Looking Ahead: Best Books for 2018

Happy New Year!  A new year means new book releases! As 2018 begins, I’m looking at all the new books that are scheduled to release this year with hungry eyes. There are so many new books I want to read! Yet, there are still so many great books I never got around to reading in 2017. It’s a never-ending problem, but things could be worse. Much worse. I could be a member of the cast of Real Housewives of Atlanta. Yikes!

There are a few different ways I’m planning out my reading for next year. I’m participating in a few book challenges such as the ones here and here. I’m planning on adding a few classics I’ve never read before to my TBR pile. I’m also pumped about all the new books coming out in 2018. These might not be the most talked about or the most anticipated book of 2018, but these are the books I’m most excited about.

It’s always good to have a few books on pre-order or upcoming titles you can bug your local library to get. If you’re reading this blog, you probably have no shortage of books to choose from to read next. However, it’s always good to have some new releases to keep things fresh. Here are the books that will be released in the upcoming year that I’m most excited to read.

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor- Releases January 9th, 2018

Alright, I can read this. This is not real. A chalk man will not come in my room at night and murder me in my sleep. I don’t do horror, but I love suspense. That being said, I’m not very good at watching or reading suspense. I spend most of the time with my eyes closed and my fingers in my ears or skipping ahead until the scary parts are over and then going back and re-reading the scary parts in small portions. And then I don’t sleep for two weeks. This psychological thriller about a childhood game gone terribly wrong promises to have readers on the edge of their seats until the shocking end.

Red Clocks: A Novel by Leni Zumas – Releases January 16, 2018

Five women. One question. What is a woman for? I’m in the middle of a Margaret Atwood book, so I’m totally game for some dystopian feminist lit. This sounds like a cross between The Handmaid’s Tale and Unwind by Neal Shusterman, maybe just less disturbing. I also love that the cover of the book is basically a painting of a vagina. I mean, you can’t go wrong with that!

BRAVE by Rose McGowan – Releases January 30th, 2018

I’m not usually a fan of celebrity biographies/memoirs, but this looks cool as hell. Brave is the story of McGowan’s interesting life and her quest to expose a multi-billion dollar business built on systemic misogyny.

Sunburn by Laura Lippman – Releases February 20th, 2018

This updated noir mystery tells the story of two lovers who find themselves in the middle of a murder. I love that Laura Lippman was inspired by James M. Cain’s American crime mysteries of the 1940’s. Steamy love affairs, characters with something hide, and cold-blooded murder…what more can you ask for?

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao – March 6th, 2018

When two girls in India are driven apart by extraordinary circumstances, they will travel across the world to find friendship and hope for a brighter future. I love books that take place in India. I love books about women realizing they don’t need a man to complete them. This book will be perfect for me!

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer- releases April 3rd, 2018

So a lot of the books I have on this list may fall into the “feminist” category. Please let me be clear in clarifying that feminist books are not just for women. If you dare group them into the “chick lit” category, I will cause you physical harm. And it won’t be pretty. I feel that there are a lot of books that are coming out this year that are of the feminist “persuasion” because that is the direction in which our society is finally moving. Women are standing up for themselves and taking a stance against systemic patriarchy and men are trying to be ok with that (fake it till you make it, right?!). This is an electric, multilayered novel about ambition, power, friendship, and mentorship, and the romantic ideals we all follow deep into adulthood, not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be.

 

Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk – releases May 1st, 2018

Based on the blurb released by the publisher I’m not 100% clear what this book is about, but I know I love Chuck Palahnuik. You might know him as that guy who wrote Fight Club, but I know him as so much more. We’re involved. His novels are cool, thought provoking and never make sense. That’s why I’m ok with not really knowing what this book is about. I get you Chuck. It’s cool.

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll – Releases May 15th, 2018

This fast-paced thriller stars competitive sisters whose dark secrets and lies result in murder when they sign onto a reality TV show. I love to have one or two thrillers in my TBR pile for whenever the mood strikes. They’re good to help you get out of a reading slump. This isn’t typically the type of book I’m into, but it looks good enough to give it a try.

What are you excited to read in 2018?

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4 thoughts on “Looking Ahead: Best Books for 2018

  1. I also love books with Indian characters. Have you read anything by Jhumpa Lahiri? If not, I highly recommend her!

    I’m currently reading two “strong women” books right now, too – Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu (YA), and am enjoying them both!

    Otherwise, my TBR shortlist for January includes:
    Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence
    Courage is Contagious by Nicholas Haramis
    Endurance by Scott Kelly

  2. Ha! I have The Chalk Man on my shelf but I know I’m going to have to psyche myself up to read it– not because it won’t be good but because I’m such a chicken! I won’t read Stephen King, but I do push my boundaries just because the premise of so many scary books pull me in. And then I can’t sleep, but at least I read a good book?

    Love your commentary on these!

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