While a new year is filled with a lot of unknown and can be a little scary at times, it’s still fun to look ahead at the next 12 months and think about some of the things to look forward to. Staring on the literary side, there are so many books that catch your eye being released this year. Whether you’re looking to laugh yourself silly, be guessing until the last page, gain perspective on newsworthy events, or delve into the lives of others, there’s something hitting to book shelf for readers of all kinds.
Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff (January 9)
While this book is already released, but it’s hard to ignore what could end up being the most newsworthy book released this year. A controversial and explosive look inside one of the most tumultuous presidential administration in American history. Author Michael Wolff, seemingly given unfiltered access to Trump’s White House has already revealed some salacious details and has Trump himself on the attack. Regardless of your own political leanings, this would undoubtedly be one of the most fascinating reads of the year.
A Higher Loyalty by James Comey (May 2018)
Poor Donald Trump, he has former friends coming out of the woodwork with confessional books. James Comey was the FBI director under President Barack Obama and, for a short time, President Trump. Comey became a central and controversial figure in the final days leading up to the 2016 election and his firing was one of the most controversial political moves in recent memory. His novel takes a look at his career including those defining moments everyone wants to hear about.
The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (June 2018)
Look at this, we still haven’t moved beyond the subject of the president though in a very different vein. The fiction novel is a team-up from former President Bill Clinton and highly-successful thriller author James Patterson. The plot is fairly self-explanatory from its rather sill title but this being Clinton’s first crack at fiction writing, it should be interesting.
BRAVE, by Rose McGowan (January 30)
While the political arena dominates the news in most cases, last fall saw Hollywood taking over the headlines as dark secrets were revealed which resulted in a powerful movement by women fighting back. This all started in the public eye with the uncovering of Harvey Weinstein and his history of abuse. At the center of that story was actress Rose McGowan, herself a victim of Weinstein, who has spearheaded a movement to uncover similar abusive figures in the Hollywood system and empower women to facilitate a much-needed change. Without a doubt, her upcoming book will be one for the times we live in.
Calypso by David Sedaris (May 29)
Little is known about this collection of short stories centering on memories, but the fact that it comes from acclaimed humorist David Sedaris means it is well-placed on this list of anticipated books. His way with words and comedic timing means you’re guaranteed one of the funniest reads of the year.
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (May 8)
In 1945 London in the aftermath of World War II, two teenagers are left in the care of a mysterious man when their parents leave the country. Though the siblings first are weary of the man who they suspect way have had a darker past than he is letting on, they grow to appreciate his guidance. But later in life, looking back on the relationship, they begin to suspect more hidden secrets.
The Outsider by Stephen King (May 22)
It’s hard to determine which horror novels will catch on and be the page-turners you hope they are, but with Stephen King, one of the most beloved horror authors of all time, it’s certainly one to keep your eye on.
Educated by Tara Westover (February 6)
Some of the best and most memorable reading experience in my life have been picking up a book and learning about someone else’s extraordinary life that is completely different from mine. This year’s most compelling upcoming memoir tells Tara Westover’s incredible life story of a girl who was raised in a survivalist family, kept from going to school, and left that life behind to go on to earn a PhD from Cambridge.