2018 Releases I Meant to Read

It should surprise no one that I didn’t read as much as I wanted to this year. It’s been a rough year for me. And while it’s definitely looking up – I am feeling much better, and my vision is almost completely back to normal – it means I had some epic reading slumps in 2018. And there is a pile of books I’ve been meaning to read, but just never got around to. 

For the sake of keeping this post a reasonable length, I am sticking to the 2018 releases I meant to read this year. Because there are a lot of backlist books I really wanted to read, and this list would probably be a hundred books long if I included them all. 2018 was a great year for books, and I added a lot of new books to my collection. But that doesn’t mean I was able to read them all. Fingers crossed I can get to all of these in 2019. 

Here are the 2018 releases I was planning on reading this year, but didn’t get around to:

A Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee. This was probably one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I loved A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and am really looking forward to reading this one. I am planning on getting to this one very soon (hopefully in January), but, for now, it is just sitting on my shelf, making me feel bad. 

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White. I have never read a Kiersten White book. But I am convinced that, when I do, I will love her. So I have like four of them (three are even signed). I also really love Frankenstein, so I am looking forward to this one. 

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang. I really wanted to read more fantasy this year, and heard such great things about this one. I picked up a copy this summer, but never felt like I was in the right mood. 

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. I was kind of surprised to realized I hadn’t read a single one of the Goodreads Choice nominees for fiction. Including this one, which has been sitting on my shelf for at least a few months. 

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. This was at the top of my fantasy reading list this year, but it just never happened. Still going to read it, but it didn’t make it into my 2018 reading list.

Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor. I meant to finish the trilogy this year (including book two), because I loved Binti and these are such short reads. I might still try to make this happen, but, as of now, it has not. 

Becoming by Michelle Obama. I cannot tell you how sad I am that I haven’t read this yet. And yes, I know it just came out. In my defense, I just don’t think I’m quite ready to read about MS yet (Amy Schumer’s book made me cry, and I wasn’t even diagnosed yet), and I hear this has a chapter about her dad being diagnosed. I am really looking forward to reading this very soon, though. 


I am hoping to get to all of these next year. Even though I didn’t pick them up right away, I’m excited about each and every one of these books. 

Are there any books you meant to read this year, but didn’t get around to? Let me know in the comments!

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10 thoughts on “2018 Releases I Meant to Read

  1. I had planned to read most of these books too, even if rather halfheartedly. And I was also disappointed to find that I hadn’t read any book from nominated in Goodreads Choice best fiction. I hope to rectify that. 🙂

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  2. My sister was diagnosed with MS about 7 years ago, and the couple of months leading up to her diagnosis were extremely hard on her. She’s doing much better now, and I hope your health continues to improve now that you’ve received your diagnosis. Your book choices sound amazing (I, too, have read none of them) – and I hope they’re as good as you want them to be. 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I’m actually doing much better than I was a month ago. And I think knowing what’s going on helps, because I’m easier on myself when I need a break. Glad to hear your sister experienced improvement as well!

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  3. Those are all some very intriguing novels and I haven’t read any of them! 🙈 There are just so many books and so little time! Especially with some anticipated releases of mine coming out in early 2019, I feel like it might take a while for me to read those one!

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