The feeling I have for 2018: it simultaneously feels like it only just started and that it has lasted more than a century. However, the fact remains that I didn’t read as many books as I would have liked and as such, I am hoping to get as much reading as possible before December 31.
I’ve already talked about some of them—The Mughal India-inspired fantasy Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri, the YA Fantasy For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig, as well as two space opera sequels I am super looking forward to: The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi and Mutiny at Vesta by R. E. Stearns.
But beyond these, I also really want to read:
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker—I love retellings of Greek Mythology that focus on its women (Circe by Madeline Miller is one of my top 10 reads of 2018) and The Silence of the Girls promises to do just that: telling the story of the Trojan War through the viewpoint of Briseis, a former queen turned concubine (Achilles’). Pat Barker is a writer with an excellent track record of writing about war and how it impacts on individual lives.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan—a LGBT YA Fantasy, following a young girl who is a member of Paper caste, the lowest caste in Ikhara. Eight Paper girls are chosen to serve the King as consorts and Lei is one of them—and while she is finding out what it takes to survive, she falls in love with another girl. By all accounts this is an incredible novel with a super awesome romance.
Temper by Nicky Drayden—it’s about twin brothers Auben and Kasim, each marked in a different way, each having to make their own path in society despite the expectations set against them. Especially Auben, who is marked—for all his sins—as the inferior twin. There are also demons. I read and loved Nicky Drayden’s debut novel The Prey of Gods last year and have been waiting for a chance to read her sophomore work.
The Disasters by M.K. England—Hotshot pilot Nax Hall is kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy just as a terrorist attacks happens. Only he and three other washouts escape and now they are the only ones left who know the truth of what happened. This one is not out until December 18 but early reviews says it is a fun, fast-paced space adventure and always here for something like this.
Alice Isn't Dead by Joseph Fink—A follow-up novel based on the massively popular podcast of the same name by the producers of Night Vale. Keisha and her wife Alice have a quiet life until one day Alice disappears. Keisha knows something is afoot and goes in search of answers, stumbling on a Secret Conspiracy! Oh my.
A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe and A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy by Alex White—the former came out earlier in the year and the latter is out next month. I somehow managed to miss reading A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe and I plan on rectifying this VERY SOON since it seems to be a treasure-hunting planet-hopping science fiction adventure series with magic (space witches???) featuring badass women and all of those things are totally my things.
The countdown begins now.