Monday, January 01, 2018

Tuesday Favorites: Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward to In 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies at Broke and Bookish.

I had this topic all prepared for last week, but, wouldn't you know, I failed to hit the publish button. As a result, you are getting it a week late. My Top Ten Tuesday topic is Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward to In 2018. I aimed to keep it as different from my Winter TBR list as possible, otherwise a few of those titles would have made this list as well. This time around, I am especially excited to discover new releases by authors I have read and enjoyed before, although there are some new-to-me author's work thrown in for good measure as well.

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The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar ~ This is a sequel to one of my favorite novels, The Space Between Us. I am looking forward to reading more abut Bhima, who won me over in the first book.
A dazzling story of gender, strength, friendship, and second chances, The Secrets Between Us is a powerful and perceptive novel that brilliantly evokes the complexities of life in modern India and the harsh realities faced by women born without privilege as they struggle to survive. [Excerpt from Goodreads]

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Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin ~ A new one by one of my favorite writers of thrillers.
A gripping thriller about a man who may or may not have dementia—and who may or may not be a serial killer—from a master of twists and turns, in the tradition of Laura Lippman and Gillian Flynn. [Excerpt from Goodreads]

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I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon ~ I have long been fascinated by stories revolving about Anastasia, however fairy tale and false they may be. I do not think I will be able to resist this one.
Ariel Lawhon, a rising star in historical suspense, unravels the extraordinary twists and turns in Anna Anderson's fifty-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. Is she the beloved daughter, revered icon, and Russian grand duchess or is she an imposter, liar, and the thief of another woman's legacy? [Excerpt from Goodreads]

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Deja Moo by Kirsten Weiss ~ The third book in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum cozy mystery series is one I find irresistible. In this one, one of the cow guards trying to keep the thirty-foot straw cow in the center of town from going up in flames yet again is murdered. Although set around Christmas time, this will be a March release. I can't wait!


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Tess of the Road by Rachel Heartman ~ This one has us fans of Seraphina excited! Set in the same world, this is the story of Tess, a girl who refuses to conform to society's rules as sets off in the disguise of a boy, reunited with an old friend, a quigutl, a subspecies of dragon. Secrets, danger, and adventure fill the pages of this one.


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As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner ~ I couldn't resist this historical fiction novel about a mother and daughter, "set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family reborn through loss and love. [Excerpt from Goodreads]"


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Surprise Me by Sophia Kinsella ~ It's been ages since I last read a book by Sophie Kinsella. This one caught my attention right away with its description. A married couple of ten years decide to inject their marriage with new life, adding in surprises, only for the past to rear its ugly head, leading to scandal and a questioning of whether they ever knew each other at all.


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Boat People by Sharon Bala ~ Fitting in with the headlines of today, this book sounds especially relevant. I imagine it will be an emotional and thought provoking read. I am looking forward to it.
For readers of Khaled Hosseini and Chris Cleave, The Boat People is an extraordinary novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism.  [Excerpt from Goodreads]

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The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy ~ A group of new mothers calling themselves May Mothers lean on each other for support. When one of their newborns goes missing, tension--and suspicion between the mothers grows. Promising to be a fast-paced novel over the course of 13 days, this novel both frightens me and has me wanting to read it.


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The English Wife by Lauren Willig ~ I read and enjoyed a previous novel by Lauren Willig, and this one has caught my immediate attention with its cover and description: a "scandalous New York Gilded Age novel full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder [Excerpt from Goodreads]."


Do any of these appeal to you? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2018?


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52 comments:

  1. Following from The Phantom Paragrapher. I love Lauren Willig. Fell in love with her Pink Carnation series. Adding The English Wife to my TBR list.

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    1. Paula - I have only read of her books, and loved it. I should check out her Pink Carnation series. Thanks for the recommendation and follow. I've added your blog to my feed reader. :-)

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  2. These all sound terrific, honestly. Paper Ghosts and The Perfect Mother in particular sound right up my alley.

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    1. Wendy - I'm really into thrillers right now so those too are standing out to me as well.

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  3. Tess of the Road looks pretty good, and I think I've seen a good review or two. Plus dragons!

    Happy Tuesday!

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    1. Greg - Happy Tuesday to you too! I'm excited about visiting that world again.

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  4. Ooh Surprise Me. I didn't realise Sophie Kinsella had brought out another book. I hope you have a great reading year in 2018!

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    1. Chrissi - I was surprised to see she has a new one out too. It sounds like it will be fun.

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  5. All those books sound interesting, especially Paper Ghosts and I Was Anastasia! I hope you get the chance to read them all!

