The Best Fiction Books of 2019 to Add to Your Reading List ASAP

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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.

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

Release date: Out now!

It's the soapy beach read you never new 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
$10.87 (32% 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
$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
$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. This has been an update!

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Sourcebooks Landmark
'The Only Woman in the Room'
Marie Benedict .com
$15.59 (40% 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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'The Suspect'
Fiona Barton .com
$15.87 (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. Shudder.

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

Release date: February 5, 2019

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. *Adds to Amazon cart*

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

Release date: February 5, 2019

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
$17.70 (34% off)

Release date: February 12, 2019

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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'Lost Children Archive'
Valeria Luiselli .com
$18.27 (35% off)

Release date: February 12, 2019

Immigration is at the forefront of everyone's mind right now, and Los 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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'The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls'
Anissa Gray .com
$17.10 (34% off)

Release date: February 19, 2019

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

Release date: February 26, 2019

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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Riverhead Books
Helen Oyeyemi .com
$17.70 (34% off)

Release date: March 5, 2019

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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'My Lovely Wife'
Samantha Downing .com
$17.10 (34% off)

Release date: March 26, 2019

Oh, you know, it's just a casual novel about a couple who spice up their marriage with the occasional murder ... no bigs 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
$15.91 (34% off)

Release date: April 2, 2019

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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'The Mister'
EL James .com
$10.59 (38% off)

Release date:  April 16, 2019

Okay, 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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Gallery Books
'The Unhoneymooners'
Christina Lauren .com

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 stead — and pretend to be married. Let the hijinks and inevitable sexual tension begin!

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Atria Books
'Mrs. Everything'
Jennifer Weiner .com

Release date: June 11, 2019

This one doesn't come out until the summer, but promise: it'll be worth the wait. Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner is back with a heartfelt and super-relatable story of two sisters as they struggle to find themselves. This one spans from all the way back in the 1950s to present day. 

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Little, Brown and Company
'Summer of '69'
Elin Hilderbrand .com
$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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