The Best New Books To Read In 2018

The Best New Books To Read In 2018
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We asked Countycriminallawyers's contributing book critic and founder of The Girly Book Club, Erin Woodward, to give us her edit of the best books to look forward to in 2018.

Every year I look forward to this post more than any other – I get to share the most anticipated books of the year. So here goes...

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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

For those who love a page turner

This has just been released. Set in 1969 on the lower east side in Manhattan where four children sneak out to visit a psychic. What they learn on this fateful day will dictate the path their lives take each in their own remarkable way. This is a great book to start the new year with because it will reignite your love for a good story and give you plenty of reason to stay in curled up.

Out now. 

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore By Kim Fu

For those who love a multi decade story

Nita, Kayla, Isabel, Dina and Siobhan visit Camp Forevermore as young girls – when an overnight kayak trip ends with the girls being stranded alone on an island, they must find their way back and are forever affected by the events that transpire. We follow along with them throughout their lives to see how one event can have consequences forever.

Released February 13th.

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Hey Harry, Hey Matilda by Rachel Hulin

For those looking for something a bit odd

This entire book is told through emails shared between fraternal twins Harry and Matilda – a refreshing take on the coming of age story. It’s witty and quick to read – worth picking up a copy. 

Out now. 

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When We Were Birds by Maria Mutch

For those who love beautiful prose

Canadian writer Mutch is a gifted story teller – her compilation work When We Were Birds naturally weaves the mysterious with the phenomenal crafting beautiful and delicious stories about love, romance and darkness.  

Released April 24th. 

No Way Home: A Memoir of Life on the Run by Tyler Wetherall

For those who love a true story

I am a memoir junkie so this book really appealed to me. This is a book for lovers of the Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls and Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Tyler weaves her own crazy tale. By the time she was nine she had lived in thirteen houses and five countries. But this didn’t seem strange to her since it was all she ever knew – until it did. Eventually she realizes her family is on the run and her father is a fugitive, and that’s only the beginning.

Released April 3rd. 

Legendary by Stephanie Garber 

For those who can’t stop at the first book

Legendary is the sequel to Caraval (a much celebrated success) and although it doesn’t’ come out until the end of May the good news is you can grab a copy of Caraval if you haven’t already read it. Enter the mystical world of Scarlett and Tella for an adventure you won’t put down until the last page is done. Legendary may be even better than its prequel – if that’s even possible. 

Released May 31st.

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Feel Free: Essays By Zadie Smith 

For those who love bite size social commentary

The author who brought us White Teeth and On Beauty will publish a collection of essays on everything from Facebook to global warming. This decisive and informed voice shares important theories on recent cultural events mixed with her own personal experiences. Start the year questioning those big questions. 

Released February 8th.

Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest To Make Doctors Believe In Women’s Pain by Abby Norman 

For those who want to read something relevant

This is a compulsory read for any women who have ever been in chronic pain or had an undiagnosed illness. Doctor after doctor dismissed Norman’s pain as a urinary tract infection and other trivial diagnoses and sent her home with antibiotics but after losing forty pounds Norman decided to advocate for herself and secured a job in a hospital in order to educate herself and find a real diagnosis. She goes beyond telling her own personal tale by bringing in social constructs and prejudices. Such a relevant and timely book.

Released March 6th. 


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