The Most Anticipated Books of Winter

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It gets colder with each passing moment, which can only mean one thing: Winter is upon us. For pretty much everyone we know, this change in season means curling up with a cozy blanket and a good book in the warmth of our home until the sun decides to show its face again. Luckily, there’s a slew of new books on the horizon to keep us more than busy enough until spring. Whatever genre of books you favor, there’s a new release for you in the list below. Ready your reading nook and open your Goodreads app to add to your ever-growing TBR pile—winter’s new releases are coming.

Juhea Kim

Beasts of a Little Land

Set against the backdrop of the Korean independence movement, an impoverished local hunter saves a young Japanese officer from an attacking tiger. This encounter unfolds a saga that spans half a century. In the aftermath, a young girl named Jade is sold by her family to a courtesan school, where she befriends an orphan boy who changes her life forever. The story follows the intertwined fates of these two completely different characters: one a young girl and the other the penniless son of a hunter.

Dec. 7, 2021

Shea Ernshaw

A History of Wild Places

One man has a talent for finding missing people. The only thing he requires is one single object to find the person who has vanished. However, when he takes on the case of a well-known children’s author, he’s led to a place that many people only believed to be a legend.

Dec. 7, 2021

Amanda Gorman

Call Us What We Carry

This collection of poems by Amanda Gorman explores themes of identity, grief, and memory. Included in this collection is the stirring poem that was read at Joe Biden’s inauguration, titled “The Hill We Climb,” which is a timeless story of hope and healing that accurately captures an important moment in our country’s consciousness.

Dec. 7, 2021

Nita Prose

The Maid

Molly Gray is different from everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misinterprets a lot of situations. After the passing of her grandma, Molly is forced to navigate through life by herself. She throws herself into her work as a hotel maid. However, when she enters the suite of the infamous Charles Black, only to find him dead in his bed, Molly’s simple life is upended and she sets out to find the real killer.

Jan. 4, 2022

Jessamine Chan

The School for Good Mothers

Frida Liu is struggling in many aspects of her life, whether that be not living up to the career standards of her Chinese immigrant parents or persuading her husband to give up his younger mistress. The only solace she has in her life is with her angelic daughter—that is, until she has a horrible day and a host of government officials have to determine whether Frida is a candidate for a Big Brother-like institution that measures the success or failure of a mother’s devotion.

Jan. 4, 2022

Xochitl Gonzalez

Olga Dies Dreaming

Olga and her brother Prieto are bold-faced names in their hometown of New York: Prieto, a popular congressman, and Olga, the tony wedding planner for Manhattan’s power brokers. Despite their seemingly perfect public lives, behind closed doors, things are less than perfect. When their mother returns 27 years after she abandoned her children to advance a militant political cause, Olga and Prieto must deal with the consequences of their mother barreling back into their lives.

Jan. 11, 2022

Hanya Yanagihara

To Paradise

In an alternate version of 1893 America, New York is part of the Free States, where people could live or love whomever they please. In 1993, New York is besieged by the AIDS epidemic. In 2093, the world is riven by plagues and governed by totalitarian rule. This story highlights three different Americas and three different stories, yet all of the people are united by their reckonings with the qualities that make us human: love, shame, need, and loneliness.

Jan. 11, 2022

Sue Lynn Tan

Daughter of the Moon Goddess

Xingyin grew up on the moon with her mother, completely unaware that she is being hidden from the feared Celestial Emperor who exiled her mother for stealing his elixir of immortality. However, when Xingyin’s magic flares and her existence are discovered, she is forced to flee her home and leave her mother behind. To save her mother from the Celestial Emperor, Xingyin must embark on a perilous quest, confronting legendary creatures and vicious enemies across the earth and skies.

Jan. 11, 2022

Weike Wang

Joan Is Okay

Joan, the daughter of Chinese parents, is a thirty-something ICU doctor in New York City, where she works happily. Once Joan and her brother were well-established in their careers, her parents moved back to China. However, when Joan’s father suddenly dies, her mother is forced to return to America, which sparks a series of complicated events that sends Joan spiraling out of her comfort zone.

Jan. 18, 2022

Sequoia Nagamatsu

How High We Go in the Dark

In 2030, a grieving archeologist arrives in the Arctic Circle to continue the work of his deceased daughter at the Batagaika center, where researchers are studying long-buried secrets revealed in melting permafrost, including a girl who died from an ancient virus. Once unleashed, the Arctic Plague will reshape life on Earth for good, forcing humanity to devise a myriad of moving and inventive ways to embrace possibility in the face of tragedy.

