With the holidays now officially over, we can finally ditch our year-end stress and enjoy winter like we’re supposed to (AKA with a good read, a toasty fire and tacky winter PJs). But, unfortunately, not all of us were lucky enough to score cool new reads in our stockings this year. That’s why we’re listing 10 brand new books out in January that we can’t wait to binge read. So make yourself a cup of tea, get cozy in your adorable reading nook and let’s get started!
1. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay ($25): Roxane Gay is one of the most iconic female contemporary writers of our time, and her newest collection of stories are sure to match even her most acclaimed works, like 2014’s Bad Feminist. Featuring bold, passionate characters who are quirky but undoubtedly human, you’ll fall in love with these modern American women from the moment you turn the first page.
2. Own It by Sallie Krawcheck ($27): We recently got the chance to interview this girlboss finance entrepreneur and were instantly amazed by her drive and passion for helping women. Now, the powerhouse gal’s career playbook is here to inspire you to reach for your dreams, not by conforming to men’s expectations in the workplace, but by embracing the strengths you have as a woman.
3. The Upstarts by Brad Stone ($32): If you’ve ever wondered how companies like Uber and Airbnb got so ubiquitous, this is just the non-fiction pick for you. With a detailed and revealing account of the companies’ rise and commentary on why they succeeded in the way they did, Brad Stone’s newest read is interesting, informed and oh-so-timely.
4. The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams ($27): Seamlessly weaving together the stories of a modern Manhattanite and a Jazz-Age flapper, this can’t-miss new novel is perfect for the gal who should have been born in the ‘20s.
5. Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner ($27): Eight years ago, Sharlah’s brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both their lives. Now, he’s back… but this time he might be responsible for a double murder. Definitely one to read with all the lights on.
6. Transit by Rachel Cusk ($26): With the first novel in this series, Outline, gaining a coveted spot on The New York Times Book Review’s 10 best books of 2015 list, it’s safe to say people are anxiously awaiting Cusk’s newest novel. Get ready to binge read, folks!
7. I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi ($26): This powerful debut novel is about a wife and mother who commits suicide to the utter shock of her family. But the departed matron isn’t quite ready to leave her family behind and continues to watch over them, even trying to find them a suitable replacement for herself. It’s heartbreaking, smart and a definite page-turner.
8. The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian ($27): If you or anyone you know sleepwalks, you’ll definitely want to pick up this creepy read. When known sleepwalker Annalee Ahlberg goes missing one night, everyone fears she might be dead. But a mysterious investigation and odd circumstances lead her children to question if this was really a sleepwalking accident… or something else completely.
9. Explore/Create by Richard Garriott ($27): Son of legendary scientist-astronaut, Richard Garriott has always been an advocate for exploring the world and mindfully creating. In this telling memoir (complete with puzzles, tricks and hidden codes!), learn his secret to staying creative and gain valuable insight into his crazy-interesting history. Plus, if you weren’t otherwise convinced, the book has been praised by the likes of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Stephen Hawking and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (not that we’re name-dropping).
10. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney ($26): If you read anything this January, this should be it. Told from the fresh perspective of 85-year-old poet Lillian Boxfish as she takes a 10-mile walk across New York City, it’s smart, hilarious and completely mesmerizing.
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