Readers’ Regrets: The Books We Wish We Read in 2018

Readers’ Regrets: The Books We Wish We Read in 2018

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Confession time: We didn’t read all of the books we wanted to in 2018. The end of the year is approaching, and readers everywhere are looking back on the books that they read. We’ve rounded up our favorite new releases and our favorite backlist reads of the year. But as the days start to dwindle we’re also thinking about the ones that got away. Here’s a look at the books we wish we read in 2018 (which we plan to remedy in 2019!).

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

In 2018, I devoured romance novel after romance novel. It’s a genre I’ve always loved, but I’ve sought it out more and more over the last two years as I’ve sought inspiration in the form of a courageous feminist heroine and joy in the form of a happily ever after. I read some truly incredible love stories in 2018, but the one book on my TBR that I didn’t get to pick up was The Kiss Quotient. This book came highly recommended by some of my favorite readers and authors, and it was even named the Romance Novel of the Year by Goodreads. Despite my best intentions, I never managed to read it. I actually convinced my roommate to buy this book on a trip to our indie bookstore earlier this year (spoiler alert: She loved it), and I’m hoping I have the time to sneak it off of her bookshelf to read before this year truly comes to a close. —Kelly

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

I really regret that I haven’t gotten to White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo yet. I’ve gotten through the foreword, introduction, and author’s note and it’s made me want to sit down and really focus on this important book. Hopefully, over the holidays I’ll have the space to do that! In our political climate today, I’m interested in finding ways to better connect with those whose views differ from my own, and White Fragility promises some insight into why racism is such a difficult topic for so many people. —Kristina

Sadie by Courtney Summers

At Book Expo, I attended the YA Buzz Books editors panel and Sadie was one of the featured books. The editor was almost in tears as she talked about the character and her journey. I knew right then that it was a book that I needed to read. However, I keep putting it off because I know that Sadie is a dark and emotional story and I haven’t felt fully in the mood to put myself in that headspace. I know so many people who have read and passionately recommended it since it came out. If I don’t read it in the next weeks, it will definitely be a book I pick up early in 2019! —Dana

Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame

Earlier this year, fellow Bookish contributor Myf recommended that I check out Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame. She knows I like feminist modernist literature and figured that Frame would be up my alley. It’s such a gift for a fellow bookworm to look at the books you already like and suggest something to broaden your horizons. Unfortunately, library due dates snuck up on me and I had to return Owls Do Cry before I got a chance to dig in. But, 2019 is a new year and my library card is ready for action. —Nina

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

This book came out on January 2, 2018. That means it has been staring at me from my bookshelf for almost 364 days patiently waiting to be read. The premise hooked me from the start: A young girl is kidnapped and taken to live in the dangerous High Court of Faerie. As a YA fantasy fan, this sounded like my catnip. Unfortunately, this novel fell victim to my bad habit of “saving” books I think I’ll love for moments when I feel like I can truly devote time to reading them slowly to savor them. With the sequel coming out soon, I need to kick my reading into gear and sit down with this one ASAP. —Kelly

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

As a lover of romance novels, I feel so guilty for having not read any of Alyssa Cole’s books yet! So many members of our staff have read and loved her books, so I know that I need to binge read all of them next year. But I am most looking forward to her Reluctant Royals series because I am a sucker for all things monarchy-related, especially in romance novels! With the royal wedding this year, I read so many great royal-inspired romances and watched so many Hallmark movies that I can’t believe this series slipped past me. I guarantee you will be seeing this in an upcoming Staff Reads from me. —Dana

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Am I the only person on the planet who hasn’t read this book yet? It certainly feels that way. I had every intention of picking up Angie Thomas’ novel in 2018, but somehow never got around to it. I’ve heard wonderful things (many of them from Bookish’s own Kelly Gallucci) and I can’t wait to be able to contribute my own enthusiastic reactions. At least I can look forward to enjoying it in 2019! —Elizabeth

Circe by Madeline Miller

I was intrigued by this book from the moment I first heard about it. Circe is a reimagining of The Odyssey, which I read and loved back in high school. I was especially excited to learn that this interpretation puts a female character front and center (since the original obviously doesn’t do that). I really like reading stories that incorporate elements of myth (I’m looking at you, Fates and Furies!) and am sure I’ll find a lot to love in Circe. I had high hopes of diving into this one before the end of the year, but it never happened. Alas! —Elizabeth


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