- Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
There are many, many, many books coming out next year it’s easy to get whiplash HOWEVER.
There are a few books which make me squeal and will get top priority come their release dates in 2018, including a few pre-orders. SO. Here follows my 18 Most Anticipated Books of 2018 (in no particular order)
INCLUDING PITCHWARS AUTHORS!!! ❤
This is described as THE CRAFT meets VERONICA MARS.
Let me emphasize…. T H E C R A F T meets VERONICA MARS
Wiccan teens – women of colour – trying to solve a murder like WHAT. How did I not know about this til now?!
and Speaking of witches….
Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge—and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them.
JUST. COME ON. I mean I could do without the ‘love saves all’ but if it’s sister love I don’t care cause GIRL POWER and stuff.
Kestra, who’s kidnapped to steal a blade, and who isn’t going along with their plans like – YES give me your ‘fuck you’ females please, all of them.
Regency romance with some murders going on maybe? I’m hoping to read more historical this year, I loooooove regency so – yes. Top. Of. List.
Ever since I read Geekerella by Ashley I fell in love with the science fiction series she created. It was an incredible addition in the novel itself and showed a clear love of fantasy so when she announced a sci fi, Anastasia inspired… like I don’t know how much money this is but TAKE WHAT YOU NEED.
Italy, scripting, writing, politics, intrigue, mother/daughter – NEEEED.
I recently read Ink and Bone, the first in the library series, and I was intrigued to find this also by Rachel Caine. A rebel going on sentient alien ships — had me at alien to be honest – and a female thief? Yes please.
Let me say it again. NECROMANCY. I’m here for this.
I looooooved the first book in the Wayfarers but haven’t got around to the second book cause it didn’t really follow my favourite from the first book, so I was a bit ‘meh’. This third book however, another standalone, sounds absolutely incredible. Alien cities and colonies and everything I want from Becky Chambers, basically.
I’ve yet to finish Daughter of the Burning city simply cause the book is so heavy in its hardback edition BUT its writing is gorgeous, it’s fun, and I’m looking forward to a prim female lead in a dangerous world.
The sequel to Neverwhere which I really adored, and I’m truly hoping this comes out in 2018! It’s on many 2018 lists. I don’t even know what it’s about but I’m hugely excited.
FELICITY!!!! From what I read of Felicity in Gentleman’s Guide I really, truly loved her. And I’m so glad we’re getting a book in her POV!
This has no cover and as I understand it, Schwab is rewriting it from scratch. So. I feel really, really bad for her right now and I still need it in my life. I can’t WAIT.
A thief inherits a throne in this YA fantasy, and I am ALL. FOR. IT.
I have a soft spot for the wild west, since my great-grandmother adored cowboy films and novels like this, but throw in a twist like a second civil war and I’m aaaaaall for it. My glorious critique partner in crime had the fortune to be mentored by Lindsay in this year’s PitchWars and couldn’t sing her praises enough, so I’m incredibly excited to read this one next year!
I was incredibly lucky to be chosen by M.K and her co-mentor Jamie in 2016’s PitchWars as an unofficial mentee, and their advice was amazing. I got a sneaky hint about this book during our google chat and I’ve wanted it EVER SINCE. So glad the time is almost here even though it’s like a YEAR away.
Is there a list this is NOT on?! I read a sample chapter and immediately wanted more, as did many many others.
Or if not a date, a COVER.
Jungle Book + Les Mis retelling via Six of Crows. I’ve been excited ever since I heard about this, I mean how could you NOT want to read this? Also Kit’s writing is A+++ from what I’ve seen and she’s super nice.
Tis the season for Christmas, and with it will come books, book vouchers, and money to buy – books. Hopefully, also a new bookshelf.
So while I have given out lists of my TBR to friends who have asked “what books do you like?!” I still need to reduce this wanting-to-read list simply because there is no way I will be able to read all the books I’ve put on here AND new releases I’m hankering for.
Time turner? Invent one, please.
SO in this post I’m going to try and get rid of 10.
I would buy this for the COVER ALONE look at that!!! It’s beautiful. Plus space, crews, intrigue!!! This book has me written all over it.
I’m not sure “baby with a defect” is entirely unproblematic? Either way I’m not feeling post-apocalyptic space dramas with people wanting babies rn.
This is a Middle Grade, and I didn’t know I had any of this on my list, so I’m keeping it – a delightful weird girl who can talk to ghosts? Yes. Gimme.
Aaaaagh I mean I like the sound of this ish? But then there are some trope-y things I’m not sure about. Portal fantasy is dead right now but it seems to have been published when it was popular… I’m not sure. It seems like there’s some sort of love triangle and over sexualised shit.
