Top Ten Tuesday : Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blogging initiative hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl with new themes each week.

This weeks theme is Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

This is so hard and feels so mean to limit it to 10!! I could go on and on!!

There’s more in July as well such as Lost Tide Warriors by Catherine Doyle, The Wave Of the Waves by Janina Ramirez, The Bad Luck Lighthouse by Nicki Thornton and so forth!

I’ve tried my best but I’ve got rather excited!!


1. Under Earth – Ellen Renner

I adored the Earthy Elemental magic in Storm Witch so I am especially looking forward to seeing where the wind and water has taken Storm and her people.

2. A Pocketful Of Stars- Aisha Busby

This has appeared on other anticipatory lists of mine and I still stand by it as one I’m going to love.

A tale of mother and daughter bond, inspirations from gaming and the spirit that lives inside us all.

Special mentions for:

Top Marks for Murder- Robin Stevens


1. The Girl who Speaks Bear – Sophie Anderson

Sophie’s The Girl who Speaks Bear marries together some of the finest Eastern European folklore with the magical soul stirring writers craft that worked wonders in The House with Chicken Legs and I can’t wait to read about Yanka and her story.

2. Pages & Co : Tilly & the Lost Fairytales by Anna James

I rather enjoyed Anna James’ debut Pages&Co: Tilly and the Book Wanderers and there is a massive stonking twist at the end which I’m really interested to see how dynamics and practicalities will change as a result of that ending!!

3. Clifftoppers: The Fire Bay Adventure- Fleur Hitchcock

You may have found me praising the first story in this series Clifftoppers: The Arrowhead Moor Adventure before but I adore the premise of gorgeously nostalgic adventure stories but within a suitably modern and inclusive context. This book will see children in the autumn back at their grandparents’ farm again finding an adventure this time in Fire Bay.

Special mentions for:

Kitty and the Tiger Treasure -Paula Harrison & Jennie Løvlie

Max The Detective Cat: The catnap caper – Sarah Todd Taylor & Nicola Kinnear

Dracula Spectacular: Lucy Rolland & Ben Mantle

The Land Of Roar- Jenny McLachlan

Potkin & Stubbs The Haunting Of Peligan City – Sophie Green and illust Karl Mountford


1. Frostheart – Jamie Littler

Established children’s illustrator Jamie Littler has turned his hand to an illustrated Middle Grade about a boy in the Frozen North who discovers he has Magical powers I am very excited about this one!

2. The Great Brain Robbery (Train to Impossible Places 2)- PG Bell

I ADORED The Train to Impossible Places for its Pratchett-meets-Hitchhikers-with-a-dash-of-Who comedic but satirical fantasy. Suzy and company are back for another adventure in the Impossible realm and I am very jealous of all those getting proofs!

3. Shadows of Winterspell- Amy Wilson

I adored Snowglobe with its expressive and fantastical world within a contemporary banal setting is just so clever and I’m excited for another wintery tale in her capable hands.

4. Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasure- Laura Ellen Anderson

We have been Amelia Fang fans for years now and we are so excited to take another journey with our favourite Nocturnians this time to a frozen Yeti world.

Littlefae is rather excited at this ‘aquamarine’ colour theme- don’t say blue whatever you do!!

Special mentions for:

The Snow Dragon- Abi Elphinstone & Fiona Woodcock


1. Mr Penguin and the Catastrophic Cruise -Alex T Smith

I have seen images for this book cover online but there’s been no official reveal and I’m not going reveal without approval so I’ve just popped the promo image up.

We’ve lived Mr Penguin since the beginning – they are the type of book that is reread at least 4 times the day it arrives!!

We are looking forward to seeing Mr Penguin and his friends on the high seas.

Special mentions for:

The Magical Kingdom Of Birds: The Snow Goose by Anne Booth illustrated by Rosie Butcher

What did you choose?

Do you agree with my list?

21 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday : Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

  1. I am SO excited for Under Earth and Top Marks for Murder is one of my most anticipated books of the whole year. I have a few other exciting ones of my August list too, e.g. The Girl With Space in Her Heart and Our Stop. Very excited for new Sophie Anderson and Anna James, and also new Jennifer Killick and Karen McCombie in September. The Land of Roar/Potkin and Stubbs 2 are also on my list! All your ones for October barring the new Amelia Fang are on my list, but my most anticipated there is hands down the Somerset Tsuanami. New Emma Carroll is the BEST. I’m also especially looking forward to Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas, the Star Outside My Window and the Places I’ve Cried in Public that month. And Harriet, because hearing aid rep means so much to me. I’ve read one book with a young character who wears them in the almost 3 years I’ve had mine 🙄
    And then in November, which is my birthday month, Explorers on Black Ice Bridge will be out! I can’t wait!
    Amy x

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    1. Thank you, these are all Middle Grade and a few highly illustrated early chapter books ( Mr Penguin/ Amelia Fang) and a low middle grade- high early chapter in Clifftoppers. I’m looking forward to all of these, a few especially with my daughters.


    1. This is about a little boy vampire who prefers glitter and giggles to moody brooding and learning to love himself as a vampire regardless 💜


  2. Fab list! I think we’re spoilt for choice for the rest of the year! I have lots of yours on my list – I think we have very similar taste in books! I’ve also included The Somerset Tsunami by Emma Carroll, Rise of the Dragon Moon by Gabrielle K Byrne, The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay and The Frozen Sea by Piers Torday.

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  3. Love this blog post! Am enjoying exploring your blog, and it’s features. I am still so new to WordPress but love some of the things you have done.
    This blog has made my wishlist grow…so many amazing titles coming out in the Autumn.

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    1. Hooray, and thank you so much- I hope you are enjoying WordPress now you’ve made the move over!
      There are some fabulous books coming out this year, it really is a golden age of children’s literature!

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  4. I’m useless at keeping on top of what’s out when but I’m most excited for Uki And the Outcasts by Kieran Larwood in Sept and Philip Pullman’s Secret Commonwealth too.
    Im looking forward to the new Amy Wilson after enjoying Snowglobe and there’s lots more here I’ll

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    1. 😆 I’m guilty of hitting that button by mistake too!!
      Yes Snowglobe cast a spell on me and I’m so excited to read what Amy comes up with next. I’m still yet to read the Kieran Lockwood books!! Do you think I will enjoy?

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    2. Do you know, I really don’t know! I *think* you would, I definitely think you’d appreciate the writing style and the way they’re told as if by a travelling bard who is also part of the stories. And I think you’d like the world building, which is brilliant, and the quest, and Podkin’s sister Paz who’s bold and brave and a bossy big sister to boot…and the more I think about it, yes I think you’d like them!!

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    3. Haha, the more I thought about the more I thought you’d like it. I’m sure you would now! I absolutely love it, it’s one of my favourite recent series, so I really hope you do too when you get to it!

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