January is full of fresh things: new faces, beginnings, opportunities…. and to the bookworm, new books to love! Mark your calendars with their release dates and make space on your bookshelf: this month’s list features our can’t-wait-for books of 2017, guaranteed fresh and hot off the press.

 

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Startup by Doree Shafrir

I’m very curious— what happens when a veteran internet writer (from Buzzfeed, no less) decides to write a novel about the tech industry? I’m feeling something akin to Silicon Valley is in our immediate future— but funnier and just a little bit closer to reality.

Release Date: April 25, 2017

 

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Marlena by Julie Buntin

This moving debut novel is a story of two girls and touches topics of mental health, addiction, friendship and loss. Marlena is this book’s Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and her seemingly inevitable death will haunt those around her for decades. With so many books out there dealing with these subjects lately, we’re excited to see how Julie Buntin’s Marlena will fare.

Release Date: April 4, 2017

 

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

When the world kicks you in the butt and all you want to do is to curl up and read something light and happy, you’ll thank me for this silly, frilly book recommendation. For me, Jenny Han is like the book version of chicken soup. Or a giant, fudgy chocolate chip cookie. You can’t help but feel light and giddy and strangely wistful after finishing it. Always and Forever is the final book in this coming of age series, and we can’t wait to see how the naïve but lovable Lara Jean comes to terms with growing up.

Release Date: May 2, 2017

 

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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Scaredy-cats like me tread lightly when reading Paula Hawkins. But if you are a fan of psychological thrillers and scary small towns, Into The Water may just be for you. After the smashing hit that was Girl On The Train, Paula comes back with another nail-biting page turner— and this time it involves two bodies, one summer and a river whose history is fraught and cold and mysterious. Yikes, I’m getting goosies already.

Release Date: May 2,2017

 

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All The Lives I Want by Alana Massey

The subtitle says it all: Essays About My Bestfriends Who Happen to Be Famous Strangers. This book by Alana Massey is supposed to be part essay collection, part cross-section of pop-culture, and part fan letter to women who’ve made their mark in society. I think this calls out to every other person out there whose bestfriends also happen to be famous strangers.

Release Date: February 7, 2017

 

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

Fans of Sarah J Maas (such as I) have had a very, very long year. We have subsisted on fanfiction and re-reads for far too long. We’re *this* close to stopping activities of daily living.  The release of this final book in the trilogy would have us all in tears, I tell you. In tears. If you haven’t heard of the series, A Court of Wings and Ruin is book three of an epic trilogy filled with romance, adventure and, well, feminism. The last book left us all hanging with what-ifs and theories so getting this baby in our hands would the fitting end to all the waiting.

Release Date: May 2017

 

 

Kristiana Rule

Your average not-so-teenage working class heroine. An island girl lost in the Queen City of the South. Make sure to visit her blog and say hi.

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