Even though it feels like fall has just begun, winter is already on its way! Just as a bear gathers food before hibernation, it’s time for every booklover to stock up their reading lists with new titles from this season’s releases. Whether you’ve got a serendipitous snow day or quiet night by the fireplace, our most anticipated books of this winter will keep you happy and warm!
Felicia’s Pick: LUCKY by Marissa Stapley is a compelling and thrilling road-trip novel about a talented grifter whose past comes back to haunt her. Lucky Armstrong is a tough, talented swindler who has just pulled off a million-dollar heist with her boyfriend, Cary. She’s ready to start a brand-new life, with a new identity—when things go sideways. Penniless and alone for the first time in her life, Lucky discovers that a lottery ticket she bought on a whim is worth millions. There’s just one big problem: cashing in the winning ticket means she’ll be arrested for her crimes. As Lucky tries to avoid capture and make a future for herself, she must confront her past . . . This is a novel about truth, personal redemption, and the difficulty of being good.
A thrilling roller-coaster ride about a heist gone terribly wrong, with a plucky protagonist who will win readers’ hearts.
What if you had the winning ticket that would change your life forever, but you couldn’t cash it in?
Lucky Armstrong is a tough, talented grifter who has just pulled off a million-dollar heist with her boyfriend, Cary. She’s ready to start a brand-new life, with a new identity—when things go sideways. Lucky finds herself alone for the first time, navigating the world without the help of either her father or her boyfriend, the two figures from whom she’s learned the art of the scam.
When she discovers that a lottery ticket she bought on a whim is worth millions, her elation is tempered by one big problem: cashing in the winning ticket means she’ll be arrested for her crimes. She’ll go to prison, with no chance to redeem her fortune.
As Lucky tries to avoid capture and make a future for herself, she must confront her past by reconciling with her father; finding her mother, who abandoned her when she was just a baby; and coming to terms with the man she thought she loved—whose dark past is catching up with her, too.
This is a novel about truth, personal redemption, and the complexity of being good. It introduces a singularly gifted, multilayered character who must learn what it means to be independent and honest...before her luck runs out.
Kaitie’s Pick: When a devastating worldwide crisis strands Diana in the Galapagos Islands, she finds herself examining her relationships, her choices, and herself—and wondering if, when she goes home, she will have evolved into someone completely different. Crafting a pandemic novel is a huge undertaking, given what we’ve all experienced in the last two years, but there is no novelist I trust more. As MY SISTER’S KEEPER left me bawling over that twist, NINETEEN MINUTES kept me up all night, and SALEM FALLS made me question everything I thought I knew, Jodi Picoult wormed her way to the top of my favorite authors list. Taylor Jenkins Reid called Picoult “the master of wading through the darkness to find the light” and, as a fan, I wholeheartedly agree, and cannot wait to read WISH YOU WERE HERE this November.
Sara’s Pick #1: Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s untimely passing in 2020 was tragic. Best known for THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, Ruiz Zafón’s works of historical fiction and ethereal mysteries have captured the imaginations of readers around the world. THE CITY OF MIST is a fitting farewell to the Spanish author, filled with fantastic tales of labyrinths, literary giants, and lonely hearts. This is a must-read for fans of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, or any fans of short stories who are looking for more mystery in their fall reading.
Kelly’s Pick: Get excited for Rupi Kaur's all-new performance of the audiobook edition of MILK AND HONEY, her #1 New York Times bestselling collection of poetry and prose about violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. This new production was recorded in 2021 along with the first-ever recordings of her #1 bestsellers THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS and HOME BODY. Kaur’s impassioned narration takes listeners on a bittersweet journey of healing, with each word layered with emotion and warmth. The audio format elevates Kaur’s work to a whole new level, and, after you listen to or read MILK AND HONEY, I highly recommend THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS and HOME BODY as well.
Rupi Kaur presents an all-new performance of milk and honey, her #1 New York Times bestselling collection of poetry and prose about survival, the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. This new production was recorded in 2021 along with the first-ever recordings of her #1 bestsellers the sun and her flowers and home body, all of them performed by Rupi Kaur.
The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes listeners through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them—because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
Jordyn’s Pick: A HISTORY OF WILD PLACES has all the elements I love in a psychological thriller: a community of people cut off from the rest of the world, a magnetic leader who seems unreliable, and a few characters trying to pull themselves out of the fog long enough to uncover the secrets around them. This atmospheric novel is perfect for anyone looking to read a book set in a reality that has sinister and potentially supernatural elements.
