12 books I’ve been anticipating in 2018… and where I’m at now.

I can’t believe there is a little more than a month left to 2018. What happened to 2018 and where did it go? On the one hand, I’m not that mad because this wasn’t a brilliant year overall, but on the other hand, the bookworm in me is REALLY mad because what happened to all of the 2018 releases I wanted to read and haven’t done so? What about the backlist titles on my TBR giving me a dark, murderous look?!!

Today, I thought I’d do a small recap of some of my most anticipated reads of 2018. Whether I’ve been anticipating them WAY before that year started or a couple of months into 2018, I’ve been very curious and eager to get to these books.

The real question is: did I? Did they deliver all of their promises?? Let’s check it out, shall we.

You can click on the covers to go to goodreads, if you want to make your TBR grow…. you know you want to!

Emergency Contact, Mary H. K. Choi

Status: READ! ✅

Thoughts 💭 I think Emergency Contact might have been my most anticipated read of 2018 overall and I’m thrilled to say that… it has also been one of my favorite reads of the entire year. The FEELINGS, the characters, the slow-burning romance, I AM SCREAMING OKAY.

📖 Read my full review of Emergency Contact.

The Reckoning of Noah Shaw, Michelle Hodkin

Status: UNREAD! ❎

Thoughts 💭 It’s no secret, I am a big fan of the Mara Dyer series…. yet I’ve read the first book in the Noah Shaw series and didn’t love it as much. This didn’t prevent me from anticipating the last book VERY VERY MUCH… but apparently, it prevented me from picking it up. Oops.

I Was Born For This, Alice Oseman

Status: READ! ✅

Thoughts 💭 Will I scream about Alice Oseman again? Well yes, I certainly will. I love every book she’s ever written and naturally, this book about boys band and fangirling and ugggggghhh I don’t know I just wanted to read this so badly and… it’s another favorite of the year!

📖 Read my full review of I Was Born For This.

This Cruel Design, Emily Suvada

Status: UNREAD! ❎

Thoughts 💭 My sister bought This Mortal Coil and I don’t know, I didn’t expect that much of it but, wow. I was astonished by its brilliance and hooked and this was SO GOOD. I haven’t had a chance to get This Cruel Design just yet, but DAMN IT I need it.

The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton

Status: READ! ✅

Thoughts 💭 This book made it onto both my and my sister’s most anticipated books. THIS WORLD seemed SO incredible and I don’t know, okay, that cover looks stunning. I read the book earlier on actually, very close to its release date and I regret nothing. It wasn’t quite a 5-stars, but close. I need the sequel now.

📖 Read my full review of The Belles.

The Light Between Worlds, Laura Weymouth

Status: UNREAD! ❎

Thoughts 💭 This seems exactly like the kind of book that stays with you, somehow. It has two sisters at its heart and you all know how much I love siblings stories and it’s marketed as a “what happens next” after all of the magical things happening and I don’t know I’m digging this A LOT.

The Astonishing Color of After, Emily X. R. Pan

Status: READ! ✅

Thoughts 💭 THIS BOOK. I had heard SO much about this book and it sounded both devastating, heart breaking and beautiful and it turns out it was all of this.

📖 Read my full review of The Astonishing Color of After.

The Last Summer of The Garrett Girls, Jessica Spotswood

Status: UNREAD! ❎

Thoughts 💭 This gives me all the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants vibes but with real sisters instead of friends and I’m getting good vibes from it and I am a fan already. So naturally I haven’t read it just yet. #oops

Nothing Left To Burn, Heather Ezell

Status: READ! ✅

Thoughts 💭 I WILL NEVER ever stop screaming about this book. From the synopsis alone, it sounded incredible and it really, really delivered in its execution. I’m trash for this book and will read anything by the author next and PLEASE READ THIS.

📖 Read my full review of Nothing Left To Burn.

Nice Try, Jane Sinner, Lianne Oelke

Status: UNREAD! ❎

Thoughts 💭 Reality show, great mental health -depression- rep, dramaaa and apparently it’s written kind of as a journal?? I am still SO HYPED about that book.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Hank Green

Status: READ! ✅

Thoughts 💭 I love Hank Green and everything he does and naturally was anticipating his debut A LOT. I wasn’t disappointed, I was hooked from page one and LOVED it all, the messages about social media and fame and the mystery and THAT ENDING.

