18 Books to Read in 2018

// ONE // The Single's Game by Lauren Weisberger

// TWO // The Choices We Make by Karma Brown

Hannah and Kate became friends in the fifth grade, when Hannah hit a boy for looking up Kate's skirt with a mirror. While they've been close as sisters every since, Hannah can't help but to feel envious of the little family Kate and her husband, David, has created - complete with two prefect little girls.

She and Ben have been trying for years to have a baby, so when they receive the news that she will likely never get pregnant, Hannah's heartbreak is overwhelming. Bust just as they begin to tentaively explore other options, it Kate's turn to do the rescuing. Not only does she offer to be Hannah's surrogate, but Kate is will to use her own eggs to do so.

The Choices We Make is a powerful tale of two mothers, one incredible friendship and the risks we take to make our dreams come true. An unforgettable story that explores the intricate dynamics between friends and mothers.

// THREE// The Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain

// FOUR // The Case for Faith by Lee Stroebel

Was God telling the truth when he said, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart"? In his #1 bestseller The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel examined the claims of Christ, reaching the hard-won verdict that Jesus is God's unique son. In The Case for Faith, Strobel turns his skills to the most persistent emotional objections to belief---the eight "heart barriers" to faith. This Gold Medallion-winning book is for those who may be feeling attracted to Jesus but who are faced with difficult questions standing squarely in their path

// FIVE // Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

// SIX // Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf

Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity; the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children's advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for.

// SEVEN // Spoken From the Heart by Laura Bush

// EIGHT // Annexed by Sharon Dogar

What was it like hiding in the Annex with Anne Frank? To be with Anne every day while she wrote so passionately in her diary? To be in a secret world within a world at war - alive on the inside, everything dying on the outside? Peter Van Pels and his family have lost their country, their home, and their freedom, and now they are fighting desperately to remain alive. Look through Peter's eyes.

// NINE // The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne

// TEN // Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Best Dog by John Grogan
John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with the perfect house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same. Marley quickly grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound steam roller of a laboratory retriever, a dog like no other. He ate nearly everything he got get his mouth around and was expelled from obedience school. And yet Marley's heart was pure. Just as he joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Through it all, he remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, the would learn, comes in many forms.

// ELEVEN // The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

// TWELVE // The List by Karin Tanabe

Meet Adrienne Brown, a twenty-eight-year-old Wellesley College grad who recently left her glamorous job at Town & Country for a spot at the Capitolist. Known simply as the List to Beltway insiders, it's the only media outlet in D.C. that's actually on the rise. The Capitolist runs at an insane pace. Just when it seems her frenetic workload is going to break her, she stumbles upon a juicy politic affair, involving a very public senator and her most competitive colleague. Discovering that there's much more to the relationship than meets the eye, Adrienne realizes she's got the scoop of a lifetime. But should she go public with the story?

// THIRTEEN // A Place for Us by Liza Gyllenhaal

// FOURTEEN // The Descendants by Kuai Hart Hemmings

Fortunes have changed for the King Family, descendants of Hawaiian royalty and one of the state's largest landowners. Matthew King's daughters - Scottie, a feisty ten-year-old, and Alex, a seventeen-year-old recovering drug addict - are out of control, and their charismatic, thrill-seeking mother, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident. She will soon be taken off life support. As Matt gathers his wife's friends and family and say their final goodbyes, a difficult situation is made worse by the sudden discover that there's one person who hasn't been told: the man with whom Joanie had been having an affair. Forced to examine what they owe not only the living but the dead, Matt, Scottie, and Alex take to the road to find Joanie's lover, on a memorable journey that leads to unforeseen humor, growth, and profound revelations.

// FIFTEEN // Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

// SIXTEEN // The Color of Rain by Michael and Gina Spehn

This real-life Brady Bunch story is about what it means to endure the unthinkable - and still open one's heart to what's next. When two childhood friends die of cancer six weeks apart, the shared experience of loss bring their grieving spouses together. After months of late-night phone calls, family dinners, and countless dreams and tears, this unlikely pair builds a trust, a love, and a shared life. Told from alternating view points, The Color of Rain illuminates the stepping-stones of healing that lead to a joyful new beginning for Micheal and Gina and their five children. Michael and Gina;s gripping story of 'growing new hearts' will inspire readers not only to survive loss but also receive the new courage, faith, and identity that God gives in the midst of tragedy.

// SEVENTEEN // Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany

// EIGHTEEN // Daughters-In-Law by Joanna Trollope

As Anthony and Rachel Brinkley welcome their third daughter-in-law to the family, the don't quite realized the profound shift that is about to take place. For different reasons, the Brinkleys' two previous daughters-in-law hadn't been able to resist Rachel's maternal control and Anthony's gentle charm, and have settled in to their husbands' family without rocking the boat. But Charlotte - very young, very beautiful, and spoiled - has no intention of falling into step with the Brinkleys' and wants to establish her own household. Soon Rachel's sons begin to think of their houses as home and of their mother's house as simply a place where their parents live - a necessary and inevitable shift of loyalties that threatens Rachel's sense of herself, breaks Anthony's heart, and causes unexpected consequences in all of the marriages. Then a crisis brings these changes to the surface, and everyone has to learn what family love means all over again.



  1. Of these books I've only read Nineteen Minutes. It's a good one. I definitely will look into the others!

  2. The Royal We is the only one of these I've read- which was so good! The Runaway Princess has such a cute cover and I read a different Diane Chamberlain book and really liked it and have wanted to read more by her!

  3. I loved the singles game and really enjoyed the royal we as well!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. Oh my goodness, adding Annexed to my list! The Royal We was one of my favorites last year, and I'm impatiently waiting for them to make it into a movie <3

    Green Fashionista

  5. I added "A Place for Us" to my reading list!

  6. So many of these are on my TBR!!!

  7. I'm so embarrassed to admit I haven't read any books in 2018 yet! These recs help. Looks like some interesting reads in the bunch, especially The Choices We Make.

  8. I still haven't read The Royal We but I have it. I'm still trying to finish the fourth Outlander book. But after that I'm reading it.