With a new year comes a fresh slate of books on the horizon; here are just a few highly anticipated (but perhaps less well-known) releases coming up.
Get your calendars ready!
That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam – May 8th
In this moving novel about family and race, Rebecca, a white woman, adopts the child of her late friend and nanny, who happens to be black. What follows is a complex story of raising two children who face very different worlds. Star author Celeste Ng calls it “thought-provoking and heartfelt.”
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory – January 30th
Debut novel alert! Jasmine Guillory steps into the romance world with a story of two high-powered professionals, Drew– a pediatric surgeon and Alexa — a mayor’s chief of staff. The pair meet in an elevator during a power outage and end up going as dates to a wedding– just for fun. After they both fly home, though, things start to get serious. Fans of the genre and non-romance-readers alike are looking forward to this funny, feel-good rom com.
Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body by Melanie C. Klein – January 8th
With its growing practice, yoga has become more than just exercise for the body. Yoga Rising collects personal essays from 30 different contributors, illustrating their journey to self-love and self acceptance through yoga. Body image is central, but the intersections of the spiritual self and social justice are also brought into play.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – March 6th
Tomi Adeyemi debuts with a compelling fantasy novel inspired by West Africa; in Children of Blood and Bone, magic has been ruthlessly snuffed out in the land of Orisha. Young Zelie, though, has a chance to resurrect this powerful and dangerous magic to save the history of her family. Anyone who enjoyed The Akata Witch (or Harry Potter, for that matter!) will eat this one up.
The World of Lore: Wicked Mortalsby Aaron Mahnke – May 29th
The hit podcast Lore crosses over into book form with this nonfiction compendium of some of the most villainous people in the world’s history. Rich illustrations accompany the tales of depravity and crime, if that’s what you’re into. Fans of the podcast, at least, will be eager to supplement with this macabre book.
The Hunger by Alma Katsu – March 6th
For another dark, disturbing, and highly anticipated title, look to Alma Katsu’s The Hunger, a western novel with a supernatural twist. It retells the infamous Donner Party saga, the tragic pioneers that became trapped in the Sierra Nevadas. Katsu transforms the known history into a thrilling and imaginative novel.
The Winter of the Witch (August 14th) wraps up the magical Russian fairytale of the Winternight Trilogy, started by The Bear and the Nightingale.
Obsidio (March 13th) punctuates the young adult series The Illuminae Files, which began with the epic sci fi novel Illuminae. Set in the year 2575, this space opera spans a massive conflict, and the ending will be fittingly dramatic.
The Burning White (August 28th) will technically be the fifth (and supposedly last) book in the Lightbringer Trilogy, which started with The Black Prism. With a deep magic system and intense geopolitics, this epic fantasy saga is ready to go out with a bang.
-Eli Hoelscher is a Readers’ Services Assistant at Lawrence Public Library.