📖 Read my full review of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.

You’ll Miss Me When I Am Gone, Rachel Lynn Solomon

Status: UNREAD! ❎

Thoughts 💭 This book sounds heartbreaking, like the kind of book I’ll end up sobbing about for DAYS and… well, you know me, I want to read it. It seems so character-driven and with sisters at its heart and family and my heart is suffering already.

 

If I’m doing a recap of the books here, all of my most anticipated reads I actually got to read have been MASSIVE HITS, so…. now I’m just really very eager to get to all of the other books and hopefully love them just as much!

What have been – or still are, 2019 is still a month away! – some of your most anticipated reads this year? Did you read them, or not yet?

Did you read any of these books or do you plan on reading them? Let me know everything in comments!

 

 

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76 thoughts on “12 books I’ve been anticipating in 2018… and where I’m at now.

  1. Hey, you read exactly half and half not! That’s awesome 😀 I’ve totally given up on trying to stay on top of what’s new and in within the book world haha I don’t even know most releases for 2019. And I am pretty sure I didn’t read all too much of what I had planned for 2018. I lowered my goodreads goal from 50 to 35 haha

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  2. I actually keep track of all my Can’t-Wait Wednesday and anticipated releases, because I am curious if I will read them or not IF I have access to them. I read two of the books you didn’t get to (Jane Sinner, Garrett Girls). I liked them both. Probably liked Jane more. Solomon’s book wasn’t an anticipated read for me, but I have heard so much about it, I now need to read it.

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    1. Ahh that’s amazing! I try to keep track of them with goodreads, but… I know I’ll always end up forgetting some of them haha 🙂
      I’m so glad you liked Jane Sinner, I can’t wait to read that one, it sounds amazing 😀
      Thank you so much! ❤

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    1. It’s so hard to read everything haha, sometimes we are so hyped for one book, then forget about it for years haha 🙂
      I hope you’ll get to Hank’s book soon, I loved it so much! 😀
      Thank you Kristin!

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    1. Ahh that’s amazing, it means you’ve read so many of your anticipated reads already! 🙂
      I hope you’ll get to Bridge of Clay soon, fingers crossed 😀
      Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

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  3. I want to read An absolutely remarkable thing by Hank Green so bad! I hope I’ll get to it by the end of the year, I’m really glad to hear all the raving reviews as well. Nice try,Jane Sinner was one of my most anticipated books as well and did I read it? NO! And so goes for so many other books, haha.

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    1. Ohh I hope you’ll read Hank’s book soon, I LOVED IT so much!
      There are SO many books, it’s hard to keep track of them all and to read them all haha. Someday we might haha 🙂
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❤

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  4. After i had a quick look at what i’ve read this year… well it’s random 😀
    I really wanted to read the new Stephen King book, The Outsider, and i did it, but others i haven’t managed to.

    I haven’ read any of the books from your list but the Mortal Coil series is on my list 🙂

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  5. Hey this isn’t too bad!! You’ve gotten through plenty of your anticipated reads and looks like lots of them lived up to your expectations 😊 I’m glad you enjoyed I Was Born For This and An Absolutely Remarkable Thing – both of those were favorites from this year for me too!!

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  6. Hi Marie! I have to agree that Emergency Contact is one of my favourites from this year as well! It was because I saw your review that I decided to read it and I am so glad that I did!
    There are some books that were on my 2018 TBR that I didn’t get to as well, mostly because I am a mood reader so I was distracted by some of the other books that piqued my interest haha, and before I knew it most of the year was gone :’)

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  7. I have been wanting to read Emergency Contact ALL YEAR. I finally put it on hold at the library so hopefully it comes in because I’ve heard such good things! I’d never heard of I Was Born for This, but I’m definitely intrigued now. I’ve yet to read a couple of my most anticipated releases this year, namely Obsidio and Meet Cute, but hopefully I will soon. Awesome post!

