28 Books to Consider Reading this January

January book releases 2017

Each January bookworms the world over pour over the new releases due out trying to predict which ones will hit the Bestsellers Lists first. 

Book selling remains big business, with an increase in both eBooks and audio-books being noted, so knowing where to start when choosing a new book can often be quite daunting.

Looking back over the stats for January 2016 we can see that book sales are not due to dwindle anytime soon. 

“As of mid-January 2016, Amazon.com’s print sales were running at a rate of 969,000 print books a day.”

“As of mid-January 2016, Amazon’s US eBook sales were running at a rate of 1,064,000 paid downloads a day.”

(Stats quoted by AuthorEarnings.com) 

How Do You Decide Which Books to Read?

With a mixture of Bestselling lists, GoodReads and the copious amount of book bloggers out there, myself included, information is not in short supply.  It simply comes down to considering what genre you like and whether a book appeals to you.

For me personally, if I don’t like the book cover very rarely do I read the synopsis on the back, which I know, before 100’s of people attack me, is the wrong thing to do, but it’s like anything in this world – if it’s not visually appealing people tend to avoid it.

With that being said I have made a pledge in 2017 to be less judgmental; whether or not it is aesthetically pleasing to me, I have promised myself I will only judge a book by its words.

So Which Books Out There Do I Think Will Stand Out This January?

Sisters One, Two, Three, January 2017, books, novel

Sisters One, Two, Three

Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star 

After a tragic accident on Martha’s Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear.

When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles’ carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel.

(Publish Date: 1st January)

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett, January 2017, books, novel, releases

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

(Publish Date: 3rd January)

The Strays, new release January 2017, books, novels

The Strays

The Strays by Emily Bitto 

On her first day at a new school, Lily meets Eva, one of the daughters of the infamous avant-garde painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are attempting to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like-minded artists to live and work with them at their family home. As Lily’s friendship with Eva grows, she becomes infatuated with this makeshift family and longs to truly be a part of it.

(Publish Date: 3rd January)

Whenever I'm With You by Lydia Sharp, January 2017 new release

Whenever I’m With You

Whenever I’m With You by Lydia Sharp

After Gabi’s parents’ divorce, she moves from California to Alaska with her dad. At first, it feels like banishment—until she meets Kai. He welcomes her into his life, sharing his family, his friends, and his warmth. But as winter approaches, Kai pulls away for seemingly no reason at all. He’s quiet, withdrawn. Then one day, he disappears.

(Publish Date: 3rd January)

Mrs Sherlock Holmes new release for January 2017, books, novel

Mrs Sherlock Holmes

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca 

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes tells the true story of Grace Humiston, the detective and lawyer who turned her back on New York society life to become one of the nation’s greatest crime-fighters during an era when women weren’t involved with murder investigations. After agreeing to take the sensational Cruger case, Grace and her partner, the hard-boiled detective Julius J. Kron, navigated a dangerous web of secret boyfriends, two-faced cops, underground tunnels, rumors of white slavery, and a mysterious pale man — in a desperate race against time.

(Publish Date: 3rd January)

Lost Girls, new release for January 2017, book, novels

Lost Girls

Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano 

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life. 

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year, but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls. 

(Publish Date: 3rd January)

Freeks, new release for January 2017, books, novels

Freeks

Freeks by Amanda Hocking 

Mara has always longed for a normal life in a normal town where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. Instead, she roams from place to place, cleaning the tiger cage while her friends perform supernatural feats every night.

When they set up camp in Caudry, Louisiana, Mara meets local-boy Gabe and a normal life has never been more appealing.

But before long, performers begin disappearing and bodies are found mauled by an invisible beast. Mara realizes that there’s a sinister presence lurking in the town with its sights set on getting rid of the sideshow freeks.

(Publish Date: 3rd January)

Interested in finding out more about this novel?  Then head over to Much Loved Books to read Michelle’s review.

Difficult Women, New Release January 2017, books, novels

Difficult Women

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

A collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection.

The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail.

A pair of sisters, inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, must negotiate the elder sister’s marriage.

A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other.

A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer.

A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind.

Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July.