Be strong. No.
Reading the synopsis of this religion-meets-mental-illness book, I was like oh, no. But then I realised it’s supposed to be a horror novel and it scared Stephen King.
KEEP (but probably won’t get to any time soon)
Psychics in Victorian England…. like need I say more?!
I HAVE ONLY GOT RID OF TWO BOOKS. I NEED TO UP THE ANTE.
Ok so this was probably added when I was crushing on a Swedish guy in my workplace, so I’m going to remove this.
Wow, this preview is so small and it won’t get any bigger. Not to worry, though, since this is about alien/zombie/vampire hybrids and I have no interest in it any more.
I’m a bit confused about what this is meant to be. Something about hallucinations and wrongful imprisonment and murder… I’m not feeling it, to be honest.
I’ve had this on my TBR FOREVER. Maybe 2018 will be the year I finally read this fking thing.
Nnnnngh. I think I added this since I was doing my own psychic detective story at the time, and right now I don’t really want to read this sort of stuff. It’s average is 3*
A QUEER WOMAN OF COLOUR WITH AN ILLNESS – I don’t care about the mixed reviews I’m getting this.
I must point out that I’ve now got rid of some other reference books, because I didn’t need any more, but I won’t include them here cause boring.
Where are we, 5 out of 10? Sigh. Ok I’m going to do THREE MORE books.
A beautiful cover, and absolutely great premise, and though I try not to check there’s great reviews from friends.
A dear friend recommended this to me after I came out of hospital with a crush on my surgeon, since the protagonist here also has the same issue. But I no longer have a crush on my surgeon (he’s probably still pretty hot to be fair) and I won’t ever read this, so.
NNNGH. I really wanted to end on a definitive “no”. But this book has 3 POVs in a high fantasy (I mean… the book I’ve written may have similar ahem) so… God.
I’ll keep it.
SIX GONE. Not including the reference books. Now I’m up to my 2016 adding spree, where there could be more up to date titles and become more difficult for me. So I’m now on page 3 of my TBR, with 14 pages to rifle through total. This is gonna be a loooong series.
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about anything… at all. I haven’t finished reading a book since the PitchWars picks were announced in August.
THIS WILL CHANGE. I’m 90% through The Hate U Give and I have other lovelies waiting on my TBR. However… I still need to get this stuff down.
So! Back we go, down the TBR hole, clearing out the 266 titles remaining.
This sounds fascinating. It’s got Zimbabwe history, folklore, tourists, murders. I’m hoping to get more diverse reads in next year so
Ok so this cover does NOT reveal it’s about aliens and mind control. From this you’d think it was a nice, magical-realism or contemporary romance or something, but no. It’s aliens. And it’s about Special Characters Who Don’t Conform.
Honestly, I’m not sure if I want to absorb a government conspiracy, kamikaze bird novel soon but I can see my friends dig it. So I’m going to
I’ve heard so many things about this particular book and I’ve heard of the author. Another government thing, maybe I was on a destroy-the-government high when I added the last two books?
Oh my god, assassin girl?! Yes please.
Again with the government thing, though…. still
I’m not doing a very good job of getting rid of things, am I?
This is a book 2. Of a series I don’t even read. Why did I put this on?!
Ok so…. this sounds good? It’s set in a graveyard about a girl with powers and her reaper cousins. I like that spooky shit. Nobody I know has read it but I might give it a go if I can find a copy.
As much as I LOVE witchy books I’m not sure that this is something I’ll ever get to.
I’m not convinced. I don’t even know what the premise is. All I know is walled city and coming back changed? That doesn’t tell me anything.
This includes revenge and Australia and it’s historical fiction but I honestly believe I’ll take up other historical fiction before I read this so, sorry but you gotta go.
OKAY. SO that’s a bit better, got rid of more this time than previous rounds. My New Year’s Resolution is to buy a book a month from a physical store – something an agent on Twitter said would help secure the business if everyone who wrote, edited or agented a book actually did it. I hope to get to some of these!
While I’m still in the throws of PitchWars, I am making myself clip the TBR pile because it’s currently overwhelming…
To be honest this sounds so strange – a Peter Pan retelling-ish that’s dark and twisty, and I’ve heard little of “Brom” but enough to know their name and… yeah I’ll keep this.
Let’s be honest – the cover isn’t the best. It doesn’t really give a sense of what the story is about BUT – I never try to judge a book by its cover, and the synopsis sounds cool (witch and knight and power and CRUSADES) as well as the reviews, so I’ll give this one a go.