“What a wonderful rabbit hole to fall down.” —Erika Swyler, author of Light from Other Stars and The Book of Speculation
“A terrifying and timely book.” —Erica Ferencik, bestselling author of The River at Night and Into the Jungle
“As spine-chilling as it is beautifully crafted.” —Ruth Emmie Lang, author of Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance
The New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep weaves a richly atmospheric adult debut following three residents of a secluded, seemingly peaceful commune as they investigate the disappearances of two outsiders.
Travis Wren has an unusual talent for locating missing people. Hired by families as a last resort, he requires only a single object to find the person who has vanished. When he takes on the case of Maggie St. James—a well-known author of dark, macabre children’s books—he’s led to a place many believed to be only a legend.
Called Pastoral, this reclusive community was founded in the 1970s by like-minded people searching for a simpler way of life. By all accounts, the commune shouldn’t exist anymore and soon after Travis stumbles upon it…he disappears. Just like Maggie St. James.
Years later, Theo, a lifelong member of Pastoral, discovers Travis’s abandoned truck beyond the border of the community. No one is allowed in or out, not when there’s a risk of bringing a disease—rot—into Pastoral. Unraveling the mystery of what happened reveals secrets that Theo, his wife, Calla, and her sister, Bee, keep from one another. Secrets that prove their perfect, isolated world isn’t as safe as they believed—and that darkness takes many forms.
Hauntingly beautiful, hypnotic, and bewitching, A History of Wild Places is a story about fairy tales, our fear of the dark, and losing yourself within the wilderness of your mind.
Heather’s Pick #1: Hillary Clinton is one of the best-known (and most intensely scrutinized) figures in U.S. politics, yet her senior aide, Human Abedin, widely known for guarding her privacy, has remained an enigma. Until now, that is. In her new memoir, BOTH/AND: A LIFE IN MANY WORLDS, Abedin opens up about her childhood, the White House internship that changed her career trajectory (and her life), and her complex relationship with her ex-husband, disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner. I cannot wait to finally learn her side of the story.
In this beautifully written and propulsive memoir, Huma Abedin—Hillary Clinton’s famously private top aide and longtime advisor—emerges from the wings of American political history to take command of her own story.
The daughter of Indian and Pakistani intellectuals and advocates, Abedin grew up in the United States and Saudi Arabia and traveled widely. Both/And grapples with family, legacy, identity, faith, marriage, motherhood—and work—with wisdom, sophistication, and clarity.
Abedin launched full steam into a college internship in the office of the First Lady in 1996, never imagining that her work at the White House would blossom into a career in public service, nor that her career would become an all-consuming way of life. She thrived in rooms with diplomats and sovereigns, entrepreneurs and artists, philanthropists and activists, and witnessed many crucial moments in 21st-century American history—Camp David for urgent efforts at Middle East peace in the waning months of the Clinton administration, Ground Zero in the days after the 9/11 attacks, the inauguration of the first African American president of the United States, the convention floor when America nominated its first female presidential candidate.
Abedin’s relationship with Hillary Clinton has seen both women through extraordinary personal and professional highs, as well as unimaginable lows. Here, for the first time, is a deeply personal account of Clinton as mentor, confidante, and role model. Abedin cuts through caricature, rumor, and misinformation to reveal a crystal clear portrait of Clinton as a brilliant and caring leader, a steadfast friend, generous, funny, hardworking, and dedicated.
Both/And is a candid and heartbreaking chronicle of Abedin’s marriage to Anthony Weiner, what drew her to him, how much she wanted to believe in him, the devastation wrought by his betrayals—and their shared love for their son. It is also a timeless story of a young woman with aspirations and ideals coming into her own in high-pressure jobs and a testament to the potential for women in leadership to blaze a path forward while supporting those who follow in their footsteps.
Abedin’s journey through the opportunities and obstacles, the trials and triumphs, of a full and complex life is a testament to her profound belief that in an increasingly either/or world, she can be both/and. Abedin’s compassion and courage, her resilience and grace, her work ethic and mission are an inspiration to people of all ages.