(Publish Date: 3rd January)

Purgatory Road, New release January 2017, books, novels

Purgatory Road

Purgatory Road by Samuel Parker

When a day trip out of Las Vegas with his wife takes a turn for the worse, Jack is sure that he has the ability to get them home. But he drove into something far beyond reason. Rescue comes in the form of a desert hermit, but hope fades as the couple comes to realize that the nomad has no intention of letting them leave. A chance encounter with a kidnapped runaway and her crazed abductor leads them all farther into the wilderness—and closer to the cold brutality that isolation brings.

(Publish Date: 3rd January)

I Love You pulished January 2017, books, novel

I Love You

I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions: A Contract Killers Novel by Erin Lyon 

In a world where marriage doesn’t exist—only seven-year contracts—you don’t marry, you sign. You don’t divorce, you breach. And sometimes, you just expire.

Kate is struggling to find her footing. She gave up a career she hated to pursue the law, and now she’s buried in debt and unemployed. At least she’s signed to an amazing guy—hot, sweet, and committed.

Enter the contract killer, the man who pursues only signed women. No commitment, no hassle, all the fun. But Kate has enough fun on her plate… until her partner doesn’t re-up their contract.

(Publish Date: 10th January)

The River at Night, published in January 2017, books, novels

The River at Night

The River at Night by Erica  Ferencik 

Stifled by a soul-crushing job, devastated by the death of her beloved brother, and lonely after the end of a fifteen-year marriage, Wini is feeling vulnerable. So when her three best friends insist on a high-octane getaway for their annual girls’ trip, she signs on, despite her misgivings.

What starts out as an invigorating hiking and rafting excursion in the remote Allagash Wilderness soon becomes an all-too-real nightmare: A freak accident leaves the women stranded, separating them from their raft and everything they need to survive. When night descends, a fire on the mountainside lures them to a ramshackle camp that appears to be their lifeline. But as Wini and her friends grasp the true intent of their supposed saviors, long buried secrets emerge and lifelong allegiances are put to the test. To survive, Wini must reach beyond the world she knows to harness an inner strength she never knew she possessed.

(Publish Date: 10th January)

Her Every Fear, published in January 2017, books, novels

Her Every Fear

Her Every Fear: A Novel by Peter Swanson 

Growing up, Kate Priddy was always a bit neurotic, experiencing momentary bouts of anxiety that exploded into full blown panic attacks after an ex-boyfriend kidnapped her and nearly ended her life. When Corbin Dell, a distant cousin in Boston, suggests the two temporarily swap apartments, Kate, an art student in London, agrees, hoping that time away in a new place will help her overcome the recent wreckage of her life.

But soon after her arrival at Corbin’s grand apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate makes a shocking discovery: his next-door neighbor, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. When the police question her about Corbin, a shaken Kate has few answers, and many questions of her own—curiosity that intensifies when she meets Alan Cherney, a handsome, quiet tenant who lives across the courtyard, in the apartment facing Audrey’s. Alan saw Corbin surreptitiously come and go from Audrey’s place, yet he’s denied knowing her. Then, Kate runs into a tearful man claiming to be the dead woman’s old boyfriend, who insists Corbin did the deed the night that he left for London.

(Publish Date: 10th January)

Sirens published in January 2017, books, novels

Sirens

Sirens by Joseph Knox 

Set in a sprawling, twilight northern city, Sirens introduces Aidan Waits, a disgraced young detective caught stealing drugs from evidence and subsequently blackmailed into going undercover. When an MP’s daughter runs away from home, Waits is sent to track her down and finds himself at the centre of a maelstrom of drugs, blackmail and deception.

Uncovering the motives of those involved, he’s thrown forwards through politicians, police and drug lords – towards a conclusion and a truth he really doesn’t want to know.

(Publish Date: 12th January)

Margaret Thatcher published in January 2017, books, novels

Margaret Thatcher: A Life & Legacy

Margaret Thatcher: A Life and Legacy by David Cannadine

Few modern women have had as great a political impact as Margaret Hilda Roberts, the grocer’s daughter from Grantham who, as Margaret Thatcher, became Britain’s first woman prime minister. The longest serving British premier of the twentieth century, Thatcher has been the subject of both adulation and vilification.

