Blogmas Day 11 – Upcoming Book Releases for 2019!

Hey everyone! Welcome back to another day of Blogmas 2018 and it’s time for some more exciting bookish content – a list of which books are heading for publication in 2019!

Working in a bookshop has really made me aware of which books are about to be released and which series are more popular than others. There’s nothing more lovely than seeing crowds of people all so excited to get their hands on the latest new release. Here are a few books that I’m looking forward to reading in 2019.

The Chestnut Man Jacket.jpgFirst up, we have (the highly anticipated, for me)
The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup. 

This is the debut novel from the writer of the hit TV series, The Killing, and is set to be an intense thriller.


One Tuesday in October, Rosa Hartung is returning to her job as minister for social affairs following a year’s leave of absence – granted after the dramatic disappearance of her twelve-year-old daughter. Linus Bekker, a mentally ill young man, confessed to her killing, but is unable to remember where he buried the various parts of her dismembered corpse.

One the same day Rosa returns to Parliament, a young single mother is found brutally murdered at her home in the suburbs of Copenhagen – she’s been tortured, and one hand has been cut off. Thulin and Hess, the detectives sent to investigate the crime, arrive at the address to find a figure made of chestnuts hanging from a playhouse nearby.

When yet another woman is murdered – this time with both hands missing – and another chestnut figure is found, Thulin and Hess begin to suspect a connection with the Hartung case. But what is it?

Released on 10th January 2019.


Screen Shot 2018-12-11 at 23.34.23.pngAnother book release that I’m counting the days until is The Testaments by Margaret Atwood.

This book is the long-awaited sequel to the ever-popular The Handmaid’s Tale (first published in 1985 and promises to answer the most burning question from the first book – what happened to Offred?

Atwood’s announcement:

“Dear Readers,

Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.”

Released 10th September 2019.


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A book that is new on my radar but definitely caught my interest is The Wych Elm by Tana French.

I love a good spooky novel and this one seems to fit the bill perfectly! A new crime thriller with heaps of mystery and intrigue.

Summary from Waterstones:

One night changes everything for Toby. He’s always led a charmed life – until a brutal attack leaves him damaged and traumatised, unsure even of the person he used to be. He seeks refuge at his family’s ancestral home, the Ivy House, filled with memories of wild-strawberry summers and teenage parties with his cousins.

But not long after Toby’s arrival, a discovery is made: a skull, tucked neatly inside the old wych elm in the garden.

As detectives begin to close in, Toby is forced to examine everything he thought he knew about his family, his past, and himself.

Released 21st February 2019.


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The Binding by Bridget Collins in another book that I’m excited to see hit the shelves in 2019.

This is a book that not only interested me from a bookseller’s point of view, but also as someone who loves a mystery.

Summary from Waterstones:

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded. Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.

Released 10th January 2019.


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Another book that I’ve been hearing about a lot recently is the newest offering from a highly popular author, Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré.

I must admit that I haven’t read any of his books before but the buzz surrounding this one has convinced me to check them out! A must-read for any fans.

Summary from Waterstones:

Set in London in 2018, Agent Running in the Field follows a twenty-six-year-old solitary figure who, in a desperate attempt to resist the political turbulence swirling around him, makes connections that will take him down a very dangerous path.

Released 17th October 2019.

Are you looking forward to the release of any of these books? Have you added them to your TBR list? Which books are you excited for next year? I’d love to know!

Thank you for checking out my Blogmas 2018 posts and I can’t wait to share the rest with you! Check back tomorrow for more festive fun 🎅🏻

I’d also just like to point out that I don’t want to cause any offence to those who don’t celebrate Christmas, these posts are just a bit of fun to go along with my own personal celebrations.

You can always find me over on Instagram and Twitter if you fancy a book (or Christmas) chat! 😌🎄


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9 thoughts on “Blogmas Day 11 – Upcoming Book Releases for 2019!

  1. What a great list! I didn’t know that Margaret Atwood is publishing her sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale but now I’m intrigued to read it. (I say that without having read The Handmaid’s Tale so I shall have to prioritise that first!)

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    1. I’d definitely recommend The Handmaid’s Tale as even though it was published a while ago, it still feels relevant. It left me with a lot of questions that I’m hoping the sequel will answer so this is the perfect time to read the first one!


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