Thursday, January 28, 2021

New Year, New Books

 I’m happy to report that I am finally back in a good reading routine. I hate that sometimes I fall in and out of my reading routine, but sometimes it comes down to my prioritization and/or how tired I am, meaning that I only get through a page or two of a book before falling asleep at night! I just finished Jenna Bush Hager’s Everything Beautiful In It’s Time and am multitasking, reading two other books while listening to a third. So it seems as though I’ve gone from 0 to full speed ahead. 

I tend to be pretty impressed when people can juggle a few different books once, and my friend Phoebe is a pro at this. Last year she read so many books, so I love when she shares some suggestions with us here in her monthly posts and her blog, Read & Wright. From her suggestions below, I just added The Hunting Party and The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore to my hold list on the Libby app! 

January is the month that always feels the longest, doesn’t it? Especially this year, adjusting to the post-holiday glow version of winter is always tough. But luckily, I’ve found some of the best unputdownable books that ease the winter blues! They are perfect for curling up with on a quiet weekend and get lost within their pages. Plus, I’ve included some exciting new releases to look forward to as well! 

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

If you’ve read The Hate U Give, this is a must-read! Even if you haven’t. This is the prequel to Starr’s story about her father, Maverick, and his teenage years. 

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab

One of the most buzzed-about books of 2020! If you enjoyed The Age of Adeline, I think you’ll like this book! It’s about Addie Larue, who makes a deal with a devil-like character to live forever. But in order to live forever, anyone she meets will not be able to remember her, until one day, a man does remember their meeting. 

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu 

A story of friendship and the pasts we can’t escape. Five girls descend on Camp Forevermore for all the normal camp activities: camping, hiking, friendship bracelets until an overnight kayaking trip leaves them stranded with no adults to turn to for help. 

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

If you’re up for a cozy murder mystery in the highlands, this is the book for you! A group of friends heads to a hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands the week between Christmas and New years for their annual merriment. Everything is fun and games until one of their friends goes missing, and another is responsible. 

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

One of my favorite books of all time! A small town in Sweden on the edge of the forest is ruled by hockey. Its people are hardworking and believe the next good thing is coming their way. When the junior hockey team plays in the national semifinals, a violent event leaves a young girl traumatized and the town divided. Content Warning: sexual assault 

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

If you ever had the option to read a book about the different paths your life would have taken had you made different choices at any point, would you? The Midnight Library follows Nora, who is faced with that exact choice and must contemplate what makes life worth living for. 

Faye Faraway by Helen Fisher

Faye is a mother in her late thirties when one day her life is turned upside down: she finds herself in 1977, the year before her own mother died, and can reconnect with her. Though her mother doesn’t recognize Faye, the two women form a close friendship that leaves Faye with the difficult choice of choosing the people she loves in the past and those she left in the future. 

Outlawed by Anna North

This is Reese Witherspoon’s book club pick for January, and it is described as The Crucible meets True Grit! After a year of marriage and no pregnancy, Ada flees her hometown to avoid being persecuted as a witch. She joins a notorious Wild West gang where she must decide what she’s willing to risk for the possibility of a new life. 

Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant

A young writer, Tessa, is accepted into a prestigious creative writing program, but once she begins, her words immediately dry up. Her teacher sets her the task of finding her own love story to inspire her writing but is it the love story Tessa has always wanted? 

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

A modern take on Greek gods and goddesses set in New York City where nine of the Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals for the punishment of a past rebellion. 

New Releases: 

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Historical fiction set in the Dust Bowl era of the United States. 

Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimond

A contemporary novel about a single mother who finds herself balancing life as a writer and hitwoman. 

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

A sweet YA romance! 

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

A YA immersive stand-alone fantasy novel. 

All Girls by Emily Layden

A perspective coming of age novel following nine young women at an exclusive New England prep school. 

This year, I’m focusing on reading all the books that bring me joy. I love reading outside my comfort zone and trying new things, but I also know what I like and what makes me happiest! Do you have any reading goals for 2021? 

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