22 January 2018

My Most Anticipated Books of 2018


As I began adding new books to my Goodreads list earlier this month, I realised there is going to be so many amazing releases out this year. Every year I usually compile a list of a few books I'm most excited about, many from authors I've read and loved before. Get ready to take notes...

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman / May 2018
Alice Oseman is an incredible young adult author. She gets into the heads of characters so well, and has a big focus of including diverse characters in all of her books. As well as this, she understands teenagers unbelievably. All of this is a great recipe for amazing books that have great messages and cater to a younger audience. She also manages to come up with unique and interesting ideas for her books - no simple 'boy meets girl and they fall in love' stereotype here. I Was Born For This follows a transgender musician and a girl who is obsessed with a certain band. It's a book about obsession and escapism, one that is very relevant to our internet culture of today.

Also by Alice Oseman: Solitaire, Radio Silence

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig / July 2018
I'm sure you've heard me wax lyrical about Matt Haig before. I loved The Humans so much so I would recommend it to everyone, and his latest book How To Stop Time is also wonderful. He is most known for Reasons to Stay Alive which is such a powerful and important book - now the sequel to that book - Notes on a Nervous Planet will be released midway through this year. I've listened to a lot of podcasts episodes about anxiety and mental illness, so the topics in this book really interest me. It explores topics such as anxiety and stress, and takes a look at how our rise in worry is because of society - from politics to technology and media. I will never tire of reading his work and can't wait to get my hands on this release.

Also by Matt Haig: The Humans, Reasons to Stay Alive, How to Stop Time

The Adulterants by Joe Dunthorne / March 2018
I can't help but draw comparisons to The Adulterants and Joe Dunthorne's first novel Submarine. Upon reading the summary, I can see he loves writing an unlikeable character, one that results in darkly funny or deadpan humour. It is described as a coming of age story, but the protagonist isn't fifteen - he's in his thirties. On first impression this book does give me The Rosie Project or The Humans vibes, but I could be completely wrong. I am a sucker for these types of books though, that look at the world and it's silliness by using humour. This looks like a relatively short read, but one I'm really excited to get to.

Also by Joe Dunthorne: Submarine, Wild Abandon

Legendary by Stephanie Garber / May 2018
It's quite rare for me to pick up a fantasy book, but Caraval by Stephanie Garber was a standout release for me last year. I can't wait to read Legendary, the second book. I'm sure it would be ideal to read the first book again before I read Legendary, so I can refresh my memory, but we'll see if that happens - too many books to read and too little time. I've summarised this book so many times, but it follows two sisters as they enter a circus - a strange world called Caraval. One of the sisters goes missing and the other has to enter a competition at the circus in order to get her back. Things are not as they seem, and she doesn't know who she can trust. I've said it once and I'll say it again, Caraval captivated me in a way many books don't tend to, so it only makes sense to continue the series.

Also by Stephanie Garber: Caraval

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson / January 2018
I haven't read anything by Maureen Johnson, but her name sounds familiar and I'm yet to find out why. I think she's pretty well known in the YA world, so there's that. When I read the description for Truly Devious I couldn't help being excited for it, and glowing reviews have intrigued me further. I'm certainly a sucker for stories set at boarding schools, and when it involves mystery and murder, I'm there. This is a book that switches back and forth between timelines as the main character tries to solve a crime. This is actually already out, so you can bet it will be in my next book haul.

Also by Maureen Johnson: The Name of the Star (Shades of London series)

Honourable mentions

Clean by Juno Dawson / April 2018
Goodbye Perfect by Sara Barnard / February 2018
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture Edited by Roxane Gay / May 2018
Lou Out of Luck by Nat Luurtsema / June 2018


I'm sure they'll be many more exciting releases in the second half of the year too. Do you want to read any of these?

-Emma

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