31 Fiction Books of 2019 to Add to Your Reading List ASAP

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Got a resolution to plow through the best fiction books of 2019? New year, new pile of books to stack up next to your bed and wade through. If you're a fiction fanatic, we've compiled the best thrillers, romance novels, and legit Pulitzer-worthy reads to put on your list. There's something for everyone, so alert your book club immediately.

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Berkley
'The Au Pair'
Emma Rous .com
$16.00
$12.80 (20% off)

Release date: Out now!

It's the soapy beach read you never knew you needed. The Au Pair is filled with twists and turns as Seraphine Mayes struggles to understand what really happened on the day she and her twin brother were born — which happens to be the same day her mother threw herself off a cliff and their au pair fled the scene ...

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William Morrow Paperbacks
'99 Percent Mine'
Sally Thorne .com
$15.99
$12.79 (20% off)

Release date: Out now!

If you're unabashedly obsessed with romantic comedies, you're going to adore 99 Percent Mine, which is about a woman who has a major crush on her brother's super off-limits best friend. It's cute, it's funny, and it's swoon-y as hell.

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St. Martin's Press
'The Wartime Sisters'
Lynda Cohen Loigman .com
$27.99
$18.29 (35% off)

Release date: Out now!

This touching book tells the story of two sisters who are reunited during World War II. The problem (other than, you know, war)? One sister is living the "good" life as an officer's wife, while the other is a factory worker — causing understandable tension that strains their bond. Read this, and then give your own sister a call. 

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William Morrow Paperbacks
'The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding'
Jennifer Robson .com
$16.99
$11.59 (32% off)

Release Date: Out now! 

Attention all you royal nerds out there. Jennifer Robson wrote a historical fiction novel about the talented women who made Queen Elizabeth's wedding gown and it's one of the most fun books you'll read this year. 

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Sourcebooks Landmark
'The Only Woman in the Room'
Marie Benedict .com
$25.99
$15.86 (39% off)

Release date: Out now!

This. Book. Is. Amazing. The Only Woman in the Room tells the fascinating true story of actress Hedy Lamarr, whose little-known journey involves escaping from the Nazis and her secret life as a scientist and inventor. Jaw dropped? Same.

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Berkley
'The Suspect'
Fiona Barton .com
$26.00
$15.78 (39% off)

Release date: Out now!

Welcome to every parent's nightmare come to life. Fiona Barton returns with another suspenseful drama, this time about two girls who go missing while visiting Thailand and the journalist who's determined to crack the case. 

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Harper
'Freefall'
Jessica Barry .com
$27.99
$15.69 (44% off)

Release date: Out now!

Freefall is an addictive book about a mother who refuses to believe that her daughter's really dead after her daughter's fiancé's private plane crashes. Her determination to uncover the truth is aptly thrilling considering this is, in fact, a thriller.

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Berkley
'The Matchmaker's List'
Sonya Lalli .com
$15.00
$12.00 (20% off)

Release date: Out now!

We're not done with the romance novel section of this roundup quite yet. The Matchmaker's List is absolutely charming, about a woman who's set up by her grandmother and isn't exactly here for it. So, will she find love? Only one way to find out. 

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Celadon Books
'The Silent Patient'
Alex Michaelides .com
$26.99
$16.19 (40% off)

Release date: Out now!

Please proceed with caution, because The Silent Patient is absolutely terrifying. This spellbinding thriller is about a famous artist — who shoots her husband five times and then never speaks again — and the therapist who's tasked with unraveling the inner workings of her mind.

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Random House
'American Spy'
Lauren Wilkinson .com
$27.00
$17.70 (34% off)

Release date: Out now!

Set in 1986, American Spy is about a young FBI intelligence officer named Marie Mitchell who's tasked with taking down Thomas — a man she secretly admires. She ends up falling for him, leading her to question everything she thought she believed in. 

