Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Top Ten Tuesday | Anticipated 2018 Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week's theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

This week's theme is all about our most anticipated releases for 2018, so below are the 2018 releases that I'm really looking forward to!


The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor: I'm looking forward to seeing how Okorafor is going to conclude Binti's story.

Lullaby by Leïla Slimani: This sounds so dark but so good, and is giving me The Hand That Rocks the Cradle vibes (a really good film if you haven't seen it). Set in Paris, a woman goes back to work after the birth of her second child with tragic consequences when the nanny she and her husband hire murders their children.

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas: Set in an America where abortion is illegal and in-vitro fertilization is banned, this novel sounds like it explores motherhood and a woman's right to her own body in a really interesting way and I'm looking forward to reading it.

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar: I keep hearing about this one and I do love my historical fiction, so I have to check it out.


The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara: This is LGBT+ historical fiction featuring pirates and girls kissing. Why wouldn't I want to read it?

All Out ed. by Saundra Mitchell: An anthology of LGBT+ historical fiction. Gimme.

The Sealwoman's Gift by Sally Magnusson: More historical fiction! The only novel I've read based on Icelandic history is Hannah Kent's fantastic Burial Rites, but this novel also sounds fascinating and is also based on true events about a woman who, along with her husband and their three children, are among a large number of Icelandic people who are captured and sold into slavery in Algiers.


The Radical Element ed. by Jessica Spotswood: I'm fairly certain this is an anthology of marginalised heroines, so I'm all over this one.

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton: I ended up DNFing Walton's debut, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, it just wasn't my cup of tea, but this book has witches in it and as soon as a book has witches in it I want it badly.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: That cover is gorgeous and this book sounds so fun; I love a good 'magic is banned' fantasy story. I'm pretty sure this is African-inspired fantasy and I want to read African and Asian-inspired fantasy after years of being familiar with fantasy settings inspired by Europe.


Leah On the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli: I loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and then I loved The Upside of Unrequited even more, so naturally I can't wait to get my hands on Albertalli's third novel.

Macbeth by Jo Nesbø: I haven't been blown away by the Hogarth Shakespeare series, but Macbeth is my favourite Shakespeare play and I will devour any retelling I can. I haven't read any Nesbø before so this'll be interesting!

Not So Stories ed. by David Thomas Moore: Many of us grew up with Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories but, to a modern reader, they can be a little uncomfortable as Kipling was such a staunch supporter of the British Empire. This anthology is giving Kipling's stories to BAME authors to rewrite and celebrate the cultures from which they came. It sounds brilliant.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland: Women of colour fighting zombies in post-Civil War America. YES PLEASE.

On a Cold Dark Sea by Elizabeth Blackwell: This tells the story of three women who survive the Titanic, and reunite twenty years later after a sudden death. I'm very intrigued by this one.

Circe by Madeline Miller: Madeline Miller is probably best known for The Song of Achilles, which I read last earlier this year and fell in love with, and in her new novel she's returning to Ancient Greek myth to retell the story of Circe. I love stories about witches, as you all know, and Circe is one of the oldest witches around so I can't wait to see what Miller does with her. I'm really, really looking forward to this one - in fact this one might just be my most anticipated read of 2018.

Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist: I must thank Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight for bringing my attention this book. It's giving me Blood Red Road vibes so, naturally, I want to read the hell out of it. Also I genuinely have a soft spot for characters called Daisy and Ben, so this one's right up my alley.

Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence: I haven't actually finished Red Sister yet, but I love stories set in nunneries and I want to read more high fantasy so I'll be grabbing a copy of this if I do enjoy Red Sister!


Between Earth and Sky by Amanda Skenandore: A historical murder mystery that delves into America's dark history of its boarding schools set up to 'civilise' the First Nations children. I love historical murder mysteries and I'm fascinated by First Nations history, so this book sounds right up my street.

The Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill: This is a retelling of The Little Mermaid set off the Irish coast and I'm very excited for it. I've yet to read any of O'Neill's work but I've heard such amazing things about it, and I'm hoping she gives this tale a fantastically feminist slant.

MEM by Bethany C. Morrow: This sounds amazing! It's giving me The Island vibes, another movie I'd recommend if you haven't seen it, and Unnamed Press is a publisher I'm keeping my eye on - they seem to publish really individual books.

The Magpie Tree by Katherine Stansfield: The blurb mentions witches and Cornwall, two of my favourite things, and I'm interested in reading more of Stansfield's work. Like Red Sister, I haven't finished Falling Creatures yet but so far I think I'm going to enjoy it enough to want to read more.


Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers: I will read all of Chambers' sci-fi until the end of time. I love the universe she introduced us to in The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and I will read anything and everything I can set in that universe.


The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager: I enjoyed Sager's Final Girls earlier this year, so I'm interested in checking out their next book!


Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft ed. by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe: A whole anthology about witches is right up my alley - I'm really looking forward to this one!


The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee: I loved The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, so naturally I can't wait to read about the adventures of Monty's sister, Felicity.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James: I've slotted this one into October because it doesn't have an official release date so I'm hoping it doesn't get pushed back to 2019 because it sounds amazing! It's the first book in a high fantasy trilogy which is being described as African Game of Thrones. As I mentioned before, I'm desperate to read African and Asian-inspired high fantasy so I'm very eager to read this one.

Which books made your list this week?


  1. Awesome list! I'm also looking forward to Children of Blood and Bone!

    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

    1. Thank you! Yes, I'm really excited for that one. =)

  2. Great list!! The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, Red Clocks, and The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock all made my list as well. Happy 2018 reading! https://dwellinpossibilityblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/top-ten-tuesday-books-im-looking-forward-to-in-2018/#more-17636

    1. Thank you! I'm really looking forward to reading some more Mackenzi Lee this year. =)

  3. The Sealwoman's Gift and The Radical element both look like a lot of fun! And Record of a Spaceborn Few is probably my most highly awaited one!

    1. Yes, I'm so eager for some more Becky Chambers! Thanks for stopping by. =)

  4. Children of Blood and Bone and Toil and Trouble were both on my list this week too!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/top-ten-tuesday-139/

    1. I'm very excited for both of them! Thanks for stopping by. =)

  5. The cover of the Unbinding of Mary Reade is STUNNING! I love those blues! Toil and Trouble almost made my TTT list as well this week, I adore stories about Witches and love that YA anthologies are beginning to become more popular!

    -Cristina @ Girl in the Pages

    1. It's so pretty, isn't it? Yes, I agree! I think all these anthologies are helping a lot more readers get into short stories which can only be a good thing, because there are a lot of short story collections that don't get as much love as they deserve.

  6. Awesome, awesome list! I see a bunch that need to be on my TBR list NOW. I'm really looking forward to the new Binti book!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! Yes, I'm looking forward to reading some more Nnedi Okorafor this year. =)

  7. So excited about many of the books on your list! 2018 looks like it's going to be a good year for books.

    1. I agree, there are lots of exciting books being released this year! =)

  8. "Leah on the Off Beat" and "Children of Blood and Bone" were on my list as well; I`m really excited for them.

    Carmen`s Reading Corner

    1. I'm so looking forward to having some more of Becky Albertalli's work in my life. =) Thanks for stopping by!

  9. So many great-looking books on this list! Wow. I love it. LULLABY (which I think is called THE NANNY in the U.S?) definitely sounds compelling. And I totally thought of The Hand That Rocks the Cradle when I read the premise!

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!

    1. Haha glad to know I'm not the only one! Lullaby is one of the few on this list I've actually preordered (although I'd preorder them all if I could afford it) - I'm really looking forward to it. =)

  10. I just started Red Clocks and am not sure what I think. I'm not falling into it as quickly as I would have hoped.

    Circe is also on my list- I loved Miller's last novel. I'm also looking forward to Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone and House of Impossible Beauties.