Summer 2019 Releases I’m Anticipating

Here are some books I’m excited about that are coming out June-August 2019.

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June Releases

  • The Outside by Ada Hoffman (June 1) I’m excited to read the autistic representation in this debut novel about cyborgs and teacher/student relationships!
  • while they sleep (under the bed is another country) by Raquel Salas Rivera (June 1) Looking forward to reading this book of poetry about colonialism and Hurricane Maria.
  • Bang and Burn by Katrina Jackson (June 3) Yep I am all over any new release by this author, but this series is one of my faves and it’s an m/m so I’m really excited.
  • Not Your Backup by CB Lee (June 4) I feel like I’ve been anticipating this book for a very long time and I’m so excited it is almost here!
  • This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura (June 4) I really enjoyed another YA by this author and I’m looking forward to this one centering on a family rift tracing back to internment.
  • I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest (June 4) Road trip YA romance with a dancer MC. I’ve heard so many good things about this one!
  • Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian (June 4) Historical YA set in 1989 in the middle of the AIDS crisis, centering queer teens, I need to read this.
  • If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kahn (June 4) About a queer Black fat girl in a committed queerplatonic relationship—and falling in romantic love with someone else for the first time. I’ve been excited for this book since I first heard about it!
  • 1919 by Eve L. Ewing (June 4) Poetic reflections on race, class, violence, segregation, and the hidden histories that shape our cities, with a focus on the 1919 Chicago race riot.
  • The Chai Factor by Farah Heron (June 11) This romance between a grad student and a member of a barbershop quartet who are at odds over shared space looks wonderful.
  • Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi (June 11) An ownvoices f/f romantic comedy featuring a Jewish Mexican American MC and a Muslim Persian-Bengali MC, focused on the film industry. Yes I need this in my life.
  • Ain’t I a Diva?: Beyoncé and the Power of Pop Culture Pedagogy by Kevin Allred (June 11) This adaptation of his popular class sounds amazing
  • In Case You Forgot by Frederick Smith and Chaz Lamar (June 11) Ownvoices romance between two older Black queer men, yes please.
  • The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale (June 17) I’m so glad this f/f rockstar romance is going to be back in print so I can start recommending it again!
  • The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall (June 18) Alexis Hall writing a Sherlock Holmes style mystery? Sign me up.
  • One Night in Georgia by Celeste O. Northfleet (June 18) This historical novel set in the summer of 1968 centers three very different Black women friends from NYC who are on a road trip with a friend, about to start their senior year at Spelman college.
  • Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love (June 18) The lineup of authors for this looks amazing and the theme for this anthology is right up my alley.
  • All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil (June 18) YA fantasy ode to post-punk San Francisco through the eyes of a Mexican-American girl, yes please.
  • Exile by Lisa M. Bradley (June 25): This post-apocalyptic Texas-set story centering a polyamorous Latina street medic looks awesome! I’ve been following this author on social media for years, and am excited to read her debut novel.
  • The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite (June 25) A f/f historical romance! Lady astronomer! Explorer’s widow super-into embroidery! One of my favorite authors!
  • Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson (June 25) YA m/f romance with a demisexual MC and a bisexual love interest, yup I want to read that.
  • Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee (June 25) I loved the last short story collection I read by Lee, so I’m looking forward to this one.
  • Sweet Heat by Zuri Day (June 25) Yes I need more enemies to lovers cooking contest romances in my life.
  • Stage Presents by Aidan Wayne (June 25) Roommates to lovers f/f with a trans lead, by a non-binary author whose work I’ve adored, set at the Disney College program? I gotta give this a try.
  • They Don’t Make Plus Size Space Suits by Ali Thompson (June 28) So excited for this sci fi short story collection about fat oppression, by an awesome fat activist.

July Releases

  • Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra (July 1) This YA romcom centering a 16 year old doctor sounds really good.
  • Uncomfortable Labels: My Life As a Gay Autistic Trans Woman by Laura Kate Dale (July 2) As a queer autistic non-binary person, I treasure books about autistic trans folks. Looking forward to this.
  • Seduced by Second Chances by Reese Ryan (July 2) A musician a billionaire who is off limits because he’s her sister’s ex. A category romance by one of my fave authors. Sign me up now.
  • Raze by Roan Parrish (July 2) I adore this series to pieces and am so excited for Huey’s book!
  • What the Heart Wants & Sealed by a Kiss by Donna Hill and Nicki Night (July 2) Two Kimani workplace romances in one double volume!
  • Crashing the A List by Summer Heacock (July 9): Why yes I want to read this fake relationship celebrity rom com by an author whose work made me laugh out loud.
  • Home Improvement by Tara Lain (July 9) Opposites attract m/m romance focused on home improvement, between a single dad and a shy guy with a secret identity.
  • The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abby Waxman (July 9) I’ve heard great things about this romance about an introvert bookworm who falls for her trivia game nemesis.
  • Maybe This Time by Kasie West (July 9) This YA rom com follows a girl who works at a florist as she works at events in her small town and slowly falls for the son of a caterer.
  • Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (July 9) YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.
  • Only Ever You by CD Reiss (July 9) This second chance romance features a childhood wedding pact!
  • Home Field Advantage by Liz Lincoln (July 16) I have enjoyed this football romance series a lot, and am looking forward to this installment, which is a second chance romance!
  • The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory (July 16) Yes I need to read this installment of a series I’ve enjoyed a lot. Enemies to lovers are in the same wedding party.
  • Trashed by Mia Hopkins (July 16) I have heard amazing things about this book, and have been wanting to try this author for a while, and this one has a chef heroine.
  • The Black Veins by Aisha Monet (July 17) YA centering a magical road trip queer found family adventure!
  • The Marriage Clock by Zahara Raheem (July 23) The MC has three months to find a husband or her parents will make a match for her. I’ve heard good things about this one.
  • Spellbound by Allie Therin (July 29) Historical fantasy m/m romance set in 1920s NYC. This sounds wonderful.
  • My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail D Villanueva (July 30) This middle grade book set in Manila is about a girl trying to mend a rift between her sister and her father.