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Knopf
'Lost Children Archive'
Valeria Luiselli .com
$27.95
$18.26 (35% off)

Release date: Out now!

Immigration is at the forefront of everyone's mind right now, and Lost Children Archive couldn't be a more timely read. The book chronicles a family's cross-country road trip as stories of detained children and migrant families at the border impact every step of their journey.

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Amazon
'The Hunting Party'
Lucy Foley .com

Release date: Out Now! 

If you like murder mysteries a la Agatha Christie, we've got your next read right here. This twisty, chilly novel set in a remote British house will make you want to cozy up with your favorite blanket and a cup of tea -- and all of the lights on.  

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Berkley
'The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls'
Anissa Gray .com
$26.00
$19.11 (26% off)

Release date: Out now!

Another highly anticipated release for '19, this novel is about three sisters named Althea, Viola, and Lillian whose lives are forever altered when Althea is suddenly arrested — forcing Viola and Lillian to pick up the pieces of their family. Expect to be stunned by some gorgeous writing from Anissa Gray.

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William Morrow Paperbacks
'The Huntress'
Kate Quinn .com
$16.99
$13.95 (18% off)

Release date: Out now!

Things you need to know about this book: It's about an English journalist who bands together with a female pilot to find a Nazi war criminal in America called The Huntress. If that doesn't make you want to cancel your plans for a night in, nothing will. 

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Penguin Group
'We Must Be Brave'
Frances Liardet .com
$27.00
$16.20 (40% off)

Release date: Out now! 

Grab the tissues before you crack open this beautiful novel by Frances Liardet. It's about love, loss, and chosen families in World War II-era England, and will definitely make you hug your own loved ones a little tighter. 

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Riverhead Books
'Gingerbread'
Helen Oyeyemi .com
$27.00
$16.20 (40% off)

Release date: Out now!

Who knew a book about a family's connection to gingerbread could be so poignant? Helen Oyeyemi's writing is full of enchantment and magical details, and will make you want to dive into your own family's rich legacy. Side effects include cravings for gingerbread.

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Berkley
'My Lovely Wife'
Samantha Downing .com
$26.00
$12.98 (50% off)

Release date: Out now!

Oh, you know, it's just a casual novel about a couple who spice up their marriage with the occasional murder ... no big deal. But in all seriousness, you might want to read this one during the daytime. 

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Bloomsbury Publishing
'Women Talking'
Miriam Toews .com
$24.00
$15.91 (34% off)

Release date: Out now!

Women Talking is one of the most anticipated books of the year for a reason. The story (based on true events) focuses on eight Mennonite women who — after being repeatedly drugged and attacked by a group of men in their community — meet in secret and decide how to reclaim their lives not just for their own future, but also for their daughters.  

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Vintage
'The Mister'
EL James .com
$16.95
$11.87 (30% off)

Release date:  April 16, 2019

OK, fine, this might not be the best book of the year, but it's on our list for its sheer readability. Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James is back at it with a brand new novel called The Mister, which promises to be just as NSFW as its predecessor. It's about a rich guy who inherits a lot of money, falls in love with an enigmatic woman, and, well, you know the rest. 

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MacMillan
'The Mother-in-Law: A Novel'
Sally Hepworth .com
$27.99
$18.29 (35% off)


Release date: Out now! 

Love 'em or hate 'em, most married women have a mother-in-law story. In this thriller, a matriarch dies by suspected suicide, but when her death looks suspicious, all eyes turn to her daughter-in-law. It's a fun look at family dynamics, which might make yours look a lot more functional. We devoured it in just one sitting. Bet you will too!  

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Berkley
'The Bride Test'
Helen Hoang .com
$15.00
$10.40 (31% off)

Release date: May 7, 2019

The second love story from the author of the critically acclaimed romantic comedy The Kiss Quotient, this new quirky, heartwarming romance will make you believe in love again. Khai Diep's autism means he processes emotions differently than other people, and when his meddling mother brings former housekeeper Esme Tran back from Vietnam to seduce her son, well. Let's just say things get interesting. 