I’ve heard SO MUCH about this book and most of my friends love it so I’m not getting rid of this at all. I can only hope someone buys it for my birthday or something because I never seem to have it top of my list :S
There’s been some half and half reviews on this and to be honest my heart isn’t into the story premise… though I know I should read books I don’t think I’ll like, I’m not sure this is one I want to keep immeditely.
This sounds intriguing – phantoms, darkness, fantasy – but also according to reviews, confusing. A very tentative keep…
The consensus with is… as well as what I’ve actually heard from friends – is that the romance gets in the way of plot with this one. And right now I’m not in the mood. The author is absolutely lovely but I’ll check out her other works instead.
Two of my favourite authors have waxed lyrical over this magical book and so I’M KEEPING IT.
DECISION: KEEP DAMNIT
Zoraida Cordova is an author I’ve yet to read – I know, bad Jade – but I remember putting this one on my list ages ago and then recognising her name because her premises always sound amazing. So I’ll..
DECISION: KEEPITY KEEP KEEP
I am such a sucker for an Arthurian tale, and this centers on young Merlin and – while I’m not 100% sure that this will be a book for me I’ll give it a go.
I AM SUPPOSED TO BE GETTING RID OF BOOKS NOT KEEPING THEM ALL BUT THIS SOUNDS SO COOL I AM KEEPING.
Honestly…. I will continue doing this exercise because I need to narrow this down but it’s not working as much as I hoped because I want to read ALL THE THINGS.
AGH so in the heat of the moment which was PitchWars I forgot to do this on Friday! How this works –
I definitely want to read this one it sounds like delightful magical realism, and I also haven’t read anything from this author so…
I forgot this existed, but it’s definitely something I want to read!
I read the first one, NIGHT WATCH and it really annoyed me. I think it’d take a lot to make me pick up this one, so I’m going to unfortunately…
I BOUGHT THIS RECENTLY IT’S WAITING TO BE READ!
This is such a classic I’m not getting rid of this.
I read an excerpt of this and it was painful.
Dude it’s Tolkien, of course I’m going to read this.
This has got some hype around it but also mixed reviews…. I’ll keep it for now
The plot on Goodreads really doesn’t seem to hold much information about it but I will reserve judgement, because a lot of people say this is a great fantasy
This really doesn’t float my boat. Talking dogs and stuff, sounds zany, but… not really for me.
The lovely Lost In A Story came up with the idea for cutting down extensive TBR’s and I’m thinking yes…. yes I will do this. Why? Because I have SO MANY that’s why.
Maybe I’ll do this every week? Every Friday perhaps… SO LET’S GO –
THE GOLDEN BOUGH
This is essentially a book I wanted to read because a witch in my class recommended it. It’s an extensive history of magic and how it was perceived, and magical practices.
I don’t know WHEN I’ll get to read it but I still want to eventually.
THE WITCHES’ GODDESS
Again a reference book I’m going to keep because it’s about how the goddess has been perceived in years gone by and her identities – it’s great for magical lore and mythology.
THE SHERLOCK CASE BOOK – ONE
This was clearly when I loved Sherlock and everything about it. Before series 3 and 4 robbed my heard of the glorious duo, and didn’t made John a sodding filanderer and Sherlock some… I dunno.
Do I want it? Kinda. But I’m also not… as involved. So… sadly it’s going to be
DECISION: SEE YA
THE NAME OF THE WIND
This comes highly recommended and it’s on so many people’s lists, it’s a no brainer.
THE DARKNESS THAT COMES BEFORE
Reading the blurb, I have no clue what the hell this is about nor why it’s on my TBR list.
DECISION: SEE YA
THE BLADE ITSELF
I’ve never read Joe Abercrombie and I’m not sure this is the best introduction to him, HOWEVER – I’m not going to remove it just in case. Some of my GR friends liked it so I’m going to keep it.
I cannot find this book ANYWHERE – it’s really expensive to buy from the USA / Canada, and my love for urban fantasy ebbed. I’m not sure I have the patience to read so many short stories right now and… sadly…
DECISION: SEE YA
THE VILLAGE SANG TO THE SEA
I haven’t seen anything but praise for this but even reading the blurb made me tired. Despite that, it sounds interesting – northern italy, magic, Mary Shelley.
I haven’t read this yet!! I need to! It’s staying it’s staying!
THE RAVEN’S HEAD
This sounds delightfully creepy and the reviews are also delighted with the creepiness, and I apparently love books with Crows or Ravens in the title. So I’m going to keep this.
