I was going to try to do an anticipated books of the Spring, but alas there are so many books coming out that I want to read (as per usual), so I’ve decided to split it up by month. Hopefully I can stay on top of things and keep up these posts as the year goes on!
This month, I’ve decided to highlight 6 titles that are coming out in the month of January that I’m excited to hear about and hopefully read!
We’ll start off with a book that was published earlier this week, on the 3rd: Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation by Brad Ricca. While the title and book are somewhat lengthy, I love both a good detective story and well-written non-fiction, so I am very excited to see what this book has in store. This book tells the story of Grace Humiston, who became a great detective in New York City and went on to take cases all over the world. The types of cases she took seem to span a variety of crimes and locales, which make me even more excited to read of this remarkable woman’s life.
Next is The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson, which comes out on Jan 10th. This novel follows the story of a new teacher, Molly Nicoll, as she enters her job at a high school in a wealthy part of California, as she tries to understand the lives of her privileged students, who seem to be haunted by an event that took place in middle school. I am eager to read a book about high school that is aimed more towards adult readers, rather than young adults.
Next is Lilian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney, which comes out on January 17th. This novel takes place on New Year’s Eve in 1984, as an 85-year-old woman takes a walk around Manhattan, and reminisces about her life in New York City. This seems like a peaceful and contemplative read, and an interesting take on historical fiction.
Now for some non-fiction! If Our Bodies Could Talk: Conversational Anatomy by James Hamblin comes out on January 24th, which draws from Hamblin’s experience as a doctor, and interviews with a variety of people in the field of medicine to answer simple medical questions. This novel is supposed to be a more entertaining twist on medical non-fiction, and I’m very excited to read it!
Back to some fiction with The Patriots by Sana Krasikov, which will be published on January 24th. This is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of a mother who leaves the United States to work in Russia, and her son who returns to the United States, but frequently returns to Russia. On his trips back to Russia, her son uncovers some interesting details about her past, and how she was treated by the country she left. I love both historical fiction and reading about the Cold War, so I can’t wait to read this book!
Last but not least is The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker, which will be published on January 31st. This is a novel about two female animators, and their quest to break into the movie-making industry. I am eager to read this book because I am in the design field myself, which is often dominated by men, and I am interested to read about their quest to succeed in their creative lives and careers (albeit fictional).