23 Highly Anticipated Books of 2018

Posted by Hayley on January 2, 2018
This year we are, once again, resolving to read more. To help you discover new favorites and conquer your Reading Challenge, we crunched the numbers to find the 2018 books your fellow Goodreads members can't wait to read. Take a look! How many will you be checking out?


FICTION
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What would you do if you knew the date of your death? In 1969, the four Gold siblings think little of getting their fortunes told. But the prophecies haunt them, lingering over the next five decades as they each search for love, fulfillment, and longevity.


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The embodiment of the American dream and the New South, newlyweds Celestial and Roy have no reason to doubt their bright future. Then disaster strikes, sending Roy to prison for a crime he didn't commit and shaking their relationship to its core.


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In this electrifying debut set in India and America, a devastating act of cruelty tears apart a friendship, catapulting young Poornima on a cross-continental journey to reunite with Savitha, the girl who taught her how to hope.


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Shy college freshman Greer's meant-to-be love story with her boyfriend, Cory, takes a sharp turn when her path crosses with 63-year-old Faith Frank, a central pillar of the women's movement, in this smart, moving tale from the author of The Interestings.


MYSTERY & THRILLER
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Anna Fox has one lifeline to the real world: her window. Terrified to step outside her home, she spends her days watching her perfect neighbors—until she witnesses something no one was supposed to see in this chilling Hitchcockian mystery.


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The next entry in the Hogarth Shakespeare series transports the Bard's classic tragedy to a modern-day town riddled with crime. There a corrupt policeman lets his ambition drag him into a drug-depraved underworld.


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How well do you really know the people you work with? After five colleagues go on a hike and only four return, federal agent Aaron Falk heads to the woods to unravel the mystery in this follow-up to Harper's thrilling debut, The Dry.


NONFICTION
In this powerful collection of essays, Jerkins interweaves commentary on pop culture, feminism, history, misogyny, and racism to tackle the real challenges of being a black woman today.


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Timing is a science, not an art. The author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us unlocks the secrets to good timing, utilizing cutting-edge research and data to create compelling and irresistible insights.


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After facing a dual diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II, Mailhot attempts to make sense of her life by writing. The result is this poetic memoir, a coming-of-age story set on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation.


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The sadistic Golden State Killer terrorized California for more than a decade. This masterful true-crime account traces journalist McNamara's obsession with the mysterious and violent predator and features an introduction by Gillian Flynn.


YOUNG ADULT
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Jude was taken to the treacherous High Court of Faerie as a child, but she doesn't want to escape; she wants to belong. To earn her place, she must defy the king's wickedest son and navigate a deadly civil war.


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In Orléans, beauty is not in the eye of the beholder—it's in the hands of the Belles. As one of the revered Belles, Camellia's magical talents bring her to the royal palace, where danger lurks around every corner.


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Step aside, Simon. Here Leah Burke, the best friend of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda's title character, takes center stage, tackling first love, senior-year angst, her own bisexuality, and a fracturing friend group.


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After escaping Gotham City's slums, Selina Kyle reinvents herself as the mysterious (and mysteriously wealthy) Holly Vanderhees in this exhilarating take on Catwoman from the author of the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series.


And look out for exciting sequels from Victoria Aveyard, Marie Lu, and Cassandra Clare!


FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
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Brown returns to Mars (and beyond) in a new trilogy set shortly after the events of his Red Rising books. This time Darrow grapples with mending a galaxy he helped break as new heroes vie for vengeance and redemption.


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Two years after enchanting readers with her Beauty and the Beast retelling, Novik is back with a dark take on the Rumplestiltskin legend that follows Miryem, a clever young woman with a dangerous talent for turning silver into gold.


This is not Odysseus' story. In this reimagining of Homer's Odyssey, the goddess Circe grows up a strange child, finds herself banished to a deserted island, tames wild beasts, and encounters the Minotaur, Daedalus, and Odysseus himself.


And look out for exciting sequels from Nnedi Okorafor, Karen Marie Moning, and Seanan McGuire!


