Forthcoming Books for the 2018 To-Read List: (January – April)

As we start off 2018 there is already a rich and robust list of titles that keeps building as you shelve the best from last year. Keep an eye out for these handful of new titles at your favorite local bookstore or library and think about what reads you want to add to your own To-Read Lists!

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Heart Spring Mountain, by Robin MacArthur – 01/09/18

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Frankenstein in Baghdad, by Ahmed Saadawi – 01/23/18

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Bring Out the Dog: Stories, by Will Mackin – 03/06/18 *

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The Parking Lot Attendant, by Nafkote Tamirat – 03/13/18

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Heads of the Colored People: Stories, by Nafissa Thompson-Spires – 04/10/18

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A Year in Reading Part 2: Nonfiction + Poetry

2017 Notables

The following are the top eight titles from across new nonfiction and poetry that I was able to tick off my To-Read List. I have a huge list of titles I still need to read and add to this list, and there was a good deal of older works from Didion to D’Ambrosio that I was deeply moved by this fall. Keep these in mind as you think about the big hitters coming out in 2018!

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Cold Pastoral, by Rebecca Dunham – 03/14/17

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A Really Big Lunch: Essays, by Jim Harrison – 03/24/17

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Afterland, by Mai Vang – 04/04/17

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Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River, by David Owen – 04/11/17

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Sunshine State: Essays, by Sarah Gerard – 04/11/17

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Narrow River, Wide Sky, by Jenny Forrester – 05/02/17

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Against Everything: Essays, by Mark Greif – 08/08/17

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Coast Range: Essays, by Nick Neely – 11/14/17

A Year in Reading Part 1: Fiction

2017 Notables

The following are the top picks, the biggest hitters, the thrilling and the inventive and then most startling top ten titles I was able to tick off on my To-Read List. Some are debut authors, others longtime favorites, but each offered a new storyscape to discover and enjoy. Keep an eye out for these titles at your local bookstores or libraries even as you start to look ahead for the upcoming new reads of 2018!

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The Refugees: Stories, by Viet Ngyuen, 01/02/17

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Always Happy Hour: Stories, by Mary Miller – 01/09/17

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Dark at the Crossing, by Elliot Ackerman – 01/24/17

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Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders – 02/14/17

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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, by Hannah Tinti – 03/28/17

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Half-Wild: Stories, by Robin MacArthur – 05/09/17

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What We Lose, by Zinzi Clemmons – 07/11/17

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Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng – 09/12/17

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Fresh Complaint: Stories, by Jeffrey Eugenides – 10/03/17

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Wolf Season, by Helen Benedict – 10/10/17

A Year in Reading In-Progress

As the end of 2017 nears, it is the time for all the editors, writers, readers and reviewers to start coming out with their list of top reads of the best novels, short story collections, essays, poetry collections to cookbooks and graphic novels. As always these lists only tap into the few standouts of a larger standout crowd of debut to long-celebrated writers, but they also signal a well-deserved inclusion on these lists for delivering such rich and fascinating glimpses into the imagined worlds they have created and offered to us.

 

Over the last couple of weeks I too have been perusing my Reading List of 2017 and have come up with a handful of writers that really truly moved me to think about the world in a new way, and who also continued to inspire in me the same driving momentum to keep in pursuit of my love of the craft of writing.

 

I encourage you to look back at your own reading lists, and whether or not you were able to tackle all those titles you hoped to in 2017 or have a few still left in that To-Read List, think about what reads were your own favorites. As you wrap up the year, look at the lists of upcoming reads at your local bookstore or library or on those lists of your favorite blog or magazine, starting off with these recommendations from the New York Times Book Review. Here’s to getting excited for a new year of new reads!

Forthcoming Books for the 2017 To-Read List (September-December)

Here is the belated list of the biggest hits from this winter that you will find on all the front shelves of your local bookstores and libraries. Keep an eye out for them and think about what books you are looking forward to as we move into a season of sitting with a mug of hot tea or a toddy ready to catch up on our reading.

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Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng – 09/12/17

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Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan – 10/03/17

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Fresh Complaint: Stories, by Jeffrey Eugenides – 10/03/17

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Her Body and Other Parties: Stories, by Carmen Machadao – 10/03/17

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Wolf Season, by Helen Benedict – 10/10/17

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Spy of the First Person, Shepard – 12/05/17

 

Forthcoming Books for the 2017 To-Read List (May-August)

Here are the top recommendations for titles to add to your own reading list as they make their way onto shelves at your favorite local bookstore of library.

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No One Can Pronounce My Name, by Rakesh Satyal – 05/02/17

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, by Arundhati Roy – 06/06/17

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What We Lose, by Zinzi Clemmons – 07/11/17

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The Dark Net, by Benjamin Percy – 08/01/17

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Sour Heart, by Jenny Zhang – 08/01/17

Forthcoming Books for the 2017 To-Read List (January-April)

Here are the top recommendations for titles to add to your own reading list as they hit the shelves at your favorite local bookstores or that new fiction at the front of the library.

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Always Happy Hour: Stories, by Mary Miller – 01/11/17

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Dark At the Crossing, by Elliot Ackerman – 01/24/17

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The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen – 02/07/17

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The Woman Next Door, by Yewande Omotoso – 02/07/17

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Celine, by Peter Heller – 03/07/17

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What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky: Stories, by Lesley Arimah – 04/04/17