It’s hard to believe that it’s almost the end of January. We’re already one month into 2018? Where did the time go?! Actually, we know exactly where the time went. We spent most of January applauding powerful women. We basically clapped non-stop for speeches from the 2018 Golden Globes (Oprah!), the 2018 Women’s March (Scarlett Johansson went all in), and the 2018 Grammys (yes, Janelle Monáe). And when we weren’t clapping for incredible women, we were reading and learning from their empowering words. But in case you need something new to read, look no further than the books coming out this week.
January 2018’s new releases did not disappoint. And the books coming out this week only add to an already incredible list of 2018’s fiction and nonfiction titles. There are twisted psychological thrillers, touching family stories, and plenty of mysterious YA novels. And of course, there’s a healthy dose of feminist nonfiction. We hope you have Goodreads open, because you’re going to add all of these books to your TBR list.
Stay tuned for even more exciting book announcements from HelloGiggles in February. But in the meantime, here are 19 books coming out this week that you don’t want to miss!
1This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins, out January 30th
The best way to learn about the world is through the experiences of others. And your education continues with This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America. Morgan Jerkins delivers powerful essays about her experiences as a young Black woman in America today.
2Blood Sisters by Jane Corry, out January 30th
There’s always room on our bookshelves for another psychological thriller. And Blood Sisters is one of the most addictive books of 2018 so far. It tells the story of three girls: one good, one bad, and one who died. It’ll keep you guessing until the very end.
3In Every Moment We Are Still Alive by Tom Malmquist, out January 30th
In Every Moment We Are Still Alive is an autobiographical novel about love, loss, family, and grief. Tom’s father has a terminal illness. And then his wife — who is pregnant with their first child — develops an incurable deadly illness too. As Tom learns to live with the pain, he must also prepare to raise his newborn daughter by himself. In Every Moment We Are Still Alive is already a bestseller in Europe. And now, it’s taking the U.S. by storm. Keep the tissues close for this one.
4The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane, out January 30th
Clementine Haas is the lone survivor of a plane crash. But when she wakes up in a hospital in Ireland, she has complete amnesia and doesn’t remember a thing. So she changes her name and tries to start a new life in a small Irish town with the help of a stranger named Kieran. But hiding her true identity might be a lot harder than she thinks. The Upside of Falling Down is a sweet, funny love story that YA readers will fall for.
5BRAVE by Rose McGowan, out January 30th
Rose McGowan is one of the most outspoken voices about sexual misconduct in Hollywood. And her new memoir, BRAVE, doesn’t hold back. It’s a must-read feminist memoir and manifesto in the #TimesUp era.
6The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory, out January 30th
Alexa agrees to attend a wedding with Drew, a guy she meets in an elevator. (His ex’s wedding, no less.) And they have the time of their lives pretending to be a couple. But when it’s over, they can’t stop thinking about each other. Pick up Jasmine Guillory’s charming novel just in time for Valentine’s Day. Three cheers for an interracial relationship.
7Losing Brave by Bailee Madison and Stefne Miller, out January 30th
Bailee Madison is a triple threat: actress, producer, and now author. Her debut novel Losing Brave is a YA psychological thriller about Payton, a teen mourning the loss of her twin sister’s disappearance. She blocked all memories of the night Dylan went missing. But suddenly, she starts to remember. And learning the truth could prove to be incredibly dangerous.
8S.T.A.G.S. by M. A. Bennett, out January 30th
Greer is an outsider who doesn’t quite fit in at her new school. She attends St. Aidan The Great School (S.T.A.G.S. — get it?) on a scholarship and can’t quite relate to her wealthy classmates. So when Greer gets invited to spend the weekend with the Medievals, an exclusive group of the “popular” kids, she accepts. But once the weekend retreat starts, she realizes that the outsiders are being hunted. Give us all the YA prep school mysteries. And give us a S.T.A.G.S. movie too, please.
9Bad Princess: True Tales from Behind the Tiara by Kris Waldherr, out January 30th
Stunning outfits. Perfect hair. Fancy hats. Mega-watt smiles. It seems like princesses are perfect specimens. But in Bad Princesses: True Tales from Behind the Tiara, you’ll learn what REALLY happens behind the scenes when you’re a royal. The book is filled with dozens of stories that go beyond what we see in the media. It’s a must-read for those obsessed with the royal family.
10Winner Take All by Laurie Devore, out January 30th
They say that opposites attract. And that couldn’t be truer for Nell and Jackson in Winner Take All. It’s a funny YA romance about two teens who fall for each other while trying to outdo each other. It also tackles important themes about the standards that society imposes on men and women.
11The Winter Station by Jody Shields, out January 30th
If you love historical fiction, you don’t want to miss The Winter Station. It’s based on a true story at the end of imperial Russia where people are dying at an alarming rate, but their bodies disappear before they can be identified. It’s the perfect moody book to read on a chilly winter day.
12Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! by Marley Dias, out January 30th
Marley Dias just turned 13. She launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign when she was in the sixth grade and is one of the loudest voices of her generation. Her book, Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! touches on her activism and volunteerism. It will inspire you to find new ways to turn your strengths into action.
13Still Me by Jojo Moyes, out January 30th
You sobbed through Me Before You. You sped through Me After You. And now, Lou is back in Still Me, a brand-new story about her new life and adventures in New York City. Don’t miss this funny, romantic third installment.
14The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis, out January 30th
Raise your hand if you agree that there aren’t enough YA novels with LGBT themes. Keep it raised if you’re excited that a new one is here. (We thought so.) Don’t miss The Dangerous Art of Blending In, a story about a teen trying to find his voice and his place in a world that constantly tells him he doesn’t belong.
15The Long Deception by Mary McCluskey, out January 30th
Every once in a while, a book comes along that absolutely consumes you. Once you start reading, you can’t stop. That’s exactly what The Long Deception will do. It’s about Alison, a woman returning to a place that used to mean the world to her. The more she remembers her past, the more she questions everything about her current life. The Long Deception is full of secrets, and you’ll absolutely devour it.
16The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers, out January 30th
Dave Eggers’ newest book about a man who revives the coffee trade in Yemen is fascinating. The Monk of Mokha is so engrossing, in fact, that you might not realize it’s nonfiction. But it is — and you’ll learn a ton about coffee beans in the process.
17This is Not a Love Letter by Kim Purcell, out January 30th
Like we said: Give us all the YA mysteries. This is Not a Love Letter is about a teen named Chris who disappears. He’s one of the only Black kids in town, and his girlfriend Jessie is devastated by his disappearance. When she begins to speak up about the harassment he faced, people come for her. But Jessie knows that Chris could be in real danger. Everyone wants to know: What happened to Chris?
18Here We Lie by Paula Treick DeBoard, out January 30th
Back in college, Megan and Lauren were best friends. But one night, after something terrible happened, everything changed. Now, during a political scandal in the present, Megan is finally revealing the truth about that night. And exposing Lauren’s family secrets could lead to deadly consequences.
19Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner, out January 30th
Can’t wait to see Zac Efron play Ted Bundy on the big screen? Into the Black Nowhere will tide you over. Bundy inspired author Meg Gardiner to write the thriller about an FBI agent trying to get inside the mind of a serial killer. While you read, you can pretend that he’s Zefron!