10 March 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

March 2018 Book Releases On Novels And NonfictionEvery month, I pick 5 nonfiction and 5 fiction books being released that month that sound like good reads to me, based on my personal preference in topics and genres, as well as advance reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.

This month I definitely did not have a hard time picking ten amazing new releases, and there’s something for every taste. From historical fiction novels, to thrillers, to inspiring memoirs and even uncharacteristically a little YA/fantasy.

I’m already in possession (or soon to be in possession) of two of these titles and can’t wait to share my reviews with you. Hope you also find some worthwhile picks for your TBR!

Fiction Releases On Novels And NonfictionWhite Rose Black Forest Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionWhite Rose Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey

Publication Date: March 1st 2018
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Length In Hardcover: 270 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.23

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Plot TeaserDecember 1943. In the years before the rise of Hitler, the Gerber family’s summer cottage was filled with laughter. Now, as deep drifts of snow blanket the Black Forest, German dissenter Franka Gerber is alone and hopeless.

That is, until she discovers an unconscious airman lying in the snow wearing a Luftwaffe uniform, his parachute flapping in the wind. Unwilling to let him die, Franka takes him to her family’s isolated cabin. But when it turns out that he is not who he seems, Franka begins a race against time to unravel the mystery of the airman’s true identity. Can they trust each other enough to join forces on a mission that could change the face of the war and their own lives forever?

Why I'm InterestedI picked this novel as my Amazon’s First Reads choice for February, so it’s currently sitting on my Kindle, looking at me and daring me to find the time to read it. The premise sounds very intriguing, and I’m slowly inching my way towards a World War II fiction book list (to match my nonfiction one from November) so I’m keeping this one on my shorter term TBR list.

LineTo Kill A Kingdom Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionTo Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Publication Date: March 6th 2018
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Length In Hardcover: 384 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.22
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Plot TeaserPrincess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

Why I'm InterestedI’m trying to stay more open to both fantasy and YA titles, since I don’t typically gravitate towards them naturally. I broke the cycle a bit with The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden this month, and I though that this other combination of YA and fantasy would be a good further step for me towards these less-charted territories. Plus, it kind of sounds like a grown up version of The Little Mermaid, and who doesn’t love that.

LineSometimes I Lie Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionSometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Publication Date: March 13th 2018
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Length In Hardcover: 258 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.01
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Plot TeaserMy name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me: 1. I’m in a coma. 2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 3. Sometimes I lie.

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?

Why I'm InterestedThere’s something about thrillers that involve amnesia and comas that somehow really captivates me. The idea of experiencing this mystery from behind Amber’s eyes as she’s trapped in semi-consciousness in a hospital bed is equal parts riveting and disquieting. I also like the idea of an unreliable narrator as part of a thriller, and the use of childhood diaries in the narrative as well. This one has been released internationally before but comes for the first time to the U.S. this month.

LineEvery Note Played Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionEvery Note Played by Lisa Genova

Publication Date: March 20th 2018
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Length In Hardcover: 320 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.32
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Plot TeaserFrom neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice comes a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.

An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. When Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed and is no longer able to live on his own, Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker.

Why I'm InterestedI have yet to read Still Alice but the movie expertly hit me right in the feels when I watched it on a plane ride a few years ago. The premise of this novel – with an artist suddenly unable to create due to an illness – is really intriguing and also has the potential of being just as heartbreaking as Genova’s earlier novel. Make sure to stock up on tissues in advance.

LineThe Broken Girls Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionThe Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Publication Date: March 20th 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Length In Hardcover: 336 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.25
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Plot TeaserVermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .

Why I'm InterestedI selected this as one of my Book Of The Month picks for February and though I’m at least 3 or 4 books away from getting to it, I’m definitely avidly looking forward to it. The dual timeframe is promising as well as the sky-high Goodreads ratings this one is getting. Pretty much rave reviews all around, including from a few book bloggers I tend to match up with in taste. Now all I need is a stormy night to start this one.

