10 April 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

April 2018 Book Releases On Novels And Nonfiction

If you’re being slowly crushed by a huge pile of physical or digital books you must read asap raise your hand. If, despite that, you can’t help but yearn to know what is just around the bend in the bookish world, and add even more titles to your TBR list, you’re in good company.

There are definitely a few of these April 2018 releases that I was so excited about that I requested physical or digital copies regardless of all the other books glaring at me from a shelf or my Kindle. But the majority will likely have to wait while I get my reading life in order (maybe never?).

I tried to include a little bit of everything – lots of history, both fictional and not, but also fantasy, two memoirs, politics and a little science thrown in with a curveball dinosaur pick. Enjoy!

Fiction Releases On Novels And NonfictionHow To Be Safe Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionHow To Be Safe by Tom McAllister

Publication Date: April 3rd 2018
Publisher: Liveright
Length In Hardcover: 240
Goodreads Rating: 4.0

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Plot TeaserRecently suspended for a so-called outburst, high school English teacher Anna Crawford is stewing over the injustice at home when she is shocked to see herself named on television as a suspect in a shooting at the school where she works. Though she is quickly exonerated, and the actual teenage murderer identified, her life is nevertheless held up for relentless scrutiny and judgment as this quiet town descends into media mania.

Why I'm InterestedI’ve read a few novels that deal with issues of gun violence but obviously and unfortunately the topic continues to be highly relevant. This novel sounds like an interesting exploration of the accusations and reactions that ripple through a small community after a mass shooting at a school, and may also make an apt pairing with a couple nonfiction books I’ve been planning to read on the topic.

LineThe Oracle Year Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionThe Oracle Year by Charles Soule

Publication Date: April 3rd 2018
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Length In Hardcover: 416
Goodreads Rating: 4.13

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Plot TeaserKnowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world. Protecting his anonymity by calling himself the Oracle, in no time he has global corporations offering him millions for exclusive access, eager to profit from his prophecies.

Why I'm InterestedI hope no one gets an epileptic fit from the cover of this book. While creating this post, I found myself go cross-eyed a couple of times just by having it in the corner of my vision. Psychedelic cover aside, it’s the premise of this novel that intrigues me. From reviews I’ve read it seems that some readers thought the author was spot on on what kind of reactions a modern day Nostradamus would get, and others less so.

LineThe Sapphire Widow Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionThe Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jefferies

Publication Date: April 5th 2018
Publisher: Viking
Length In Hardcover: 384
Goodreads Rating: 4.6

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Plot TeaserCeylon, 1935. Louisa Reeve, the daughter of a British gem trader, and her husband Elliot, a charming businessman, seem like the couple who have it all. Except what they long for more than anything: a child. While Louisa struggles with miscarriages, Elliot is increasingly absent, spending much of his time at a nearby cinnamon plantation, overlooking the Indian ocean. After his sudden death, Louisa is left alone to solve the mystery he left behind.

Why I'm InterestedI’ve read and reviewed two of Dinah Jefferies’ books to date – The Tea Planter’s Wife and Before The Rains. They make the perfect interlude between heavier reading, chock-full of historical detail and atmosphere but with the right amount of adventure and romance thrown in to make them highly entertaining. I’ve already requested The Sapphire Widow from the publisher and should hopefully receive it soon so I can review it!

LineDear Mrs. Bird Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionDear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce

Publication Date: April 5th 2018 (U.K.)
Publisher: Picador Books
Length In Hardcover: 320
Goodreads Rating: 4.23
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Plot TeaserLondon, 1940. When Emmeline Lake sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent suddenly seem achievable. But the job turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. But Emmy secretly begins to write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles.

Why I'm InterestedI’m cheating slightly with this one, because it’s U.S. release date isn’t until August 2018. However, thanks to the magic of Book Depository, you can get your own hardcover copy of it starting right now at only $13 and free worldwide shipping because it’s being released this month in the U.K. I was simply charmed by the premise and love the idea of a historical fiction book based on a Dear Abby kind of advice column.

