Spring 2019 Releases I’m Anticipating

Here are some books I’m excited about that are coming out March-May 2019.

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March Releases

  • Second Chance with Her Billionaire by Therese Beharrie (Mar 1) A second chance romance by an author whose work I’ve adored in the past, with a great cover? Sign me up.
  • Kiss and Cry by Mina V Esguerra (Mar 1)  I really enjoyed this second chance hockey romance by one of my favorite romance authors, set in The Phillipines! #romanceclass
  • The Queen of Cups by Ren Basel (Mar 1) OwnVoices fantasy adventure featuring a nonbinary, autistic, ace ship captain with synesthesia!
  • Graham’s Delicacies by Mina Waheed (Mar 5) This collection of short romances set in a bakery is linked to Soft on Soft, one of my favorite romances of 2018, and it was a lovely cozy read.
  • The Ultimate Pi Day Party by Jackie Lau (Mar 5) I have really enjoyed other books by this author, and this one is a math-themed rom com with pie, could not ask for more, really.
  • You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman (Mar 5) I’ve been excited for this YA about a bi Jewish boy grappling with academic pressure and a crush on his math tutor since the author first started talking about it on Twitter.
  • Out of Salem by Hal Shrieve (Mar 5) This YA novel has a genderqueer zombie MC. Need I say more?
  • Sissy: A Coming of Gender Story by Jacob Tobia (Mar 5) This memoir tracing Tobia’s experience growing into their identity as a genderqueer person focuses on their childhood through college years.
  • Proud edited by Juno Dawson (Mar 7) Heard great things about this queer YA anthology, and it has a great lineup of authors.
  • Criminal Intentions: A Single Bright Candle’s Flame by Cole McCade (Mar 10) This m/m police serial is wonderful, and I am savoring it slowly.
  • Adonis Line by Dakota Gray (Mar 11) The long awaited next book in the Filth series is almost here and I am excited!
  • Meet Me in Outer Space by Melinda Grace (Mar 12): This story about a college student who has been masking her auditory processing disorder all her life now grappling with needing accommodations is supposed to have great disability rep.
  • The Tesla Legacy by KK Pérez  (Mar 12) In this YA, a young scientist accidentally unlocks her dormant electrical powers and then needs to deal with a very old battle between alchemical societies, both of which have plans for her.
  • A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Ramee (Mar 12) I’ve heard wonderful things about this middle grade book centering a young Black girl trying to find her place in activism.
  • Squad by Mariah McCarthy (Mar 12) This YA centers a cheerleader who is exiled from her friend group, tries LARPing and builds new connections, including a romance with a trans guy. I hear good things about the trans rep.
  • Internment by Samira Ahmed (Mar 19): I have heard wonderful things about this YA about a near future US and a teen forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens who then takes part in a revolution.
  • Clean Break by Erin McLellan (Mar 19) Hate to love forced proximity kinky NA m/m romance, yes please.
  • Anyone But You by Chelsea M. Cameron (Mar 19) An f/f enemies-to-lovers adult romcom by one of my favorite f/f writers, sign me up.
  • Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale (Mar 19) I hear this YA with a bi MC is adorable and full of foodie moments.
  • Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole (Mar 19) I have been excited for this book forever and the concept is amazing and the cover is gorgeous and it’s by an author whose work I adore, yes yes yes to this book.
  • The Weight of the Stars by K Ancrum (Mar 19) This YA slow burn f/f romance sounds amazing!
  • A Knight to Remember by Ceillie Simkiss (Mar 19) A lady knight, a ball, and fashion design, I am so ready.
  • Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid (Mar 25) This m/m hockey romance between legendary rivals is perfect for my hockey romance reading project.
  • Writing Her In by Holley Trent (Mar 26) Why yes I want polyamorous romance with a gray ace MC by one of my favorite authors, thank you very much.
  • Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan (Mar 26) I feel like I’ve been excited for this f/f historical romance centering two older women for a very long time, and now it’s almost out in the world!
  • Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy (Mar 26): A sci-fi retelling of King Arthur where King Arthur is a teen girl.
  • I: New Selected Poems by Toi Derricotte (Mar 26) I am so excited for a new book of poetry by this author, which includes both new poems and also selections from her prior books. She is a really wonderful poet and I can’t wait!
  • Bang and Burn by Katrina Jackson (March TBD) I love this sexy spy series so much, and I’m really excited to read this m/m installment!