With elegance, wit, and historical insight, Cannadine charts Mrs Thatcher’s upbringing and influences, her political career and life after politics, the impact of her policies, and her personal reputation and political legacy.

(Publish Date: 12th January)

A Quiet Kind of Thunder, Published in January 2017, books, novels

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard 

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

(Publish Date: 12th January)

A Word for Love published in January 2017, books ,novel

A Word for Love

A Word for Love by Emily Robbins 

It is said there are ninety-nine Arabic words for love. Bea, an American exchange student, has learned them all.

 In search of deep feeling, she travels to a Middle Eastern country known to hold the “The Astonishing Text,” an ancient, original manuscript of a famous Arabic love story that is said to move its best readers to tears. But once in this foreign country, Bea finds that instead of intensely reading Arabic she is entwined in her host family’s complicated lives—as they lock the doors, and whisper anxiously about impending revolution. And suddenly, instead of the ancient love story she sought, it is her daily witness of a contemporary Romeo and Juliet-like romance—between a housemaid and policeman of different cultural and political backgrounds—that astonishes her, changes her, and makes her weep.

But as the country drifts toward explosive unrest, Bea wonders how many secrets she can keep, and how long she can fight for a romance that does not belong to her.

(Publish Date: 17th January)

Little Deaths published in January 2017, books, novels

Little Deaths

Little Deaths by Emma Flint 

It’s 1965 in a tight-knit working-class neighborhood in Queens, New York, and Ruth Malone–a single mother who works long hours as a cocktail waitress–wakes to discover her two small children, Frankie Jr. and Cindy, have gone missing. Later that day, Cindy’s body is found in a derelict lot a half mile from her home, strangled. Ten days later, Frankie Jr.’s decomposing body is found. Immediately, all fingers point to Ruth.

As police investigate the murders, the detritus of Ruth’s life is exposed. Seen through the eyes of the cops, the empty bourbon bottles and provocative clothing which litter her apartment, the piles of letters from countless men and Ruth’s little black book of phone numbers, make her a drunk, a loose woman–and therefore a bad mother. The lead detective, a strict Catholic who believes women belong in the home, leaps to the obvious conclusion: facing divorce and a custody battle, Malone took her children’s lives.

(Publish Date: 17th January)

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight published in January 2017, books, novels

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones 

A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, missing people, errant wives, philandering business owners, and oh yeah demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people.

 As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead.

In this eleventh installment, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, maybe Charley can find a way to have her happily ever after after all.

(Publish Date: 24th January)

The Fifth Letter published in January 2017, books, novels

The Fifth Letter

The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty 

Joni, Deb, Eden, and Trina have been best friends since high school, sharing a bond that has seen them through their teenage years and into adulthood. But now, time and circumstance is starting to pull them apart as careers, husbands, and babies get in the way. As their yearly vacation becomes less of a priority—at least for three of the women—how can Joni find a way to draw the four of them back together?

During a laughter and wine-filled night, the women dare one another to write anonymous letters, spilling their deepest, darkest secrets. But the fun game turns devastating, exposing cracks in their lives and the friendships they share. Each letter is a dark confession revealing shocking information.

Late on one of their last night’s together, after the other three have gone to bed, Joni notices something in the fireplace—a burnt, crumpled, nearly destroyed, sheet of paper that holds the most shattering revelation of all. It is a fifth letter—a hate-filled rant that exposes a vicious, deeply hidden grudge that has festered for decades. But who wrote it? Which one of them has seethed with resentment all these years? What should Joni do?

(Publish Date: 24th January)

Allegedly published in January 2017, books, novel

Allegedly

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson 

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

(Publish Date: 24th January)

Age of Anger published in January 2017, books, novels

Age of Anger

Age of Anger: A history of the present by Pankaj Mishra 

Modernity, secularism, development, and progress have long been viewed by the powerful few as benign ideals for the many. Today, however, botched experiments in nation-building, democracy, industrialization, and urbanization visibly scar much of the world.

Pankaj Mishra explores the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world—from American “shooters” and ISIS to Trump, Modi, and racism and misogyny on social media.

