The Best Books to Read in 2018

Happy (belated) New Year! From our bookish family to yours, we hope that your winter holidays were spectacular. But, now that the holiday season is over it can be hard to break through your post-celebratory slump. Luckily, we know the best fix for a case of the winter-time blues; books! Here in Minnesota, we typically spend our winter days trapped inside by temperatures that plummet past zero into the negatives. We’ve found that the best way to keep the spirits up when the weather takes a turn for the worse is to pull out a great book.

With the new year comes new book releases! From some of our favorite series to standalone titles, there’s no shortage of books to read in 2018. We’ve compiled a list of what we feel will be some of the best books of 2018 to start your year off right. Sit back, grab a hot drink, a blanket, a book-scented candle or two, and enjoy any of the titles listed below.

Throne of Glass #7 and A Court of Frost and Starlight

Sarah J Maas

If you haven’t read either of Sarah J Maas’ series yet, we highly recommend that you do. While we don’t know anything about the mysterious seventh Throne of Glass book, we do know that A Court of Frost and Starlight is slated to be a companion to the A Court of Thorns and Roses series that will take place a few months after the conclusion of A Court of Wings and Ruin. The novel will be narrated by main characters Feyre and Rhysand, as they navigate Feyre's first Winter Solstice as High Lady. As of now, the seventh Throne of Glass book is set to be released in the fall of 2018 with A Court of Frost and Starlight coming out in May of 2018.

The Cruel Prince: The Folk of the Air

Holly Black

The internet is abuzz about this new publication. It has been touted as the perfect book to read if you’re a fan of any of the Sarah J Maas books listed above. In the novel, three sisters are stolen away to a high fae court after their parents are murdered. Being humans, the sisters are viewed as outsiders by all within the court, but Jude, one of the sisters, wants to finally belong to the world which they have been thrust into. To do so, she will need to go against every order she has ever been given and face the scariest hurdle of them all; the royal family. The Cruel Prince: The Folk of the Air was published on January 2nd, of 2018 and it’s already on our TBR list.


Amie Kaufman

As the third installment of The Illuminae Files, Obsidio continues the story of Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik and the events that transpire after their planet has been invaded. It’s been seven months since two rival megacorporations started fighting over the planet’s resources, and since a deadly plague broke out. While AIs are turning against those they serve and all sort of other catastrophes are taking place, those in charge are keeping all information about what is happening a secret from the innocent inhabitants of the world that is being turned upside down. When enough is enough, Kady hacks into secrete government emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more to learn the truth. Read on as our ragtag group joins the resistance and journeys back to Kerenza for one final battle. The third installment of The Illuminae Files, Obsidio, is set to be released March 13th, of 2018.

The Immortalists

Chloe Benjamin

What if you knew when you were going to die from the time you were a teen? Would it change how you live? Would you have chosen a different path? The Immortalists asks this very question by way of a traveling psychic. In 1969 New York, the four Gold children sneak out to see if this mysterious woman really is magic. After hearing their prophecies, the novel follows each child as they mature from adolescents to adults. The Immortalists explores how knowledge can shape our lives and examines how we cope with confronting our mortality from a young and impressionable age. The Immortalists will be released on January 9th, 2018.

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Stuart Turton

One part Groundhog Day, one part Agatha Christie novel, The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle follows Aiden Bishop as he tries to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle at her parent's masquerade gala. The poor thing has been murdered hundreds of times. That’s right, each night Aiden attends the gala, and each night Evelyn is murdered; the twist? Every night that Aiden fails to identify and stop the killer, he is forced to go to the gala yet again but in another guest’s body. The only way to stop the cycle is to save Evelyn Hardcastle. This highly original novel is set to be released on September 1st, of 2018.

The Elizas

Sara Shepard

From the author of Pretty Little Liars comes a new novel with a twist. Eliza Fontaine is gearing up to publish her first novel when she is found at the bottom of an empty swimming pool. Her family assumes it’s another failed suicide attempt but Eliza knows she was pushed. With her rescuer as her only witness, Eliza takes on the challenge of unveiling her attacker. But as her investigation digs deeper and her publish date draws nearer, strange incidents begin to occur. The lines between fiction and reality start to blur as those around Eliza start confusing her life with that of the fictitious character she has penned in her unpublished manuscript. Struggling with memory loss and a narrative that seems to be intruding on reality more and more with each passing day, can Eliza find where fiction ends and her own narrative begins? Read The Elizas on April 17th, 2018.

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New books, old books, red books, blue books; whether you decide on a new 2018 release or an old classic, we hope that your choice will help you out of your post-holiday snooze. Do you have any new releases on your TBR list that you’re dying to read in 2018? Share them with us down below!

Looking for the perfect accent piece to set the mood for some serious literary consumption? Try one of our book themed candles; they make for the perfect reading companion. We can’t wait to see what 2018 brings. Once again, happy New Year!