The year of 2018 is officially the Year of Reading… at least for me it is! Not only have I given myself a goal of 52 books to read this year, I’m also diving head-first into my literary and publishing career. Given that I love reading new releases, I also love getting in the mood to find books that will ignite that fire in me and get me excited to read.
As you go on this journey with me, you’ll notice that I love to read a variety of genres. I used to solely read YA and when I tried going into Fiction, I ended up reading nothing, but now I’m up for reading anything!
I honestly just love a good story with strong plot and great follow-through. (I mean, don’t we all?) You’ll notice that the books I mention in this post are definitely a mix of all genres. We’ve got some Women’s Fiction, some Non-Fiction, some YA Fantasy… So without further ado, let’s get into my most anticipated reads of 2018!
*all pictures are linked to their Amazon pages*
If you haven’t heard about Roxane Gay, you are missing out! She is an amazing writer who touches upon plenty of important (although touchy) topics that I think must be talked about. Whether she’s writing about feminism, body dysmorphia, and anything in-between, you’ll be incredibly pleased. Not That Bad includes collections of previously published or newly published essays and works of writing that revolves around rape culture. We have stories being told from women who address, ‘what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are “routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied’ for speaking out.” That’s some powerful stuff, you guys.
This is, of course, a work of Non-Fiction, however, for those of you who want to get out of your comfort zone when it comes to reading, I’d definitely recommend any books from Roxane Gay. I’m particularly excited for this read because she acknowledges this disconnect between men and women, especially in the workplace, and we have it written on paper as if almost saying, “This is what is happening, and we will no longer stand for it. We are sharing our story in hopes that these will be the last.” It’s incredibly powerful and moving to hear the experience of other women who have finally say, No to being treated a certain way because of the fact that they’re women. I really think those of us who get our hands on this book will be able to learn a lot! If you do read this and enjoy it (please let me know!) I would also recommend Bad Feminist from Roxane Gay. Expected publishing date: May 1, 2018
This one is a bit different from what I’m typically used to, definitely going out of my comfort zone with reading this year, however, it really grabbed my attention. The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind revolves around Dr. Barbara K. Lipska who was diagnosed with melanoma that had spread to her brain. Spiraling into madness within months, Barbara began to experience dementia and schizophrenia-like symptoms. Luckily, she was able to get better shortly after being diagnosed and although she began to feel normal again, she remembered exactly what she experienced with extreme clarity.
I am incredibly excited to read this, like I said, it’s definitely out of my comfort zone but I’m just so intrigued by what she has to say. Being that she is a neuroscientist herself who went through such an intense and traumatic experience to not only live past it, but to also share her story while backing it up with science intrigues me to another level. I’m looking forward to gaining such a unique perspective on a topic that we barely even discuss: our brains. I feel like there is so much untapped knowledge about our brains that many of us, even scientists and doctors, have yet to been able to wrap their heads around. (Badum-tss!) Expected publishing date: April 3, 2018
2018 is definitely the year of awesome book covers! I know we’re told not to judge a book by it’s cover, but I can’t help it! I love nice covers from the design to the actual feel of it so of course The Female Persuasion was going to catch my eye. This book revolves around a young woman named Greer (ahh!! I just love this book already) who is having trouble with finding that fulfillment in her life that so many of us seek in our early-twenties. After hearing a woman by the name of Faith Frank speak at what I’m guessing is a rally or maybe even a panel, who has been a long-time advocate and a central pillar in the women’s movement, Greer finds herself closer to figuring out her sense of purpose. Throughout the story, Faith challenges Greer to “make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life.”
Intertwining romance and that happily-ever-after many of us dream of with finding our own sense of purpose and seeking what fulfills us, Wolitzer seems to challenge readers (and Greer) to accept that new sense of feeling and go after what we really want which I’m always an advocate for! We all look for acceptance and approval in our mentors and being that I’m in a slightly similar situation, I think this story will really hit home for me. Expected publishing date: April 3, 2018
Another unexpected read for this year: a book of essays! Now that I’m no longer in school, I’m actually feeling good about voluntarily learning and reading works of fiction and non-fiction. In Feel Free, Zadie Smith questions many aspects of our day-to-day from the current political climate to social media and so much more while intertwining her own humorous tone. When I was looking around lists of books to look out for this year, Feel Free almost always popped up, so I figured, might as well give it a try. I’m looking forward to gaining a different perspective on the world we live in, especially since this past year (or two) have been pretty rough for those of us living in the states.
“A self-professed ‘sentimental humanist,’ Smith is alarmed by social media platforms such as Facebook and is smartly cutting on American race relations, discussed through pop-culture reference points that include Jay-Z lyrics and movies such as Get Out, ‘a compendium of black fears about white folk.’ She is lacerating on the subject of British politics, blasting the ruling class’s ‘Londoncentric solipsism’; rather than policy changes, she advocates for nothing more—or less—than art and literature’s power to free the mind.” Amazon also claims this to be a “literary journalism at its zenith” so I’m in! Expected publishing date: February 6, 2018
I know I’m probably saying this for every book, but I’m really excited to read another one of Kristin Hannah’s works! I was recommended by my mentor to read The Nightingale, which of course I did and I fell in love, you guys. It did take me a little longer to read since it was pretty heavy and I just so happened to be reading it during Christmas but I couldn’t stop. I was just at awe by her style of writing and how well she captures the voice of her characters so I’m pretty excited for this one!
