Books I’ve read or books that are on my reading list – I’m sharing what to read in 2018!
Reading is one of my favorite hobbies, and I’m always reading a book. Not only does it help me relax, but it is the perfect escape. Getting lost in a book is the best feeling! So, I wanted to share some books I’ve recently read, that I’m currently reading, and that are on my list to read this year! Also, make sure to check out my previous posts on my favorite books here and here and here.
What to Read in 2018
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
What it’s about: “It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.
The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.”
Why it’s on my list: While I haven’t read it yet, this book was one of Amazon’s best books of January. When Amazon tells me something is great, I tend to listen. Also, this book reminds me of one of my favorite books, The Goldfinch (seriously, read it!). Stories that weave together many characters tales are some of the best stories, and this one does just that.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
What it’s about: “Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population.”
Why it’s on my list: I was a little late to the Hulu original series, and I hate that we waited so long to watch it! Ok…we binged-watched it. But either way, this show made a big impression on me. It was disturbing, interesting, and really just scary. I am always one who loves the books more than the movies/shows, so I knew I had to add this book to my list. I haven’t read it yet, but I can’t wait.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
What it’s about: “Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.”
Why it’s on my list: So, I just finished this book Sunday night, and I couldn’t put it down. I read every night before bed, and I stayed up until about midnight one night because of a major plot twist that I couldn’t put down! This is definitely an exciting book that has twists and turns you won’t see coming.
Ill Will by Dan Chaon
What it’s about: “A psychologist in suburban Cleveland, Dustin is drifting through his forties when he hears the news: His adopted brother, Rusty, is being released from prison. Thirty years ago, Rusty received a life sentence for the massacre of Dustin’s parents, aunt, and uncle. The trial came to epitomize the 1980s hysteria over Satanic cults; despite the lack of physical evidence, the jury believed the outlandish accusations Dustin and his cousin made against Rusty. Now, after DNA analysis has overturned the conviction, Dustin braces for a reckoning.
Meanwhile, one of Dustin’s patients has been plying him with stories of the drowning deaths of a string of drunk college boys. At first Dustin dismisses his patient’s suggestions that a serial killer is at work as paranoid thinking, but as the two embark on an amateur investigation, Dustin starts to believe that there’s more to the deaths than coincidence. Soon he becomes obsessed, crossing all professional boundaries—and putting his own family in harm’s way.”
Why it’s on my list: Murder. Psychology. Mystery. Those are the elements of my favorite type of book. I haven’t read this one yet, but who doesn’t love a good mystery?!
Still Me by Jojo Moyes
What it’s about: “Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She steps into the world of the superrich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York life.
As she begins to mix in New York high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. Before long, Lou finds herself torn between Fifth Avenue where she works and the treasure-filled vintage clothing store where she actually feels at home. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?”
Why it’s on my list: If you’ve read the first two books in this series (Me Before You and After You), you’ll know why this book is on my list to read. If you haven’t read the first two books, go back and read them. And prepare to cry. These books give you all the feelings – love, sadness, hope – and I couldn’t put them down.
The Stand by Stephen King
What it’s about: “A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 percent of the world’s population within a few weeks. Those who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge—Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious “Dark Man,” who delights in chaos and violence. As the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power, the survivors will have to choose between them—and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity.”
Why it’s on my list: This is an oldie but a goodie. Again, I am late to the Stephen King book game. However this book turned out to be one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. Anything apocalyptic instantly catches my interest, but even if you aren’t into that type of book, you’ll still love this one. The story seamlessly weaves together the survivors’ tales for an unexpected and memorable story.