Most Highly Anticipated Contemporary Books for 2019

Last week, I fangirled about my favorite contemporary reads this year, and this week, I gushed about my most highly anticipated Asian fantasy reads. Today, I’m bringing you the best of both worlds and screaming all about my most highly anticipated contemporary reads for 2019! 🎉 giphy.gifTruthfully, I was never the biggest fan of contemporary books, but this year, I started finding the most fluffy, heart-warming reads, and it’s safe to say that it’s become one of my favorite genres. 💞 Therefore, I present to you my most highly anticipated 2019 contemporary releases AKA books that I know will melt my heart:


1. If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

40087230I absolutely loved Always Never Yours beyond words, so I cannot wait for this release! Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka always write the most fun protagonists, and they do a fantastic job modernizing a classic Shakespearean tale. The cover for this book is incredibly gorgeous (it’s pink!!), and I love that it’s set in Los Angeles (SoCal represent ☀). The plotline also sounds somewhat similar to an enemies-to-lovers situation which we all know is a trope I love with all my heart.

2. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo 

36992163In addition to reading and blogging, I’m also a huge fan of K-Pop music (ft. My K-Pop Reading Playlist), so you can imagine my excitement when I heard that Maurene Goo would be writing a story a K-pop star protagonist!! Much like her other books’ covers, this cover is super adorable, and the synopsis already has my heart fluttering. 🎵

3. You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

33299465I haven’t even read this book, but I already know that I will love Ariel as a character, or at least I’ll be able to relate to him. ☁ You Asked For Perfect discusses academic pressure, and as someone who struggles with a lot of anxiety around school and grades, I know that this is a book that will touch my heart. Laura Silverman is an author I’ve been meaning to read from for a long time, so this is definite must-read next year!

4. Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

35843729When I first heard of this book, I had to wonder if it was inspired by this viral tweet. Hot Dog Girl is a coming-of-age queer romance, and it’s set in one of the most fun summer locations possible—an amusement park! I honestly love the concept of this book so much, and I just can’t wait to read it. 🌭

5. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

39725622Geekerella was definitely one of my favorite contemporary reads this year, so I’m super excited to read another one of Ashley Poston’s books! 💫 The Princess and the Fangirl is a retelling of The Prince and the Pauper, and I can’t wait to see how Ashley Poston’s adds her creatives twists and be reunited with the Starfield franchise and fandom. I’m also suspecting there will be cameos from Elle and Damian, and it’ll be nice to see them as side characters in this story.


Bonus: Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale

A summer romance with a coffee shop aesthetic featuring pies and lattes?? Your girl is onboard. ☕



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What are your most anticipated reads for 2019? Let me know in the comments! 💕

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33 thoughts on “Most Highly Anticipated Contemporary Books for 2019

  1. I love this list, Tiffany! My heart is always soft for contemporaries. Hot Dog Girl and Somewhere Only We Know are both highly anticipated reads of mine, and I have a gut feeling that we’re really going to have a blast. I also can’t wait to read The Princess and the Fangirl because it will be my introduction to Ashley Poshton’s writing.

    *hugs* And may you have a merry new year! 💙

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  2. This is such a wonderful list, Tiffany!! I loveee that we both love contemporaries, hehe. I completely agree; they’re so fluffy, heartwarming, and overall incredible. I’m also very excited for You Asked for Perfect (I have a feeling I’m going to relate SO much to Ariel, too), and I’m going to add the other books you mentioned to my TBR! They all sound so good. 2019 is going to be another year of wonderful books!! ☺️ Happy New Year, Tiffany 💓

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    1. Thanks, Dezzy!! I’m honestly just way too excited for these books. I just want to read them now! I think You Asked For Perfect is going to be a wonderful read and is going to be a relatable book for a lot of us 🙂 2019 is defintiely going to be amazing!

      Sending you lots of love ❤ Happy New Year!!

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  3. Too many great titles in one list! I’m mostly looking forward to Fantasy releases but if we’re talking about contemporary, I’m really looking forward to The Boy Who Steals Houses by C. G. Drews. Have a happy new year!

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  4. This is such a great and well put together list. I’m really excited to read Hot Dog Girl, and like someone else suggested, The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews. Paper Avalanches by Lisa Williamson also comes out in January and I was lucky enough to read an ARC and that was such a great book too! Wishing you a happy new year! x

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  5. This is an amazing list, Tiffany!💓I never seem to know what new releases are coming out, so this post saved me. XD I added a few of these to my TBR- Small Town Hearts especially looks so good and the cover is adorableee! I’m always up for a story set in a small town. 😉 Great post, and happy new year!

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  6. Wow these look like some great books! I’m excited about Small Town Hearts – which I first noticed on Wattpad. I’m totally going to be adding all of the books you mentioned to my tbr because I need to read more contemporary books this year. Other than that, Cassandra Clare has a few books coming out this year and I’m really excited to read The Red Scrolls of Magic!

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    1. I didn’t know Small Town Hearts was from Wattpad 😱 I used Wattpad so much when I was younger, so I’ll definitely want to support! Ahhh I love Cassandra Clare books so much. I’m probably most excited for Chain of Gold ❤

      Happy New Year, Rachana!! 🙂

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  7. I hadn’t heard of Somewhere Only We Know but it sounds like so much fun? I need it ASAP. Also I can’t wait for You Asked for Perfect and Hot Dog Girl even though I only found out about their existence yesterday 😂 Super excited for them though!

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  8. This is SUCH a good list Tiffany! ❤ I can't WAIT for If I'm Being Honest, I loved always never yours and can't wait to read more from the authors 🙂 I'm also so eager for you asked for perfect, I loved Laura Silverman's debut with all of my heart and this book sounds incredible and so relatable, too ❤ ❤

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    1. Aww thanks Marie!! ❤ I'm pretty sure I first heard of You Asked For Perfect from you, but when I saw the synopsis I knew I would really enjoy/want to read it! 2019 is going to be an amazing year of contemporary reads!! I can't wait 🙂

      Happy New Year, too ❤

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  9. SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW LOOKS LIKE SUCH A FLUFFY READ AND I NEED IT NOW. Well, if I’m being honest (haha it’s funny cause like…the book has the same name…okay I’m done now), all of these books look so pure and I just can’t wait for them 🙂 Thanks for such a lovely post 🙂

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  10. I’m super excited for Hot Dog Girl and also You Asked For Perfect too ajdklsad I think the latter will be a bit heart wrenching 😭💛And one I’m really super excited for is The Weight of Stars by K. Ancrum!! This year is going to be AMAZING for new releases.

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    1. 100% 😭But I know we’ll enjoy it all the same!! I haven’t heard of The Weight of Stars before, but I’ll definitely look into it 🙂 I just looked it up and it checked it out on Goodreads sooooo good ❤ Thank you so so much for checking out my post Cait!!


  11. This list is amazing! Some of these are on my list too and I’m anticipating them with all my heart ❤ Especially excited for Hot Dog Girl because it's gonna be super different and interesting or so I think 😀 Loved reading this post, Tiffany!

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