New Year, New Books

new books

Happy first Tuesday of 2017! Even though for most of us (I’m right there with you) this means back to work, there is a silver lining and I’ll tell you what it is. BOOK BIRTHDAYS!

If you’re looking to do some wallet damage and watch that TBR pile climb a little higher this week, these are my picks for hot off the press, brand spanking new books, January 3, 2017 edition:

1.) IDAHO, Emily Ruskovich (Random House)



Idaho is a haunting tale of family, tragedy, and time. The story centers on the events of a long ago camping trip, and follow Ann as she tries to piece a family’s story back together. I’m not just recommending this because I lived in Idaho, but I will tell you that I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of an often overlooked state that set the backdrop for this novel.

2.) DIFFICULT WOMEN, Roxane Gay (Grove Press)


From the author of the essay collection Bad Feminist, which I could (and did) exhaust myself praising, comes this new story collection. The female characters that take center stage in each story run the gamut of life experience and background, ensuring that readers will find someone (and more than likely a lot of someones) they can relate to. I have to make a comparison I see here between these stories and the Miranda July collection No One Belongs Here More Than You, which has always been one of my favorites. Fans of July’s style will find a home in Gay’s stories.

3.) WAYFARER, Alexandra Bracken (Disney-Hyperion)

wayfarerAnd of course you knew I’d have a little something for you YA fans. Wayfarer is the second book in the historical/time travel/totally and completely awesome Passenger series. If you haven’t read Passenger yet, I literally have no idea what you’re waiting for. GO GET IT RIGHT NOW, RUN. If you have read it, but it was a while ago when it came out and you’d like a recap before you dive into Wayfarer, you’re in luck. Alexandra Bracken herself has a little gift for you.

Happy reading!