Hello, all! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas (if you celebrate) and a very happy holidays! I skipped posting a blog on Christmas Day for obvious reasons, but I’m back on schedule with a delightful post featuring some of the books I’m looking forward to in 2018! (I still can’t believe we’re only 4 days away from the new year!
Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blog meme started on Goodreads. You can check out the group here.
First off, let me just say it’s incredibly difficult to name just 5 since there are so many good books releasing in 2018, but here are some of my most anticipated:
Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir and Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi || RatG’s publishing date keeps getting pushed back. 😦 First it was April, then May, and now on Amazon, it says it won’t release until June! I don’t know what’s going on, but I follow Sabaa on Twitter and IG and she’s doing some intense editing. I know that it’ll make the book better and I’m so ready for this book! As for Restore Me, it’s the 4th book in the Shatter Me series and releases on March 6, 2018. Ignite Me was my favorite book of the series. I absolutely loved Juliette’s character development, so I’m excited to see where Mafi will take all the characters.
Give me all the Asian girls slaying on covers! I absolutely loved Goo’s I Believe in a Thing Called Love, and I’m ecstatic for her junior novel, The Way You Make Me Feel which releases on May 8, 2018! As for American Panda, I have an eARC sitting on my Kindle so I’m shrieking as I’m writing this post because I get to read it so very soon. It releases on February 6, 2018.
Emergency Contact immediately came on my radar when I learned it was written by a Korean woman. I will go ahead and say that the characters might be Korean as well, but the only hint I’m getting about that is the female MC’s last name is “Lee.” Is it too much for me to hope? The synopsis is something I could relate to as a teenager, especially since social media was just starting to bloom.
For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.
Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.
When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.
Emergency Contact is set to release on March 27, 2018, and the author (and Sabaa Tahir!) will be at the North Texas Teen Book Con on April 21, 2018! So you bet your bottom dollar I’ll try to get this book signed!
Wow, I can’t believe I stuck with 5 books, haha. These books release mainly in the spring, so I might have to do another one for the fall/winter as well. 🙂
Please leave your 2018 book wishlists below! I’d love to be able to had them to my ever-growing TBR pile! 🙂