oh so excited: my most anticipated books & movies for 2019

While I’m still getting through books and movies that I was excited for in 2018, There are already so many books and movies I can’t wait to see in 2019.

A couple weeks ago was Sundance 2019, which if you don’t know is a pretty big film festival that takes place every year. It was started by none other than Robert Redford in 1978, and is a great insight into what the coming year will look like for movies (or at least a lot of ~indie~ movies). When I looked at a bunch of recaps from the festival, I started adding a lot of films to my “mental” 2019 movie list. So I then decided to create an entire list of movies I’m pumped to see in 2019 (going beyond those that screened at Sundance), as well as the books that I’m looking forward to reading. Although, these lists will probably be changing constantly throughout the year as I find out about new projects, and some might end up getting pushed back to 2020. Although, while we’re here — these are my most anticipated books and books for 2019

Something I’ve noticed with books is I only ever find out about them through people I know, the authors I already read, or random lists on the internet. So my list of anticipated books is kind of small, but that is because there are so many books that might be released this year that I don’t even know about yet

1.) Chain of Gold (The Last Hours, #1) by Cassandra Clare

Release date: November 20th, 2019

Alright, in my defence, Cassandra Clare’s books are definitely my guilty pleasure reads. Although, after binging her Dark Artifices series last fall, I have fallen back into her Shadowhunter world. I am STOKED for this book, mainly because I want Will Herondale, and the only thing better than that is DAD Will Herondale. So Cassandra, you’d better deliver.

2.) Wayward Son (Simon Snow #2) by Rainbow Rowell

Release date: unknown

I have a very distinct memory of this book being announced through Rainbow Rowell’s instagram last year. The initial release date was in 2020, but it’s now 2019, and I don’t know who I am meant to thank or that — but THANK YOU. This is the sequel to Rowell’s book titled Carry On which is about the character of a book that the character in her other book Fangirl writes fanfiction about — yeah it’s pretty meta. It’s about wizards and stuff and it’s amazing and that’s really all you need to know.

3.) Too Much Is Not Enough by Andrew Rannells

Release date: March 12th, 2019 

Now, I am not a huge fan of non-fiction, and I don’t read a whole lot of memoirs. The only exception is when people I actually really like or look up to release them. So that being said, the second Andrew Rannells announced he was writing a memoir I was PUMPED. For those of you who don’t know who Andrew Rannells is (and there’s probably a lot of you) — he’s a Broadway (& screen!) actor, who’s probably best known for originating the role of Elder Price in the original Broadway cast of The Book of Mormon. He has also been seen in the recent revivals of Falsettos and The Boys In The Band….But it all really started with Pokémon Live! He’s just a kid from Omaha, Nebraska who was lucky enough to make it in “the big city” so I’m excited to hear more of his story to stardom.

4.) The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1) by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu

Release date: April 2nd, 2019

wowzer another Cassie Clare book on here. This one, I’m very much looking forward to. Cassandra Clare is definitely one of the hardest working authors out there as she keeps putting out these (MASSIVE) books each year. And this one is going to be about one of the best couples ever, Magnus and Alec. I honestly don’t know what to say other than GIVE IT TO ME NOW.

5.) Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

Release date: May 7th, 2019

Okay another very exciting book being released this year. Christine Riccio, PolandbananasBOOKS on youtube, is coming out with her debut novel this year. It follows the main character Shane as she navigates her life while studying abroad. I mean coming of age? England? what more could I want!? Christine was actually the first ‘booktuber’ I ever watched back In 8th grade when I was trying to find stuff about the book Graceling and I stumbled upon her booktalk. I was introduced to the online presence of books and people who talk about books, so It’s pretty cool for me to see her writing and publishing her first book!

6.) The Fever King (Feverwake #1) by Victoria Lee

Release date: March 1st, 2019

Okay this is now where we come to the books that I have randomly found out about through the internet, but I’m VERY excited about. The Fever King was on a 2019 YA book release list, and I was immediately drawn to amazing cover. I then read the synopsis and was really interested in it, read reviews and became even MORE interested, and I then discovered it wasn’t coming out until March and was very sad. This book is sci-fi, but not really sci-fi — with politics and intersectional issues. I haven’t read it yet obviously so I don’t really at all know what it will entail — but I’m SURE it’ll be great.

7.) The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown

Release date: March 7th, 2019

Yet another book I stumbled upon in a list of 2019 releases. This one immediately drew me in with the title because it made me think it would be a mystery, and I was right. This kind of reminds me of John Green’s Turtles All The Way Down in the sense that someone who is not at all qualified to investigate something is investigating something — and that’s what makes me want to read it!!! The reviews that are coming in are also super positive and praising it for being beautiful and treating grief in such a beautiful way so yeah — me reading this book?? you can count on THAT

8.) Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzie Lee

Release date: September 3rd, 2019

The next book on my list is EXCITING, which is amazing seeing as I only found out it was a thing about 30 minutes ago. I’ve seen these Marvel and DC hero YA books around for a while now, but I have yet to have a whole lot of interest in them. That is before I saw THIS ONE. for one, Loki, probably one of my favourite anti-heros ever (DON’T talk to me about infinity war, thanks) and two, Mackenzie Lee. I’ve read her debut The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue which is a wonderful adventure story that twists and turns but at the base is SO witty and charming. You put those two things together and you’ve got an AWESOME book that I am dYinG to read. (and we don’t even have a cover… and it doesn’t come out for 7 months…)

9.) Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer Trilogy, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Release date: November 5th, 2019