January 18, 2022

Colleen Hoover

Reminders of Him

Kenna Rowan finally returns after serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake. She is hoping to reunite with her 4-year-old daughter, but the bridges Kenna has burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Kenna develops a romantic relationship with a local bar owner, but she must still find a way to absolve the mistakes of her past in order to build a new, hopeful future.

Jan. 18, 2022

Isabel Allende

Violeta

Violeta is born in 1920, the first girl in a family of five sons. From the start, Violeta’s life is marked by extraordinary events, including the ripples of the Great War and the Spanish flu arriving on the shores of her South American homeland. Luckily, her family will come through the Spanish flu crisis unscathed, only to face a new threat: The Great Depression.

Jan. 25, 2022

Katherine Faulkner

Greenwich Park

Helen lives an idyllic life with her handsome architect husband, gorgeous home, and baby on the way. But when she attends her first prenatal class and meets Rachel, an unpredictable, erratic, single mother-to-be, Helen’s life changes dramatically. It becomes clear that there are more than a few secrets lying beneath the surface of the beloved Greenwich Park.

Jan. 25, 2022

Olivie Blake

The Atlas Six

Each decade, the world’s six most uniquely talented magicians are selected for initiation into The Alexandrian Society. Those who earn a place among their number will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige. Before their initiation, the six magicians are told they must spend one year together to qualify, but only five will be initiated. If they can prove themselves to be the best, they will survive.

Jan. 31, 2022

Nina de Gramont

The Christie Affair

Told from the point of view of Miss Nan O’Dea, a fictional character but based on someone real, this story tries to explain the 11-day disappearance of the author Agatha Christie. In 1925, Nan O’Dea infiltrated the wealthy world of Agatha Christie and her husband Archie. Soon after, O’Dea becomes Archie’s mistress and lures him away from Agatha. How does this contribute to her mysterious disappearance? Find out in this powerful, unforgettable novel.

Feb. 1, 2022

Charmaine Wilkerson

Black Cake

A mother’s death leaves behind a puzzling inheritance for her two children: a traditional Caribbean black cake, made from a family recipe with a long history, and a voice recording. In her recording, the mother describes a heartbreaking tale of a young swimmer who escapes her island home under suspicion of murder. The secrets she still holds back and the mystery of a long-lost child make the two siblings question everything they thought they knew about their lineage and themselves.

Feb. 1, 2022

Lucy Foley

The Paris Apartment

Jess is looking for a fresh start after leaving her job under less-than-ideal circumstances. She asks her half-brother Ben if she could crash with him for a bit in Paris. But when she shows up and finds him missing, Jess is forced to dig into her brother’s situation and starts to question all his mysterious neighbors.

Feb. 22, 2022

Rebecca Serle

One Italian Summer

When Katy’s mother dies, she doesn’t know how to handle herself. She was not only her mother but also her best friend. Plus, they had just planned the mother-daughter trip of a lifetime: two weeks in Positano, the magical town her mother had spent the summer before meeting Katy’s father. Katy embarks on the journey alone, but soon after she steps foot on the island, her mother appears in the flesh as a healthy 30-year-old. Over the course of the summer, Katy gets to know her mother as the young woman she was before giving birth to her.

March 1, 2022

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The Golden Couple

Avery Chambers has amazing success as a therapist. She is known for fixing couples in 10 sessions or less. When the couple, Marissa and Matthew Bishop, are experiencing marital problems after Marissa cheats, they decide to take a chance on Avery, who had just lost her license due to controversial methods. But when the Bishops come in and Marissa reveals her infidelity, all three are set on a collision course because the biggest secrets in the room are still hidden.

March 8, 2022

Simone St. James

The Book of Cold Cases

In 1977, a small town in Oregon was shaken by the Lady Killer murderers: Two men were found murdered with the same gun and with strange notes left behind. But the perfect suspect, Beth Greer, who was seen fleeing one of the crimes, was acquitted. Decades later, Shea, a true crime enthusiast, asks to interview Beth Greer. To much surprise, Beth agrees to meet with Shea. But as the two become closer, Shea starts to sense something isn’t right in the Greer household.

March 15, 2022

 

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