By Ashly Moore Sheldon • December 27, 2022
No matter how jam packed our TBR shelves get, we never stop browsing (and buying!) new books. From sparkling debuts (eleven!) to globe-trotting thrillers to just-in-time-for-Valentine's-Day romances, January’s most anticipated list is littered with must-reads! Here are twenty upcoming releases across a diverse mix of genres. These are available for preorder, but in the meantime, enjoy our recommendations for similar reads that you can get now.
When two offbeat and newly divorced sisters move in together, it tests their relationship as new revelations from their family's history come to light. With wry humor and keen sensitivity, this story of sisterhood and hope reminds us that sometimes we need to look back in order to move ahead.
The Dream Builders by Oindrila Mukherjee (Jan. 10)
After years in the US, Maneka Roy returns to India to mourn the loss of her mother and finds herself in a new world. The booming city where her father now lives is nothing like the India she remembers. This incisive debut novel explores class divisions and gender roles within a changing society.
The Fraud Squad by Kyla Zhao (Jan. 17)
For as long as she can remember, Samantha has dreamed of writing for one of Singapore's high-society magazines, but her low social status makes this feel like a distant fantasy. That is, until she meets Tim and Anya. This propulsive debut is the story of a young working-class woman who takes big risks to fulfill her dreams.
As the caretaker for her father who has Parkinson's, 25-year-old British Ghanaian Maddie feels stuck. A nightmare boss and an absent, yet overbearing, mother add to her woes. So she leaps at the chance to get out of the family home and finally start living. But it's not long before tragedy strikes. Another impressive debut!
The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff (Jan. 3)
The false rumors that Geeta killed her husband turn out to be surprisingly useful—until other women in her Indian village start asking for her help getting rid of their own husbands. With her reputation becoming a double-edged sword, Geeta comes up with a risky plan to protect the life she's built.
Equal parts crime thriller and family saga, this binge-worthy novel transports readers from the dusty villages of Uttar Pradesh to the urban energy of New Delhi. It's an intoxicatingly dark drama of gangsters and lovers, false friendships, forbidden romance, and the consequences of corruption.
In the year since Isabelle's toddler son was kidnapped, she hasn't been able to sleep. Her entire existence revolves around finding him. In desperation, she agrees to be interviewed by a true-crime podcaster. But his interest in her past brings up unsettling memories from Isabelle's own childhood.
When Louise finds out her parents have died, she begrudgingly returns to Charleston to deal with her childhood home. Together, she and her troubled resentful brother, Mark, work to clear out a lifetime of memories and get the place on the market. But some houses don't want to be sold.
A runaway queen. A reluctant prince. And a quest that may destroy them both. Eight years have passed since the Battle of the Serpent. But in the icy north, Lady Nore of the Court of Teeth has reclaimed the Ice Needle Citadel. Return to the opulent world of Elfhame this first book of a captivating new duology.
Alex Stern is back and the Ivy League is going straight to hell in the sequel to Ninth House. Galaxy "Alex" Stern is determined to break Darlington out of purgatory—no matter the cost. Forbidden by the powers that be from attempting a rescue, Alex and Dawes assemble a team of dubious allies.
The first book in a new duology set in a magical world inspired by Egypt. Nehal is a spoiled aristocrat used to getting what she wants while Giorgina is a poor bookshop owner used to having nothing. But they find something in common as they join forces to fight for the rights of women using forbidden magic.
The Miniscule Mansion of Myra Malone by Audrey Burges (Jan. 24)
From her attic in Arizona, thirty-four-year-old Myra Malone blogs about a mysterious dollhouse mansion that captivates thousands of readers. Across the country, Alex Rakes is shocked when he sees pictures of the dollhouse and recognizes a reflection of his own life mirrored back to him in minute scale.
Berlin, 1931: A young mother makes the heartbreaking choice to safeguard her mixed-race daughter by sending her away. This sweeping novel traces the paths of four generations of extraordinary women from the rise of Nazism to the Cuban Revolution and finally, the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The first in a breathless YA series set in 1910 Chicago about a wealthy Black family living in a changing United States has drawn favorable comparisons to Bridgerton. The novel presents the tale of four determined and passionate young Black women discovering the courage to steer their own path in life—and love.
Barbados, 1834: The master of the Providence plantation gathers his slaves and announces the king has decreed an end to slavery. The cries of joy fall silent when he adds that now, as his apprentices, they must serve him for another six years. So Rachel runs, embarking on a desperate search to find her children.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before meets Pride and Prejudice in this delightful and heartfelt YA rom-com about a Bangladeshi American teen whose meddling mother arranges a match to secure their family's financial security—just as she's falling in love with someone else.
When quirky content creator Celine signs up for a survival course in the woods, she's surprised to find her ex-best friend, Brad, by her side. Forced to work as a team for the chance to win a grand prize, the two teens find themselves trudging, together, through the mud and dirt (not to mention their messy past).
Olivia is excited-slash-terrified to be taking over her grandmother's matchmaking business. But when she learns about a new dating app that could destroy her family's legacy, she becomes furious-slash-outraged. The focus of her anger: The man behind the app, L.A.'s most-eligible bachelor.
When upheaval sends personal assistant Georgie back to her hometown, she confronts an uncomfortable truth: she has lost sight of her own desires. But then she comes across an old diary, filled with possibilities she once imagined and an unexpected figure emerges to help her explore her life "wishlist."
Harley thinks she's totally over the embarrassment of nearly kissing the widowed father of the toddler she nannied for seven years ago. But when Gavin and his adorable now nine-year-old daughter, Peyton, suddenly reappear in her life, she realizes that may not be true after all.
Hopefully there's something here that catches your interest! Let us know which new books you're most excited about this month.