Emily L.’s Pick #1: In a small Connecticut town, Greg’s cancer diagnosis has him and his wife, Freddie, concerned for the future and how their seven-year-old daughter will cope. From there, the stories in A LITTLE HOPE expand out toward a dozen other members of the community, who are connected to the Tylers in various ways, and who are struggling with their own challenges. These are stories of ordinary lives where nothing too dramatic happens in terms of plot. Rather, the intrigue comes from how the characters handle their universal hopes and tragedies, how they reveal so much about the human spirit, and how, through all seasons, there’s always a little hope.
A deeply moving, life-affirming novel about residents in a small Connecticut town facing everyday fears and desires—a lost love, a stalled career, a diagnosis—that pulls at the heartstrings and provides hope, for readers of Olive Kitteridge.
In the small city of Wharton, Connecticut, lives are beginning to unravel. A husband betrays his wife. A son struggles with addiction. A widow misses her late spouse. At the heart of these interlinking stories is one couple: Freddie and Greg Tyler.
Greg has just been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a brutal form of cancer. He intends to handle this the way he has faced everything else: through grit and determination. But can Greg successfully overcome his illness? How will Freddie and their daughter cope if he doesn’t? How do the other residents of Wharton learn to live with loss, and find happiness again?
An emotionally powerful debut that immerses the reader into a community of friends, family, and neighbors, A Little Hope celebrates the importance of small moments of connection and the ways that love and forgiveness can help us survive even the most difficult of life’s challenges.
Karlyn’s Pick: In the latest fast-paced Stephanie Plum adventure, Stephanie and Diesel are on the trail of the same fugitive: Oswald Wednesday, an international computer hacker as ruthless as he is brilliant. Stephanie is determined to bring him in, although in this case she is unsure if Diesel is her partner or her competition. Using her wits to outsmart Oswald, she carefully calculates every step to draw him out from behind his computer and into the real world to take him down. According to Booklist, “irrepressible Stephanie and cohorts [are] in absolutely top form" in GAME ON, and I can’t imagine a better book to burrow under the blankets with on a cold winter day that calls for a one-sitting read.
Stephanie Plum returns to hunt down a master cyber-criminal operating out of Trenton in the 28th book in the wildly popular series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich.
When Stephanie Plum is woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of footsteps in her apartment, she wishes she didn’t keep her gun in the cookie jar in her kitchen. And when she finds out the intruder is fellow apprehension agent Diesel, six feet of hard muscle and bad attitude who she hasn’t seen in more than two years, she still thinks the gun might come in handy.
Turns out Diesel and Stephanie are on the trail of the same fugitive: Oswald Wednesday, an international computer hacker as brilliant as he is ruthless. Stephanie may not be the most technologically savvy sleuth, but she more than makes up for that with her dogged determination, her understanding of human nature, and her willingness to do just about anything to bring a fugitive to justice. Unsure if Diesel is her partner or her competition in this case, she’ll need to watch her back every step of the way as she sets the stage to draw Wednesday out from behind his computer and into the real world.
Emily L.’s Pick #2: I’m always most intrigued when a single book description includes three-plus genres in one. And ANTICIPATION by Melodie Winawer has some of my favorites: historical, fantasy, romance, thriller. I need to read this to get four books in one! Grieving the death of her husband, a scientist named Helen takes a break and visits Greece with her nine-year-old son. While exploring the ruins of Mystras, they meet a tour guide, Elias, who just happens to be a time traveler—hopping between the present back to 1237 when Mystras was a bustling metropolis. Elias is prophesied as the only one who can cure a wicked noble family’s bloodline, but in his attempt to escape his fate, he ends up pulling Helen and her son into danger with him. Promising an atmospheric setting, emotional backstories, and a fast-paced plot, I know I’m going to get pulled deeply into this book, and I’ve already got a scented candle picked out for the perfect fall reading mood!
From the author of the “engrossing historical epic” (Booklist) The Scribe of Siena comes a thrilling tale set in the crumbling city of Mystras, Greece, in which a scientist’s vacation with her young son quickly turns into a fight for their lives after they cross paths with a man out of time.
After the death of her beloved husband and becoming a single parent to her nine-year-old son Alexander, overworked scientist Helen desperately needs an escape. So when Alexander proposes a trip to Greece—somewhere he's always dreamed of visiting—Helen quickly agrees.
