We came across this list of books to add to your 2018 reading list!
Has anyone read any on the list? If so, tell us what you think! If you will be adding it to your list, comment below and let others know- start an online book club perhaps? You never know who would be interested!
1. 'The Immortalists' by Chloe Benjamin
Is there such a thing as knowing too much? That's the question four siblings have to grapple with in Benjamin's inventive second novel, which opens with a psychic telling the Gold children the precise dates of their deaths in 1969 New York. The tale continues into their disparate adulthoods—happily married or resignedly alone, tightly regimented or unabashedly free-spirited, selfish or self-proclaiming selflessness—as the choices they've made with the ticking clock of mortality in mind raise quandaries about predetermination and the nature of self-fulfilling prophesies.
3. 'The Female Persuasion' by Meg Wolitzer
As she did in 2013's The Interestings, Wolitzer highlights her ability to find the yearning that lives in all of us: to be seen, to be admired, to be whatever we imagine as the best version of ourselves. For college freshman Greer that means becoming someone like Faith Frank, an icon of the women's movement who takes on Greer as a protégé. Once nestled under Faith's wing, though, Greer is forced to reckon with what transforming into the kind of woman she wants to be actually means for the woman she actually is, the things she stands to gain, and the parts of herself she might have to sacrifice.
4. 'The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle' by Stuart Turton
Pop your favorite Agatha Christie whodunnit into a blender with a scoop of Downton Abbey, a dash of Quantum Leap, and a liberal sprinkling of Groundhog's Day and you'll get this unique murder mystery. The twisting, cleverly-written debut revolves around Aiden Bishop, forced to relive the day of socialite Evelyn Hardcastle's murder over and over until he can track down her killer and break the cycle. The trick? Each day Aiden finds himself reliving things in the body of a different guest at Lord and Lady Hardcastle's masquerade, making the information he's able to gather and the relationships he forges in his search increasingly complicated.
5. 'Red Clocks' by Leni Zumas
This is the dystopia that the right wing wants. In Leni Zumas’s near-future America, abortion is illegal and fetuses have more rights than women. But don’t expect a simple political screed from this sharp debut—the characters in Red Clocks are nuanced and funny, and the novel itself is as in-your-face yet strangely beautiful as the cover art.
6. 'Some Women' by Emily Liebert
An engrossing novel that examines the intricacies of marriage, friendship, and the power of unexpected connections.
7. 'An American Marriage' by Tayari Jones
Celestial and Roy should have the perfect life together. But just after they’ve wed, on the brink of what should be the happy ending to their American Dream, Roy is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. Novelist Jones writes brilliantly about expectations and loss and racial injustice, and how love must evolve when our best laid plans go awry.
8. 'What Are We Doing Here?' by Marilynne Robinson
Even in her fiction, Marilynne Robinson has a nonjudgmental, earnest way of writing about religion that could make an atheist long for spirituality. President Obama is a fan. In this essay collection theology and current events and philosophy take center stage, and it’s through the clarity of Robinson’s words that hope in times of political strife feels appropriate and urgent.