2018: Here’s Looking at You!

December 8, 2017

What’s On Your Reading Radar For 2018?

How many books are on your TBR (to be read) list? Currently, I have 76 on my Goodreads “to read” shelf. It’s a bit unwieldy, and in this post I prioritize a few selections to read as I anticipate setting reading goals for the new year (I looked for the books on my list with the highest Goodreads ratings). Hopefully, some of these will be good candidates to review for future posts. Maybe Santa will bring me a few of these books! Linking up with The Broke and the Bookish: Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Hope Santa Brings and also The Broke and the Bookish: Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books We’re Looking Forward to in 2018.

I’m always intrigued by new books and inspired by reviews, so this list is subject to change (depending on reviews, library availability, or kindle sales)! However, at this moment in time, this list represents my reading priorities for winter (*listed in no particular order).

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Believe it or not, I actually ADDED books to my TBR while writing this post! It’s hopeless!

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
by David Grann

(runner up for the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards in the history & biography category and New York Times bestseller; Amazon rating: 4.6 Stars;
Genre: Native American History, biographies/memoirs)

Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon Information Here

***UPDATE: 4 Stars. My review of Killers of the Flower Moon here.

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
by Caroline Fraser 

(rated one of the top ten books of the year by the New York Times;
Amazon rating: 4.1 Stars; genre: biographies/memoirs)

Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser (cover) Image: a train rolls across a midwest prairie

Prairie Fires Information Here

***UPDATE: 4 Stars. My review of Prairie Fires here.

Force of Nature
by Jane Harper

(sequel to The Dry; early Amazon rating: 4.4 Stars; release date: 2/6/18;
genre: mystery/detective)

Force of Nature by Jane Harper (cover) Imagge: white textt over a mountainous landscape

Force of Nature Information Here

***UPDATE: 4 Stars. My review of Force of Nature here.

84, Charing Cross Road
by Helene Hanff

(an older, highly recommended best selling title that’s been on my TBR for years;
Amazon rating: 4.5 Stars;
genre: correspondence/letters)

84 Charing Cross Road

84, Charing Cross Road Information Here

***UPDATE: 3 Stars.

Our Souls at Night
by Kent Haruf

(an older, highly recommended best selling title that’s been on my TBR for years;
Amazon rating: 4.3 Stars;
genre:  mystery/thriller/suspense, family life, literary fiction; movie trailer)

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (cover) Image: white text over a house and a moonlit sky

Our Souls at Night Information Here

***UPDATE: 4 Stars.

As Bright as Heaven
by Susan Meissner

(Philadelphia 1918; release date: 2/6/18; genre: historical fiction, mothers/children, Spanish flu pandemic)

As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner (cover) Image: a woman stands overlooking a city center which includes a fountain and tall lbuildings

As Bright As Heaven Information Here

UPDATE: 4 Stars. My review of As Bright As Heaven here.

Far From the Tree
by Robin Benway

(YA fiction, National book award finalist; Early Amazon Rating: 4.7 Stars;
genre:  social & family issues, siblings, adoption)

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway (cover) Image: black text oveer an kaleidoscope of pinkish/red leaves

Far From the Tree Information Here

***UPDATE: My review of Far From the Tree here.

The Library at the Edge of the World
by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

(A book about books is my favorite! Set in Ireland; early Amazon Rating: 4.1;
genre: women’s fiction,  small town & rural living, mothers/children)

Library at the Edge of the World

The Library At the Edge of the World Information Here

***UPDATE: 3 Stars.

by  Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg

(Amazon Rating: 4.7 Stars; genre: fiction, multi-generational family saga)Eden by Jeanne NcWilliams Blasberg (cover) Image: white text over a black and white windswept beachfront

Eden Information Here

***UPDATE: 4 Stars. My review of Eden here.

 The Kommandant’s Girl
by Pam Jenoff

(since reading The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff, I’ve wanted to read this earlier work; Amazon rating: 4.5 Stars; genre: historical fiction, Jewish)

The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jennoff (cover) Image: a young woman looks reflectively out a window

The Kommandant’s Girl Information Here

***UPDATE: 4 Stars.

Beartown Sequel: Us Against You
by Fredrik Backman

Last but not least! I have to wait 6 months for the sequel to Beartown!
(sequel release date: 6/5/18)

Us Against You

Us Against You
by Fredrik Backman

(release date: 6/5/18; genre:  contemporary fiction, sports)

***UPDATE: 4 Stars. My review of Us Against You here.

Beartown Information Here

Us Against You Information Here

Happy Reading Bookworms!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes


Last week I mentioned I was deciding between Lincoln in the Bardo and The Bear and the Nightingale. Unfortunately, neither one worked out. I had wanted to buddy read Lincoln in the Bardo with my hubs but he was the first to download the audio version and wasn’t interested in the read, also my bookish friend indicated that it was “more depressing than memorable.” So I decided to go with the fairy tale/folk tale The Bear and the Nightingale, and I read 59% before abandoning it to the DNF (did not finish) stack. Both books have received rave reviews, so it’s not the books, it’s me. The Bear and the Nightingale is not one of my typical go-to genres and this is the main reason that it was abandoned. Even though it’s a well written Russian folk tale/fairy tale, it includes an abundance of fantasy and magical realism which are usually not elements I seek out in my reading. If it were a short story, I think it would’ve been an ok read for me, but it goes on and on and on, and after a while it became tedious. It’s also part of a trilogy which I knew I wouldn’t be continuing. However, if a Russian fairy tale/folk tale, fantasy, and magical realism appeal to you and you love skillful word building and exquisite imagery….this may be a great choice for you.


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (cover)


Will you be rereading (or first time reading) Wrinkle in Time before the movie comes out in March?!
Wrinkle in Time Trailer




Have you seen the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards list? How many titles have you read?

Did you read that The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was banned by a Texas school district. What do you think? Have you read it? Here’s my review.
It will soon be a movie.

Looking Ahead

Next week, I’ll attempt to gather a list of my best and most memorable reads for 2017. This is a daunting task for me! I have so many favorites!

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  1. 84, Charing Cross Road was recommended to me by my dear, 98 year-old friend, Ruth, who would let me know when she read something good. I read and truly enjoyed the book. Sadly, Ruth passed away a few weeks ago. She will be greatly missed. I also read Bear town and recommended it to others.

    • Thanks for commenting Helen! I’m looking forward to enjoying 84, CCR in 2018 in honor of your dear friend Ruth! I’m eager to read the sequel to Beartown!

  2. […] I have several books on hold at the library (I’m #27 for The Force of Nature so that will be a while) and I’m waiting for kindle prices to fall on some new releases……consequently…….next Friday I’ll read and review a book already on my shelf, Eden by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg (and check it off my winter TBR list). […]

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