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Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride

Publication Date: March 6th 2018
Publisher: Crown Archetype
Length In Hardcover: 288 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.20

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Plot TeaserSarah McBride is on a mission to fight for transgender rights around the world. But before she was a prominent activist, she was a teenager struggling with her identity.

With emotional depth and unparalleled honesty, Sarah shares her personal struggle with gender identity, coming out to her supportive but distraught parents, and finding her way as a woman. She inspires readers with her barrier-breaking political journey that took her, in just four years, from a frightened, closeted college student to one of the nation’s most prominent transgender activists walking the halls of the White House.

Why I'm InterestedOne thing I’ve been wanting to read more about is the transgender experience. As transgender rights continue to become more widely accepted and at the forefront of current social and political discourse, I want to make sure I take the time to understand as much as possible what the transgender experience is actually like. McBride sounds like such an amazing figure and I’d be honored to learn about a different human reality from her memoir.

LineAgatha Christie A Mysterious Life Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionAgatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson

Publication Date: March 6th 2018
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Length In Hardcover: 544 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.20

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Plot TeaserIt has been one hundred years since Agatha Christie wrote her first novel and created the formidable Hercule Poirot. Arguably the greatest crime writer in the world, Christie’s books still sell over four million copies each year.

But who was the woman behind these mystifying, yet eternally pleasing, puzzlers? With unprecedented access to all of Christie’s letters, papers, and notebooks, as well as fresh and insightful interviews with her grandson, daughter, son-in-law and their living relations, Thompson is able to unravel not only the detailed workings of Christie’s detective fiction, but the truth behind this mysterious woman.

Why I'm InterestedI’m still a bit of a newcomer to Agatha Christie (so far I’ve read two of her novels), but I’m definitely starting to get what all the fuss is about. Considering she’s arguably one of the most popular authors of all time, as a lover of books, I’m interested in learning more about the life that brought her to such a prolific novel count. This biography was actually published back in 2007 in the U.K. but is coming to our shores in honor of the 100th anniversary of the year in which Christie wrote her first novel.

LinePatriot Number One Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionPatriot Number One by Lauren Hilgers

Publication Date: March 20th 2018
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Length In Hardcover: 336 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.31
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Plot TeaserWith a novelistic eye for character and detail, Hilgers weaves an investigation of the Chinese community in Flushing, one of the fastest-growing immigrant enclaves in the US. Patriot Number One is Hilgers’s nuanced, through-the-looking-glass story of the twenty-first-century American dream. The immigrants’ challenges reveal a world hidden in plain sight: the byzantine network of employment agencies and language schools, of underground banks and illegal dormitories that allow immigrants to survive. Amid a raging immigration debate on the national stage, Hilgers’s deeply reported and beautifully wrought account paints a revealing portrait of just what it takes to survive

Why I'm InterestedThere’s nothing quite more pivotal or more divisive than the issue of immigration in American society (and around the world) today. Understanding the immigrant experience is becoming a moral imperative as we face challenges and opportunities presented to our societies through the facilitation of global immigration. I think this title (which I will be receiving via Blogging For Books) will also make a good addition to the China book list I’m planning.

LineThe Manson Women And Me Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionThe Manson Women And Me by Nikki Meredith

Publication Date: March 27th 2018
Publisher: Citadel Press
Length In Hardcover: 368 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.79
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Plot TeaserIn the summer of 1969, Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel carried out horrific acts of butchery on the orders of the charismatic cult leader Charles Manson. At their murder trial the following year, lead prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi described the two so-called Manson Women as “human monsters.” But to anyone who knew them growing up, they were bright, promising girls, seemingly incapable of such an unfathomable crime.

Award-winning journalist Nikki Meredith began visiting Van Houten and Krenwinkel in prison to discover how they had changed during their incarceration. The more Meredith got to know them, the more she was lured into a deeper dilemma: What compels “normal” people to do unspeakable things?