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    1. Eustacia - I can't wait to read all of these. I hope I am able to, also! :-)

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  6. I'm looking forward to I Was Anastasia too. Paper Ghosts sounds very good too. Happy reading!

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    1. Suzanne - I was so excited when I heard about I Was Anastasia! Heaberlin has yet to disappoint me, and so I'm looking forward to Paper Ghosts.

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  7. Several of these have caught my eye. I especially think the Anastasia book looks interesting. And I selected AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN as my Book of the Month pick. Enjoy!

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    1. Kay - As Bright as Heaven sounds like it will be good. I can't wait to read it. I hope we both like it!

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  8. Thanks for sharing all of these. I SO want to read Paper Ghosts - it sounds fantastic. :)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Lauren - I think so too!

      (Thanks for feeding my current challenge addiction with challenge ideas!)

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  9. I'm not familiar with most of those titles but The Boat People looks like something I'd love.

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    1. Kathy - I hope The Boat People is as good as it sounds!

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  10. Paper Ghosts and The Perfect Mother look so good! Deja Moo has me cackling though.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks!

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  11. Thanks for sharing this list. You've posted several I'm interested in looking for next year.

    https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2018/01/top-new-to-me-authors-i-read-in-2017.html

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    1. Deb - I hope we both enjoy them I'd we read them!

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  12. I enjoyed reading The Space Between Us, but didn't realize that there is a sequel to this novel.

    Here's my TTT post for this week: https://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2018/01/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-new-to-me.html?showComment=1514915871093#c5665488240840941833

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    1. Captivated Reader - I was surprised the author wrote a sequel. I'm really curious how it turned out.

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  13. I loved The Space Between Us years ago and look forward to the sequel. I liked Paper Ghosts, I'm definitely a Heaberlin fan! The English Wife is kind of Gothic Lite, not terribly memorable, but kind of fun. Some of the others on your list sound good, too. :)

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    1. Jenclair - Hopefully the sequel lives up to our expectations. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed Paper Ghosts. I've loved all Heaberlin's books I've read so far. The other Willing book I read was a lot of fun to read--lite fare. Hopefully I will enjoy The English Wife just as much.

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  14. I haven't read Seraphina but I cannot wait to read Tess of the Road because dragons :D Also I'm adding the Anastasia book to my TBR. I love her story. Great list!

    Here's my TTT: http://www.momwithareadingproblem.com/2018/01/ttt-129-new-authors-read-2017/

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    1. Lilian - Thank you! The Seraphina duology is a fun one. You get lots of dragon exposure there too. :-)

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  15. Tess of the Road made my list last week, too! All the others are new to me, though I recognize some of the authors. I hope you are able to read all of them!

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    1. Lark (Bookworm) - Thanks! I hope so too. I'm really looking forward to returning to Hartman's world.

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  16. Tess of the Road and Paper Ghosts both look really good to me. And I think I might have to give the new Lauren Willig a read, too. Awesome list! :)

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    1. Lark (Lark writes) - Thank you! Just re-reading my list makes me want to drop everything and read. :-)

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  17. I have I Was Anastasia and The English Wife on my list and I can't wait! I'm excited about Deja Moo too. I've really enjoyed this series. It's definitely quirky and lots of fun.

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  18. I need to read Seraphina so I am excited about the new Rachel Hartman.

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    1. Kelly - I hope you like Seraphina when you read it. I am anxious to learn more about the world Hartman has created.

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  19. All of these sound amazing! I hope you get a chance to read them all.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  20. How did I not know Umrigar had another book coming out?! I love her books - can't wait!

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    1. Lisa - It took me by surprise to. I'm really looking forward to it.

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  21. Another great list! Lots of similar books! I can't wait for I was Anastasia and As Bright As Heaven. I am going to look into more about The Boat People, it sounds like a heartbreaking but important read. I will look forward to comparing notes on these throughout the year!

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    1. Cori - I am very excited about them to! Hopefully The Boat People will be as good as it sounds. It does sound heartbreaking. Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. Great list! I hope you are able to read and love these. :)

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    1. Jen - Thank you! I hope I do too. They all sound so good.

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  23. I have also always been fascinated by Anastasia and the Romanov family. I would love to read I Was Anastasia.

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    1. Charlie - Such a tragic story, really. I hope the book is good!

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  24. I'm such a "cover gal" and lovin' the DEJA MOO and THE ENGLISH WIFE covers :D

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  25. Oh so many good books to look forward to. I'm really interested in The Boat People but lots of other good titles to check out!

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    1. Iliana - I think The Boat People will be a good one as well.

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  26. Thanks for sharing, Wendy! I'll be sure to check these books out. :)

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