  • Truly, Madly, Royally by Debbie Rigaud (July 30) YA romcom about a Black girl who falls for a prince she meets at a prestigious summer program.
  • For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J Lockington (July 30) This middle grade book about a Black girl who was adopted into a white family and has recently moved to a place where she doesn’t know any other Black transracial adoptees sounds really good.
  • Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells (July 30) YA fantasy about a teen girl who steals a dragon to save her girlfriend from a corrupt empire. Need I say more?
  • Redesigning Happiness by Nita Brooks (July 30) This second chance secret baby romance centers an interior designer, and it looks tropetastic!
  • All Hours by Andie J Christopher (July 30) I am really enjoying this series and am looking forward to reading this m/m installment in it!
  • How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway (July 30) Yes give me all the online dating romances.

August Releases

  • They Could Have Named Her Anything by Stephanie Jiminez (Aug 1) This YA about race, class and friendship sounds amazing.
  • The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai (Aug 6) This contemp romance between two very guarded people who meet cute through a dating app is really lovely and I’m so glad it will be out in the world soon.
  • Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Aug 6) Mexican folklore-inspired fairy tale set in the jazz age centering a woman set on a quest by a Mayan death god.
  • A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian (Aug 6) An f/f historical romance by an author whose work I have enjoyed, with an MC I am looking forward to meeting again, yes please. Did you see that cover?
  • Off Limits Lovers by Reese Ryan (Aug 6) This category m/f romance looks like tropetastic fun, as the MCs are children of longtime rivals.
  • Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein (Aug 6) Fake engagement after an accident leads the MC’s insta followers to think she’s wearing an engagement ring in a photo taken to advertise her family’s jewlery shop, and it boosts sales. I will read pretty much all the contemporary romance with Jewish MCs.
  • The Pretty One by Keah Brown (Aug 6) A collection of essays exploring what it means to be black and disabled by the creator of the #DisabledAndCute campaign.
  • Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya (Aug 6) Middle grade book about a girl with ADHD trying to repair her relationship with her dad through learning to weld, and a school redistricting fight.
  • Be Recorder: Poems by Carmen Gimenez Smith (Aug 6) Looking forward to reading the work of this new-to-me poet; this collection sounds wonderful.
  • A Swirl of Ocean by Melissa Sarno (Aug 6) This middle grade book about a girl grappling with strange dreams and her friends all pairing off looks really good!
  • In the Heat of the Light by Stephen Kearse (Aug 6) This YA neo-noir thriller grapples with the ghosts of racist legacies in Atlanta, centering on a graffiti crew working to tag a monument to the Confederacy. It sounds amazing.
  • No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter (Aug 8) I want to try this UK YA about a fat teen girl who likes her body and is invested in resisting diet pressure dealing with a big crush and a mother who is obsessed with fad diets.
  • The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta (Aug 8) A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen – then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist. Told in verse.
  • World Turned Upside Down by Elyse Springer (Aug 9) An m/m romance set in Antartica between a researcher and a janitor, by an author whose work I’ve enjoyed, sign me up for that.
  • One Day to Fall by Therese Beharrie (Aug 12) Beharrie is brilliant at getting me to buy into a romance set in a short timeframe, and I’m excited for this one.
  • Playing House by Ruby Lang (August 12) Two city planners who are old friends fall for each other while they pretend to be a couple in order to look at real estate.
  • The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais (Aug 13) Ownvoices Deaf representation! This YA about a Deaf girl going to a hearing school for the first time looks great.
  • The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart by R Zamorra Linmark (Aug 13) I loved this author’s debut book, and am excited to see him tackling a queer YA story!
  • Three-Part Harmony by Holley Trent (Aug 19) I’m excited to read this polyamorous romance by one of my favorite authors that has an autistic MC.
  • The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcárcel (Aug 20) This middle grade book centers a Guatemalan American biracial girl grappling with identity, a crush, and a new friendship, and it sounds great.
  • Color Me In by Natasha Diaz (Aug 20) This YA about friendship, family, and figuring out where you fit in centers a biracial Jewish Black girl, and I’ve heard it’s amazing.
  • Beauregard and the Beast by Evie Dray (Aug 20) MMA fighter MC, Beauty and the Beast retelling, MCs bonding over books, sign me up.
  • My Box-Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas (Aug 20) I loved another book by this author so I definitely want to try this one about two teens who connect through swimming.
  • The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert (Aug 20) I’ve heard good things about this YA novel about blood family and chosen family.
  • Dalliances and Devotion by Felicia Grossman (Aug 26) I loved book one in this series and am really excited for this book!
  • My Life As an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi (Aug 27) A middle grade historical set in 1984 Harlem, where a geeky Black girl whose grandfather was a NASA engineer goes to stay in Harlem with her dad.
  • Flashed by Zoey Castile (Aug 27) Give me all the Beauty and the Beast retellings, please. Looking forward to this one that has a former sex worker hero.
  • Man vs Durian by Jackie Lau (August 27) So excited for the next installment in this wonderful series by one of my favorite romance authors!
  • The Needy Boy by Sean Michael (Aug 27) I just started this series, and this book in particular interests me as it’s a second chance romance and the MC runs a shop specializing in vintage sex toys.

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