Emma Asks: What’s Hot for 2018?

How’s your New Year going so far? January can be on the dull side – the festivities are over, and you have reluctantly returned to work. The office just isn’t the same without the fairy lights and overflowing box of Quality Street. The tree has been packed away for next year and the only chocolates left are in blue wrappers (coconut – bah humbug)! Add to this the fight to continue with your New Year resolution(s) and the envelopes of doom that keep arriving – time to pay for the Christmas excess. You would be forgiven for diving beneath your duvet and refusing to emerge until the spring lambs start jumping and all is sunny and gay.

Well, January’s almost over and that means we can finally start looking forward to the rest of the year. By all means climb under the duvet, but be sure to take one of the hot new releases of 2018 with you. A good book will make you forget all your woes and whisk you off to a place of wonder. Check out what’s heading our way, there are some great book releases to look forward to and that will perk you up until summer arrives!

Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff


This one is already out on the shelves (released on 5th Jan) and is one for those who find themselves drawn to the story of the Mr Marmite of politics, Donald Trump. Love him or loathe him, we can’t seem to hear enough about the most controversial president of our time. Michael Wolff delves into the heady world of the White House to disclose what those who work for Trump really think of their leader (amongst a few other interesting revelations).

Still Me by JoJo Moyes


Only just released on 25th January, and the last in the trilogy, this one is hotly tipped to be a best-seller. Fans of Me Before You and After You have been waiting with baited breath to see what comes next for Lou Clark. In Still Me, we see her mulling over secrets, exasperated by the tribulations of long-distance love, and rocked by a big decision.

The Colour Of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J Harris


Due for release 3rd May, this book comes from the same publishing house as one of last year’s must-read books (Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman). The story follows Jasper, a sufferer of the condition synaesthesia, which results in his world being painted in shades and colours that no one else can see. Intriguing stuff – which becomes more sinister when Jasper discerns that there is a colour for murder and sets about trying to find out what has happened to his neighbour, Bee Larkham, who has mysteriously disappeared.

Brave by Rose McGowen


Due for release 30th January. Brave is a memoir that will no doubt fuel the fire when it comes to addressing how women such as McGowen have endured unwanted sexual attention from a colleague or boss. At a time where more and more people are finding the courage to put up their hand and say #MeToo this is a hot topic and it’s hard to see how change can’t be forthcoming after the explosive revelations that have rocked Hollywood and the world at large during the recent months. This is sure to be an illuminating read.

Eat Up: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want by Ruby Tandoh


I do love a book that celebrates food and this one by Ruby Tandoh certainly does that. It’s designed to make you fall in love with the concept of eating (which is quite tricky in a world where we are often too busy to sit and enjoy dinner). Eat Up reminds us why food is important, the huge role it plays in family life, and why we should make good eating our priority.

Happy Reading

Whatever floats your boat, be it perusing the classics, dipping into autobiographies, losing yourself in a romance, or immersing yourself in a self-help tome designed to make you a better version of you for 2018, there are so many books to choose from and so little time to read them all. Find a bit of “special” time for yourself and enjoy digesting a new book release or two to mark the coming year.


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