After spending several days exploring the tourist-filled streets, they stumble upon the ancient city of Mystras and are instantly drawn to it. Its only resident is Elias, a mysterious tour guide living on the city’s edges…both physically and temporally.
In 1237, Elias’s mother promised his eternal service to the Profitis Ilias in Mystras in exchange for surviving a terrible illness. But during his 800 years of labor, he’s had one common enemy: the noble Lusignan family. The Lusignan line is cursed by a deadly disease that worsens with each generation, and a prophecy hints that Elias’s blood is their only hope for a cure. He has managed to survive throughout the centuries, but the line has dwindled down to the last Lusignan and he is desperate to avert his family’s destiny.
When Elias runs into Helen, he meets his match for the first time—but he unwittingly puts both her and her young son in danger as a result. With time running out and an enemy after them, Elias and Helen are forced to choose between the city they love, and each other.
Blending the historical romance of Diana Gabaldon, the rich detail of Philippa Gregory’s novels, and Dan Brown’s fast-paced suspense, Anticipation is a thrilling and satisfying read like no other.
Megan’s Pick: EVERYTHING WE DIDN’T SAY is an eerie and intriguing page-turner that explores family dynamics, crime, and how hard it is to keep secrets in a small rural town. Highly recommended for readers of Megan Miranda and Lisa Jewell, this is the perfect fall mystery to curl up with by the fire.
From the author of Little Broken Things, a “race-to-the-finish family drama” (People) following a mother who must confront the dark summer that changed her life forever in order to reclaim the daughter she left behind.
Juniper Baker had just graduated from high school and was deep in the throes of a summer romance when Cal and Beth Murphy, a childless couple who lived on a neighboring farm, were brutally murdered. When her younger brother became the prime suspect, June’s world collapsed and everything she loved that summer fell away. She left, promising never to return to tiny Jericho, Iowa.
Until now. Officially, she’s back in town to help an ill friend manage the local library. But really, she’s returned to repair her relationship with her teenage daughter, who’s been raised by Juniper’s mother and stepfather since birth—and to solve the infamous Murphy murders once and for all. She knows the key to both lies in the darkest secret of that long-ago summer night, one that’s haunted her for nearly fifteen years.
As history begins to repeat itself and a dogged local true crime podcaster starts delving into the murders, the race to the truth puts past and present on a dangerous collision course. Juniper lands back in an all-too-familiar place with the answers to everything finally in her sights, but this time it’s her daughter’s life that hangs in the balance. Will revealing what really happened mean a fresh start? Or will the truth destroy everything Juniper loves for a second time? Baart once again brilliantly weaves mystery into family drama in this expertly-crafted novel for fans of Lisa Jewell and Megan Miranda.
Heather’s Pick #2: What fan of the Bridgerton TV series could resist the chance to dine like Daphne, Simon, and the rest of the eccentric, lovable Bridgerton family? It couldn’t be me, which is why I am already planning to host a season 2 watch party featuring Regency era–inspired dishes like “Penelope’s Cucumber Sandwiches” and “The Duke’s Gooseberry Pie” from THE UNOFFICIAL BRIDGERTON COOKBOOK. I also envision it being the perfect gift for a few of my friends at the holidays (ssshhh).
Dine like the lords and ladies and bring the high society meals and treats home with these 100 delicious recipes inspired by Netflix’s most-watched series of all time—Bridgerton.
Blue satin ball gowns, chocolates and high tea, five course meals with family, scandal, and romance. Welcome to the dashing world of Bridgerton. Grosvenor Square is buzzing with ladies and lords dressed to the nines, promenading in the park, and sharing lemonade at the evening’s ball. And while you might not be able to score the jewels and frocks of the Bridgertons and the Featheringtons, you can still eat like them with The Unofficial Bridgerton Cookbook.
From dazzling canapes, savory meat pies, sparkling wine, gooseberry pie, delicious finger sandwiches, and more, you’ll be eating like a Bridgerton in no time. Nevermind what Lady Whistledown says, it’s time to eat! These 100 recipes inspired by the delectable foods from Regency England will have you dining Duke and Duchess style with recipes like:
-The Duke’s Gooseberry Pie
-Penelope’s Cucumber Sandwiches
-Queen Charlotte’s Cakes
-And many more!
Now you can feast like high society and devour these delectable recipes perfect for any social event.
