Books of the Year: Fiction For Everyone


The past year has been filled with lots of great new reads, ranging from highly-anticipated titles from bestselling authors to stunning debut novels, sequels, guides, and many more. We’re taking a look at the Books of the Year!

This time, we’re focusing on some of the top fiction and poetry titles of 2018. Whether you’re in the mood for a murder mystery, a trippy biographical novel, or a heartwarming book of poetry, there’s surely a book for you – and everyone else on your Christmas gift list.

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks follows the romantic tradition of his iconic works like The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe. It follows Hope Anderson, a thirty-six-year-old surgeon, and Tru Walls, a safari guide from Zimbabwe, as their paths cross unexpectedly. This chance encounter becomes a touchstone for two vastly different individuals – transcending decades, continents, and the bittersweet workings of life.

The thrilling history of the Targaryens comes to life in George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood, coming soon to NBS. Follow the House’s tale starting with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore them apart.

Hans Christian Andersen and Jose Rizal: From Denmark to the Philippines is a landmark volume compiling Rizal’s Filipino translation of Andersen’s tales. It also includes incisive essays from Ejnar Stig Askgaard, Katrina Gutierrez, Johs. Nørregaard Frandsen, and Ambeth R. Ocampo.

His most autobiographical novel yet, Hippie follows a young Paulo’s journey in search of a deeper meaning for his life. In Dam Square in Amsterdam, he meets Karla, a Dutch woman who asks Paulo to accompany her on the fabled hippie trail to Nepal. For everyone, the journey is transformative. For Paulo and Karla, it is a life-defining love story that will set the course of the rest of their lives.

Killing Commendatore is Haruki Murakami’s latest work, a loving homage to The Great Gatsby. Its protagonist is a thirty-something painter in Tokyo. After his wife leaves him, he holes up in the mountain home of a famous artist where he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic which unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances.

Lang Leav’s new collection of powerful and heartfelt poetry, Sea of Strangers picks up from her previous bestselling works and sets sail on a grand new adventure. Every poem on every page invites you to go beyond love and loss to explore themes of self-discovery and empowerment as you navigate your way around the human heart.

The long-awaited sequel to the phenomenal bestseller by Mitch Albom, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven tells the story of Annie’s heavenly reunion with Eddie, the man who saved her life many years ago. She meets people who show her how her life mattered in ways she could not have fathomed.

An iconic collaboration between bestselling author James Patterson and former U.S. president Bill Clinton, The President Is Missing is a thrilling mystery set in real-time over the course of three tension-filled days. As the novel opens, a massive threat looms. Enemies are planning an attack of unprecedented scale on America, and uncertainty and fear grip Washington. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the cabinet. The President himself becomes a suspect, and then he goes missing.

The last entry on this list is an upcoming book by Michael Faudet: Winter of Summers. His fourth book and a finalist in the Goodreads Readers Choice awards, this new anthology features the whimsical and sometimes erotic writing that has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of people from around the world.

Make Christmas meaningful with these great new reads!

Which of these books will your family and friends appreciate receiving as a gift? Or perhaps, there are a few you can add to your own shelf. Shop for them today in selected branches or online here.

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