Alright, 100% my most anticipated book of 2019, and it was only announced a couple days ago. Pretty much, this is the first book in a companion series to Maggie Stiefvater’s other series The Raven Cycle, and it’s going to be centred around one of her best and most interesting characters Ronan Lynch. I am……… very excited to say the least, and I recommend that literally everyone reads The Raven Cycle (the first book is The Raven Boys) because it is amazing and I could probably do an ENTIRE blog post on these books 🙂

Alright, buckle your seatbelts we’ve got another long list coming at ya. I won’t go too in-depth with these to save your the time, so I’d recommend clicking the links to read more about each film. I will also say that this is not in order, because I’m wEaK and hate choosing favourites (especially because some of these could definitly be very disappointing, lets face it) So this is in chronological order of when they are (meant to/rumoured) to be released

1.) Captain Marvel dir. Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck

In Theatres: March 8th, 2019 — Trailer

Not much to say other than I am ready for Brie Larson to singlehandedly save the Avengers, and have her pet cat steal the show the whole time, while simultaneously showing me 90’s culture with a sick soundtrack. (I’m begging you marvel)

2.) Us dir. Jordan Peele

In Theatres: March 22nd — Trailer

There is a VERY good chance that won’t see this movie in theatres because I’m WEAK and hate horror movies. Although, it’s on this list because Jordan Peele is a gEniUs and it’s going to be amazing. So, I can’t wait to live vicariously through everyone’s reviews until I probably watch it 6 months later on my computer screen in broad daylight.

3.) Avengers: Endgame dir. Anthony & Joe Russo

In Theatres: April 26th, 2019 — Trailer

Infinity War punched me in the face, called me ugly, and then punched me in the gut for good measure. I have my theories for this, and I simultaneously want all of them and NONE of them to come true.

4.) Ad Astra dir. James Gray

In Theatres: May 24th, 2019 — no trailer

What can I say, I love me some space?

5.) Rocketman dir. Dexter Fletcher

In Theatres: May 31st, 2019 — Trailer

Okay this one, pretty dicey. Bohemian Rhapsody was a little bit of a mess, but Elton John has had a HUGE part in the making of this film so tHeRe’S hOpE. Taron Egerton also looks INSANE as Elton John, AND actually sings in it. Also, Richard Madden… dare I say more?

6.) Men In Black International dir. F. Gary Gray

In Theatres: June 14th, 2019 — Trailer

Um, best casting choice ever. Not much else to say other than I love it already.

7.) Spider-man: Far From Home dir. John Watts

In Theatres: July 5th, 2019 — Trailer

8 words and 8 words only: Keep That Bowl Off Of Jake Gyllenhall’s Head

8.) The Lion King dir. Jon Favreau

In Theatres: July 19th, 2019 — Trailer

Less excited, more interested in how this is actually going to turn out, but Donald Glover as Simba… yes please.

9.) Once Upon A Time In Hollywood dir. Quentin Tarantino

In Theatres: July 26th, 2019 — No trailer yet

Not to sound like that annoying pretentious cinephile girl — but with a cast like that and a director like that, there’s almost no way you’re getting me to NOT watch this movie.

10.) It: Chapter Two dir. Andy Muschietti

In Theatres: September 6th, 2019 — Not trailer yet

I know I said earlier I don’t like horror movies but this is an exception because I loved It so much. Very scared to see this movie, but there’s almost nothing stopping me from seeing Bill Hader play Richer Tozier.

11.) Star Wars: Episode IX dir. J.J. Abrams

In Theatres: December 20th, 2019 — No trailer

The previous movie was one of the weirdest reviewed movies I’ve ever seen. All in all I want to J.J Abramms to take BACK the reigns of this trilogy and give me a conclusion that I KNOW is coming. Also Kylo Ren. that is all (also please give us a title, trailer, and poster asap…)

*the next movies were ones that premiered at Sundance and don’t have release dates or even trailers yet !*

12.) Honey Boy dir. Alma Har’el

Honey Boy? more like OH BOY. Shai Lebeouf wrote this (semi) autobiographical script about his relationship with his dad — where he PLAYS HIS DAD. We also have Noah Jupe playing young him, and none other than Lucas Hedges playing not as young him. It was also the best-reviewed Sundance film on rotten tomatoes, and it’s 100% my most anticipated film of 2019 — I’m pumped give me the tissues Shai.

13.) The Farewell dir. Lulu Wang

Awkwafina looks sad in that promo picture, and that made me sad. Then I read the synopsis and I got even MORE sad. Then I read that A24 bought it and boy oh boy did I get excited.

14.) The Report dir. Scott Z. Burns

This may turn out to be just another Spotlight or The Post, but it’s getting some pretty rave reviews. also… John Hamm AND Adam Driver?!??! thank you casting director.

15.) The Last Black Man in San Fransisco dir. Joe Talbot

A24 is D E L I V E R I N G this year

16.) Big Time Adolescence dir. Jason Orley

I loved Pete Davidson pre Ariana drama, okay? also we’ve got Griffen Gluck from American Vandal... and Machine Gun Kelly apparently?? even if they weren’t a part of it I’ll watch any coming of age film okay?

OKAy that’s a long list and I apologize. Although, I’m hoping you saw something that maybe tickled your fancy! watched some trailers maybe? bought advances tickets for Captain Marvel? I hope so.

Anyways, 2019 is looking to be a Pretty good year for books and movies, and I’m really looking forward to delving into these worlds soon!



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