Nadia’s Pick: I loved Sharon M. Draper’s book OUT OF MY MIND and was thrilled to continue Melody’s journey. In OUT OF MY HEART, Melody is older and braver, longing for a place where she can find friends, make her own decisions, and do things on her own. She finds a camp for differently abled kids like herself where she can trek through a forest, learn to swim, fly on a zip line, and even ride a horse! Readers (adults and middle schoolers alike) will be rooting for Melody in this charming and uplifting book.
Melody faces her fears to follow her passion in this stunning sequel to the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling middle grade novel Out of My Mind.
Melody, the huge-hearted heroine of Out of My Mind, is a year older, and a year braver. And now with her Medi-talker, she feels nothing’s out of her reach, not even summer camp. There have to be camps for differently-abled kids like her, and she’s going to sleuth one out. A place where she can trek through a forest, fly on a zip line, and even ride on a horse! A place where maybe she really can finally make a real friend, make her own decisions, and even do things on her own—the dream!
By the light of flickering campfires and the power of thunderstorms, through the terror of unexpected creatures in cabins and the first sparkle of a crush, Melody’s about to discover how brave and strong she really is.
Emily R.’s Pick: If you haven’t read Chloe Gong’s debut novel, THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS, a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, you should drop everything right now and pick up a copy. Because the highly anticipated sequel, OUR VIOLENT DELIGHTS comes out this fall, and you do not want to miss this fast-paced, romantic wild ride. (Slight spoilers up ahead.) After the events in the first book, Roma wants Juliette dead. But Shanghai is under siege, and the star-crossed lovers must team up if they have a hope of ending the threat against their city and their feuding families. This sequel will keep you turning pages with its nonstop excitement and danger as you root for Roma and Juliette to defy the way the story is supposed to end.
Shanghai is under siege in this captivating and searingly romantic sequel to These Violent Delights, which New York Times bestselling author Natasha Ngan calls “deliciously dark.”
The year is 1927, and Shanghai teeters on the edge of revolution.
After sacrificing her relationship with Roma to protect him from the blood feud, Juliette has been a girl on a mission. One wrong move, and her cousin will step in to usurp her place as the Scarlet Gang’s heir. The only way to save the boy she loves from the wrath of the Scarlets is to have him want her dead for murdering his best friend in cold blood. If Juliette were actually guilty of the crime Roma believes she committed, his rejection might sting less.
Roma is still reeling from Marshall’s death, and his cousin Benedikt will barely speak to him. Roma knows it’s his fault for letting the ruthless Juliette back into his life, and he’s determined to set things right—even if that means killing the girl he hates and loves with equal measure.
Then a new monstrous danger emerges in the city, and though secrets keep them apart, Juliette must secure Roma’s cooperation if they are to end this threat once and for all. Shanghai is already at a boiling point: The Nationalists are marching in, whispers of civil war brew louder every day, and gangster rule faces complete annihilation. Roma and Juliette must put aside their differences to combat monsters and politics, but they aren’t prepared for the biggest threat of all: protecting their hearts from each other.
Sara’s Pick #2: Imagine if Google and Facebook combined to create a mega-search-engine-social-media-platform, and you’d get The Circle. Now imagine it combining with Amazon, making it The Every. If that sounds like a nightmare, then you’d get along with Delaney Wells, the protagonist of THE EVERY, who charms her way into the company to take it down from the inside. And the coolest thing about the way this book is being published? It’s being released to independent bookstores first, so if you want to dive back into the world of THE CIRCLE, you’ll have to pay a visit to your favorite local indie bookseller!
Sharon's Pick: It’s rare that I preorder books, and even more rare that I preorder books when I am not familiar with the author. However, when I first heard about IN CASE OF EMERGENCY on Bookstagram back in July, I knew based on premise alone that this was a must-read book, and I have been counting down the days until I receive my copy in the mail! Set in contemporary Tehran, Iran, IN CASE OF EMERGENCY follows the disillusioned and wealthy Shadi, who wakes up one day to find that her stash of opium is low and that apocalyptic earthquakes are rocking the city. As it crumbles, Shadi cross-dresses to evade hijab laws, and seeks out her next fix while moving between her friends and family. Propulsive and thought-provoking, IN CASE OF EMERGENCY is a vivid discussion of Iranian counterculture and authoritarianism through the eyes of a sardonic antiheroine.
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