ROMANCE
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It's just a job, Julia tells herself—a job working for Lucian de Vincent, who is as famous for his wealth as he is for his troubled reputation. As she draws closer to the mysterious man, she learns that some secrets are better left in the dark.


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The most famous seduction expert in the world has arrived in New York City. She's prepared to change women's lives, one relationship (or breakup) at a time, and the last thing she expects is a love crisis of her own.


HISTORICAL FICTION
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As one of the first female lawyers in India, Perveen wants to protect women's rights. When her most recent case suddenly turns into a murder investigation, she makes it her responsibility to bring the criminals to justice.


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The author of The Nightingale shifts from World War II to Alaska, telling the story of Ernt Allbright, a former POW who returns from the Vietnam War and immediately moves his family to America's last true frontier.


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Did Anastasia Romanov really survive the Russian Revolution? When a young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to the Russian grand duchess emerges from a canal, she sparks rumors and conspiracies in this harrowing historical thriller.


What books are you most excited to read this year? Let us know in the comments!

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message 1: by Dee (new)

Dee Carter Beverly Lewis
Wanda Brunstetter
John Grisham


message 2: by Salieri (new)

Salieri The Exact Opposite of Okay, by Laura Steven, sounds absolutely awesome. And Angie Thomas' next book too :)


message 3: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez Jodi Picoult's latest which is due to be published in autumn 2018


message 4: by Janet (new)

Janet The next Flavia de Luce mystery which is due later this month.


message 5: by Jane (new)

Jane Katherine wrote: "Jodi Picoult's latest which is due to be published in autumn 2018"

Didn't know this. Do you have a title?


message 6: by Exillior (new)

Exillior V.E. Schwab's Vengeful, due out 28th Sept 2018.


The Little Bookie War Storm by Victoria Aveyard and The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee and the Ninth Outlander book.. I am really hoping this ends up being finished and released this year.


Salma19 (High Lady of the Dawn Court) A court of frost and starlight!


message 9: by Doug (new)

Doug Vikram's Seth's long-awaited 'A Suitable Girl'


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Elizabeth Doug wrote: "Vikram's Seth's long-awaited 'A Suitable Girl'"
ohhh, I loved A suitable Boy!


message 11: by Carol (new)

Carol Vidal Preston and Child's "City of Endless Night.


message 12: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Bock The Pisces - so looking forward to this debut novel by magic-making poet/essayist Melissa Broder!


message 13: by Marta (new)

Marta Morrison Marissa de los Santos book- I'll Give You a Blue Sky coming out in March


message 14: by Barb (new)

Barb Bittel Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone


message 15: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Jade wrote: "War Storm by Victoria Aveyard and The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee and the Ninth Outlander book.. I am really hoping this ends up being finished and released this year."

Yes! Outlander, waiting for it!!


message 16: by Marian (new)

Marian I Just came here to read answers. LOL. Thanks for all the suggestions. And definitely then Preston and child for me. Also anything Picoult. Can’t see her topping this years genius. Also love thr No 1 ladies detective series. If McCall Smith comes in with a new one, I’d be tickled.


message 17: by Michele (new)

Michele Dot Hutchison , children of summer!


message 18: by Debra (new)

Debra High voltage by Karen Marie Moning. This is the next book in the Fever series.


message 19: by Marian (new)

Marian Kathleen wrote: "Jade wrote: "War Storm by Victoria Aveyard and The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee and the Ninth Outlander book.. I am really hoping this ends up being finished and released this year."

Yes! Outla..."



Wait, outlander? Woohoooo. I hope it’s like after i in the year. FInishing up school obligations.


message 20: by Krissy (new)

Krissy The next Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley! One of my all time favorite series!


message 21: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Lost in the Beehive, Michele Young-Stone


message 22: by Mary (new)

Mary Young Hoping to see Elisabeth Elo’s second book published.


message 23: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Is there a reason James Lee Burke’s new book, “Robicheaux,” is not on this list?


message 24: by Gaile (new)

Gaile Looking forward to John Hart's new book. I've loved everything by him.


message 25: by Jan (new)

Jan Chris Bohjalian's new book "The Flight Attendant" out in March 2018.


message 26: by Holley (new)

Holley Murdock Phillipa Gregory Historical Fiction


message 27: by suzanne (new)

suzanne krisin hannah books were great


message 28: by Bc27 (new)

Bc27 Looking forward to The Grey Sister as followup to the Red Sister, amazing writing and world creation. Also another chapter in the Destroyerman series, love alternative history. BC


message 29: by Tim (last edited Jan 03, 2018 06:02PM) (new)

Tim Joseph The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn is fantastic! Feels like the next Girl on the Train!

