9 Must-Read Adult Books Out in February
If we’re being honest, we rarely end up sticking to our New Year’s resolutions. That’s why we’re SUPER surprised that our goal to read more this year is actually going quite well. Sure, we still have a few books on our January reading list, but scheduling ourselves a self-care reading afternoon every now and then has been an amazing way to destress from our busy-gal lives. So to keep ourselves motivated to read more, we’re splurging on the most anticipated adult novels out in February (hey, V-Day gift to ourselves). Here are nine new books out this month that we can’t wait to read.
1. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella ($28): Sophie Kinsella can do absolutely no wrong in our books (pun intended). So when we heard that she was working on a new love story that discusses everything from fake news to office politics — all while staying true to her amazing writing style — it’s pretty safe to say we’re instantly obsessed.
Warm Bodies movie, book series or both, it’s pretty safe to say that Isaac Marion’s zombie-infested world is definitely iconic. In the third series installment, Marion tackles the issue of learning to be human again. Fair warning: You’re going to want to binge-read this one.
3. Pretend I’m Not Here by Barbara Feinman Todd ($28): Barbara Feinman Todd learned a lot about Washington while being the ghostwriter and book researcher for Hillary Clinton, Ben Bradlee and Carl Bernstein. Now in her new memoir, she recounts all the lessons she’s learned AND the off-camera personalities she’s met. It’s funny, honest and definitely timely.
Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline’s newest novel is inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s iconic painting Christina’s World. Merging fact and fiction, Kline’s newest endeavor is touching and harrowing. Yeah, you’re probably going to want to read the last chapter at least twice.
5. Marked for Revenge by Emelie Schepp ($27): If suspense novels are your go-to, this second installment in the Jana Berzelius series is definitely a must-read. Get ready for 384 pages of twists, turns and betrayals, folks.
6. The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen ($25): This collection of short stories by Pulitzer Prize-winning Viet Thanh Nguyen explores themes of immigration, love and family, and it couldn’t be more relevant in today’s political climate. You’ll cry, laugh and tweet at 2am in the morning about it, we guarantee.
7. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee ($27): Following a Korean family through many generations (starting in the early 1900s), this breathtaking tale warns how shame and secrets affect the fabric of family.
8. The Book of Mirrors by E.O. Chirovici ($26): When literary agent Peter Katz receives a manuscript about a student’s relationship with a famous professor, he couldn’t be more excited — especially since the professor was brutally murdered and the case hasn’t been solved. Using the incomplete manuscript as a jumping-off point, Katz pieces together info to figure out what happened.
9. The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty ($16): Faced with a series of unfortunate circumstances, young Anne Morgan leaves her job to become a housekeeper for England’s answer to Martha Stewart. But unlike her best-selling books and motivational blog, this celeb’s got a few costly secrets… yep, Suellen Dainty’s page-turning psychological thriller will leave you biting your nails in anticipation.