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Ballantine
'Paper Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense'
Julia Heaberlin .com
$17.00
$11.59 (32% off)

Release date: Out in paperback May 7, 2019

Just in time to pack it in your beach tote comes this twisty, breathless thriller. After her sister vanishes, the narrator meticulously plans to trap the man she believes is Rachel's killer. She lures him on a ten-day road trip, just the two of them, to examine the sites of murdered women across Texas where he shot creepy documentary photographs. Is he a liar or a broken old man? Is he a pathological con artist—or is she? You'll be on the edge of your seat all the way to the shocking surprise ending. 

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Gallery Books
'The Unhoneymooners'
Christina Lauren .com
$15.30

Release date: May 14, 2019

This fun and flirty novel has the best premise ever: Olive Torres absolutely despises Ethan, the best man at her sister's wedding. The good news? Everyone at the reception gets food poisoning. The bad news: The bride and groom can't go on their honeymoon, which means Olive and Ethan go in their place — and pretend to be married. Let the hijinks and inevitable sexual tension begin!

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Deckle Edge
'The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel'
Sara Collins .com
$26.99

 Release date: May 21, 2019

A servant and former slave is accused of murdering her employer and his wife, but can’t remember what happened. This gripping historical thriller travels from a Jamaican sugar plantation to the streets of Georgian London in a whirlwind that'll have your head spinning. 

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Anna Pitoniak
'Necessary People'
Anna Pitoniak .com

 Release date: May 21, 2019

Quiet Violet spends her college years in the shadow of party girl Stella, the ultimate frenemy. After Violet lands her dream job after graduation, she finally comes into her own. That is, until Stella gets a job at the same network and starts trying to reclaim the spotlight. This is a delicious story about the ambitions that can lift us up or tear us apart. 

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Riverhead Books
'City of Girls: A Novel'
Elizabeth Gilbert .com
$28.00
$18.30 (35% off)

Release date: June 4, 2019

The latest from the author of the iconic Eat, Pray, Love takes us to glamorous 1940s New York City, as an older woman looks back on her heyday, where the champagne flowed freely and showgirls ruled the stage. This gorgeous novel explores the depths of female sexuality and the consequences of breaking social conventions, in a sultry story that reminds us why we love the author so much. 

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Atria Books
'Mrs. Everything'
Jennifer Weiner .com
$28.00
$18.30 (35% off)

Release date: June 11, 2019

Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner is back with a heartfelt and super-relatable story of two sisters as they struggle to find themselves. This one doesn't come out until the summer, but  it'll be worth the wait. 

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Little, Brown and Company
'Summer of '69'
Elin Hilderbrand .com
$28.00
$18.30 (35% off)

Release date:  June 18, 2019

This historical novel about a family vacationing in Nantucket truly captures the spirit of the 1960s. Imbued with the social, cultural, and political changes that defined this era, Summer of '69 is a evocative page-turner with plenty of juicy twists.

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Knopf
'Orange World and Other Stories'
Karen Russell .com
$25.95
$17.07 (34% off)

Release date: June 18, 2019

Turn on the lights to read the latest story collection from Pulitzer Prize finalist Karen Russell. She returns with a stunning collection in which, for one, a woman agrees to breastfeed the devil in exchange for her child’s protection. It'll get under your skin in the best possible way. 

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Ballantine Books
'Tell Me Everything: A Novel'
Cambria Brockman .com
$27.00
$21.52 (20% off)

Release date: July 16, 2919

In her first weeks at Hawthorne College, Malin is swept up into a tight-knit circle of friends, all with their own unique paths. She's an expert at hiding her dark past, but can't stay hidden forever. By Senior Day, everyone’s secrets are revealed and Malin’s missteps set in motion a chain of events that end in murder. How far will she go to hide her origins? One word: J-U-I-C-Y. 

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