LineCirce Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionCirce by Madeline Miller

Publication Date: April 10th 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown And Company
Length In Hardcover: 400
Goodreads Rating: 4.44

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Plot TeaserIn the house of Helios, god of the sun, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she possesses the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology.

Why I'm InterestedI picked this novel due to my quest to add more fantasy to my reading life, and since I used to be a big fan of Greek mythology in high school (and an avid watcher of Troy in college) I think it should be a great fit for me. It also doesn’t hurt that Circe has already received a slew of 4 and 5 star reviews on Goodreads and that Miller’s prior book – The Song Of Achilles was extremely popular as well.

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No Way Home by Tyler Wetherall

Publication Date: April 3rd 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Length In Hardcover: 320
Goodreads Rating: 4.73

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Plot TeaserTyler had lived in fifteen houses and five countries by the time she was nine. She didn’t think this was strange until Scotland Yard showed up in her bucolic English village, and she discovered her family had been living a lie. Her father was a fugitive and their family name was an alias. In this emotionally detailed and carefully wrought memoir about growing up as a fugitive’s daughter, Tyler Wetherall pieces together the story of her parents’ past.

Why I'm InterestedThis memoir sounds like an absolutely incredible story, and as you might know, I’m a huge fan of memoirs of the kind. Though it hasn’t been reviewed that much yet on Goodreads or Net Galley, it’s receiving very high marks and rave reviews on both sites. Sounds like the quality of the execution should match how interesting Wetherall’s story promises to be. I’m going to go recommend that my library carry it right now.

LineVoices From The Rust Belt Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionVoices From The Rust Belt Edited by Anne Trubek

Publication Date: April 3rd 2018
Publisher: Picador Books
Length In Paperback: 256
Goodreads Rating: 4.2
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Plot TeaserWhere is America’s Rust Belt? The region is neither monolithic nor easily understood. The truth is much more nuanced. Voices from the Rust Belt pulls together a distinct variety of voices from people who call the region home. Voices that emerge from familiar Rust Belt cities―Detroit, Cleveland, Flint, and Buffalo, among other places―and observe, with grace and sensitivity, the changing economic and cultural realities for generations of Americans.

Why I'm InterestedAnother extremely current topic is brought to light in this collection of personal essays from a sometimes forgotten corner of America. I like the idea of hearing directly from some of the people experiencing the economic, political and social issues of our times in an area that has been the focus, mostly unwillingly, of many of the ills of our era. I also don’t read many collections like this one and would like to read more, both on the nonfiction and fiction side.

LineDaughters Of The Winter Queen Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionDaughters Of The Winter Queen by Nancy Goldstone

Publication Date: April 10th 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown And Company
Length In Hardcover: 496
Goodreads Rating: 4.27
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Plot TeaserSet in the tumultuous 17th century, Daughters Of The Winter Queen tells the delicious and dramatic stories of Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen–granddaughter of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots–and her four unforgettable daughters. Each sister had a unique attribute that set her apart from the rest: Elizabeth was the scholar, Louise the artist, Henrietta the beauty, Sophia the writer. They lived on a grand scale with the whole of Europe as backdrop to the twists in their stories, that traced the course of history itself.

Why I'm InterestedI’m always there for biographies of royal women, and I love the particular twist in this one, which is focused on not one alluring noblewoman but four. The fact that their sisters will only add to the historical drama, I’m sure. I went ahead and requested this title on Net Galley so hopefully I’ll be immersed in royal intrigues and arranged marriages times four very soon.