April Releases

  • Arctic Sun by Annabeth Albert (April 1) Yes give me all the grumpy loners drawn out of their shells by sunshiny boys who are masking how much they are hurting.
  • Engaging the Enemy by Reese Ryan (April 1) Oh yes I will definitely be reading this enemies to lovers category romance by one of my faves! And did you see that cover?
  • Shut Up You’re Pretty by Tea Mutonji (Apr 1) This collection of short stories is the first book to be published under the imprint VS. Books, a series of books curated and edited by Vivek Shraya featuring work by new and emerging Indigenous or Black writers, or writers of colour.
  • Death Threat by Vivek Shraya (Apr 1) This comic book with illustrations by Ness Lee brings to life both the trans hating violent hate mail directed at Shraya & the trans woman author’s responses to this mail.
  • Far From Agrabah by Aisha Saeed (Apr 2) A new story set in the world of Disney’s Aladdin, by a wonderful YA author; I cannot resist this.
  • Halal If You Hear Me: The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3 edited by Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo (April 2) This poetry collection is a celebration of intersectional identity that dispels the notion that there is one correct way to be a Muslim, particularly for women, gender non-conforming, and trans people.
  • The Takeover Effect by Nisha Sharma (Apr 2): I’ve been excited about this since I first heard about it. The first in a trilogy of romances centering three Sikh-Punjabi brothers bound by tradition and love pursue the ultimate act of revenge by taking down an empire in the name of honor.
  • Soft Science by Franny Choi (Apr 2) A new book by one of my favorite poets, yes please.
  • Descendent of the Crane by Joan He (Apr 9) This Chinese inspired fantasy YA is centered on the twists and turns of court politics, a new monarch, and a mysterious death.
  • A Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian (Apr 9) I cannot resist Cat Sebastian’s romances, and I’m interested to try this one, as it’s her first m/f romance.
  • When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton (Apr 9) This novel centers a young Cuban exile living in the US who gets drawn into espionage.
  • Tonguebreaker by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Apr 9) A new book of poetry by one of my favorite poets who always writes in a way that makes me feel intensely.
  • The Tiny Journalist by Naomi Shihab Nye (April 9) I adore this poet’s work, and am really looking forward to her new collection centered on her Palistinian American identity.
  • Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner (Apr 16) This centers two girls connecting via text message and co-creating their own universe together as a way to cope with the emotional upheaval in their lives.
  • Summer of a Thousand Pies by Margaret Dilloway (Apr 16): This middle grade book centers a GBBO superfan!
  • Under His Protection by LaQuette (April 16) This contemporary second chance bodyguard/protectee m/m romance looks so good!
  • Their Troublesome Crush by Xan West (me!) (April 16) A contemporary polyamorous romance with an autistic demiromantic trans man MC who slowly realizes that he has a crush on his metamour as they plan their mutual partner’s birthday party.
  • The Line Tender by Kate Allen (Apr 16) This middle grade book about a girl dealing with grief by trying to finish her late mother’s shark research looks really good.
  • The Black Condition ft Narcissus by jayy dodd (April 16) This book of poetry is preemptive memoir, documenting the beginning of the author’s gender transition and paralleling the inauguration of our latest Administration.
  • The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker (April 22) I came to the London Celebrities series late with book three, which was one of my favorite romances that I read in 2018. I’m looking forward to reading book four!
  • Play It Again by Aidan Wayne (April 22) This contemporary m/m romance centers a blind YouTube celebrity and a much less popular YouTuber who films Lets Plays of an obscure videogame. It looks adorable.
  • Fumbled by Alexa Martin (Apr 23) I really enjoyed book one in this series and am looking forward to where she takes book two.
  • How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom by SJ Goslee (Apr 23) This YA about a gay teen boy and his fumbled attempts to ask out the boy he likes that end up with a fake relationship looks like a lot of fun.
  • Brief Chronicles of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid (Apr 30) This YA centering a teen advice columnist trying to sort through pre-college breakups after getting dumped looks really good.
  • A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole (Apr 30) I read an early version of this story and loved so much about it, can’t wait to read the final version! This series is utterly wonderful and this book absolutely carries that tradition.
  • Belly Up by Eva Darrows (Apr 30) I absolutely adored reading an early draft of this YA romance centering a teen girl who is pregnant from a one night stand and the demisexual boy who woos her, with a queer teen cast and an unforgettable family, this book is full of heart and humor.
  • Silver Meadows Summer by Emma Otheguy (Apr 30) This middle grade book about a girl who recently moved to NY from Puerto Rico and is getting through her new summer camp by creating a secret arts retreat sounds really wonderful.
  • Snowstorm and Overgrowth by Claudie Arseneault (April TBD) I loved Baker Thief so much and I’m really looking forward to reading this short story collection by the same author that also promises ace and aro representation.

