5 Books I Want to Read in 2018

Between growing TBRs, new book releases, and life, in general, it can be hard to stay on top of the books you want to read. I’m still weaning myself back into regular reading after a long slump, so I know it can be overwhelming and the feeling of being behind other book bloggers can feel suffocating. That isn’t conducive to wanting to pick up a book and read anytime soon. So, to counter the fast-paced world of books, I decided to make a list of books I would like to get through in 2018. I don’t have to get through them all, but they are ones I want to read most this year. Maybe you’ll find some new ones to add to your TBR as well.

A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab

I’ve already started the Shades of Magic trilogy and I am loving it. I am definitely making sure I finish the last two books this year so I can be ready for the new trilogy coming out in 2019.

Overview (from Barnes and Noble) (BEWARE SPOILERS)

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games-an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries-a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again-and so to keep magic’s balance, another London must fall…

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I have heard so much praise be given to this duology and I’m so excited to dive into this amazing world. It’s dark, its funny, it’s a ragtag group of misfits you can’t help but love – or so the hype goes. I want to see for myself, so this is another one I’m positively going to complete this year.

Overview (from Barnes and Noble)

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sánez

Funny enough, when I took a YA Lit class in college this was one of the suggested readings. I don’t remember what I chose to do instead of this, but I definitely wanted to give it a try. It looks cute and like a wholesome read, so it may find its way in the TBR pile at some point this year.

Overview (from Barnes and Noble)

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve been interested in reading more stories with detailed magic systems and The Grisha Verse really stuck out to me. The reviews have praised Leigh Bardugo’s writing, so if I love Six of Crows I have a feeling I’ll devour this trilogy easily.

Overview (from Barnes and Noble)

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I have never read a Sabaa Tahir book and I am quite ashamed of myself for that. After reading a few pages of the first chapter, I can’t believe I’ve been denying myself this beautiful piece of work.  I’m not positive I’ll get to this quartet this year, but I hope to. It sounds like it’s going to be a good one!

Overview (from Barnes and Noble)

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do. 

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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