The 12 Most-Read New Books of the 2018 Reading Challenge

Posted by Cybil on January 26, 2018
More than 1.5 million of your fellow readers set personal reading goals for the year, pledging to collectively read more than 70 million books. So we were curious: What are the most popular new books being read in the first month of the 2018 Reading Challenge?

Looking at Goodreads members' beginning-of-the-year reading habits, we see that the big political book of the season—Fire & Fury—garnered lots of attention and has easily been the most-read book. Beyond that, the data shows you're losing yourselves in new mysteries and thrillers (from The Woman in the Window to Tips for Living, five of the top 12 books fall into this category), as well as some buzzy young adult fantasy novels and a healthy dose of romance.

Intrigued by any of these new and popular titles? Don't forget to add your favorites to your Want-to-Read shelf. It's also not too late to create your own Reading Challenge!

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Which new books are you excited to read this year? Share them with us in the comments!

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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Amor Amor The Cruel Prince and Everless for sure, Pretty Girls Dancing seems interessing too!


message 2: by Bigred (new)

Bigred I am looking forward to reading the new US Grant biography, beyond that I have a myriad number of books that I am reading. I have started reading all of Michael Connelly's Bosch books, am on
my 3rd one with 2 more on sitting on my shelf.


message 3: by L.K.Lovelace (new)

L.K.Lovelace Bigred wrote: "I am looking forward to reading the new US Grant biography, beyond that I have a myriad number of books that I am reading. I have started reading all of Michael Connelly's Bosch books, am on
my 3rd..."


Bigred wrote: "I am looking forward to reading the new US Grant biography, beyond that I have a myriad number of books that I am reading. I have started reading all of Michael Connelly's Bosch books, am on
my 3rd..."

You will not be disappointed with Connelly's Bosch series. START FROM THE FIRST...the books are independent of one another but there is a background of political changes within the LA Police and Bosch himself, that provide a nice continuity and understanding of the character. I personally enjoyed the first six or so the most,but
will keep reading. Being a Northern Californian, the scene is exotic and unknown enough to me that it is itself a "character".
Now and then there will be an homage to the series in films or television dramas that are set in LA.
The coyote in downtown LA in
COLLATERAL is one example. It is safe to say that the Bosch series has entered into the realm, or at least the outer edges, of late 20th century American literature.........
a bit beyond the regular police procedural or detective story.


message 4: by Angrboda (last edited Jan 26, 2018 11:45AM) (new)

Angrboda Sarah wrote: "The Cruel Prince and Everless for sure, Pretty Girls Dancing seems interessing too!"

Everless and The Cruel Prince caught my eye immediately as well. The former has a fab cover as well!


message 5: by Brent (new)

Brent The Electric Woman by Tessa Fontaine!!The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts
The Electric Woman A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts by Tessa Fontaine


message 6: by Erica (new)

Erica I'm really looking forward to starting The Diary of a Bookseller which came out at the end of last year I think. But from the above list A River in Darkness looks really interesting.


message 7: by [deleted user] (last edited Jan 26, 2018 03:51PM) (new)

Just finished Wrath by Tom Lowe - Book 1 of a new series and great story but marred by some proofreading errors - See my Review
I have the following 2018 releases pre-ordered -

Creep: A B.C. Blues Crime Novel
R.M. Greenaway

Cut You Down: A Wakeland Novel (Wakeland Novels, The)
Sam Wiebe

Last Seen
Rick Mofina

The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
Eva Gates

The God Game: A Dan Sharp Mystery
Jeffrey Round

Bleeding Darkness: A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery
Brenda Chapman

Last Song Sung: A Cullen and Cobb Mystery
David A. Poulsen

Then I have my catch ups from Arthur Ellis etc and some light fluffy humorous mysteries after some of those dark or gritty ones plus laundromat reads.

Got 125 on my challenge list this year, ya know!


message 8: by Pauline (new)

Pauline Barlow I really enjoyed "Purple Palette for Murder" by R. J. Harlick which takes place in the Northwest Territories of Canada.


message 9: by Meghan (new)

Meghan Quinn Aw thank you so much for including Three Blind Dates!!!


message 10: by Wingo (new)

Wingo Family Pretty Girls Dancing looks good.


message 11: by Jack (new)

Jack What books from the 60's,70's,80's,90's,00's are most being read, I think it would be neat to see some data on that!


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

Pauline wrote: "I really enjoyed "Purple Palette for Murder" by R. J. Harlick which takes place in the Northwest Territories of Canada."

The whole Meg Harris series is great but is best read in order.


message 13: by Jenny Baker (new)

Jenny Baker I loved The Cruel Prince and Everless! Six others are on my TBR. The Woman in the Window is next on my reading list!


message 14: by Norine (new)

Norine Sultana-McCall I am a Sue Meissner fan so I am looking forward to the release today of "Bright as Heaven". Can't wait until I open up "Bright as Heaven" to enjoy another Sue Meissner literary adventure. She never disappoints.


message 15: by Mark (new)

Mark Jack wrote: "What books from the 60's,70's,80's,90's,00's are most being read, I think it would be neat to see some data on that!"

Seconded!


message 16: by Lynda (new)

Lynda I love this! Could you please share this data every month?


message 17: by Rosalie (new)

Rosalie I just finished reading THE IMMORTALISITS, excellent book!!! Very well written and cannot wait for her next one!!!


message 18: by Jayanathi (new)

Jayanathi The woman in the Window was a great read. I couldn’t get to the ending fast enough. It kept me Interested and trying to guess what might be going on. Believe me I didn’t guess the ending at all. I would definitely recommend this book if you like to read thrillers.
One of the bestbooksI have read in a very long time.


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