The 23 Best New Books of Winter Will Have You Hibernating Over the Holidays
Brenda Janowitz is the POPSUGAR books correspondent. She is the author of five novels, including The Dinner Party.
Brrr, it's getting cold out there. The holiday season is upon us and the snow is falling in some places, but don't fret. I've got just the thing for your Winter blues. I'm ready to tell you what to read after you hit the slopes and settle in to relax by that warm fire. So grab a hot chocolate, and get ready — I've got the best new books of Winter!
The Wake Up by Catherine Ryan Hyde, Out Dec. 5
On a hunting trip, 40-year-old cattle rancher Aiden Delacorte experiences what he calls "The Wake Up," which causes him to "feel" the emotions and pain of the animals around him, including the cattle that he raises for slaughter. This newfound empathy touches every part of his life, and as he reflects on his childhood and the events that brought him to this place, he discovers the importance of compassion, love, and acceptance.
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, Out Jan. 9
The Wife Between Us is a thriller about an ex-wife and her replacement. Or is it? Filled with twists and turns, this novel keeps you on your toes. And we promise: you won't be able to guess what happens next in this book about love and marriage right up until the very last page.
This Could Hurt by Jillian Medoff, Out Jan. 9
On the surface, This Could Hurt is a novel about five human resources colleagues. But in Jillian Medoff's hands, this is much more than a workplace satire. It is a sharp, engaging, and smart look at the people we work with and the deep inner lives we all lead.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, Out Jan. 9
"If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?" That's the question at the heart of The Immortalists. After speaking with a traveling psychic, four siblings will let her answer inform the rest of their lives. A sweeping novel about fate and life choices.
The English Wife by Lauren Willig, Out Jan. 9
The English Wife is an irresistible Gothic mystery set in New York's Gilded Age. It opens on the night when Bayard and Annabelle VanDuyvil are hosting a Twelfth Night ball for their new home. When Bayard is found murdered, Annabelle is the obvious suspect. But then she goes missing, and it leaves Bayard's sister to figure out who her brother and his wife truly were.
Between Me and You by Allison Winn Scotch, Out Jan. 9
Between Me and You is the story of a marriage told in alternating points of view by both husband and wife. But that's not what makes this book special. It is also told in two different timelines, one moving forward, and the other moving backward. A smart, thoughtful look at marriage and love.
The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin, Out Jan. 16
Two Hollywood legends are the subject of Melanie Benjamin's latest novel, The Girls in the Picture. The titular girls are screenwriter Frances Marion and actress Mary Pickford, whose friendship and creative partnership made them stars in early Hollywood. Historical fiction at its best.
Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee, Out Jan. 16
Everything Here Is Beautiful is the story of two sisters bound together by the loss of their mother, told in alternating chapters. Deftly dealing with big issues such as mental illness and immigration, this debut is a powerful look at love and family.
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, Out Jan. 16
Imagine a world in which abortion is illegal, IVF is banned, and soon adoption will only be legal for couples. Red Clocks takes us into this world and introduces us to five different women trying to navigate it in different ways. A must read for Margaret Atwood fans.
Fall From Grace by Danielle Steel, Out Jan. 23
When she is widowed at 49, Sydney Wells sets out to make her own way in the world, finding a job in fashion. But when she is set up and charged in a criminal prosecution, she will have to find the strength to rebuild her life. Fall From Grace is a story by the incomparable Danielle Steel about losing it all and finding oneself.
Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery, Out Jan. 23
Two sisters, two completely different lives. In Sisters Like Us, the fourth installment in the Mischief Bay series, these two women will learn that sisters are always stronger when they are together.
Still Me by JoJo Moyes, Out Jan. 30
Have you missed Louisa Clark? (Silly question. Of course you have. We all have!) The fabulous JoJo Moyes is back with Still Me, the followup to her blockbuster hits Me Before You and After You. Our beloved Lou moves to New York City for a job with a wealthy couple. Can she handle Manhattan high society and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam afloat?
Not Perfect by Elizabeth LaBan, Out Feb. 1
Tabitha Brewer's life looks perfect. That is, until the day she wakes up and finds her husband gone. How will she keep up appearances? She certainly can't tell friends what happened, since her husband's farewell note warned her against it: "I'll tell them what you did." Not Perfect is a witty and relatable look at the secrets we keep and the quest for perfection.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, Out Feb. 6
Fans of The Nightingale, rejoice! Kristin Hannah's next novel, The Great Alone, will be out soon to keep you warm this Winter! POPSUGAR was lucky enough to get a first look at this epic novel, which takes us to Alaska in the 1970s. The story of a family that goes off the grid to homestead in Alaska and is forced to survive the elements both outside of their house and the dangers within, The Great Alone is an unforgettable story of survival and resilience.
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi, Out Feb. 6
In this young-adult memoir, Sara Saedi documents her true story of discovering, at age 13, that she was an undocumented citizen in the United States after her family fled Iran. Americanized is funny, poignant must read for the times we are living in today.
The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu, Out Feb. 13
A group of young girls at a sleep-away camp in the Pacific Northwest. A kayaking trip that leaves five girls stranded on a nearby island, forcing them to brave the elements. The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore traces the lives of each girl after this night and shows us how our experiences form the people we become.
Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella, Out Feb. 13
After 10 years together, can a couple really surprise each other? Sylvie and Dan would certainly like to try. They begin Project Surprise Me, which they undertake to create little surprises for each other to keep their marriage fresh. But when these surprises reveal secrets about their partners, they'll wonder how well they truly know each other.
Sunburn by Laura Lippman, Out Feb. 20
A mysterious redhead. The man who falls for her. Both hiding secrets. But what is the truth? Sunburn is an irresistible classic noir mystery that is utterly un-put-down-able.
I’ve Been Thinking . . . (Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations For a Meaningful Life) by Maria Shriver, Out Feb. 27
In I've Been Thinking . . ., Maria Shriver tackles motherhood, faith, acceptance, and more in her search for how we can all live a more meaningful life. With quotes, prayers, and personal anecdotes, this book feels like a long walk with a close friend.
This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter, Out Feb. 27
Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is walking around with her heart in a backpack. Well, an artificial heart, and it's the only thing keeping her alive until she gets a transplant. When a heart becomes available, Leah learns that it's the heart of a fellow student, and the rumor is that he's committed suicide. After the transplant, she begins having disturbing dreams, and she realizes that she needs to learn more about the boy who gave her his heart. This Heart of Mine is a moving young-adult novel about life, death, and grief.