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.

Cormac McCarthy

Stella Maris

In 1972, 20 year old Alicia Western admits herself into the hospital with $40,000 in a plastic bag alongside her. She has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and uses her time and thoughts to contemplate and question everything from the intersection of physics and philosophy to hallucinations only she can see. And even though her doctor’s push for it and think it could be very beneficial for her, it seems she’ll discuss anything other than her relationship and history with her brother, Bobby. Told entirely through the transcripts of Alicia's psychiatric sessions, 'Stella Maris' is an intellectually challenging inquiry that questions our notions of God, truth, and existence.

Dec. 6, 2022

Bushra Rehman

Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion

Razia Mirza grows up in Corona, Queens, with her best friend, Saima, always by her side. So when a family rift drives the girls apart, Razia’s heart is absolutely broken. But, she finds solace in Taslima, a new girl in her close-knit Pakistani-American community, as they act as rebellious teenagers with one another by listening to scandalous music, wearing miniskirts, and cutting school to explore the city. Then, when Razia is accepted into a prestigious high school in Manhattan, the gap between who she wants to be and who her parents want her to be grows even wider. At this new school, Razia meets Angela and is attracted to her in a way that blossoms into a new understanding about herself and the world. Filled with both joy and loss, this novel entails a fiercely compassionate coming-of-age story of a girl struggling to reconcile her heritage and faith with her desire to be true to herself.

Dec. 6, 2022

Terri Parlato

All the Dark Places

Snow falls softly outside Molly Bradley’s home on a frigid January night. Inside, half a dozen close friends are gathered to celebrate the 40th birthday of Molly’s husband, Jay, who everyone just adores. The night went perfectly, yet next morning, Molly discovers Jay dead on the floor of his office, with his throat brutally slashed. Once detective Rita Myers is put on the case, she soon realizes Jay Bradley’s murder isn’t random, or a mere crime of opportunity, but is convinced that someone in the couple’s small circle killed him. While Molly is devastated, she can’t help but wonder if Jay really is all she thought he was, and also becomes worried that someone else is catching on to her own twisted past that only Jay knew about...or at least that's what she thought.

Dec. 27, 2022

Parini Shroff

The Bandit Queens

Geeta's no-good husband disappeared five years ago, and even though everyone thinks she’s the one that killed him, she actually didn't. However, she soon discovers that being known as a "self-made" widow has some unexpected perks. No one messes with her, no one threatens her, and no one ever tries to control her. It's even been good for her business; no one wants to risk getting on her bad side by not buying her jewelry. Once other woman in her village start to see how Geeta’s life has changed for the better, they start to ask her to help them deal with their very own no-good husbands, too. Now that her fearsome reputation has become a double-edged sword, she must decide how far to go to protect it, along with the new life she's built for herself along the way.

Jan. 3, 2023

Rachel Hawkins

The Villa

As kids, Emily and Chess were inseparable. But by their 30s, their bond has been strained by the demands of their adult lives. So when Chess suggests a girls trip to Italy with a stay at the Villa Aestas, Emily jumps at the chance to reconnect with her long time bestie. Once they arrive, they accidentally discover some shady history about the estate—specifically details about the 1974 summer of a notorious rockstar, Noel Gorden, that ended in the murder of an up-coming musician that joined him at the villa by the name of Pierce Sheldon. As Emily digs deeper, she can’t shake the feeling that the death of Pierce was a sinister act rather than a wild summer of sex, drugs, and rock & roll. But the closer Emily gets to the truth, Chess becomes aggravated with her antics, and it looks like their time in the villa could get out of hand, too.
Jan. 3, 2023

Leigh Bardugo

Hell Bent

Finding a gateway to the underworld and stealing a soul out of hell sounds simple enough, right? Well, people that make this journey rarely return, but Galaxy “Alex” Stern is determined to break Darlington out of purgatory―even if it costs her her future. Because they’re forbidden from attempting a rescue, Alex and Dawes can’t call on the Ninth House for help, so they assemble a team of allies to save the gentleman of Lethe. They must work together to uncover the societies’ most closely guarded secrets in order to complete this mission, and they don’t hesitate to break every rule along the way. As Alex’s journey progresses, she comes to realize that she’s very much knocking on death’s door and does everything in her power to save her own life and those helping her, too.

