As per usual, my TBR was and is overly ambitious. Each year, tons and tons of amazing books come out and it’s impossible to read them all. There are some, however, that stick out more than others to me. Some of those I did indeed read this year! And… some of them I put off. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to read them! There were some really awesome sounding books that just for whatever reason I wasn’t able to get to. These ten titles are at the top of my list. Check out the 2018 book releases I didn’t get to… BUT REALLY WANT TO. Also, these books are in no particular order!
This Fallen Prey (Rockton #3) by Kelley Armstrong
I LOVE Kelley Armstrong. Well. I love her adult books. I’ve tried a couple of her YA titles and they weren’t really for me. However, her Cainsville series is my favourite, and I’ve been really enjoying the Rockton series, too! I’ve had this book since it came out and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet. I just haven’t really been in the mood for thrillers in 2018 it seems! I do plan on getting to it sometime soon, though. Well, eventually. This book in the third installment in a series, so I’ve added the synopsis for the first book!.
Casey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. But that’s not why she’s on the run. Her best friend’s ex has found Diana again, despite all Casey has done to protect her. And Diana has decided the only way she’ll ever be safe is if she finds the mythical town she’s heard of where people like her can go to hide. Turns out the town really exists, and will take Diana, but only if Casey, a talented young police detective, comes too.
Imagine a hidden town, isolated in the Yukon wilderness, where everyone is pretending to be someone they’re not. Even good people can get up to some very bad stuff. The laconic town sheriff dispenses his own frontier justice, but he’s more accustomed to sobering up drunks in the horse trough, than attempting to solve the series of brutal murders that has rocked the town. As much as he hates it, he needs Casey. As for Casey, coming to the far North may have started out as a sacrifice she was willing to make for her best friend. But maybe, just maybe, she needs Rockton as much as the town needs her.
The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu
This book sounds SO GOOD and I’ve heard great things about it. I don’t even know what to say other than I have mad grabby hands for this.
A group of young girls descends on Camp Forevermore, a sleepaway camp in the Pacific Northwest, where their days are filled with swimming lessons, friendship bracelets and camp songs by the fire. Bursting with excitement and nervous energy, they set off on an overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island. But before the night is over, they find themselves stranded, with no adults to help them survive or guide them home.
The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore follows these five girls—Nita, Kayla, Isabel, Dina and Siobhan—through and beyond this fateful trip. We see the survivors through the successes and failures, loves and heartbreaks of their teen and adult years, and we come to understand how a tragedy can alter the lives it touches in innumerable ways. In diamond-sharp prose, Kim Fu gives us a portrait of friendship and of the families we build for ourselves—and the pasts we can’t escape.
A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
I got an ARC of this and started it when I recieved it. It was great and I was enjoying it, but I just wasn’t in the right mood. I put it down to read something else and I didn’t pick it back up again. In 2019 I hope to! It sounds really good and right up my alley.
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.
This beautifully written debut novel from Tanaz Bhathena reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers; tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion; and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal.
From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
I really, really liked When Dimple Met Rishi. LOVED it. Every since I put it down I was looking forward to the next book. But… I just never got around to it. I didn’t buy a copy this time and never got around to putting a library hold on it. I’ve also heard a few people say it wasn’t quite as good as Dimple and that put me off a bit.
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.
When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.
Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?
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.
All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover is an auto-buy author for me. She’s one of my absolute favourites (I even got to interview her for Book Riot!). But for some reason, I haven’t picked up her latest book yet. It’s about a married couple, and I think that’s why I haven’t felt compelled to pick it up yet. It’s not that I have anything against married people, it’s just that I have very few things in common with them. I also heard it was really sad and haven’t been in the mood for tears!
Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.
All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
Everyone has been raving about this one, especially over at Book Riot. I started listening to the audio of this back in the fall, but then had to return it to the library. It was very intriguing though! I’ve never read a true crime book that wasn’t about, well, murder. Can’t wait to get back into this one. But maybe not on audio. I didn’t connect with the narrator.
In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.
A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.
Puddin’ by Julie Murphy
I mean.. Obviously. I read Dumplin’ in the spring and cried/died/fell in love when I watched the movie. I clearly need more MILLIE! Soon. Eventually. Who wants to watch Dumplin’ with me again?
Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream of being a newscaster—and to kiss the boy she’s crushing on.
Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend.
When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing that they might have more in common than they ever imagined.
Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya Chemaly
I love a good work of feminist non-fiction and I love righteous anger. So, perfect combo for me? YAS. I heard Chemaly speak on the podcast Feminasty and immediately put her book on my TBR. The idea of women’s anger is so interesting. How we are socialized not to show it and how important it really is. Possibly going to buy this one with some Christmas money!
As women, we’ve been urged for so long to bottle up our anger, letting it corrode our bodies and minds in ways we don’t even realize. Yet there are so, so many legitimate reasons for us to feel angry, ranging from blatant, horrifying acts of misogyny to the subtle drip, drip drip of daily sexism that reinforces the absurdly damaging gender norms of our society.
In Rage Becomes Her, Soraya Chemaly argues that our anger is not only justified, it is also an active part of the solution. We are so often encouraged to resist our rage or punished for justifiably expressing it, yet how many remarkable achievements would never have gotten off the ground without the kernel of anger that fueled them? Approached with conscious intention, anger is a vital instrument, a radar for injustice and a catalyst for change. On the flip side, the societal and cultural belittlement of our anger is a cunning way of limiting and controlling our power—one we can no longer abide.
How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? By NK Jemisin
Okay folx. NK Jemisin. Does anymore really need to be said? Everything about this short story collection sounds perfect and amazing. I need all the NK Jemisin in my life.
NK. Jemisin is one of the most powerful and acclaimed authors of our time. In the first collection of her evocative short fiction, which includes never-before-seen stories, Jemisin equally challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption.
Spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story “The City Born Great,” a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis’s soul.
The Red Word by Sarah Henstra
I hadn’t really heard much about this one throughout the year. But during award season I was looking up different lists and winners and saw that this one won the Canadian Governor General’s Award for fiction. And damn it sounds good.
A smart, dark, and take-no-prisoners look at rape culture and the extremes to which ideology can go The Red Word is a campus novel like no other. As her sophomore year begins, Karen enters into the back-to-school revelry ― particularly at Gamma Beta Chi. When she wakes up one morning on the lawn of Raghurst, a house of radical feminists, she gets a crash course in the state of feminist activism on campus. The frat known as GBC is notorious, she learns, nicknamed “Gang Bang Central” and a prominent contributor to a list of rapists compiled by female students. Despite continuing to party there and dating one of the brothers, Karen is equally seduced by the intellectual stimulation and indomitable spirit of the Raghurst women, who surprise her by wanting her as a housemate and recruiting her into the upper-level class of a charismatic feminist mythology scholar they all adore. As Karen finds herself caught between two increasingly polarized camps, ringleader housemate Dyann believes she has hit on the perfect way to expose and bring down the fraternity as a symbol of rape culture ― but the war between the houses will exact a terrible price.
What 2018 book releases do you most want to get to soon?
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.