Ah, a new year.
The start of each year invigorates me. I know that the fuss made over it is completely arbitrary, and that you don’t really need to wait for the month of January to roll around to start working on new goals and improving yourself. However, I quite enjoy having a specific time to reflect on the year past and make plans for the one ahead.
I’ve devoted much the last week to mapping out my year in my new planner, and that has included noting the release dates of the various books I’m already coveting (some of them many months in advance).
Needless to say, my Amazon account will be getting a workout with all the titles I’ll be preordering throughout the year. Preordering is really something I should take advantage of more. It’s like sending future-you a surprise! Here are my top titles I’ll be ordering in advance in 2018.
Ok, real talk: I didn’t actually preorder this. I haven’t even gotten a copy yet, and it’s already out. My wallet is a bit tapped out at the moment from the holidays (please tell me you can relate). I’ll be adding this to my personal library ASAP, though, because there is just SO MUCH hype over this one that I’m incredibly curious. Also, can we talk about how gorgeous the cover is?
Out now (released on January 9)
I loved both Me Before You and After You, so this is pretty much a no-brainer. Louisa Clark is so odd and so much fun to follow; I need to see what she’s up to in this latest installment of Moyes’ series.
Releases on January 30
Harper got a tonnnnn of attention for The Dry in 2017. I haven’t been able to finish it myself yet, but it pulled me in from the prologue. THE PROLOGUE, PEOPLE. Main character Aaron Falk is back again working the case of a missing hiker.
Releases February 6
I love myself a good wilderness story. Set in Alaska, this follows a family (already with its share of problems and drama) trying to survive in this new setting. I’m excited to see how the environment plays into the story. I have a soft spot for winter, despite being pretty intolerant of the cold. I just find snow-covered landscapes and warm, cozy interiors inspiring, ok?
Another seriously Instagrammable cover, amirite? I heard some rumblings about this one around the Internet, and I was immediately interested after reading the synopsis. Being an ambitious female can be difficult, and I’m really interested to see it tackled Wolitzer’s latest.
Releases on April 3
Unfortunately, the cover hasn’t been revealed for this one yet, but I couldn’t not include it in this list. I recently read Beartown, and it did not disappoint (even though there were a number of characters I wanted to give a swift kick in the groan). I’m a die-hard fan of Backman and his writing, so I need to see what will happen next in Beartown, especially now that a majority of the hockey players have followed asshole Kevin (yes, that’s blatant editorializing, I know) to a neighboring town’s team. Plus, there was a fair amount of foreshadowing at the end of Beartown that already has me intrigued.
Releases on June 5
2017 gave me a new appreciation for short-story collections, and let me tell you, I’m absolutely giddy about this one. I’ve been living in Florida for going on three years now, and this state is…interesting, to put it mildly. So I’m super excited to see it distilled in Lauren Groff’s latest.
Releases on June 5
What books are you most excited to read in 2018? Any that I missed? Let me know in the comments!