Monday, January 21, 2019

Top Ten 2018 Releases I Still Want to Read

I'm linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Last year I outdid myself with how many new releases I actually read the same year they came out, but even so I felt like there were many, many books from the year that I wanted to get my hands on and never did. These are the ten that I am still most interested to read in the coming years.

1. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
I feel like every book podcast I listen to is constantly referencing this book. It was also nominated for a Goodreads Award, probably because it has a 4.01 rating after more than 98,000 ratings. I am interested to read it!

2. Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
I somehow keep bringing up this book in conversation even though I still haven't read it, just because the news story at its core is so fascinating. How do you build a gigantic business on a lie?

3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
This book had the bookish Internet all abuzz for what felt like the entirety of 2018. After more than 61,000 ratings it still has an average rating of 4.24, so that's promising. As previously established, YA fantasy is not usually my thing, but I took a chance on The Raven Boys that panned out, so I'm willing to give this one a shot.

4. Cringeworthy by Melissa Dahl
Dahl was just on the Ask a Manager podcast last week, which reminded me how much I was wanting to read her book. Even though the ratings aren't super stellar, I still think the information in the book would be interesting, and it sounds like it's entertaining as well.

5. Educated by Tara Westover
This one was on all the best-of lists for 2018, and I can't believe it still has a 4.49 rating after more than 154,000 ratings. It's past time I picked this one up.

6. I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
This is one that I've heard about not just on book blogs and podcasts but also from readers I know in real life, which means it seems to have widespread appeal. Also, I am super here for page-turner-y nonfiction, which it sounds like this is.

7. I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
I keep running across Austin Channing Brown's name, as she inhabits the same intersection of Christianity and social justice as some of my favorite writers. This book is under 200 pages, so there's no excuse for me not to have read it yet (except for the 150 books still on my TBR stack!).

8. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
My friend was just talking about reading "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" and I thought about how I'd put in my review of it that it was "Everything you've wondered about race but were afraid to ask," which then reminded me of this other book that recently came out. I've heard it recommended several times now and it has high ratings, so I'm very interested to pick it up!

9. There There by Tommy Orange
This is another one that people seem to be raving about everywhere I turn. I get the feeling that it's in the vein of being literary and dark in an MFA kind of way, so I'm hoping it's not like Fourth of July Creek, which was a little too dark for me, but I might be completely wrong.

10. When by Daniel H. Pink
It's been a while since I dove into a good pop science book, and I enjoyed Dan Pink's Drive, so I would definitely pick up another book by him.

What 2018 books are still on your to-read list?

Looking back:
One year ago I was reading: The Clocks and The Stand
Five years ago I was reading: Against the Gods, The Goldfinch, and War and Peace
Ten years ago I was reading: Copyediting

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