Every year is packed with new book releases and it's hard to keep track of everything. But OP is here to help. Here are some of the most anticipated books coming out in the second half of 2018: a mix of thrillers, literary fiction, historical romance, non-fiction, fantasy and more. There's (hopefully) something for everyone.
Spinning Silver (Naomi Novik) - Fantasy - This has actually been out for a few days so lucky for you, you don't have to wait any more to read it!! A fantastic retelling of the Rumpelstilstkin fairy-tale, mixed in with Novik's own wonderful imagination.
Give Me Your Hand (Megan Abbott) - Mystery, thriller - Two former friends find themselves locked in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse that threatens to destroy them both.
The Incendiaries (R.O. Kwon) - Contemporary fiction / literary fiction - A shocking novel of violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young woman at an elite American university is drawn into acts of domestic terrorism by a cult tied to North Korea.
The Colour of Time: A New History of the World, 1850-1960 (Dan Jones, Marina Amaral) - History / Non-fiction - Brazilian artist Marina Amaral brings colour to iconic photographs of the most celebrated moments and personalities in modern history. Each image is accompanied by a text by historian Dan Jones, telling the stories behind them.
The Winter of the Witch (Katherine Arden) - YA Fantasy - The very anticipated 3rd (and last) book in the captivating Winternight series.
Washington Black (Esi Edugyan) - Historical fiction - Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born. When his master's eccentric brother chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await him. But Christopher Wilde, or "Titch," is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor, and abolitionist. He initiates Wash into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky; where two people, separated by an impossible divide, might begin to see each other as human; and where a boy born in chains can embrace a life of dignity and meaning. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Titch abandons everything to save him. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic, where Wash, left on his own, must invent another new life, one which will propel him further across the globe.
Flights (Olga Tokarczuk) - literary fiction - Winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2018. Through brilliantly imagined characters and stories, interwoven with haunting, playful, and revelatory meditations, Flights explores what it means to be a traveler, a wanderer, a body in motion not only through space but through time.
The Silence of the Girls (Pat Barker) - Literary fiction / retelling - From the Booker Prize-winning author of the Regeneration trilogy comes a monumental new masterpiece, set in the midst of literature's most famous war. Pat Barker turns her attention to the timeless legend of The Iliad, as experienced by the captured women living in the Greek camp in the final weeks of the Trojan War.
The Governess Game (Tessa Dare) - Historical romance - Tessa's books are always a lovely treat. In this installment of the Girl Meets Duke series (which you don't have to read in order), a governess attempts to mend the ways of the libertine Duke who is the guardian of the two wild orphan girls who are her charges.
Foundryside (Robert Jackson Bennett) - Fantasy - In a city that runs on industrialized magic, a secret war will be fought to overwrite reality itself-the first in a dazzling new fantasy series.
Transcription (Kate Atkinson) - Historical fiction - From the Costa Award winning author of Life After Life and A God in Ruins. Juliet Armstrong is recruited as a young woman by an obscure wartime department of the Secret Service. In the aftermath of war she joins the BBC, where her life begins to unravel, and she finally has to come to terms with the consequences.
The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World (Sarah Weinman) - true crime - Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is one of the most beloved and notorious novels of all time. And yet, very few of its readers know that the subject of the novel was inspired by a real-life case: the 1948 abduction of eleven-year-old Sally Horner.
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War (Ben Macintyre) - non-fiction - The celebrated author of A Spy Among Friends and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Cold War-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Mackenzi Lee) - YA Romance - Sequel to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. Felicity Montague just wants to be a doctor - instead, she finds herself on an adventure with the daughter of a notorious pirate queen that will lead her from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.
The Witch Elm (Tana French) - Thriller - Tana French steps away from the Dublin Murder Squad with this standalone thriller. Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who’s dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life – he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family’s ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden – and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.
I Am Behind You (John Ajvide Lindqvist) - Horror - From the author of Let the Right One In. Molly wakes her mother to go to the toilet. The campsite is strangely blank. The toilet block has gone. Everything else has gone too. This is a place with no sun. No god. Just four families remain. Each has done something to bring them here - each denies they deserve it. Until they see what's coming over the horizon, moving irrevocably towards them. Their worst mistake. Their darkest fear. And for just one of them, their homecoming.
Melmoth (Sarah Perry) - Literary fiction - From the author of The Essex Serpent. Helen Franklin, working as a translator in Prague, she has found a home of sorts—or, at least, refuge. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. As such superstition has it, Melmoth travels through the ages, dooming those she persuades to join her to a damnation of timeless, itinerant solitude. To Helen it all seems the stuff of unenlightened fantasy. But, unaware, as she wanders the cobblestone streets Helen is being watched. And then Karel disappears.
Priest of Bones (Peter McLean) - Fantasy - The first in a brand new dark and gritty epic fantasy series, where a crime boss comes home from the war only to find that his businesses have been stolen from him.
My Sister, the Serial Killer (Oyinkan Braithwaite) - Thriller - Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends.
Nine Perfect Strangers (Liane Moriarty) - Contemporary fiction - Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? These nine perfect strangers are about to find out...
The Other Miss Bridgerton (Julia Quinn) - Historical fiction - If you read historical fiction, you know who Julia Quinn is. This is the third in the Rokesbys series, which is really a prequel to the Bridgerton series, but don't worry, you don't have to read them in order. - Adventurous Poppy Bridgerton stumbles into a smuggler's cave while holidaying on the Dorset coast, and ends up kidnapped by pirates. The captain - actually the son of an Earl - didn't ask for this, but now they seem to be stuck together on a voyage to Portugal.
Skyward (Brandon Sanderson) - Sci-fi, YA - Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.
Fire and Blood: A History of the Targaryen Kings from Aegon the Conqueror to Aegon III as scribed by Archmaester Gyldayn (George RR Martin) - Fantasy - Did you want The Winds of Winter? Hahahaha! Have another history of the Targaryens instead.
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ONTD, what books are you looking forward to?