A new year is almost upon us! Now is the perfect time to focus on how you’re going to be your #bestself in 2018, and how you and your friends can help each other accomplish this. One of the the easiest and most fun ways is to start a bestie book club!
And one of the hardest parts about starting a book club is choosing the books. It’s true! Because if you choose great ones, you’re instantly hooked and the rest is pretty easy. That’s why we took care of all that option overload stress, and chose some amazing ones for you.
Here are the books that dominated 2017 and the ones that are set to dominate, or reemerge in a big way, in 2018:
the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur
“A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.” Get a copy.
IDK about you- but rising & blooming sounds exactly like vibes I want to start my new year with. Plus, Rupi Kaur is a genius. A beautiful, rule-breaking moth some might say. The Sun and Her Flowers has been at the top of the New York Times best seller list since it was released in October and will likely continue its reign well into 2018. So if you didn’t catch it in its debut year, what are you waiting for?!
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
“Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a “tesseract,” which, if you didn’t know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg’s father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?” Get a copy.
Though it’s a classic, early 2018 is the perfect time to read (or re-read) A Wrinkle In Time. In March the story is being brought to the big screen by none other than directorial goddess herself, Ava DuVernay. And like, NBD, but it’s also starring Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey. OPRAH. LITERAL. WINFREY.
Mrs. by Caitlin Macy
“A brilliant portrait of love, betrayal, fate and chance, MRS marries razor-sharp social critique and page-turning propulsion into an unforgettable tapestry of the way we live in the 21st Century.” Preorder it.
“Mrs. could be the next Big Little Lies.” –Entertainment Weekly
What more could you need than the next Big Little Lies?! Nothing. Mrs. drops in February of 2018, making March the perfect time to snag it and inevitably fall in love.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
“After a staged terrorist attack kills the President and most of Congress, the government is deposed and taken over by the oppressive and all controlling Republic of Gilead. Offred, now a Handmaid serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name. Despite the danger, Offred learns to navigate the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules in hopes of ending this oppression.” Get a copy.
In April 2018 we are finally being treated to season two of the amaaaaazing The Handmaid’s Tale TV show on Hulu! Preparation is key, so re-read the book that started it all, recap season one and then head straight into a season two binge sesh. Praise be!
The Elizas by Sara Shepard
“New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars Sara Shepard makes her mark on adult fiction with this Hitchcockian double narrative composed of lies, false memories, and a protagonist who must uncover the truth for survival.” Preorder a copy.
DROP EVERYTHING because, yes, the author of Pretty Little Liars has a novel coming out in April of 2018. Which means that we will all be hooked come May. You’re definitely going to want to read and discuss this one with your BFF, just like the PLL days of your not-so-distant past.
The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara
“A gritty and gorgeous debut that follows a cast of gay and transgender club kids navigating the Harlem ball scene of the 1980s and ’90s, inspired by the real House of Xtravaganza made famous by the seminal documentary Paris Is Burning” Preorder it.
This book seems life-changing, and like an amazing read for pride month! The House of Impossible Beauties will be released in February of 2018, so you’ll have plenty of time to get your hands on it by June.
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
“New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman returns with a superb novel of psychological suspense about a pair of lovers with the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals—and cold-blooded murder.” Preorder it.
An apt title for the July book, don’t you think? Sunburn sounds like the perfect poolside read that you can’t put down!
Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
“Kit Owens harbored only modest ambitions for herself when the mysterious Diane Fleming appeared in her high school chemistry class. But Diane’s academic brilliance lit a fire in Kit, and the two developed an unlikely friendship. Until Diane shared a secret that changed everything between them. [Give Me Your Hand is] a mesmerizing psychological thriller about how a secret can bind two friends together forever… or tear them apart.” Preorder it.
Give Me Your Hand will be published in July of 2018, making it the perfect book for August! How interesting will it be to dissect the dynamics between these two frenemies with your bestie?
The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
“A wildly original novel that pulses with heart and truth . . . That this powerful exploration of friendship, desire, ambition, and secrets manages to be ebullient, gripping, heartbreaking, and deeply deeply funny is a testament to Kayla Rae Whitaker’s formidable gifts. I was so sorry to reach the final page.” –Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest.
I think that glowing review, coupled with the fact that The Animators was named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, says it all. Get a copy.
The Outsider By Stephen King
“An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense.” Preorder it.
Hmmm, what would be the best read for the most spook-tacular month of the year? Obviously a brand new Stephen King novel! The man is a legend for a reason. With a release date of May 2018, you’ll be well ready to settle in with The Outsider by the time the leaves start changing again.
Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
“Freshly disengaged from her fiancé and feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-year-old Ruth quits her job, leaves town and arrives at her parents’ home to find that situation more complicated than she’d realized. Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humor, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one’s footing in this life.” Get a copy.
Though we don’t usually recommend judging by a cover, it’s nice to balance those dark and scary Stephen King feels out with something bright and colorful! And it’s totally okay because everyone loves this book. Goodbye, Vitamin was named a 2017 Best Book of the Year by NPR, O, The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, Huffington Post, Nylon, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Women.com, Booklist, and The Independent. Wow, that was a mouthful.
Harry Potter. Just… Harry Potter.
By JK Rowling- or queen of all things good on this earth. Whichever you prefer.
We just couldn’t finish the list without Harry Potter! You’ve been working up to this all year, so you can certainly binge-read all seven Harry Potter books in a month, right? It’s only like four thousand pages, give or take a few hundred. You can find the complete set on Amazon if, like me, your childhood copies are lovingly worn.
Okay okay, if that sounds like a heavy task, you could also give books a break for the holidays and settle in for a movie binge instead. We won’t tell anyone. Just as long as it’s related to the Boy Who Lived.
Pop, Clink, Read
After your NYE champagne toast is complete, all that’s left is to plan the monthly meet up location (preferably with more champagne involved) for your bestie book club. Comment below and let us know which book you’re most excited for! Because pretty much the only thing we can be sure of next year is that there will be lots of great stuff to read.