There are some amazing reads coming our way in 2019. What can you read until then? Here are some recommendations for 2018 reads you might have missed out on:
“This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us” by Edgar Cantero
Cantero is known by fans as a master of mixing genre (like horror and sci-fi) and humor. His 2018 novel is no different in this regard. The main character is actually two, but still one: Twins A. Kimrean and Z. Kimrean — collectively known as A.Z. — share one body but have very differing minds. “This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us” is a noir mystery with plenty of Cantero’s humor baked in, and probably unlike any of the other books you’ve read.
“Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist” by Franchesca Ramsey
“The Cabin at the End of the World” by Paul Tremblay
If you’re not currently familiar with this horror novelist, chances are you will be soon. Tremblay has been getting lauded by the likes of Stephen King since his 2015 book “A Head Full of Ghosts” came out. In “The Cabin at the End of the World,” a family vacationing in their remote cabin must deal with dangerous home invaders. It may sound like a simple setup, but in this author’s capable hands, anything can happen. There’s no doubt you’ll feel the same tension and paranoia that the novel’s characters feel.
“Severance” by Ling Ma
The debut novel of Ling Ma, “Severance” explores an apocalypse caused by Shen Fever, a fast-spreading disease that turns its victims into a different sort of zombie than you see in most pop culture. Instead of being just a genre tale, this book also tackles issues of capitalism and modern life as a whole. It will be exciting to see what this author creates next.
“Educated” by Tara Westover
Maybe this one is new to you, or maybe you heard about it when it made Barack Obama’s Best of 2018 list. Either way, if you haven’t yet read this powerful memoir, you should. Westover details her life growing up as a survivalist in the mountains of Idaho, with barely any schooling and plenty of dangerous activity. The struggles of family, money and more all come into play in her story, which is both heartbreaking and inspiring.
Originally hailing from Pennsylvania, Jackie has called Austin home since choosing to attend the University of Texas, where she graduated with a degree in multimedia journalism. She loves spending time with her dogs, writing about pop culture in all its forms and spending time with friends – eating, drinking and doing trivia.