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5 Books to look out for in 2019

A little more than half the year has gone by. 2019 was, by far, one of the most productive years as far as new books were concerned. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michelidas was my personal favourite this year and I heard similar reviews from many bookworms too.

New books bring a new experience with them. The smell of a new paperback or the anticipation of buying a Kindle copy for yourself can be matched by little else.

When The Testament released last month, the sales of The Handmaid’s Tale reached its peak! Everyone rushed to buy both those books to brush up on the original story before reading the new sequel. Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra was another book that saw good sales last year, thanks to the amazing Netflix series.

But I digress…

Here are some of the books that have release dates later this year. And we just cannot wait to get our greedy hands on them!

Pre book #1: Zadie Smith, Grand Union: Stories

Zadie Smith writes some very good stories, ones that instantly grab our attention and twist our guts. Releasing in October, Grand Union has a variety of stories from dark comedy to high satire. Unlike the earlier tales Zadie has told us, these will be short, but may not be exactly sweet. We are waiting for this master storyteller to unleash her stories on us and go through a variety of emotions as we always do with her books.

Release Date: October 8th.

Pre book #2: Michael Frank, What is Missing

Michael Frank has given us The Mighty Franks before. It is a colourful memoir of the Frank family in which Michael’s command over the language and his style of storytelling stuns you. From the same author, comes another masterpiece about a woman who goes abroad after her husband died, and how the trip changes her life. We’re waiting for it desperately, while keeping our tissues ready in the meantime.

Release Date: October 8th.

Pre book #3: Benjamin Percy, Suicide Woods

I’m a sucker for thrillers and crime novels. I also love short stories. So when I heard that Benjamin Percy was about to release a collection of “horror, crime and weird things that happen in the woods,” I whooped in joy. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.  It’s coming out next month, so I’m waiting with bated breath. So much for a thrilling experience!

Release Date: October 15th.

Pre book #4: Kevin Wilson, Nothing to See Here

When a woman is responsible for taking care of two children, you might think it’ll end up to be a regular book. But what if I said that the children can burst into flames when agitated? This is certainly a book to read!

Release Date: November 5th.

Pre book #5: Jenny Slate, Little Weirds

Jenny Slate has achieved so much in the world of comedy and television and movies, we never thought she’d come into books and entertain us here too. With a cutely funny blurb, I have little doubt that I’m going to love it. Want to read the blurb? Here it is:

Hello! I looked into my brain and found a book. Here it is. Inside you will find:

  • The smell of honeysuckle
  • Heartbreak
  • A French-kissing rabbit
  • A haunted house
  • Death
  • A vagina singing sad old songs
  • Young geraniums in an ancient castle
  • Birth
  • A dog who appears in dreams as a spiritual guide
  • Divorce
  • Electromagnetic energy fields
  • Emotional horniness
  • The ghost of a sea captain
  • And more

I hope you enjoy these little weirds.


Jenny Slate.

Of course, I want to read this book!!

Release Date: November 5th.


The list will go on. And on. And still on. Because no one can stop me when I start talking about books. But I’ll shut up now and let you pre book these ones. Come back and tell us if you find something good as well. No amount of books can be too many!

Happy reading!

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