Rachel’s 2018 Wishlist

There are so many good movies, novels, and nonfiction works coming out in 2018! Here are my most anticipated…

9 Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
After being expelled from high school, seventeen-year-old Jane signs up for a student-run reality show while attending a local community college. As the show grows from a low-budget web series to a local TV show with fans and shoddy T-shirts, Jane finally has the chance to let her cynical, competitive nature thrive. She’ll use her growing fan base, and whatever Intro to Psychology can teach her, to prove to the world that she has what it takes to win.
10 The Magicians season three (based on the series by Lev Grossman)
Harboring secret preoccupations with a magical land he read about in a childhood fantasy series, Quentin Coldwater is unexpectedly admitted into an exclusive college of magic and rigorously educated in modern sorcery.
16 Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
Five women – including a high school teacher, a biographer, a frustrated mom, a pregnant adopted teen, and a forest-dwelling homeopath – struggle with changes in a near-future America where abortion and assisted fertility have been outlawed and the homeopath is targeted by a modern-day witch hunt.
26 Maze Runner: The Death Cure (based on the novel by James Dashner)
A conclusion to the best-selling trilogy that began with The Maze Runner finds Thomas placing the success of their mission into the hands of the Gladers, who must complete a blueprint for the cure to the Flare, an effort that is compromised by undisclosed memories.
30 This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jenkins
An influential literary critic presents a highly anticipated collection of linked essays interweaving incisive commentaries on subjects ranging from pop culture and feminism to black history, misogyny, and racism to confront the challenges of being a black woman in today’s world.

20 Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
A leading young black feminist illuminates how organized anger, friendship, and faith can be powerful sources of positive feminist change, explaining how targeted rage has shaped the careers of such African-American notables as Serena Williams, Beyoncé, and Michelle Obama.
23 Annihilation (based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer)
Area X has claimed the lives of members of eleven expeditions. The twelfth hopes to map the terrain and collect specimens; record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.
28 Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G.
Rachel and Ethan grew up as next-door neighbors-turned-enemies but have to reexamine their animosity when Rachel needs a place to stay during their senior year of college.

9 A Wrinkle in Time (based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle)
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers while searching for Meg’s father, who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
16 Love, Simon (based on Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli)
Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity – and that of his pen pal – will be revealed.
30 Ready Player One (based on the novel by Ernest Cline)
In the not-so-distant future, the world has turned into a very bleak place – but luckily there’s OASIS, a vast online utopia. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade Watts dreams of finding three keys left behind by OASIS creator James Halliday. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside the virtual reality world, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday’s fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy – and there are very real dangers in this virtual world.

1 Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay
Cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are punished for speaking out. Covering a wide range of topics and experiences, this collection is often deeply personal and is always unflinchingly honest.
8 What Should be Wild by Julia Fine
A highly unusual young woman must venture into the woods at the edge of her home to remove a curse that has plagued the women in her family for centuries.
11 Where’d You Go, Bernadette (based on the novel by Maria Semple)
When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the Earth in order to find her.

7 Motherhood by Sheila Heti
In her late thirties – at an age when most of her friends are asking themselves when they will become mothers – a woman considers, with the same urgency, the question of whether she will do so at all.

17 Crazy Rich Asians (based on the novel by Kevin Kwan)
Envisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, Chinese American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that strongly opposes their son’s relationship with an American girl.
28 The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee
New York City, 2118. In Manhattan’s glamorous thousand-story supertower – introduced in The Thousandth Floor – millions of people are living scandalous lives. Leda, Watt, Rylin, Avery, and Calliope are all struggling to hide the biggest secrets of all, secrets that could destroy everything, and send their perfect worlds toppling over the edge. Because every rise has a fall.

12 First Man (based on the Neil Armstrong biography by James R. Hansen)
On July 20, 1969, 38-year-old Neil Armstrong became the first person to ever step on the surface of another heavenly body. Upon his return to Earth, Armstrong was celebrated for his monumental achievement, but he was also misunderstood. His accomplishments as an engineer, a test pilot, and an astronaut have long been a matter of record, but Hansen’s access to private documents, unpublished sources, and exhaustive interviews yield the first in-depth analysis of this elusive, reluctant hero. For a pilot who cared more about flying to the Moon than he did about walking on it, Armstrong’s storied vocation exacted a dear personal toll, paid in kind by his wife and children.

6 Renegades #2 by Marissa Meyer
The sequel to Meyer’s Renegades (of which I am so excited, I don’t care that it doesn’t have a title OR summary!!!) which introduced us to the Renegades, a syndicate of humans with extraordinary abilities who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

25 Mary Poppins Returns (based on the series by P.L. Travers)
An extraordinary English nanny blows in on the East Wind with her parrot-headed umbrella and magic carpetbag and introduces her charges, Jane and Michael, to some delightful people and experiences.

Good Omens (based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett)
The world is going to end next Saturday, but there are a few problems – the Antichrist has been misplaced, the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles, and the representatives from heaven and hell decide that they like the human race.
American Gods season two (based on the novel by Neil Gaiman)
Shadow Moon encounters Mr. Wednesday on his flight home after being released from prison. Wednesday is an enigmatic stranger who seems to know a lot about him, but when he offers Shadow a job as his bodyguard and Shadow accepts, Shadow’s plunged into a dark and perilous world full of strange things and even stranger people.
Preacher season three (based on the series by Garth Ennis)
Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan Preacher Jesse Custer becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs to which he’s dedicated his entire life. Now possessing the power of to make people do whatever he utters, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, the Preacher loses faith in both man and God as he witnesses dark atrocities and improbable calamities during his exploration of America.