December is the season of Best Book of the year lists—and the season of reminders about books from early 2017 while we make said lists—but let’s not forget that there are ALSO new books coming out, right?
Let’s take a look:
Shadow Girl, by Liana Liu
An eighteen-year-old girl gets a job living with and tutoring a rich kid at the kid’s family’s seemingly idyllic island vacation home, far far away from her own stressful family—and based on that description alone, the story could go anywhere. But! As the Kirkus review uses Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre as a comparison, I suspect we’re in for some Gothic-y fun. Two more reasons I’m hoping for Gothic Hijinks: As in Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, the protagonist isn’t named, and the island setting makes me think of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw by way of Adele Griffin’s Tighter. In other words, I AM HERE FOR IT.
Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles, by Natalie C. Parker
Myths and Mistletoe, by Tera Lynn Childs
Short stories are a great way of sneaking some reading in during the busy holiday/end-of-year season—so I’m happy to see a couple of collections due out this month! The roster of authors in Parker’s book—including Brenna Yovanoff, Justina Ireland, Tessa Gratton, Brandy Colbert, and Julie Murphy—looks like a who’s-who’s pulled directly from my Auto-Buy list. So that’s super-exciting! (But even if the names were unfamiliar, I’d want to read the book anyway based on the theme—stories that work to deconstruct and reimagine commonly-used tropes are a blast.)
The Childs book, as I’m sure you’ve guessed from the title, is a collection of holiday stories. And while I dip into Connie Willis’ Miracle and Other Christmas Stories every year, I’ve always got room in my heart for more.
The Truth Beneath the Lies, by Amanda Searcy
Thriller about two seemingly unconnected girls: one on the run in Texas, the other who might be being stalked by a killer in Washington state. The girls take turns narrating, and it sounds like the danger and tension mount and mount as the girls’ paths eventually come inexorably together. Starred review.
Prince in Disguise, by Stephanie Kate Strohm
I snapped this one up the moment I saw the author’s name—Strohm wrote Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink, which is light and fluffy and adorably romantic AND showcases a profound respect for the domestic arts, which so often get sidelined.
(I could go on and on about that, but I’ll spare you the rant. Ahem.)
This one’s about a girl whose older sister wins one of those I Wanna Marry “Harry” reality shows, and the whole family gets flown to Scotland to film a holiday special. Dylan, our heroine, has spent the last few months avoiding the cameras, but now that she’s trapped in a manor with them—and an exceedingly cute groomsman—the challenge just got that much more… er, challenging.
We can squeeze in a few more titles, right? Right!
Foolish Hearts, by Emma Mills
Romance and friendship and Shakespeare, hooray!
The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily, by Laura Creedle
Letters and college and romance, hooray!
Here, There, Everywhere, by Julia Durango and Tyler Terrones
Summer romance—reading about summer romances during the winter is the BEST—and a piano prodigy and a nursing home, hooray!
As always, let me know if I’ve missed something essential!
In addition to running a library in rural Maine, Leila Roy blogs at Bookshelves of Doom and The Backlist, is currently serving on the Amelia Bloomer Project committee, is a contributor at Book Riot, hangs out on Twitter a lot—possibly too much—and watches a shocking amount of television. Her cat is a murderer.