It’s officially summer, and that means hanging out in the sun and laying poolside with a good book. The only problem is, I don’t have a good book yet. But it’s a great thing that Amazon released their list of top books of 2018 so far.
I have a feeling I’m either going to read #3 or #4 on this list, but they all sound amazing. Below you will find the book plots and a nice short Tweet review that will entice you to read one of these great books. If you want the full list from Amazon, check it out here! Otherwise enjoy!
11. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer – by Michelle McNamara
Plot: The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case—which was solved in April 2018.
Wasn't expecting to like this as much as I am, also reminds me I probably read too many male authors
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
Michelle Eileen McNamara
— Martin D. Brown (@MDRBrown) April 29, 2018
10. There There: A novel – by Tommy Orange
Plot: “This is a novel about what it means to inhabit a land both yours and stolen from you, to simultaneously contend with the weight of belonging and unbelonging. There is an organic power to this book—a revelatory, controlled chaos. Tommy Orange writes the way a storm makes landfall.” — Omar El Akkad, author of American War
THERE THERE "feels like a dangerous chemistry experiment, and the explosions that come out of it are shattering."
Only six more days until you can get your hands on @thommyorange's "extraordinary" debut novel! https://t.co/V4se2vE2Xn
— Alfred A. Knopf (@AAKnopf) May 30, 2018
9. The Immortalists – by Chloe Benjamin
Plot: It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.
I feel like it’s been a bit of a weak year for fiction so far but things have picked up considerably recently. Flying through THE IMMORTALISTS by @chloekbenjamin , which has a brilliant premise and is compulsively readable. What’s everyone reading in the sunshine this weekend? pic.twitter.com/ccPszKe25t
— John Boyne (@john_boyne) June 24, 2018
8. Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) – by Tomi Adeyemi
Plot: They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
I JUST FINISHED CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE AND OMG IM OBSESSED WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK I WANT TO BE IN THE MOVIES I WILL TAKE TIME OFF FROM GETTING MY PHD FOR IT @tomi_adeyemi WHATS GOOD I NEED THE SECOND BOOK IN MY LIFE IM TELLING EVERYONE BUY THIS BOOK BUY THIS BOOK BUY THIS BOOK
— danny (@dmgreene18) June 27, 2018
7. The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts – by Tessa Fontaine
PLot: Tessa Fontaine’s astonishing memoir of pushing past fear, The Electric Woman, follows the author on a life-affirming journey of loss and self-discovery―through her time on the road with the last traveling American sideshow and her relationship with an adventurous, spirited mother.
The Electric Woman by Tessa Fontaine. One of the best memoirs I've ever read.
— Sister Shir (@wendylbolm) June 28, 2018
6. The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border – by Francisco Cantú
Plot: For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there.
If you’re looking for a timely good read, I just finished The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border by @_franciscocantu and loved it. Beautiful writing and an amazing story
— Mr Biscuit (@WhiteCrow12) June 23, 2018
5. Girls Burn Brighter: A Novel – by Shobha Rao
Plot: Poornima and Savitha have three strikes against them: they are poor, they are ambitious, and they are girls. After her mother’s death, Poornima has very little kindness in her life. She is left to care for her siblings until her father can find her a suitable match.
If you're looking for a beautiful read, Shobha Rao's "Girls Burn Brighter" hits both. Just lovely writing that tells a meaningful story. It's brilliant work especially for a first novel.
— Amanda Hillard Beam (@AmandaDBeam) May 15, 2018
4. The Woman in the Window: A Novel – by A. J. Finn
Plot: Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
I highly recommend you check out today's deal on @AJFinnBooks's The Woman in the Window. It's also the Daily Deal on @audible_com. One of my favorites this year.#AmReading #amwriting #audiobookhttps://t.co/ZGMM2JqRu3
— Joe Passanisi (@joepass31) June 25, 2018
3. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century – by Kirk Wallace Johnson
Plot: On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London’s Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin’s obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins—some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin’s, Alfred Russel Wallace, who’d risked everything to gather them—and escaped into the darkness.
You’ve gotta start pushing The Feather Thief to guys interested in zoology, fly fishing, crime investigations, birds. My favorite book of the summer so far.
— Taylor Upchurch (@Taylor_Upchurch) June 24, 2018
2. The Great Alone: A Novel – by Kristin Hannah
Plot: Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.
Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown.
Author Kristin Hannah is such a treasure. The Nightingale, and now The Great Alone. Highly, highly recommend! ❤️@StMartinsPress #thegreatalone #thenightingale #book #reading #alaska #love #thankyou 🤓 #igottagetbacktowork !
— Kelly Webster (@dontmisskelly) June 28, 2018
1. Educated: A Memoir – by Tara Westover
Plot: Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills” bag. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard.
Aside from study, it's been ages since I read a non-fiction book. 'Educated' by @tarawestover is formidable, impressive + tender. One for you perhaps @AnnaCaig https://t.co/xYxkWzlRMP
— Ruth McAllister Kemp (@QuincyLampshade) June 28, 2018