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Anticipated Reads to Help Smash Your Reading Goals

Are you also behind on your reading challenge? You’re not alone. Fortunately, a few highly anticipated reads have come to my attention that should help us smash those reading goals! I can’t wait to get stuck into these, and add them to my height-in-books challenge 🙂

NB: Not all of these books are upcoming releases, a few are books that have only come to my attention lately and have been added to my TBR.

Eruption by Michael Crichton and James Patterson

Michael Crichton Eruption

Eruption is being hailed as the blockbuster thriller of 2024, and it’s not very hard to see why. Started by the man who brought us Jurassic Park, and finished by the bestselling thriller writer of all time, Eruption is going to be a doozy. I’m a huge fan of disaster stories – movies like 2012, Volcano, San Andreas, and Dante’s Peak always have me busting out the popcorn and Chuckles (if you haven’t tried that combination, you should). In the realm of high-stakes thrillers, this one is next level!

A once-in-a-century volcanic eruption is about to destroy the Big Island of Hawaii. But a decades-old military secret could turn the volcano into something even more terrifying… Now it’s up to a handful of brave individuals to save the island – and the entire world.

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When Crichton passed away in 2008, he left behind several unfinished projects, including Eruption. I’m thrilled this story has been followed through, and I couldn’t think of a better author to do it justice than James Patterson.

I have been chomping at the bit to get my hands on this and now I finally have a copy!

Medea by Rosie Hewlett

Medea Rosie Hewlett

Did someone say mythical retelling? The Song of Achilles is one of my top reads of all time, and I have an entire list dedicated to books based on Greek and Roman mythology. It’s the gods and mortals synergy for me. Medea, the enchantress who came to Jason’s aid, is Greek in origin – the daughter of King Aeëtes. After falling in love with Jason of the Argonauts, she helped him to steal the golden fleece from her father. Of course what followed was a typical Greek tale of betrayal, vengeance, and Medea’s ultimate descent into darkness.

The Women by Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah had me at The Nightingale, which is still one of my favorite WW2 fiction books. The Women was released in February, but already has over 119,000 ratings on Amazon and over 80% of those are five-star reviews! It’s no surprise that this one went straight to the top of my TBR.

Raised on California’s idyllic Coronado Island and sheltered by her conservative parents, Frances “Frankie” McGrath has always prided herself on doing the right thing, and being a good girl. But in 1965 the world is changing, and she suddenly imagines a different path for her life. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she impulsively joins the Army Nurses Corps and follows his path.

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One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig

I know, I know, I am super late to The Sheperd King party! This duology has been described as both whimsical and treacherous and is all over my Instagram, so I went out and got a copy. It’s on my bedside table, waiting its turn 🙂 The best part about being last to read this is that both books are already out.

When Elspeth meets a mysterious highwayman on the forest road, she is thrust into a world of shadow and deception. Together, they embark on a dangerous quest to cure the town of Blunder from the dark magic infecting it. As the stakes heighten and their undeniable attraction intensifies, Elspeth is forced to face her darkest secret yet: the Nightmare is slowly, darkly, taking over her mind. And she might not be able to stop him.

One Dark Window Cover

Voyage of the Damned by Frances White

Whenever I read a blurb or review about this book I’m hit with another adjective. Harrowing, funny, chaotic, clever, heart-warming, devastating, comedic, glorious… the list is endless! I guess the only way forward is to read it for myself and come up with my own descriptors 🙂

According to the blurb, if Agatha Christie had ever opted to write a fantasy novel, this would be it… SOLD, to the lady still in her pajamas, eating popcorn and Chuckles!

It also has glorious front matter:

Funny Story by Emily Henry

I have not read an Emily Henry book yet! There, I said it. But I plan to rectify this soon, with Funny Story, which I suspect I’m going to love. It gives me serious Sophie Kinsella vibes, and considering Sophie is one of my favorite rom-com authors… how could I not?

Daphne always loved the way Peter told their story. That is until it became the prologue to his actual love story with his childhood bestie, Petra. Which is how Daphne ends up rooming with her total opposite and the only person who could possibly understand her predicament: Petra’s ex, Miles.

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The Life Impossible by Matt Haig

I would buy Matt Haig’s shopping list at this point. Since reading The Comfort Book and The Midnight Library, I’m a super fan. The Comfort Book is even included in my Must-Read Book List. So when I saw that Matt had a new release coming out, about a retired maths teacher who inherits a run-down house in Ibiza, it was an auto-add to my TBR. The downside is that it’s only releasing on August 29th.

In the meantime, my Height in Books is up to my thigh. It’s going to be close.

MD x