Jan. 10, 2023

Stacy Willingham

All the Dangerous Things

One year ago, Isabelle Drake's life changed forever: her toddler son, Mason, was taken from his crib in the middle of the night while she and her husband were asleep in the next room. With little evidence and few leads for the police to chase, the case went cold. However, Isabelle refuses to rest until Mason is returned to her. In an effort to find a new witness or buried clue, she agrees to be interviewed by a true-crime podcaster—but his deep interest in Isabelle's own past regarding her uncomfortable childhood makes her a little nervous. His method of questioning forces her to doubt what she remembers about the events of the night Mason was taken, and is now totally unsure of who she can trust…including herself.

Jan. 10, 2023

Monica Heisey

Really Good, Actually

Even though Maggie is broke, her graduate thesis on something obscure is going nowhere, and her marriage only lasted 608 days, she’s actually doing really great. At the ripe old age of 29, Maggie is determined to embrace her new life as a young divorcée. Now that she has time to take up a million different hobbies and “get back out there” sex-wise, she’s ready to take her first year of single life by storm with the help of all of the strong, hilarious women she has in her life to give her tough love and wine pours along the way.

Jan. 17, 2023

Grady Hendrix

How to Sell A Haunted House

When their parents die at the tail end of the coronavirus pandemic, Louise and Mark Joyner are devastated. But, nothing can prepare them for how bad things are about to get. The two siblings are almost totally estranged, and couldn’t be more different, but now all they truly have is each other. When they realize they need to sell their childhood home in order for both of them to financially recover, they’re stumped when they remember that before their parents died, they taped newspaper over the mirrors and nailed shut the attic door. When Louise and Mark are trying to piece together why this could be, they start to learn about some disturbing events that took place in the home, and learn that sometimes the only successful way to sell a haunted house is by burning it to the ground.

Jan. 17, 2023

Patricia Engel

The Faraway World: Stories

'The Faraway World' is a collection of arresting stories from the New York Times bestselling author, Patricia Engel, who is an incredibly gifted storyteller that is able to shine light in even the darkest of corners. With stories ranging from two Colombian expats meet as strangers on the rainy streets of New York City both burdened with traumatic pasts, to a woman in Cuba discovering that her deceased brother’s bones have been stolen, to a cash-strapped couple hustling in Miami, it feels as if no narrative is left untold. These stories bring to life the powerful themes of regret, community, and most of all, love.

January 24, 2023

Jessica George

Maame

It’s fair to say that Maddie’s life in London is far from rewarding. With a mother who spends most of her time in Ghana, Maddie is the primary caretaker for her father, who suffers from advanced stage Parkinson’s. At work, her boss is a nightmare, and Maddie is tired of always being the only Black person in every meeting. When her mother returns from one of her trips, Maddie jumps at the opportunity to get out of the family home and start living her own life. Once she does, however, it doesn’t take long before tragedy strikes, and forces her to face the true nature of her unconventional family, and the consequences of putting her heart on the line.
January 31, 2023

Cherie Dimaline

VenCo

Lucky St. James, a Métis millennial living with her annoying but loving grandmother Stella, is barely hanging on when she discovers she will be evicted from their tiny Toronto apartment. Then, one night, something strange and irresistible calls out to Lucky. Burrowing through a wall, she finds a silver spoon etched with a crooked-nosed witch and the word “Salem”, buzzing with an unexplainable energy. Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away in Salem, Myrna Good (who works for VencCo, a front company fueled by vast resources of dark money) has been looking for Lucky for quite some time. Lucky has no clue that this spoon links her to VenCo’s network of witches throughout North America who’ve been patiently waiting for this very moment, and the fate of VenCo is all up to Lucky and Stella’s next moves.

February 7, 2023

Tessa Bailey

Secretly Yours

Hallie Welch fell hard for Julian Vos at the age of 14 after they almost kissed in the dark vineyards of his family's winery. Now, Julian has returned to their small town years later, and Hallie is hired to revamp the gardens on the Vos estate. While she wonders if she'll finally get that kiss she’s dreamed of, the grumpy professor isn't the teenager she remembers at all, and they almost instantly butt heads. However, one wine-fueled girls' night later, Hallie can't shake the sense that she did something reckless, and suddenly remembers the drunken secret admirer letter she left for Julian despite their differences. But little does she know that Julian actually feels the same way about Hallie and her gorgeous gardening skills, too. As time goes on, it seems as though they both realize that the tale as old as time really is true: opposites do, in fact, attract.

Jan. 25, 2023

Roshani Chokshi

The Last Tale of The Flower Bride

Once upon a time, a man who believed in fairy tales married a beautiful, mysterious woman named Indigo Maxwell-Casteñada. He was a scholar of myths, and she was heiress to a fortune. They exchanged gifts and stories and truly believed they would live happily ever after. In exchange for her love, Indigo asked him to keep one promise: never pry into her past. But, when Indigo learns that her aunt is dying and the couple is forced to return to her childhood home, he will soon find himself unable to resist. In this extravagent manor, Indigo’s covered secrets are slowly revealed, and her husband must decide if uncovering the truth is worth destroying their marriage and possibly even their lives.

