[I apologise in advance for the length of this post]
One of my goals for 2018 is to read more books and I spoke about this in a blog post at the beginning of the year.
Since then, I think I may have bought myself and had gifted to me, a total of around 20 books!
I’ve also started to follow more book related accounts on Instagram and I’ve quickly built up a list of books that I’m super excited to read this year.
So, I’ve created a list of seven books that I am most excited to read this year, some are new releases and some are slightly older books, and here are the books I am most excited to read this year.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
I first heard of this book back in January, as it was the January Book Pick for the Belletrist book club on Instagram. In the US, I believe the book was released at the beginning of January and I didn’t realise its UK release date was March 8th, so I had to wait a little while before getting my hands on it.
This book follows the lives of the four Gold children who sneak out to see a travelling psychic who can allegedly tell you the day you will die. The story then follows the lives of the children to see how they choose to live their lives with the prophecies given to them by the psychic.
I love the idea of this concept and it sounds like nothing I’ve ever read or heard of before. I’ve read a mixed bag of reviews for this book, but nevertheless, this is a book I am super excited to read, in fact, it is what I’m currently reading and I’m liking it so far.
The First Fifteen Live of Harry August by Claire North
I had never heard of this book before, I came across it when I was book shopping in WHSmith and it was in the ‘Buy one book, get another for £1’ section. I had already chosen one book so I was looking for another to get for a pound and this was the one I picked up in the end.
The story’s main character is Harry, no matter how many times Harry dies, he comes back as a child with all the knowledge of his past lives. As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside, and the story follows what Harry does as a result of this meeting.
I was drawn to this book immediately once I read its blurb. What drew me to this novel is that I am one of those people who will question everything and I find myself saying, far too often, ‘oh, if I knew what I knew now before I did … I would have never done it’ or done something differently at least. I get so caught up in wanting everything to be perfect, I don’t appreciate or learn from my experiences, so I think, or at least I hope, I can take something away from this book to work on that.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
I can’t remember where I came across this book but I had definitely heard of it as I went out and bought is especially. It is also another new book as it was published at the end of January this year.
Alice and her mum have spent the majority of Alice’s life travelling on the road. Alice’s grandmother was the author of a dark fairy tale novel and when her grandmother passes away and her mother is kidnapped, Alice learns that the world in which her grandmothers fairy tale was set, may actually be real and the answer to getting her mother back.
The idea of dark magic and a mix of horror and fairy tale all rolled into one novel really pricked my attention. I love fairy tales and fantasy novels, so, this sounded like it was right up my street and I cannot wait to delve into the pages of this book and find out more.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I saw this book on a shelf in WHSmith and it automatically gave me vibes of The Night Circus, which is one of my all time favourite books, and as it’s the only book I’ve read that centres around the circus, I wanted to pick up another book set in a similar environment because I just loved all of the magical elements that were injected into The Night Circus.
Caraval is a once-a-year, week-long performance where the audience participate in the show. Scarlett has never left the small isle of Trisda where she lives with her sister, Tella, and there abusive father, who has organised an arranged marriage for Scarlett. Scarlett and her sister have longed to go to Caraval and when their invitations arrive, they believe their dreams have come true. But soon after arriving at Caraval, Tella vanishes and Scarlett must find her before the game is over and she disappears forever.
I was mostly drawn to this book by its front cover and upon reading the blurb, it excited me even more and I would love to read more books that are set in and around the circus and carnivals as I just love the magic that surrounds them.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Now with this book, I had heard about it and it was always popping up in the most popular or top reads section in every bookstore I went in to. However, it never really caught my full attention. I had heard lots about it and the only reason I bought it was because it was on offer on Amazon and was a really good price for a hardback book, so I just bought up. Once it was delivered and I actually read up on it, the plot line of the book really excited me.
The novel, which is the first book in a trilogy, follows the life of Jude who was just seven years old when her parents were murdered and she along with her two sisters were taken away to live in the High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, despite her mortality, Jude wants nothing more than to belong but many of the Fey despise humans, especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. For Jude to win her place in the High Court, she must defy Prince Cardan and face the consequences of it.
Considering this book didn’t really grab my attention for a long while after its release at the beginning of the year, I am really looking forward to delving into this story and seeing how it will evolve throughout the trilogy.
The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
This is a book that has been sat on my bookshelf for a while now and whenever I’m choosing a new book to start reading, I always contemplate it, but never reach for it. It wasn’t until recently when I saw Fleur de Force post a picture of this on her Instagram story saying she was about to start reading it, that I picked it up and reread the blurb.
The Seven Sisters is set to be a seven book series with the first four already published with The Seven Sisters being the first book in the series. This first book was published back in 2014 and this story follows Maia D’Apliese and her five sisters who gather at their childhood home after they learn their father, who adopted them all as babies, has passed away. Each sister is handed a tantalising clue to their heritage and Maia’s clue takes her half way across the world where she begins to put the pieces together of her story and its beginning.
I feel like this could be a very gripping story especially being spread out over seven novels, I do love a good book series because I love to dive into the back stories and gain as much background as possible to really imagine the world and the characters and I think this book will offer that.
S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett
Now, a friend recommended this book to me and he expressed how much he loved the story and especially how it is written so I went out and bought it pretty much straight away.
The tagline for the novel is ‘nine students, three blood sports, one deadly weekend’ and if that isn’t enough to catch your attention, I don’t know what will. Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into her sixth form at the exclusive St Aiden the Great boarding school. One day she receives a mysterious invite to spend the half term weekend at the country mansion of Henry de Warlencourt, the most wealthy and popular boy at school and this thriller novel goes on from there.
I always trust book recommendations from this friend as everything I’ve read that he has recommended, I’ve always loved and I have no doubt this one will be the same and I can not wait to get into this book.
So, these are just a few of the book that I am super excited to read this year and I can assure you there are many others I want to get into.