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MUST-READ NEW RELEASE BOOKS

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Winter months offer the perfect time to curl up with your pet and dive into the magical worlds held within the pages of a new book. This is a big year for books, with several big names in the publishing world preparing for anticipated releases. Mirador & Stovall gathered a list of some new release titles and upcoming books to look out for this year. We’ve broken them down into genres to cater to your preferred reading taste. If nothing strikes your fancy, check out several curated lists on Goodreads for even more new book releases this year. 

Thrillers

Do you like reading on the edge of your seat? We have a few big thrillers releasing soon that will keep you up at night. Either because you stay up all night to finish it or it keeps your brain buzzing for hours afterward. 

The Project by Courtney Summers released Feb. 2. Courtney Summers is most known for her young adult mystery/thriller Sadie and contemporary favorite Dress Codes for Small Towns. The premise this time involves two sisters and a deceptive cult. It’s sure to be a favorite this year. 

Other thriller releases this year to make note of:

  • The Maidens by Alex Michaelides – author of the beloved thriller The Silent Patient – dropping June 15.

  • Survive the Night by Riley Sager, a well-known thriller novelist releases his next heart-stopping story involving a girl stuck in a car with a serial killer. It hits bookshelves on June 29.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Space, magic, and more await when you crack the cover of a science-fiction/fantasy novel. Get ready for adventure, suspense, and sorcery. 

A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel released Feb. 2. Neuvel is most known for his popular sci-fi series Themis Files involving alien robots fighting. This new series is being promoted as a sci-fi thriller set in the past featuring the Nazi party, the space race, and first contact with aliens. That’s a lot to take in, and we are so ready for the ride.

Other sci-fi fantasy releases this year to make note of:

  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir coming out May 4. Andy Weir is known for The Martian. Hail Mary will be his third full novel and everyone is willing to forgive the tragic disappointment that was Artemis as long as this book can live up to the hype. 

  • The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo releasing June 1. Nghi Vo has entranced readers in the past with her stunning novella series The Empress of Salt and Sorrow. The Chosen and the Beautiful is a Great Gatsby transformative piece with magic. 

  • The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He expected to hit stores May 4. This book is pitched as a sci-fi fantasy with mind-blowing plot twists that involve two sisters, one marooned on a beach, and the search to find each other. This is Joan He’s debut into the young adult world and it sounds wild.

Historical Fiction

If you prefer a peek into the past, let’s talk about major books dropping for historical fiction fans. 

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah released Feb. 2. If you don’t at least know of Kristin Hannah at this point, you must be hiding under a rock. She single-handedly revitalized the entire historical fiction genre with her fan-favorite book The Nightingale. Her next piece of fiction is set in Texas during the Great Depression. Not that the plot matters a lot. People will read it. People will cry. Hannah knows what she is doing here. 

Other historical fiction releases this year to make note of:

  • Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid releases June 1. The author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones and The Six is primed to drop her next hit. Reid’s books exist in the same world, so readers are expecting some beloved cameos to show up from past favorites. 

Contemporary

Hard-hitting contemporaries are a great way to explore social commentary and revel in the trials of growing up. 

Love is a Revolution by Renee Watson released Feb. 2. The Author of the Newbery Honor Award-winning Piecing Me Together just dropped her new young adult contemporary. It’s a coming-of-age tale that addresses race and activism, lying, and loving yourself. 

Other contemporary releases this year to make note of:

  • Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson releasing July 6. Leah Johnson stunned readers with her debut novel last year, You Should See Me In A Crown. Rise To The Sun follows two girls at a music festival and a life-changing event.  

Romance 

Do you love love? It’s February after all. Which means it’s the perfect time to pick up a romance novel in honor of Valentine’s Day. Prepare your heart to be warmed! 

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon released on Jan. 26. The story centers around radio talk show co-hosts who despise each other. We all love a hate-to-love story, witty banter, and a ridiculous premise that forces an unlikely duo together. 

Other romance releases this year to make note of:

  • One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston comes out June 1. Casey McQuiston wrote the Goodreads Choice Award-winning romance Novel Red, White & Royal Blue. Her new novel focuses on a sapphic romance in New York City with a lot of humor, and of course, heart. 

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