The Great Alone revolves around a man named Ernt Albright who after returning from the Vietnam War is not the same person he was before. Leaving his life before war behind, he takes his family to a remote area in Alaska in hopes of rebuilding their lives. In addition to Ernt’s perspective, we also get the perspective of his young daughter, Leni who while being ‘caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family.’ Eeeep! Such a strong line right there, so I’m looking forward to see where this book takes us. Intertwining inner turmoil of who one is after the war in addition to living in a remote area where locals aren’t the most inviting, The Great Alone seems to be an amazing pick for our reading list. Expected publishing date: February 6, 2018
I’m going to try not to squeal too hard at this book because I have already read it. C’mon guys, I have a 50+ book goal for this year and since I’ll have lit-related blog posts each week, I need to have something to talk about! You’ll definitely be seeing a review for this in the next coming weeks (if not sooner) so be excited for that! The Hazel Wood was one of those books that I kept seeing everywhere and although I had this ARC for a good few months before hunkering down and reading it, I do have to say it was an amazing read.
The Hazel Wood follows a young girl named Alice who has lived her life running away, Alice and her mother never had a stable home and although Alice didn’t know the root of it, she always felt like it had something to do with her, almost as if she was the one with bad luck. When Alice finds out her grandmother (who just so happens to be an infamous author of a twisted fairytale book) passed away, Alice’s mother finally is able to take a breath of fresh air because to her, this meant no more running away – or so she thought. Not too long after receiving the letter and settling into somewhat normal lives, Alice comes home from school one day to find out that her mother was taken. We then follow Alice to finding out who took her mother and the truth about who she (Alice) really is. The Hazel Wood is incredibly captivating, filled with mystical and fantasy elements with an extremely dark twist. This is definitely not your regular YA book in the best way possible. Expected publishing date: January 30, 2018
With being claimed to be The Handmaids Tale of 2018, already Red Clocks has high expectations. Red Clocks is placed in a distant future where abortions are now banned and embryo’s are seen more as property than a human life. Following four women in a small town in Oregon, Red Clocks offers a different take on how these limitations effect the lives of Ro, Susan, Mattie, and Gin. All four women are going through their own battles through these rough times, but are also brought together by these barriers. “This is a story of resilience, transformation, and hope in tumultuous-even frightening-times.”
Red Clocks is one of those books that caught my eye due to it’s cover. Whoever designed the cover did an amazing job, because I know the fact that this diamond also looks like a vagina had to be intentional. (Right?) If you can’t tell by now, I love reading books that revolve around feminism and female empowerment. I think having these types of stories that challenge our current rights as women and give us a glimpse of what life may look like if those rights were taken away from us and overpowered by religion and the government. This is definitely going to be a must-read for me this year. Expected publication date: January 16, 2018
What would you do if you were told exactly how you were going to die? When four siblings, Simon, Klara, Daniel, and Varya find out that a mystical fortune teller is claiming to be able to tell anyone when they will die, thrill-seeking and adolescent curiosity lead them to her doorstep. Starting off in 1969, The Immoralists follows these siblings through five decades of their lives allowing readers to see exactly how, or if at all, the tarot readings impacted their lives. The Immoralists drives the reader to question destiny and chance while forcing the main characters to make the most of out their fate. This is another book I saw many people raving about, and I’m intrigued to see where the storyline will lead us. I’m not too thrilled about this read compared to the other books I have on this list, however, because so many people are interested by it and I have heard really great things so far, I’m willing to give it a chance! The cover is also really pretty, too! I think you guys can tell right now that I’m a sucker for pretty covers and nice designs… Expected publishing date: January 9th, 2018
In addition to loving books that are themed around female empowerment, I am also a sucker for a good psychological thriller. If you’ve been watching my Youtube videos, you’ll know that I love books like The Girl on the Train (I mean, who doesn’t) I’ve also read In a Dark, Dark Wood, so the moment I read the description (and saw the book cover) I knew it was right up my alley!The Woman in the Window follows a woman by the name of Anne who naturally likes spying on her neighbors, let’s not judge! This innocent hobby of hers has never gotten her into any trouble until a family moves in and she discovers that there is much more depth to them than this picture-perfect image they put off. This kind of reminds me a lot of The Girl on the Train because in the synopsis we’re told that Anne sees something she shouldn’t have so it seems as if we’re going to be going along this ride of whether Anne should say something or pretend it never happened. I’m very intrigued to say the least to get my hands on this book and I’m hoping that it lives up to its gracious reviews! Expected publishing date: January 2nd, 2018
Phew! That was a long winded one. I have high hopes about these reads and look forward to diving into the different worlds! I think last year was a pretty great year for amazing books, we’ve got stories like Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Gilded Cage by Vic James, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and so many others that give us pretty high expectations for any releases that come out this year. I know for a fact my list is going to grow, especially since I have a pretty heavy book-reading goal and I will also be including lit-related blog posts every Thursday from book reviews to seasonal releases. I’m excited!!
What are your most anticipated books for 2018?