I don’t know about you, but there are a ton of books coming out in the first half of 2018 that I’m super excited for. Some are from authors I’m obsessed with, series that I’m into, or just books I’ve heard some good buzz about! Here are ten 2018 book releases that I’m pumped for, in order of publication.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
I first got a glimpse of this one when I was making a display at the library. To my dismay, I couldn’t request this one yet because it’s not out! But seriously. Read this synopsis and tell me you aren’t dying to read it.
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
This Fallen Prey (Casey Duncan #3) by Kelley Armstrong
This is book three in Kelley Armstrong’s Casey Duncan Rockton mysteries! I’ve been loving Armstrong’s adult series lately and can’t wait to get my hands on this next one! I was really sad when her other series, Welcome to Cainsville, ended this year, so I need this one to keep me going! I’m not going to insert the synopsis here and risk spoiling the first two books. HOWEVER, you can check out my review of the first book here!
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
I think we all know by now that I’m a murderino. I love to get morbid. I love mystery. I freakin’ love to read about serial killers and people with psychopathic personalities. I JUST DO, OKAY? AND I’M NOT ALONE. I’m really excited for this one. Not only was Michelle McNamara an incredible crime writer, but when she tragically passed away, she was obsessively investigating the Golden State Killer (who she named). I can’t wait to read her ultimate masterpiece.
For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.
A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
This book just sounds hella amazing. Let me leave you with the synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school. You don’t want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Until last month, it had been a long time since I picked up a fantasy. For book club I read The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin and it has absolutely got me on a fantasy kick. I’ve seen the cover for this one around a bit, and when I read the synopsis, it had me hooked.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy…
The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg
From Mallory Ortberg comes a collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales. Adapted from her beloved “Children’s Stories Made Horrific” series, “The Merry Spinster” takes up the trademark wit that endeared Ortberg to readers of both The Toast and her best-selling debut Texts From Jane Eyre. … Unfalteringly faithful to its beloved source material, The Merry Spinster also illuminates the unsuspected, and frequently, alarming emotional complexities at play in the stories we tell ourselves, and each other, as we tuck ourselves in for the night. Bed time will never be the same.
Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art Out of Having an Opinion by Michelle Dean
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Grove Press
Dorothy Parker, Rebecca West, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, Renata Adler, and Janet Malcolm—these brilliant women are the central figures of Sharp. Their lives intertwine as they cut through the cultural and intellectual history of America in the twentieth century, arguing as fervently with each other as they did with the sexist attitudes of the men who often undervalued their work as critics and essayists. … Mixing biography, literary criticism, and cultural history, Sharpis an enthralling exploration of how a group of brilliant women became central figures in the world of letters despite the many obstacles facing them, a testament to how anyone not in a position of power can claim the mantle of writer and, perhaps, help change the world.
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
If you haven’t read Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda leave now and come back when you have. I’ll wait. 😉 Leah on the Offbeat continues Albertalli’s companion-type-series. Basically it’s her third book, and they are all in the same universe or whatever. And they each involve secondary characters from the other books as the main character. I CAN’T FREAKING WAIT.
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon. So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay
A downer sandwiched between two hella cute books. BUT. It’s Roxane Gay and a bunch of other great writers talking about important issues. Love it.
In this valuable and revealing anthology, cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that 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. … Searing and heartbreakingly candid, this provocative collection both reflects the world we live in and offers a call to arms insisting that “not that bad” must no longer be good enough.
From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
This is another Simon Vs. scenario. Have you read When dimple Met Rishi? If not, I’ll wait. Okay so DO YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN? How could I not be out of my mind excited for another book by Menon?
Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2. Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.
What do you think of these picks? What 2018 book releases are you excited for?
Beth O’Brien is a library assistant and book blogger. Born and raised in Atlantic Canada, she lives in picturesque Nova Scotia with her cat Edith. You can often find her rocking double denim with her nose in a book and a craft beer in her hand. Follow her on Twitter @fuelldbyfiction.