We don’t know about you, but we’re feeling the love over here at HelloGiggles right now. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to celebrate women’s rights at the 2018 Women’s March. The Power to the Polls campaign announced its goal of registering 1 million people to vote in 2018. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed a baby girl. Kristen Bell hosted the SAG Awards and enlisted an army of female presenters. And then, there’s the news that always gives us heart eyes: There are lots of great new books coming out this week. And tons of them are all about that four-letter word we can’t seem to shake right now: love.
This Love Story Will Self-Destruct. Let’s Talk About Love. I Love You Too Much. The Love Gap. Yep, the books coming out this week seriously go all-in about love. But that’s not all, of course! There are tons of new fiction books, non-fiction reads, thrillers, young adult titles, and more for your TBR list. If you’re in a lovey-dovey state of mind like us, we have you covered. But even if you’re not, there are still plenty of new releases you’ll enjoy.
Here are 15 books coming out this week that you don’t want to miss!
1This Love Story Will Self-Destruct by Leslie Cohen, out January 23rd
Ben and Eve couldn’t be more different. Which is probably why it wasn’t love at first (or even second) sight. This Love Story Will Self-Destruct follows them through the highs and lows of their twenties. It’s basically When Harry Met Sally in book form.
2Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann, out January 23rd
When Alice tells her girlfriend that she’s asexual, she gets dumped. So Alice decides to swear off dating altogether. That is, until she meets Takumi, a super cute new guy. With a biromantic asexual woman of color as the lead, Let’s Talk About Love gets representation right.
3Peach by Emma Glass, out January 23rd
Peach is difficult to read. It follows a teenager in the minutes, hours, and days after being sexually assaulted by a stranger. Though it’s only just over 100 pages long, you’ll feel every word of this intensely graphic and visceral debut.
4The Milk Lady of Bangalore by Shoba Narayan, out January 23rd
This is one of our favorite non-fiction reads of 2018 so far. In Shoba Narayan’s memoir, she’s recently moved back to Bangalore from New York to be with her family. She becomes friends with the milk lady, offers to buy her a cow, and they go off together to find the right one. The Milk Lady of Bangalore: An Unexpected Adventure offers a unique look at life in modern India. It’s incredibly touching, and you’ll also learn a lot about cows.
5I Love You Too Much by Alicia Drake, out January 23rd
I Love You Too Much follows Paul, a 13-year-old living in Paris with his two selfish parents. He feels unloved and forgotten, but everything changes when he meets Scarlett, who sees the real him. Until one day, something terrible happens and Paul really sees the ugly side of people. It’s a dark coming-of-age story that will break your heart — and not let you forget it.
6A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi, out January 23rd
A Land of Permanent Goodbyes is a fictional account of the Syrian refugee crisis. It’s told from the perspective of Tareq, a teenager who flees to Greece with his family after an air strike destroys their home. Tareq may be fictional, but his story speaks to the thousands of refugees currently facing displacement. It’s an incredibly important read.
7Swearing Is Good for You by Emma Byrne, out January 23rd
Did you know that swearing has been shown to lower anxiety and prevent physical violence? In Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, Emma Byrne breaks down all the research that points to how having a potty mouth can be a good thing. Pardon our French, but we think you’ll fucking love it.
8The Wife by Alafair Burke, out January 23rd
Repeat after us: There’s no such thing as too many thrillers. And you’re going to want to read The Wife, a novel about a seemingly perfect life unraveling. When a young intern named Kerry comes forward with an allegation against Jason, he claims he’s innocent. And his wife, Angela, believes him. But when Kerry goes missing, Angela begins to wonder if she really knows her husband at all. And the more she uncovers about him, the harder it is to hide her own secretive past.
9Match Made in Manhattan by Amanda Stauffer, out January 23rd
New York. Romance. Dating in the digital age. What more could you ask for in a lighthearted novel? Match Made in Manhattan is the fun, fast-paced beach read you need to warm up your winter.
10The Sky is Yours by Chandler Kland Smith, out January 23rd
The Sky Is Yours is a dystopian novel set in the futuristic city of Empire Island. It’s a wildly inventive and imaginative debut that seamlessly blends science fiction, fantasy, and dragons. (That cover, though.)
11Take Me with You by Andrea Gibson, out January 23rd
Andrea Gibson’s Take Me with You will fit in your pocket, and their words will stay with you for a long time. With themes of love, sexuality, gender, and politics, this little collection packs a big punch.
12Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan, out January 23rd
Like we said, give us ALL the thrillers, please. In Anatomy of a Scandal, Sophie’s husband James is accused of a terrible crime. She believes that he’s innocent, but Kate, the prosecutor, does not. The trial gets Sophie thinking about the past. And right along with her, you’ll wonder: Is James the bad guy, or the good guy?
13A Problematic Paradox by Eliot Sappingfield, out January 23rd
A Problematic Paradox is an empowering sci-fi read about Nikola Kross, a 12-year-old girl studying quantum mechanics and casually traveling via wormholes. It’s like Harry Potter, but with science instead of magic. Nikola is exactly the smart female protagonist that the sci-fi genre needs.
14The Love Gap by Jenna Birch, out January 23rd
Men claim to want to date smart, well-educated women. So why are so many smart, well-educated women still single? The Love Gap: A Radical Plan to Win in Life and Love examines this dating phenomenon and offers advice for navigating these new dating dynamics.
15Brass by Xhenet Aliu, out January 23rd
Elsie, a waitress at the local diner, feels stuck in her Connecticut hometown. When she meets Bashkim, she falls in love, gets pregnant, and wonders what the future will hold. Jumping ahead 17 years later, Elsie’s daughter Lulu feels the same sense of stagnation in the same hometown. So Lulu decides to learn the truth about her father — the one Elsie has been hiding. Told in alternating voices, Brass is the mother/daughter story you’ve been waiting for.