The perk I’m going to miss most about working in publishing was the access I had to unpublished titles. I’m a huge reader, and it’s a special kind of feeling getting to experience stories before everyone else. Sometimes, it gets lonely though, too. Fellow readers totally understand: sometimes the best part of a book is sharing it with someone else. So, that’s what I’m doing here. I’m sharing five books I got to read in 2018 that will be released in 2019 from Simon & Schuster, that I really enjoyed reading, and highly recommend.
Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
Pub Date – March 19, 2019
Great for – fans of dystopian thrillers that keep you guessing
My review – THIS BOOK. I don’t even know where to begin. I was hooked from the first page, and did not see the plot twist coming. This was the most disturbing piece of entertainment I’ve consumed since Handmaid’s Tale, and I cannot stop thinking about it. Some pages made me wish I went to Innovations Academy with the ‘girls,’ and other pages left me feeling like I needed a shower to cleanse my mind from the backwards, creepy thinking. Either way, I can’t wait for Girls with Sharp Sticks to come out so you can read it and we can talk about it. 10 out of 10 recommend in advance.
Stay Up With Hugo Best by Erin Somers
Pub Date – April 2, 2019
Great for – fans of light-hearted fiction featuring strong female leads
My review – Stay Up with Hugo Best is one of those books that takes the harshness of reality and puts a light-hearted spin on it. June, the main character and narrator, loses her job in NYC on a famous comedy show, and reenters the world of unemployment. She has an egocentric older boss who shows interest in her and the gut feeling of craving fame, wealth and her reality that she has nothing to lose, so she spends Memorial Day Weekend with him. It’s raw, funny and a little sad, but most of all, it’s a good read and I recommend it for those who like NYC books, power dynamics and reading about the overall climate of 2018.
The Daughter’s Tale by Armando Lucas Correra
Pub Date – May 7, 2019
Great for – fans of historical fiction, especially during the WWII era
My review – When you think about the millions of people who were effected by the Holocaust and World War II, it’s no wonder that historical fiction novels continue to count the tales of the time period. This particular one (out Summer 2019, read early for work purposes) is about a German Jewish family, and how a mother must pick the lesser of two evils and either abandon her daughters to save them, or keep them with her as a family and risk being taken to a concentration camp. I absolutely couldn’t put this book down, and I am still holding the characters with me as I write this (because the writing of the story is so vivid and beautiful). When this comes out, I highly recommend it, and until then, you can read Armando Lucas Correa’s other novel, The German Girl.
Bonus title for the fans of WWII historical fiction: The Light Over London by Julia Kelley (out January 8, 2019)
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Pub Date – May 14, 2019
Great for – fans of rom-coms with modern twists
My review – Honestly, Christina (and) Lauren never disappoint me. Fun fact: Christina Lauren is actually comprised of two co-authors, Christina and Lauren! Anyway, just like their other novels, the duo captures modern dating so well between their language, scenarios and character descriptions. In this particular one, two enemies (obviously one female and one male) who hate each other are forced to spend time together for someone else’s wedding festivities. Can you guess what happens next??
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Kean
Pub Date – June 4, 2019
Great for – fans of sweet stories of human connections
My review – This books is on the softer side of the titles featured in this list. It’s a beautiful, moving story about how memories shape and change from childhood to adulthood. The characters were so well described I feel like I’m a part of their story, and was genuinely sad to be done with the book for a couple of days after reading it. Definitely recommend.