February 14, 2023

Rebecca Makkai

I Have Some Questions for You

A podcaster and mother of two, Bodie Kane, wants nothing more than to forget her past, which mainly revolves around the family history that tainted her adolescence and the murder of one of her high school classmates, Thalia Keith. Although the circumstances surrounding Thalia’s death and the conviction of the school’s athletic trainer are an easy rabbit hole to dive down, Bodie knows that she needs to move on for her own sanity. But when she’s invited back to the elite New England boarding school to teach a course, Bodie finds herself more drawn to the case and it’s flaws than ever. In their rush to convict the athletic trainer, did the school and the police overlook other suspects? Is the real killer still out there? And even though she knows she shouldn’t, Bodie starts to look for answers that will bring real justice to Thalia Keith.

Feb. 21, 2023

Janie Chang

The Porcelain Moon

In the final days of the First World War, a young Chinese woman, Pauline Deng, runs away from her uncle’s home in Paris to escape a marriage being arranged for her in Shanghai. She desperately needs the help of her cousin who works as a translator for the Chinese Labour Corps in the French countryside in order to prevent the union from happening, so she heads to the town of Noyelles-sur-Mer. Camille Roussel, who also resides there, is planning leave her own abusive marriage, and also to end a love affair that can no longer continue. When Camille offers Pauline a room for her stay, the two quickly become friends. But, it’s not long before Pauline uncovers a dangerous secret that Camille has been hiding from her. As their situation escalates, the two women are forced to make a terrible decision that will bind them together forever.

Feb. 21, 2023

Alex Finlay

What Have We Done

Around 25 years ago, Jenna, Donnie, and Nico were all very best friends, due to the fact that they formed a bond forged as residents of Savior House, an abusive group home for parentless teens. However, when the disappearance of several kids led to the home shutting down, they were split up. They all went on to live fairly successful lives despite their rough upbringings, but they have not seen one another since. Until one day, they are suddenly brought back together for a not-so-heartwarming reason: someone is out to kill them. In order to save their lives, the group will have to revisit the nightmares of their childhoods and confront their past, which none of them want in the slightest. But, it may be the only way to save themselves.

March 7, 2023

Claire Jimenez

What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez

When 13 year old Ruthy Ramirez suddenly disappeared after track practice without a trace, it left her family in absolute shambles. But one night, a whole 12 years later, Ruthy’s older sister, Jessica, spots a woman on her TV screen in a popular reality show, and immediately rushes to tell her sister, Nina, that the women on the show posing as Ruby is actually Ruthy. So, Nina hatches a plan to drive to where the show is filmed in search of their long‑lost sister, and her mother and old-family friend want to come along, too. What follows is a family road trip and reckoning that will force the Ramirez women to finally face the past and look toward a future—with or without Ruthy in it.

March 7, 2023

Sarah Penner

The London Séance Society

In 1873 at an abandoned château on the outskirts of Paris, a dark séance is about to take place, led by acclaimed spiritualist Vaudeline D’Allaire. Known worldwide for her ability to communicate with the spirits of murder victims and find out who killed them, she is highly sought after by both their loved ones and criminal investigators. Lenna Wickes has come to Paris to find answers about her sister’s death, but to do so, she has to embrace the unknown and overcome her own logic-driven bias about Vaudeline’s practice. So, when Vaudeline is called to England to solve a high-profile murder, Lenna accompanies her as an understudy. But as the women team up with the powerful men of London’s exclusive Séance Society to solve the mystery, they start to suspect that they are not just solving a crime, but are actually entangled in one themselves.

March 21, 2023

Ann Napolitano

Hello Beautiful

William Waters grew up in a house silenced by tragedy, where his parents could hardly bear to look at him, or even love him for that matter. So, he’s incredibly relieved when he earns a basketball scholarship to a college far away from home. Once there, he meets Julia Padavano, a very upbeat young woman who surprises William with her appreciation of his quiet steadiness. As his polar opposite, Julia is pretty much inseparable from her three younger sisters and parents, so once she introduces William as her new boyfriend to them all, they welcome him with open arms into their loving yet chaotic household. However, once the dark secrets of William’s past start to surface, Julia’s future and bond with her family is jeopardized, resulting in a massive rift that could change their lives forever—no matter how strong their loyalty once was.

March 28, 2023

 

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