Even your to-read list can use a fresh start. These highly-anticipated titles will keep you turning pages throughout the year. 

By Allison Maze Vancura
January 15, 2019

The benefits of reading are clear: books can improve your mood and sleep, and they make you smarter. This year's crop of buzzy books is brimming with compelling characters, intriguing storylines, and practical advice. We've rounded up a few of the new or soon-to-be released books we're eager to read to help you find your next travel, coffee table, bedtime, or book club companion.

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The Lost Girls of Paris

Fans of historical fiction, girl power, and tales of intrigue will enjoy The Lost Girls of Paris, a portrait of the hidden women who left their lives on the home front to help win World War II. Pam Jenoff’s newest book centers on a brave network of female spies and the mysteries and friendships that unfold in the midst of uncertain times. 

Available: January 29

Buy It: The Lost Girls of Paris, $11.42

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Bangkok Wakes to Rain

Pitchaya Sudbanthad paints a dazzling portrait of Bangkok over the course of a century through a series of intertwining stories. Among them: a missionary physician, a jazz musician, and a post-WWII society woman. 

Available: February 19

Buy It: Bangkok Wakes to Rain, $22.12

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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel

No, Daisy Jones & The Six isn't a real band from the 1960s that somehow slid under your radar (but the name sounds convincing, right?). This coming-of-age story follows the band's rise to fame and breakup through a series of compelling interviews with its members. 

Available: March 5

Buy It: Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel, $17.70 

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Brilliant Ideas From Wonderful Women

Reading books about strong women throughout history can be a wonderful way to educate little ones and encourage them to follow their dreams. This hardback book features beautiful illustrations and digestible biographical information to keep children (and parents!) engaged.

Available: March 5

Buy It: Brilliant Ideas From Wonderful Women, $13.54

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Inspired by the role of gingerbread in children's stories like Hansel and Gretel, Helen Oyeyemi's newest novel takes readers on a spellbinding journey that explores family legacy—and, of course, that sweet, spicy treat.

Available: March 5

Buy It: Gingerbread, $24.30

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When All Is Said

Anne Griffin's debut novel tenderly captures a lonely man's long, event-filled life through five toasts. One evening while out alone at a hotel bar, Maurice Hannigan orders five drinks—one for each important person who left him behind—and shares his story.

Available: March 5

Buy It: When All Is Said, $24.29

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The DNA of You and Me

Emily is a talented young scientist who happily spends her days studying DNA sequences under a microscope. When the colleague she's fallen for decides to leave the lab, her head and heart battle: should she follow him and see where their love leads, or follow her professional ambitions? 

Available: March 12

Buy It: The DNA of You and Me, $26.99

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The Italian Table: Creating Festive Meals For Family and Friends

Need a vacation, but can't get away? Elizabeth Minchilli's beautiful guide to making memorable dining experiences and delicious recipes with loved ones will transport you straight to Italy.

Available: March 19

Buy It: The Italian Table: Creating Festive Meals For Family and Friends, $40

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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: A Collection of 20 Prints

While Samin Nosrat cooked, Wendy MacNaughton created accompanying artwork. The result? Twenty useful illustrations from the bestselling Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat to hang around your kitchen.

Available: March 26

Buy It: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: A Collection of 20 Prints, $18

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Elements of Family Style: Elegant Spaces for Everyday Life

If you're in the market for a useful coffee table book to boost your room's style and your decorating IQ, mark your calendar. Designer and Blogger Erin Gates is back with a second compendium of practical lessons and candid advice for family-friendly living.

Available: April 2

Buy It: Elements of Family Style: Elegant Spaces for Everyday Life, $26.19

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The Goodbye Diaries

Moms and daughters share a powerful bond. This emotional mother-daughter memoir chronicles the journey of a terminal cancer diagnosis and gives readers a heartfelt, honest glimpse of the experiences that unite us through it all.

Available: May 2019

Buy It: The Goodbye Diaries, $18

If the book you're interested in isn't available yet (or if you're number 192 in line for it at the library), check out these 14 editor-approved recommendations to tide you over. Happy reading!


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