Why I'm InterestedFew true crime stories are quite as riveting as that of Charles Manson, but in some ways the stories of the women who decided to follow his orders and murder for him when they were barely adults are even more interesting. I can easily imagine that Charles Manson’s former followers now understand the magnitude of their actions and long to become peaceful and active members of society again. The moral quandary is significant but in the end, prison should be for rehabilitation whenever possible.

LineThe Sun Does Shine Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionThe Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin

Publication Date: March 27th 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Length In Hardcover: 272 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.59
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Plot TeaserA powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit.

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.

Why I'm InterestedReading Just Mercy a little over a year ago was a truly heartbreaking experience, in no small part because of the story of the man at its center – Anthony Ray Hinton. The joy at his release was only mixed with the sorrow at knowing he had been wrongly incarcerated for so long due to not having effective legal defense. I’m sure learning about Hinton’s years spent unjustly languishing in jail in this memoir would be equal parts tragic and inspiring.

LineWhich of these March 2018 Book Releases are you most interested to read? Let me know in the comments!

You can also take a look at my 2017 Wrap-Up for a list of books I reviewed this past year, and here are lists for book releases from February 2018December 2017/January 2018, November 2017 and October 2017 as well.

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  32 comments for “10 March 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

  1. Susie | Novel Visits
    February 28, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I’ve read a couple Lisa Genova books and liked them, so I’m looking forward to hearing how Every Note Played is. I hadn’t heard about the Manson Women book, but that one sounds fascinating. Thanks for giving me more books to check out!

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    • February 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm

      You’re welcome Susie 😉 There’s always an endless stream of books to add to that TBR list lol

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  2. February 28, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    I think Patriot Number One sounds really good, and illuminating. I’m interested in the Sun Does Shine but still haven’t gotten around to Just Mercy yet and it seems like it’d be a good idea to read first.

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    • February 28, 2018 at 5:59 pm

      I think I’d definitely read Just Mercy before a Sun Does Shine as it’s a must read anyways and it’ll provide the context you need to get more out of the memoir 🙂

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  3. February 28, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    I really enjoyed the Alice Feeney book. I hope you do too.

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  4. February 28, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    The Agatha Christie book, Black Forest and Every Note all sound worth it.

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  5. February 28, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    I bought Just Mercy a few months ago but haven’t read it yet so I’m super interested in The Sun Does Shine which I hadn’t heard of until now so thanks for featuring it. I’m drawn to these stories even thought they’re heartbreaking. Have you heard of or read Getting Life? That story is also haunting

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  6. March 1, 2018 at 12:33 am

    I really liked Sometimes I Lie. I hope you do as well! I’m also very keen to read The Broken Girls.

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  7. March 1, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Great choices! I wouldn’t know where to turn first, they all look excellent! Which one are you most excited for?

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    • March 1, 2018 at 5:23 pm

      Well I already have White Rose Black Forest on Kindle and The Broken Girls from Book Of The Month. I should also be receiving Patriot Number one from Blogging For Books. I’m pretty excited about all three but maybe The Broken Girls the most. I’ve also wished for the Agatha Christie book on Net Galley but I may just look that one up through the library.

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      • March 1, 2018 at 5:38 pm

        I’ve heard great things about The Broken Girls! 👍🏻

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  8. March 2, 2018 at 1:33 am

    Anthony Ray Hinton’s story sounds intriguing, especially since I loved reading Just Mercy (even though the content was painful).

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  9. March 2, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    The Broken Girls and Sometimes I Lie are both on my list this month, which is actually quite strange because I don’t read that many mysteries/thrillers – ha! Patriot Number One sounds SOOOO interesting; thank you for sharing, as it is completely new to me! I hope you have a great reading month!

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  10. March 4, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I’m really enjoying mysteries right now so Broken Girls sounds interesting. Plus, my parents are from Vermont so I’m curious to see if I’ll recognize any places in the novel.

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  11. March 21, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Ooooh, Sometimes I Lie AND The Broken Girls are both high, high up on my TBR this month as well!! Hope you get to enjoy them soon!!

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  12. April 12, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Loved Every Note Played. My review is up! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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