winter reading 2018

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!  









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50 thoughts on “WINTER READS 2018

  1. I didn’t really care for “The Immortalists,” but I enjoyed “The Girls in the Picture.” When you are finished with the book, check out my review and I will look for yours.

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  2. A lot of these are new to me. I really enjoyed The Great Alone and hope you do, too. I just received a copy of the Matt Haig book – excited to try it. It’s not a book I’d normally choose to read, but I’m trying to read more outside my comfort zone! I just requested The Liar’s Girl. That one sounds fantastic!!

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  3. New header *___* Love it! How to stop time sounds amazing, I think I saw it in Edinburgh this summer but I ended up buying another one. Some of this look really interesting so I’ll wait for your reviews!!!

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  4. I listened to The Nightingale over the holidays and it was so good! I was an emotional wreck but wow…such a great book. It was the only one I hadn’t read from her and I can’t believe it took me so long.
    I can’t wait to see what you think of The Great Alone.
    Lots of great books on your list. I had to add a few to mine.
    Great post, Renee!!!! 🙂

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  5. Wow! We have so many of the same books this winter. The publisher was supposed to send me a copy of Need to Know, but I never got it and my January is so packed, I think I’ll just skip it. I hadn’t heard of Eight Mountains, but it sounds good, and I have to admit that I’m also intrigued by Bachelor Nation. Like you, I think listening could be the way to go!

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    1. I thought the same thing when I saw your list and Sarah’s, we all have quite a bit of crossover…all the better to have fun discussions hopefully! I know Need to Know was a question mark for you…maybe the library for it? I would love for several of us to read or listen to Bachelor Nation and do a group discussion!!


  6. I haven’t been paying too much attention to new books, since I’m trying to read the books on my shelf, but The Immortalists has caught my eye. Looking forward to your review!

    The Liar’s Girl sounds like a must-read for me. I lived in Dublin after college and I’m a sucker for any book that’s set there 🙂

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  7. What a great selection! I already have An American Marriage, The Great Alone, Sunburn (which releases on my birthday, lol), and Tangerine as ARCs, so I’m very excited about those! The Immortalist is on my TBR, but I need to add everything else you’ve listed except the book about the Bachelor, lol! Crazy that in all the years it’s been on tv I’ve never, ever watched a single episode! Haha!! I’d probably get addicted if I did 🙂 I keep hoping my TBR will shrink, but that’s just not going to happen! Happy New Year, Renee!

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    1. I’m so excited we’ll be reading so many of the same reads! They all sound so good. I can’t say you’re missing stellar tv by not watching The Bachelor but it has been addicting and a fun guilty pleasure show over the years:)


  8. Great post but terrible for my TBR lol. I had to open another tab on NetGalley as I went through this. I have requested American Crime, The Liar’s Girl and the Kristin Hannah novel. I didn’t know about Bachelor Nation. I bet it will be a scandalous read and I so can’t wait to read it. It looks fab.

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  9. Hey lady! Long time no see 🙂 I have so much catching up to do lol

    Since I’ve been on hiatus, I am soooooo out of the loop with new releases it isn’t even funny. I’ve been really appreciating these “most anticipated books of 2018” lists because it is helping me see all I’ve been missing. The one book I am seeing EVERYWHERE is The Immortalists… so I will be looking forward to your review 🙂

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  10. Great list! I loved How To Stop Time, it was one of my favourite reads of last year – I’d highly recommend it. I’m also going to have to track down The Immortalists now after reading this and your review!

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  11. Out of all of these, it seems like The Immortalists is getting so much buzz! I still can’t really tell if it’s my cup of tea, but I think I need to give it a shot just so can know if it was worth the hype for me. How to Stop Time, An American Marriage, and The Great Alone are also catching my eye. Thanks for the list!

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