The majority of the time I find new releases I'd like to read from the All of the Books! podcast, and I'm always interested to see what the BOTM club choices are each month. Another thing I've learned recently is to check out the recently added tab on my library home page, because you can often get on the wait list before the release date to help cut down on month long waiting lists.
The Animators | A debut novel about two friends who meet as art students and become animators together. Both Mel and Sharon experienced trauma in their childhood and the story looks at how that shaped their life and their work. This was unexpectedly heavy and hard to read at times, but I thought the writing was excellent even though I struggled to connect with the characters.
January 31st; contemporary fiction
Dead Letters | You know when you're reading a book and it reminds you of something else and it drives you crazy until you can figure it out? That's how I felt reading Dead Letters, until I finally realized it reminded me so much of Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. The story is about twin sisters, Ava & Zelda. Ava gets news that Zelda is dead so she has to return home even though she's sure Zelda is still alive and just playing games. Communicating through emails, social media, and letters Zelda sends Ava on a scavenger hunt to try and find out what really happened. Without spoiling anything, this wasn't my favorite, but you might enjoy it. c/o netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
February 21st; fiction/mystery
On Turpentine Lane | The entire time I was reading this I couldn't get over how much I was enjoying it. It's about a women who moves into a new house that has some interesting history to it. It's a little bit about her family, her love life, her job, the house-- it definitely gets a bit quirky, but it's the best light/fun/delightful book I've read in forever. Highly recommend if you want something with endearing characters and an overall cozy feel to it.
February 14th; women's fiction/romance
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth | I'm always excited when I come across YA that isn't fantasy or a love story, so this sounded really interesting. It starts off with a horrific cyber-bullying incident that occurs in middle school, then the second chapter switches over to high school and each chapter alternates between a teacher and different students and their struggles. While it was a clever format it just didn't work for me. The student's chapters each felt too drawn out and almost too stereotypical and the teacher had such poor judgement it seemed unrealistic and took away from other aspects of the story. I think it had a lot of potential, but I felt the author tried to include too many characters and too many tough topics in one book. c/o netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
January 10th; young adult
Pachinko | This wins for most aesthetic cover and at almost 500 pages it's my longest book of the year so far. Pachinko is about Koreans living in Japan and it's told over almost a 100 year span starting in 1910 and follows one family, but many characters. Historical fiction usually isn't my go-to, and I've read very little about Asian culture or history, but this was my favorite book of the year so far. The pacing and passing of time wasn't what I was expecting and felt choppy at times, but somehow it worked. While parts were devastatingly sad, it was a beautifully told story with masterful writing.
February 7th; historical fiction
Next up I'm finally going to get back into Lincoln in the Bardo. I started it on audio a few weeks ago after hearing how amazing the narration was supposed to be (166 different narrators!), only to remember that audiobooks are not my jam- I just can't pay close enough attention and I was really interested in the story and didn't want to miss anything so I switched to a physical copy.
Have you read any great new releases recently?