Also, here's hoping Galbraith's Lethal White hits soon!


message 30: by Susan (new)

Susan Burlew Let Me Lie Claire Mackintosh
Light It Up Nick Petrie
Look For Me Lisa Gardener
The Dark Angel Elly Griffiths
The Burning White Brent Weeks
The Mermaid Christina Henry


message 31: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Robicheaux, by James Lee Burke, The Great Alone, by Kristen Hannah, the next installment that follows The Brass City ( which was great)


message 32: by Ben (new)

Ben Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson


message 33: by Diane (new)

Diane Baker Michele wrote: "Dot Hutchison , children of summer!"

Love Dot Hutchison! Need to catch up w/ *Roses of May* but this title joins my Must Reads.


message 34: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Lent I'm going to give you some authors to look out for in 2K18:

Johnathan Brazee; Glynn Stewart; WEB Griffin; Ian Douglas; Richard Fox; Jay Allan; Mark Adelheit; to name a few.


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A Veil of Spears by Bradley Beaulieu; Beneath thr Sugar Sky / Tricks For Free both by Seanan McGuire; Binti Home by Nnedi Okarafor.


message 36: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Palmer Charles Martin's latest book, River Road, which is due out in March, I believe.


message 37: by Bc27 (new)

Bc27 Yes to Mark Adelheit and add Craig Alanson, Glynn Stewart books are among my favorites,


message 38: by Joyce (new)

Joyce Anxiously awaiting Julie Maloney's debut novel -- A Matter of Chance. I read the ARC and it's already on my Top Ten Best Books Ever List. A beautifully written novel. 5 Stars Plus! Joyce N.


message 39: by Brenda (new)

Brenda The next installment in the Tracy Crosswhite series by Robert Dugoni, the next installment in the series by Matthew FitzSimmons, am hoping Sarah Addison Allen gets her next book out this year, always looking forward to the next Louise Penny book.

Thanks to the people above who have provided additional suggestions - I'll go check those out!

Although- my "Want to Read" list is so vast now it would take me 15 years at my current reading pace to read them all, if I didn't add anymore to the list. Sigh... need more time to read :)


message 40: by Irene (new)

Irene Nash The English Wife and Deanna Raybounes book


message 41: by Susan (new)

Susan Thanks! I'm finding interesting new authors and new books by favored authors. However, this list is missing the great James Lee Burke's new novel. Robicheaux.


message 42: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Obsidio by Amie Kaufman


message 43: by TabReads (new)

TabReads Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid. This story has been brewing since the first book in the series was released 6-Years ago. Kat and Dan’s story and the conclusion of the Kitting in the City’s ladies story arc will be nothing short of epic.


message 44: by Jack (new)

Jack Webb Also missing "Noir" by Christopher Moore.


message 45: by David (new)

David Better Michelle Kalus and Ali Berg ‘The Book Ninja’


message 46: by Marie (new)

Marie Roscigno Kron Guys- keep in mind “Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone, the 9th Outlander book is not completed yet. Diana takes a very long time - these books are massive.


message 47: by Nina (new)

Nina .c Rachael Joyce’s latest - ‘The music shop ‘


message 48: by Karen (new)

Karen I'm DYING for Sally Thorne's next book, The Comfort Zone. Her Debut, The Hating Game was AMAZING! I keep it in my digital library so I can read it anytime I want a happy boost. If her second is even half as good as her first, I'm gonna do a fangirl dance.


message 49: by Paula (new)

Paula Brown Force of Nature and The Great Alone


message 50: by Ann (new)

Ann Brogan Still waiting for Hilary Mantel to finish the Thomas Cromwell trilogy...


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