2018 is here and the excitement of a new reading year brings many, many potentially amazing reads for us all to discuss and share. I love scouring all the various lists and putting together my own little rundown of the winter reads I’m excited about. I can’t wait to see what books will become my new favorites! I’ve put together some of my top picks for this winter and I hope you’ll find some that you’d like to preorder, add to your wish lists and/or request from your library before everyone else does. I’d love to hear which ones stand out to you!
The Immortalists (Jan 9, G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Four siblings seek to answer the question..If you were told the date of your death, how would it shape your present?
**I’ve read and loved this one, review coming soon**
The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin (Jan 16, Delacorte Press)
Hollywood, 1914. Frances Marion, a young writer desperate for a break, meets “America’s Sweetheart,” Mary Pickford, already making a name for herself both on and off the screen with her golden curls and lively spirit. Together, these two women will take the movie business by storm. *I’m becoming more interested in old Hollywood historical fiction after loving The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo *
Need to know By Karen Cleveland (Jan. 23, Ballantine Books)
In pursuit of a Russian sleeper cell on American soil, a CIA analyst uncovers a dangerous secret that will test her loyalty to the agency—and to her family. *lots of positive buzz for this one*
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (Feb 6, Viking)
A love story across the ages – and for the ages – about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live *I’m drawn to love stories with time elements & this is getting awesome ratings on Goodreads*
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Feb 6, Algonquin)
A unique marriage story…a happily married, successful young couple are torn apart when Roy is convicted and sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit…his wife moves on (with his best friend), then he gets out! *Love the premise & this publisher*
The Great Alone By Kristin Hannah (Feb 6, St. Martin’s Press)
Alaska, 1974. Untamed. Unpredictable.
And for a family in crisis, the ultimate test of the human spirit. *I recently read & loved The Nightingale so I HAD to read this one*
Sunburn By Laura Lippman (Feb 20, William Morrow)
A novel about a pair of lovers with the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals—and cold-blooded murder. *Positive early buzz, I love the premise & the cover*
The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard (Feb 27, Blackstone Publishing)
Alison Smith falls in love with attractive, charming Will Hurley at an elite college in Dublin. What follows: Will is found to be Ireland’s most notorious serial killer and is put in a psychiatric institution. Fast forward 10 years and Alison is pulled back into his orbit. *Last year I read & loved Distress Signals and this sounds equally unputdownable*
Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman (March 6, Dutton)
The first definitive, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes cultural history of the Bachelor franchise, America’s favorite guilty pleasure *Guilty pleasure alert, I just might be most excited about this book! Outside of Reality Steve, I don’t think anyone has attempted to go behind the scenes of this hush hush show and I for one can’t wait to read Amy’s take on it. If she narrates I’m definitely going with the audio
The Eight Mountains By Paolo Tognetti (March 20, Atria Books)
A modern Italian masterpiece, The Eight Mountains is a lyrical coming-of-age story about the power of male friendships and the enduring bond between fathers and sons. *I really like coming-of-age stories and I like that this examines male friendship and is set in Italy. I saw somewhere it’s described as a saga which was how my fav book of the year The Heart’s Invisible Furies was described so I’m sold!*
Tangerine by Christine Mangan (March 27, Ecco)
Tangerine is a sharp dagger of a book—a debut so tightly wound, so replete with exotic imagery and charm, so full of precise details and extraordinary craftsmanship, it will leave you absolutely breathless. *This very much seems to be a friendship gone wrong novel and I like the sinister sound of it and also the Moroccan setting sounds fantastic*
Many of my most anticipated mysteries/thrillers are sequels and you can find those on my Most Anticipated Sequels list…
I’d love to hear what winter reads made your most anticipated lists!