Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books of the Second Half of 2019


This week’s topic is supposed to be “Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019,” but I tend to read some of this and some of that, so no promises I’ll only be reading new releases.

I’m always reluctant to do this type of post because I’m a reader who doesn’t care if I finish a book or not. DNF is fine with me. I either like it or I don’t finish it. I’ve already thrown back a few new titles this season, which is typical for me. I usually have a few books going at the same time and generally its a mix of old and new, fiction and non-fiction, fluff and missed classics. It’s good for the mind, I believe, to do this. I’m done trying fantasy or sci-fi and as I’ve said before, I’ve given up on Dickens. I’ve been enjoying Hemingway and even though East of Eden gave me real-world nightmares, Steinbeck has been holding my attention, too, so either of those two could make the eventual summer list when it’s all done.

I also don’t plan my reading very seriously. I do request everything from the library since I need audiobooks constantly for my commute. Walking in and grabbing something, either on CDs or e-audio, just doesn’t work. Periodically, I also pick up something on my shelves that I haven’t read or that Mom says I must read or that’s been languishing unread on my Kindle. That makes the variety even greater. If I were to say “These are THE books I’m reading this summer,” they would become homework and I’d avoid them like the plague. When I do reading challenges (which I like) I do them after a lot of reading–match it all up when I’m done for a season or a year. I also use them to fill in gaps or when I can’t get into anything or if nothing I want at the library is in yet. Very hand tool.

How about you? Do you pick books and stick to the list? Do you prefer to browse bookstore or library shelves? Have you ever picked up a book at a local Little Free Library? Leave me a comment.


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12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books of the Second Half of 2019

  1. I feel the exact same way about reading challenges and planning books out in advance. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood is my one exception to that, but otherwise I’ll be going with the flow. 🙂

    My TTT.

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  2. I don’t like to over-commit to a reading list because then, like you, I feel like it’s homework. Although I almost never read more than one book at a time, I will occasionally listen to one and read another. Still, I prefer to concentrate on one. I read a book by Louise Penny and thought it was good and since I run the library’s mystery book club for work, I wouldn’t be surprised if we read another one. I get ideas at the library, but I already have a good supply of titles so adding to the TBR makes me a little stressed! As for the Little Library? Haven’t seen any around here but I would love to visit one!


  3. I plan to reading When We Left Cuba super soon! Next Year in Havana was one of my favorite books this year and I had no idea there was a second one until someone mentioned in here. I also don’t anticipate reading all the books on my life – new releases or no – but at least I can be on the lookout for them when they do hit the shelves. Great list!

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  4. I am the same way. While I do have new releases this year I am looking forward to, it is doubtful I will get around to reading some of them until next year. I like to have a general TBR for the month but I rarely stick to it. There are just too many good books out there!

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  5. I’m hopeless at keeping to reading lists. All the fun lies in creating the list – once done I seem to go off the books….. I’ve amazed myself by reading 4 of the 15 books on my 15booksofsummer list this year.

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