One of the exciting parts of every new year (for me at least) is looking through all the great new books being released that year. And let me just tell you, 2018 is going to be a year of amazing books! So many amazing books, in fact, that there was no way I could narrow it down to my usual top 5. It would’ve been an impossible task, trust me. With that said, check out my picks for top 10 new releases of 2018!
So many new books come out every year it’s impossible to keep up with them all. I can’t even keep up with all the books I want to read that came out years ago, so it is definitely a losing battle– but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try to read anything and everything I can! I’m sure I was only able to read a fraction of the great books that came out in the past year, but since I only have 24 hours in the day, here are my favorite five (that I read) of 2015.
1.More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
There is plenty in life that Aaron Soto would like to forget– like how his father killed himself or how his own suicide attempt nearly tore his family apart, but Aaron is determined to try to find happiness again. And it seems like he just might be able to do it, but when his girlfriend Genevieve leaves for a few weeks Aaron begins spending all of his time with the new guy, Thomas, who seems to understand Aaron in a way no one else ever has. The only problem? Thomas isn’t gay. And neither is Aaron– or, at least, that’s what he always thought, but his new, confusing feelings for Thomas must mean something. Even if Aaron doesn’t know what to think of his feelings, he knows that he doesn’t want them, and fortunately for him there might just be a way to forget about them altogether– but it may come with a price, because if Aaron forgets about his feelings he may also lose himself in the process.
More Happy Than Not is a fantastic near-future YA novel about relationships and learning to accept who you are, but it’s also about how our experiences and memories shape who we are. It’s gritty and heart-wrenching and real. Definitely a must-read.
Author: Julie Murphy
Genre: Fiction/ YA
What it’s about: Willowdean (or Dumplin’ as her mom always calls her) is a self proclaimed “fat girl” and she’s not ashamed of it. That’s not always easy living in a small Texas town whose claim to fame is hosting the oldest beauty pageant in the United States, especially when your mom is head of the pageant committee and former Miss Teen Blue Bonnet herself. There are the two universal truths in Will’s life: she is comfortable in her own skin and she loathes the beauty pageant and all who enter it– but those two truths are about to get turned upside down, because lately Willowdean has been questioning herself, and the only way to regain her confidence may be doing the very thing she least wants to do: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant.
Just Finished: Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson
I really enjoyed this one. It’s a collection of short stories (which I don’t read too often) that I won from a Goodreads Giveaway. There isn’t much better than a book you got for free that also happens to be really good!
I’ll be posting a review soon.
Just started: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
I am so excited about this book! I’ve seen lots of good things about it on the interwebs, and I have high hopes for it. So far it is definitely living up to them!
My September Owlcrate arrived yesterday and eeeeeeeeeekkk it’s so good!
This month’s theme was “leading ladies” and there was some seriously good stuff in there! Here’s what was inside:
- A dauntless tote bag
- A Katniss arrow necklace
- A Hermione print
- A Funko Pop! Keychain of Daenerys
- And finally Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
I love everything (I mean really it’d be hard to go wrong with a theme like “leading ladies”– so good), but I am especially excited about the book because I have been seeing a lot of great stuff about it on instagram and tumblr. I can’t wait to start it, and start enjoying all these other lady-tastic goodies! You did it again Owlcrate!