series Crescent City. Last year, she revealed to Entertainment Weekly that the series will be “set in a universe where humans struggle with survival and hierarchies of the magical creatures they live among. Crescent City will follow half-human, half-Sidhe Bryce Quinlan as she seeks to avenge the death of her best friend, who was brutally murdered.” And that’s about all we know, but she’s been such a prolific author these past couple years that readers (including me) will devour anything she writes.
Releasing late 2019.

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The Caraval series wraps up with this final book, aptly named Finale. Legend is about to be crowned, Tella thinks her mother is still alive and Scarlett is starting a game of her own with her ex-fiance Julian. How will everything end?
Releases May 7.

Reykjavik & the Blue Lagoon

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Happy New Year! Hard to believe that it’s 2019 already – where does the time go?? It’s almost been THREE months since my trip to Iceland and I still can’t stop thinking about it. I just have one more post about that amazing little island that captured my heart in 2018, and I’ll be highlighting what we did in Reykjavik as well as talking about my experience at the Blue Lagoon.

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Best Movies of 2018

Movies always seem to be the last thing I write about at the end of the year. I’m not sure why – maybe it’s because I don’t enjoy them as much as I do other forms of entertainment? My movie watching also slowed this year; Adam moved on from reviewing movies at the Southside Times and since we were no longer getting to see them for free, we’ve barely gone to the theater the last few months.

But I do have a few favorites from 2018 that I thought I would share and since it doesn’t look like I’m going to make it to see Mary Poppins Returns before the year is over, I decided it was time to sit down and write this thing.

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Best Albums of 2018

To me, 2018 wasn’t a stellar year for music. Artists I normally love like Fall Out Boy, Ashley Monroe, and Mumford & Sons disappointed me with their albums and with the exception of the few on this list, I continued to listen to last year’s favorites instead.

My list is country heavy, features a new-ish album from my favorite band and an EP from their little brother. What were you listening to and loving in 2018?

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Graffiti U by Keith Urban
Is he pop or country? It’s getting harder and harder to tell with Mr. Urban but on his tenth studio album, Graffiti U,  the Aussie musician turns out another solid effort full hooks and signature guitar solos. He’s joined on several tracks by up and coming female singers and even shares a songwriting credit with Ed Sheeran on “Parallel Line.” Probably the best song on the album though is “Female”, a powerful ballad about respecting women in the #MeToo era.
Songs to Download: Coming Home, Same Heart, Drop Top, Texas Time, Female

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