3* – REVIEW HERE
4.5 * – REVIEW HERE
5* – review to come!
BOOKS TO READ
Now… my Critique Partner went to BEA and she says she’s got some books she’s going to send me, so depending on when she’s able to send those, I might be able to read some ARCS!!! AAAAGH
But for now….
ONE DAY I WILL FINISH YOU
So I read…. three… books?! What?!
Queen of the Tearling, ACOTAR and ACOMAF.
I half-read several kindle books, but when you have a mother who steals your kindle to play games and you’re busy on the computer a lot of the time, it’s difficult to steal it back from her.
Because of this, it isn’t going to be a particularly wonderful round up so I might just ignore it altogether. BUT – the want to read list for MAY is-
The FairyLoot April book!
This looks really good and I’ve heard things about Mandy McGinnis before, so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy even though it doesn’t look QUITE like my usual taste.
One day, when I’m not totally tired and can keep up with the sharp wits and twisty language, I will finish you!!!
I’m gonna give it another go. Because. I just think I’m so far behind on this but maybe it’s for when you were younger and loved it? As an almost-30 year old I don’t think I’ll connect to this style of writing or characters. But we’ll see.
I may have to DNF though.
I have this in my list from NetGalley and I reeeeally want to read it!
So that’s it. For now. I’m hopefully going to up my game in May.
Spring is one of my most favourite times of the year – the weather gets warmer, it’s still windy enough to wrap up with pretty scarves, flowers bloom and there’s a hint of possibility in the air.
What better way to celebrate than to list what I have to look forward to reading this Spring?!
This is going to cover end of March – May.
I’m SO looking forward to seeing this hardback beauty – which I don’t usually buy – with this exquisite cover. Laini Taylor’s Smoke and Bone trilogy didn’t sit well with me, simply because I hated Akiva and the angels, but her writing style for 90% of Daughter of Smoke and Bone blew me away with atmosphere. So I pre-ordered Strange the Dreamer, coming at the end of March.
Little is known about the real plot for this, which I appreciate because I love / prefer going into a story somewhat blind. Sometimes I prefer to know, because books are a big investment for me, but for the most part I enjoy entering a world and seeing what surprises await.
I admit I already sampled about 70 pages, but I’m getting frustrated because Baz hasn’t turned up yet and there’s too much finnicky stuff I don’t care about. It’s about 77 pages of exposition and backstory right now.
HOWEVER this is a book I know I’ll end up enjoying once Baz enters, because it’s the spin off from Fangirl – the one about a girl who goes to Uni and runs an uber popular fanfiction based on Simon Snow and Baz… whatever his last name is.
Anyway, from the bits in Fangirl I fell for Baz. Quite a bit. And I’m not sure why this was written in first person present rather than past – but I’m definitely going to finish it this Spring, as it’s part of my entire 2017 TBR list.
April will be my first ever Fairy Loot! *fist pump* I’m so excited. After cheating a bit and looking up various April releases I *think* I know what the book will be for the month? But to be honest I’m here for the book related goodies and the pretty box as much I am for the book itself.
Book Loot Whore.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
‘Tis time to figure out WTF all the fuss is about! *fanfare*
This will be my first Sarah J Maas book, and I’ve heard both rave and semi-favourable reviews. I’m eager to make up my own mind with this one, because a lot of my writer and reader friends recommend it. I’m not expecting Six of Crows hype from me here, but who knows, maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised?
I found this on many book blogs and vlogs and it intrigued me. I’ve read the first chapter – it intrigues me still. I have a feeling I’m going to super love this one, when I get into it, which I’m hoping to do in the garden, in the spring sunshine, or on a park bench somewhere, smelling flowers and imagining I’m in an Italy-type area spending my days.
I am SO READY to read this. This is a Netgalley eARC which was sent to me recently and I’m super ready to delve into this – as soon as I have dealt with everything else I currently need to read.
But this basically sounds like a carnival on an Island and a maze and a war, and there’s gonna be a hot guy, and there’s going to be rushing to save the day and Island life and yeah. I’m ready.
Like Caraval but tropical, I presume.
I don’t want this series to end. It’s been absolutely magical, I’ve adored every single character, and I’m kind of hoping to put this off at the same time desperate to read it the moment it comes through my letterbox.
I think this outstrips even Harry Potter to be honest as my favourite series of all time, so far. And I REALLY HOPE the Ronan trilogy is going to be a thing! I need more of him in my life. ❤
I haven’t even read the blurb on the back. I don’t want to be spoiled. Even though I know my ship is going to sail. *Squee*
Anyone else got some books they’re dying to read this Spring?