Mala’s December 2018 Hot Reads

I finished 121 books in 2018. A few rereads, but mostly new-to-me titles—and not counting stuff I may have forgotten to log. That is 15 down from 2017. Boo!

It’s no wonder I lost my steam in December, going several days without reading anything at all (I know, I know…a terrible place to be!). Luckily, what I DID manage to get to made a helluva impact. Tasha Suri’s debut Mughal Empire-inspired fantasy, Empire of Sand, knocked my socks off and made my year-end favorites list. And Alyssa Cole’s An Unconditional Freedom was phenomenal—emotional, brilliantly crafted, with a story about the past saying painful things about our present—reaffirming why she’s one of the most talented writers working today. I also got approved for an ARC of The Everlasting Rose, the sequel to Dhonielle Clayton’s The Belles, and fell head-first into her worldbuilding and exquisite descriptions.

The Reading Rundown
Reindeer Games by Adriana Anders, Ainsley Booth, Andie J. Christopher, et al (anthology, contemporary romance, erotic romance)
The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton (out 3/5, young adult fantasy)
An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole (out 2/26, historical romance)
Better at Weddings Than You by Mina V. Esguerra (contemporary romance)
The Turn by Kim Harrison (urban fantasy)
Rogue Nights by Talia Hibbert, Annabeth Albert, Rebecca Crowley, et al (anthology, contemporary romance)
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri (fantasy)
Unwrapping Mr. Roth by Holley Trent (paranormal romance, erotic romance)


Currently reading: At His Lady’s Command by Nicola Davidson.

On the TBR/wish list:
Internment by Samira Ahmed (out 3/19)
Hired by Zoey Castile (out 2/26)
A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna
Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik (out 2/5)
Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse (out 4/23)
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (out 2/5)

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