(Publish Date: 26th January)

Caraval published January 2017, books, novels

Caraval

Caraval by Stephanie Garber 

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Scarlett and Tella are whisked away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive,her sister is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

(Publish Date:  31st January)

At Close Range, published January 2017, books, novels

At Close Range

At Close Range by Laura Griffin

When a lakeside tryst ends in a double murder, police detective Daniele Harper arrives on the scene determined to get answers. Clues are everywhere, but nothing adds up. Dani turns to the Delphi Center crime lab for help, but soon regrets it when her secret attraction to their chief firearms examiner threatens to distract her from the most important case of her career.

As a ballistics expert and former Navy SEAL, Scott Black knows firearms, and he knows he can help Dani unravel her case. Scott has managed to hide his interest in his best friend’s younger sister for years, but when her investigation brings them together, the sparks between them quickly get out of control. Scott resolves to keep his hands off Dani and his eyes on the goal—identifying a killer. But when that killer zeroes in on Dani, all bets are off. There isn’t a line Scott won’t cross to convince Dani to trust him so that he can help her take down a ruthless murderer who has her in his sights.

(Publish Date:  31st January)

The Careful Undressing of Love, published in January 2017, books, novels

The Careful Undressing of Love

The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu

Everyone who really knows Brooklyn knows Devonairre Street girls are different. They’re the ones you shouldn’t fall in love with. The ones with the curse. The ones who can get you killed.

Lorna Ryder is a Devonairre Street girl, and for years, paying lip service to the curse has been the small price of living in a neighborhood full of memories of her father, one of the thousands killed five years earlier in the 2001 Times Square Bombing. Then her best friend’s boyfriend is killed, and suddenly a city paralyzed by dread of another terrorist attack is obsessed with Devonairre Street and the price of falling in love.

(Publish Date: 31st January)

4 3 2 1 published in January 2017, books, novels

4 3 2 1

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster 

Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born.

From that single beginning, Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge.

Each Ferguson falls under the spell of the magnificent Amy Schneiderman, yet each Amy and each Ferguson have a relationship like no other. Meanwhile, readers will take in each Ferguson’s pleasures and ache from each Ferguson’s pains, as the mortal plot of each Ferguson’s life rushes on.

(Publish Date: 31st January)

Behind Her Eyes published in January 2017, books, novels

Behind Her Eyes

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

(Publish Date: 31st January)

The Odds of You and Me, published January 2017, books, novel

The Odds of You and Me

The Odds of You and Me by Cecilia Galante

Thirteen days. That’s all Bernadette, “Bird,” Sincavage has left to go until she’s done with her probation and can be free again. Free from making payments to the supermarket she wrote bad checks to. Free from living at home with her overzealous mother who’s constantly nagging her about attending church again. Free to give her four-year-old son, Angus, the normal life he deserves.

Her impending freedom and move to Moon Lake, where she’s plunked down a deposit on a brand new apartment, is so close she can almost taste it.

What trouble could she possibly get into in just 13 days?

But trouble does follow in the form of James Rittenhouse—someone she worked with a few years ago.

At first, Bird is stunned to see James make the evening news when he’s arrested for assaulting someone in a local bar. But that’s nothing compared to the shock she gets when she discovers James hiding out in an abandoned church choir loft.

Somehow he escaped police custody, broke his leg, and got his hand on a gun, which he’s now pointing at her.

Will Bird jeopardize her future for someone who helped her out in the past? Or will she turn a blind eye and learn to live with the consequences?

(Publish Date: 31st January)

Six Wakes published in January 2017, books, novel

Six Wakes

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty 

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.

At least, Marie Shea had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died, from illness once and from injury once.

Maria’s vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Pituitary, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. Apparently Maria wasn’t the only one to die recently.

(Publish Date: 31st January)

As you can see, January is a month full of both new and well-known authors releasing, what they hope, will be best-selling novels.

Whilst this list is by-no-means exhaustive, what we do hope is that this list inspires you to pick up a book from a different author, read a novel outside of your normal genre preference or research for yourself other titles by these above-mentioned authors in the hope that you find something that appeals.

Have you got a book recommendation for January that you would like to share with us?

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