LineThe Rise And Fall Of The Dinosaurs Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionThe Rise And Fall Of The Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

Publication Date: April 24th 2018
Publisher: William Morrow
Length In Hardcover: 416
Goodreads Rating: 4.7

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Plot TeaserSixty-six million years ago, the Earth’s most fearsome creatures vanished. Today they remain one of our planet’s great mysteries. Now The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs reveals their extraordinary, 200-million-year-long story as never before. In this captivating narrative (enlivened with more than seventy original illustrations and photographs), Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist —masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs.

Why I'm InterestedDinosaurs are not only for kids. After all, they were the dominating inhabitants of the Earth we live in for millions of years. I definitely feel for how significant they’ve been in the story of our world, that I don’t know enough about them – their biology, history, and demise – as I should. And watching all the Jurassic Park movies or that episode of Friends in which Ross mimics what a dinosaur might sound like don’t count.

LineThe Girl Who Smiled Beads Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionThe Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

Publication Date: April 24th 2018
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Length In Hardcover: 288
Goodreads Rating: 4.47
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Plot TeaserClemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear. It was 1994, and in 100 days more than 800,000 people would be murdered in Rwanda and millions more displaced. Clemantine and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, ran and spent the next six years wandering through seven African countries.At age twelve, Clemantine, along with Claire, was granted asylum in the United States–a chance to build a new life.

Why I'm InterestedClemantine Wamariya’s story sounds absolutely harrowing. I’m happy that it has a happy ending with the opportunity she received to live in peace as a refugee in the United States – an opportunity that unfortunately isn’t granted to others as often as it should. I’m interested to learn more than I currently know about the genocide in Rwanda that caused her to flee her home country and wander through Africa for years.

LineWhich of these April 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 March 2018,  February 2018December 2017/January 2018, November 2017 and October 2017 as well.

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  13 comments for “10 April 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

  1. March 29, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Almost all of these sound great! FYI I’ve lived most of my life in rust belt cities/or suburbs of the same. You have them in UK, too. It’s where tires and cars and other things used to be manufactured, where Union wages gave folks a decent living. Today they are home to call center and convenience store jobs and lots of immigrants and resettled refugees–as well as the obligatory gentrified neighborhoods for the doctors, lawyers, and professors almost any city must have. Now the books: I’m a royal nut, so Daughters of the Winter Queen is likely. Dear Mrs Bird and the new Dinah book are very likely reads. Also the Rust Belt book–why not? I enjoy things like that–I used to read almost all nonfiction and little fiction. Today I listen to hours and hours of novels on my long commute into my job near a rust belt city!! Very good list!

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    • April 2, 2018 at 4:33 pm

      I’m now set to receive (or have already received) 5 out of these 10 books, but they don’t include Dear Mrs. Bird so I’m thinking of also picking that one up in addition.

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  2. March 29, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    I’ve got a copy of The Girl Who Smiles Beads, which I’m planning to read very soon 😊 A great mix of books in this post!

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  3. March 30, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    I really enjoyed Dear Mrs. Bird; it’s very charming and cozy! Daughters of the Winter Queen sounds fascinating. Hope you enjoy it!

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  4. Susie | Novel Visits
    April 1, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    I’ve recently become more interested in Circe, so am looking forward to trying it and seeing if it lives up to the hype. The Girl Who Smiled Beads also looks great and I hadn’t heard of No Way Home before reading your post, but that one is intriguing!

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    • April 2, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      I ended up ordering the first two you mentioned from Book Of The Month plus The Oracle! A smorgasbord of April releases in one box 🙂

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  5. April 1, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    I can vouch for Dear Mrs Bird but quite a few others are catching my beady eye too!

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  6. April 14, 2018 at 2:57 am

    Almost all of these are books I at least seriously considered putting on my list of books I’m looking forward to in the next few months. I’m especially excited to pick up Circe, the nonfiction all sounds fascinating, and the premises of The Oracle Year and Be Safe both intrigue me.

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    • April 18, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      I should be hearing Madeline Miller speak this weekend at the LA Times Book Fest and getting Circe and her prior book Song Of Achilles signed. Really excited! 🙂

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