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    1. AHHH yay! This makes me very happy, I hope you’ll be able to read it soon, I loved it so, so much ❤
      ohh, Obsidio was also an anticipated read of mine, I haven't read it just yet haha. I can't wait to read it, even if I am scared too haha 🙂
      Thank you so much! ❤

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  8. The Light Between Worlds was not one of my most anticipated books for 2018. I decided to read it now if I received the arc, but I wasn’t going out of my way to find it. It was so much better than I anticipated, I’m shock at how much I love it! The book will haunt you long after you put it down. Maybe it’s me and what life has thrown at me this year, the ups and downs. Please give this book a try Marie. You’ll not regret it! ❤️❤️

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    1. Ahh I’m so, so, so happy to hear you praising this book so much, it makes me so, so impatient to read it now ❤ I hope I'll be able to soon! ❤
      Thank you so much Dani! ❤

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  9. I can’t wait to hear what you think about Jane Sinner, and I am SO GLAD you liked The Astonishing Color of After!!! That was one of my most anticipated of 2018 as well, and I also loved it. 💜💜💜

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  10. Ahhh I’m so happy that you enjoyed all of the anticipated books that you read, Marie!! Especially IWBFT 😍 I went to the bookstore yesterday and saw Emergency Contact, and I thought of your glowing review of it! (Sadly I didn’t buy it, but I’m really excited to read it! Hopefully in 2019.) And oh my gosh, I’m very excited for you to read The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls and You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone! They’re both incredible books – Garrett Girls is extremely adorable and heartwarming, while You’ll Miss Me is more emotional and heartwrenching. I hope you’ll enjoy the rest of these anticipated reads 💞

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    1. Aww, I hope you’ll be able to get Emergency Contact soon, I loved this book so, so, SO much, really ❤
      And I can't wait to get to these books, they sound incredible and your praise makes me all the more excited for them 🙂
      Thank you Dezzy!! ❤

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  11. I have This Mortal Coil on hold at the library (SOON YOU WILL COME TO MEEE) because I’ve heard so many good things about the book so I moved it up to the top of my TBR pile. As for the others, well… I think I said I would read The Belles since last year when I won an ARC, but that didn’t happen, whoops.

    You’re almost done with the list! Hope you’ll make more progress next month and hopefully complete your list. 😀

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  12. Oh my goodness! So many books to add to my list on Goodreads! I’m nearly done with The Anatomy of Dreams which initially got me hooked through it’s cover but I’m really loving it, would definitely recommend and I’m to finish The Overstory by the end of the year because I’ve heard it’s great! xx

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  13. Haha, I totally get that dark, murderous look you’re getting from your TBR 😉 I REALLY need to get to Emergency Contact, it sounds like a book I’d love and since you loved it so much it’s only a sign I need to hurry up and read it!

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  14. Emergency contact was one of my most anticipated reads too- so glad it was good. and I’m really curious about born for this. Glad to hear that about this mortal coil, cos I’ve been meaning to read it, and hope the sequel is good for you too! So glad belles and astonishing colour of after were good!!

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  15. This reminds me I still haven’t read I Was Born For This! I adored Solitaire last summer and Alice’s Heartstopper comics, so I’m sure I’m going to love this. Also AART by Hank Green! I can’t wait for my library to finally get it!!! Great post, gave me a lot of ideas of what to put on my TBR for 2019 🤗

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    1. AHH YOU HAVE TO READ IT! It’s my favorite Alice Oseman so far, really. Well… to be honest I loved everything she has written so far, but she gets better and better and ahhh, I really can’t wait for you to read that one ❤
      Aw this makes me so happy! I hope you'll find books you'll love 🙂
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❤

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  16. you did REALLY well! i’m actually so impressed by people who get anything read from their anticipated reads bc cough cough i sure never do. im super happy you liked emergency contact, the reviews are so polarizing im scared to pick it up but YOU’VE GIVEN ME HOPE!
    i literally can’t wait for you to read Nice Try Jane Sinner bc the book is SO FUN but also so snarky and sassy, what a great balance.