May Releases

  • That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert (May 2) I am so excited for this age gap fake relationship contemporary m/f romance with the awesome dog mom we met earlier in the series and a demisexual younger hero!
  • Reverb by Anna Zabo (May 6) Why yes I want to read this third installment in a series I adore that has the bodyguard/protectee trope, the awesome Mish who I fell hard for in earlier books, and a trans man love interest.
  • Love from A to Z by SK Ali (May 7) This book about two Muslim teens playing roles for others and confining their real thoughts to their journals sounds really wonderful.
  • When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff (May 7) Picture book about a trans boy who wants to be a really good brother to his new sibling, by a trans man author and children’s librarian.
  • Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo (May 7) YA meet-cute contemporary m/f romance centering a kpop star and a tabloid journalist!
  • Stay a Little Longer by Dawn Lanuza (May 7) This meet cute #romanceclass contemporary m/f romance has a one night stand to lovers trope and looks adorable.
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (May 7) This YA about a teen mom caring for her grandmother who loves to cook and dreams of being a chef looks wonderful.
  • Nocturna by Maya Motayne (May 7) This Latinx-inspired YA fantasy centers a face-changing thief and a risk-taking prince teaming up to deal with an ancient force they accidentally unleashed.
  • Kings, Queens and In Between by Tanya Boteju (May 7) This YA centers a biracial queer girl who gets involved with her local drag scene and it looks amazing.
  • Disintegrate/Dissociate by Arielle Twist (May 7) This debut book of poetry by an indigenous trans woman about grief, trauma, and displacement is supposed to be emotionally intense and really wonderful.
  • Laura Deen Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki (May 7) This YA graphic novel about a queer girl extricating herself from a toxic relationship is supposed to be really good.
  • Rogue Ever After anthology (May 8) I love this series of resistance romance! So far, I know this will contain stories by Hudson Lin and Tracey Livesay, so I am definitely on board.
  • I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver (May 14) I feel like I have been waiting for this YA romance centering a non-binary MC forever and now it’s almost here!
  • There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon (May 14) I’m so excited to read this YA romance with a fat heroine and a hero I fell hard for in book 1!
  • Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai (May 14) How can I resist this illustrated middle-grade novel about an eleven-year-old boy’s immigration experience, his annoying little brother, and their cake-baking hijinks?
  • Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno (May 14) This magical realist YA romance sounds completely incredible.

 

  • The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad (May 14) I am excited to read this feminist YA fantasy set along the Silk Road with a kickass heroine.
  • The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta (May 14) This had me at northern California and queer witches. It also has fat, gray ace, synaesthesia, Lyme, bisexual, and non-binary representation.
  • The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo (May 14) I loved Marcelo’s foodie romance trilogy so I’m excited for this book, which also puts family at the center.
  • Shadows You Left by Jude Sierra and Taylor Brooke (May 20) I’ve been excited for this m/m romance since the authors first started talking about it on Twitter. I’m especially looking forward to the demiromantic representation, as that’s rare to find in romances.
  • Birthday by Meredith Russo (May 21) I have been excited about this book since the author first started talking about it on Twitter. I’m so glad it’s finally almost here.
  • Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker (May 21): Middle grade book about a trans girl hacker trying to solve a mystery while grappling with a new school. Sign me up.
  • The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (May 21) I have been wanting to read this for a long time. Thomas is a thinker I respect deeply, and children’s lit analysis is a love of mine.
  • Going off Script by Jen Wilde (May 21) How can I resist the latest YA by one of my favorite authors? Especially when it centers teen activism around lesbian representation on TV?
  • I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn (May 28) Japanese American teen girl artist and fashion designer travels to Japan to visit her estranged grandparents to get away from her mother, but winds up learning things she never knew about the mother she left behind.
  • Rebel by Beverly Jenkins (May 28) This historical m/f romance is set in New Orleans in the aftermath of the civil war and it looks wonderful.
  • The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos (May 28) Ownvoices Russian inspired fantasy YA centering sisters. Yes, please.
  • Teach Me by Olivia Dade (May 30) I have enjoyed Dade’s work in the past and I’m looking forward to this age gap romance that I hear has great fat rep!
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