5 Book Releases In 2018 To Watch For

5 Book Releases In 2018 To Watch For

New books for 2018!
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With 2017 wrapping up, one thing I'm looking forward to is the line-up of novels coming out in 2018. There are some I've been waiting for the moment I knew about them, while some I just recently discovered. These are five books that will be on my radar and reading lists for 2018.

1. Puddin' by Julie Murphy

"Puddin'" is a companion novel to Murphy's other book, "Dumplin'". The main characters for these books both struggle with body positivity. In "Puddin'", the main character Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl. But this year, she wants to chase her dreams of being a newscaster and hook up with her crush. She meets Callie Reyes, a pretty girl next in line for dance team captain and has a popular boyfriend. As they grow closer, they realize they have more in common then they thought.

2. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

This novel is set in a medieval kingdom called Goredd. There are expectations for women to be proper, while men are protectors, and dragons are whatever they want to be. Tess finds herself to be different but ends up making a mistake that makes her family send her to a nunnery. Still, this isn't what Tess wants, so she treks out into the world on an adventure of self-discovery.

3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber

As the book following "Caraval", "Legendary" follows Scarlett's younger sister, Tella, as she journies to the empire's capital to fulfill her end of a bargain. There isn't much information about this book yet, but it's bound to be just as colorful and immersive as "Caraval". I'm curious where this series is going, so I'm looking forward to "Legendary".

4. Poet Anderson... In Darkness by Tom DeLonge and Suzanne Young

Jonas Anderson works as a doorman and spends his time seeing his girlfriend and his comatose brother, Alan. But that's just in the Waking World. In the Dream World, he is Poet Anderson. He's a Dream Walker, and his responsibility is to protect people from the nightmares, specifically, the Night Stalkers left over from the battle against REM. Jonas must also struggle with his guilt over Alan's situation while protecting the world.

5. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This book has been on my anticipated book list ever since I finished the first book in the trilogy, "Illuminae". This book follows the events of the previous two books but leads back to Asha, Kady's cousin who has been living for seven months back on Kerenza. Kady and the rest must return back to Kerenza, but will find that there's a war there that Asha is part of. Asha must struggle with surviving and seeing an old flame, Rhys, on the opposite side. I'm extremely excited for this book, espeically because it's the final book in the series!

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Cole And Sav's New Book Will Tell You Everything Their YouTube Channel Doesn't

"Our Surprising Love Story" gives you an inside view of the world between these two beautiful souls in which we are all aspiring to be.

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Cole and Savannah LaBrant have taken the world by storm as individuals and as a strong power couple that many aspire to be.

With their YouTube channel sitting at 7 million followers and counting each and every day, they have strived to fill the internet with love and positivity through the influence of their videos. However, there are just some things that you don't know from their Youtube channel but you can learn in their book, "Our Surprising Love Story."

Cole and Sav, and you can't forget cute little Everleigh, seem to be genuine and unique social media influencers.

They are strong in their love and faith and are always spreading it to all that watch. Nevertheless, there are just some things that can't be taken just from the 10-20 minute videos they upload. We would all love to think that we know this family like the back of our hands, but in reality, we are only seeing 10 minutes of their 24 hour days, leaving this cute and growing family still with a private life to enjoy.

Yet, their book gives you a sneak peek just a little farther into their lives than what their YouTube channel will ever share.

One of the biggest being their relationship. Cole and Savannah's channel isn't just about the two of them, but more importantly about their family. What the book does more of is highlight their relationship itself and their struggle through long distance, Cole learning to grow into a father figure faster than he ever imagined, and their adaptation to making Christ above all.

This is one of the best and most heartwarming things about their book, seeing the raw truth to what they both went through. Not only did Cole have to learn how to be a father figure to Everleigh, but Savannah also had to learn to let her guard down and to accept the love she has been so scared she would never find or even knew existed.

The book also takes you a little deeper into their strong stance in faith.

Yes, this family is already so great at spreading their beliefs in God around like it's confetti, but you truly get to see their strength in Christ just by the way they speak about one another, their family, and about life in general. You can take a lot away from how someone writes and this book confirms all and then some of their faith in God just by their pure and innocence shown in their writing style.

This 199-page book left me crying a little here and there, laughing a ton more, and reevaluating the way I should be treating my own relationship, in the best way possible. "Our Surprising Love Story" gives you an inside view of the world we have not been seeing on YouTube, that being the struggles, love, and commitment grown between these two people we all aspire to be.

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