    you’ll miss me when im gone and an absolutely remarkable thing have been on my URGENT read list for ages and still i haven’t made any contact 😭😭😭 maybe this post will be a boost i’ve been waiting for lol

    but anyways, great job on completing some of your anticipated!! ❤ ❤

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    1. Ahahha I get that feeling, there are so many books I still didn’t get to – but some of these, I just HAD to, I screamed about them for way too long hahaha.
      I really hope you’ll like Emergency Contact, I personally loved it but I know how many mixed reviews it had :/

      Haha let’s hope so, let’s hope we can get to this one soon it sounds SO GOOD! and so heartbreaking haha.
      Thank you so much!! ❤ ❤

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  17. I am so in denial about 2018 coming to an end! Where has the time gone?!
    I love this post, it makes me feel better that it’s not just me that hasn’t read all of my anticipated reads yet hehe. Would you mind if I do my own version? I’ll credit you of course ❤

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  18. Wow Marie, I would say you did really well. Just after reading your post, I went back to one of my TTT post of last year where I mentioned my anticipated releases of 2018 and guess what, I have read just one book from that list 😂😂 I laughed so hard. Well, I think the list mostly had fantasy and that’s why I performed so bad.
    You read quite good books this year and so many of these are on my TBR.

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    1. Hahaha well…one is better than none, right? 😛
      I hope you’ll get to read some of these books soon, they were all really great – well, the ones I read at least haha 🙂
      Thank you so much Sim!! ❤

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  19. Ah you’ve read quite some books from your most anticipated book-list! I still want to read An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, I’m very curious about that book. I loved I Was Born For This & The Astonishing Color of After as well, definitely two of the best books I’ve read this year. One of my most anticipated book of 2018 was The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah and I’ve recently read it and I loved it!

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    1. I hope you’ll get to read Hank Green’s book soon – I really had such a great time reading it, it’s such a great debut ❤
      And yay! I'm so happy you enjoyed both I Was Born For This and The Astonishing Color. Stunning books, really ❤
      I haven't heard about The Great Alone, will have to check it out! thank you for the recommendation!! ❤

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  20. From the sounds of this post you’ve managed to get through more of your anticipated releases of 2018 than I have (I feel like if I did a post like this I would be able to tick off a third of the books!) Still there’s still December left to go this year. 😀
    I really enjoyed Emergency Contact, I think the reason I read that one was your review, and I have The Astonishing Colour of After, The Belles and I Was Born for This on my TBR list so I should try and make them all a priority of mine for 2019 (if I don’t get around to them in December that is).
    Great post, and maybe you’ll be able to cross some more books off this list in the one month of 2018 we still have left! 😀 ❤️

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    1. Oh there are SO many books I am anticipating in 2019 – I feel like the more I blog, the more I anticipate all the books and next year will be A MESS haha.
      I can’t wait for you to read all of these books! I have to say I’m especially curious to hear your thoughts about The Astonishing Color, because I have a feeling you could LOVE it. ❤️
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment Beth! ❤️

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      1. I’m the same, my TBR list has just gotten longer and longer in line with how long I’ve been blogging. 🙂
        Based on everyone’s reviews I think I’ll love it too (it’s a high priority of mine for next year that’s for sure! 🙂
        That’s all right. 🙂 ❤️

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  21. This is such a fun idea! I should probably lookn at what 2018 releases I haven’t managed to read by now 😅 But YEEES I was Born for This, I’m so glad that you recommended it to me! 😍 Now I have to read her other books next year, as I don’t think that I will be able to get them before the end of the year 😄

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  22. Oh, I really really wanted to read Astonishing and even got an ARC from a blogger who was willing to send it to me, and I feel so bad because I read some few 100 pages and then had to put it on hold and haven’t picked it up since? I’ve heard the most amazing things about it, so I’m so excited to read it next year! And aahh I really hope you love Nice Try, Jane Sinner! I feel like you’ll really enjoy the humor and the messages and story, it seems like a book you’d love ❤

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    1. Oh nooooooo. I’m sad you had to stop reading The Astonishing Color (though I get it, the pacing was a bit slow, at first). I hope you’ll pick it up next year and will love it as much as I did, it was such an incredible read ❤️. I cried, oo, haha.
      Jane Sinner sounds like such an incredible book, I’m so excited to read it, I hope I will soon ❤️
      Thank you so much!! ❤️

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