The Me I Meant to Be by Sophie Jordan | January 1
Hitting the ground running with The Me I Meant to Be, a YA novel dropping on the very first day of the new year. I have to admit, I love Sophie’s historical romance (somewhat of a new obsession of mine, I only got into the genre in December 2016!) and have read one of her New Adult novels, but I have yet to read any of her YA books.
Willa and Flor are total besties and Willa knows there’s an unspoken girl code that can’t be broken period. Even though she’s practically be in love with her neighbor (aka Flor’s boyfriend) forever. Although Zach and Flor recently broke up, Willa’s determined Zach remain off-limits, despite Zach always being around. As for Flor, she’s got a lot on her plate right now: her dad recently started dating again, the whole break-up with Zach, and Flor’s struggling grades. She needs to focus right now, but she can’t stop thinking about her tutor.
This one sounds fluffy and light-hearted with the perfect amount of romance to kick off the new year.
The Light Over London by Julia Kelly | January 8
WWII fiction is having a massive boom right now and I am SO there. I’ve already put in a request for this one at my library (a few other people managed to snag it before me, just ignore the uncontrollable sobbing you hear). But what’s even better than a WWII novel? A DUAL ERA NOVEL.
While working with an antiques dealer on clearing out an estate, Cara comes across an old tin. Upon opening it, she discovers a WWII-era diary and a photograph of a young woman in uniform. Enchanted, Cara is determined to find out more about the author of the unfinished diary, the story of the woman, but in doing so, Cara must face the brutal reality of wartime London. Louise is 19 in 1941 and is waiting at home for her wealthy suitor to return from war when he’s sure to propose. An unexpected encounter with an RAF pilot changes everything and Louise finds herself joining the women’s branch of the British Army as a Gunner Girl.
I mean, do I really need to say anything else??
No Mercy by Joanna Schaffhausen | January 15
Last December I read the first book in this series, The Vanishing Season, and was absolutely floored by how much I enjoyed it. When she was 14, Abby seemed to be the next victim of a serial killer that had been terrorizing the nation. Miraculously she was rescued and 15 years later, Abby – now Ellery – is a police officer.
No Mercy seems to take place shortly after the events of The Vanishing Season: Ellie is now on involuntary leave from her job and is forced to attend a group therapy for victims of violent crimes. Instead of getting in touch with her feelings, Ellie finds herself digging around where she shouldn’t: she’s convinced a fellow group member helped to convict an innocent man of a crime years ago and a woman who survived a brutal rape pleads with Ellie to find her attacker.
The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli | January 22
Okay, to be honest, I’m not sure if this is a January release or if it comes out in February; there are two release dates. Regardless, this is one of the three books on this list I already have and I’m beyond excited to dive in!
Raina has finally caved and given in to her family’s demands. She’ll allow her grandmother to play matchmaker, but that doesn’t mean Raina will have to like it. As her life quickly spirals into a whirlwind of disastrous blind dates, Raina needs to find a way out of her arranged-marriage nightmare – without crushing her grandmother’s dreams.
All is Fair by Dee Garretson | January 22
It’s 1918 and war is raging across Europe. Lady Mina Tretheway knows she’s destined for greater things than choosing the right fork at dinner and finally sees her chance to shine when she receives a telegram written in code. Returning to her childhood home, Mina is joined by a family friend and a young American, and the three set out on a dangerous project full of spywork and cryptic messages.
WWI, spying, a fancy boarding school for well-bred ladies? YES PLEASE!
The Suspect by Fiona Barton | January 22
Barton’s debut, The Widow, was one of my Top Reads of 2016. Her follow-up, The Child, was a bit of a letdown, however. I’m hoping that was just a fluke, or a case where I had such high expectations since I loved her first book so much. Either way, I have a copy of The Suspect (and will be participating in the blog tour next month).
Two families are thrust into the international spotlight after their daughters go missing in Thailand. Kate Waters is determined to always be the first on the scene, the journalist who gets the exclusive interviews, the one to break the news, and this case is no exception. As she digs deeper into the girls’ disappearance, Kate can’t help but think of her own son; since he left home to go travelling she hasn’t spoken to him in two years.
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne | January 29
The wait list for this one is already a mile-long. I expect I’ll be getting my copy by next summer #notfine
Darcy met the love of her life when she was 8. Unfortunately, her brother Jamie claimed Tom as his best friend, making Tom firmly off-limits and leaving Darcy to relish in the 1% of him that wasn’t completely loyal to Jamie. Now grown, Darcy has three months to get her life in order before her brother sells the run-down cottage their inherited from their grandmother. Tom just happens to be a whiz at DIYs and Fixer Uppers and Jamie has sent him to the cottage to give it a massive overhaul that will result in an even more massive bundle of cash once the cottage is sold. For the first time in a decade, Tom is single and, to Darcy’s luck, he’s on her porch. No longer content with just 1% of Tom, Darcy’s determined to have the other 99%.
Do I need to go on? The Hating Game was one of my favorite reads of 2016 and, like the rest of the book community, I’ve been dying for Thorne’s next book.
Governess Gone Rogue by Laura Lee Guhrke | January 29
I currently have the first two Dear Lady Truelove novels from the library and I plan on doing a binge read just in time for the third book! Dear Lady Truelove is a wildly popular advice column, its author’s identity a complete secret. In Governess Gone Rogue, Lady Truelove receives a letter from a pair of twin boys, looking for a new wife for their father (she must be nice, brainy, and fond of cats).
Their father, the Earl of Kenyon, feels what his boys need is a strong male tutor, not a mother. Someone tough enough to tame his wild sons. Though Lord Kenyon insists on hiring a man, Miss Amanda Leighton, former schoolteacher and governess, knows she’s fully qualified to be a tutor. A few ill-fitting suits later and she’s Lord Kenyon’s newest employee.
Three Little Words by JEnny Holiday | January 29
AAHHHH!! The third and final book on this list that I already own and one of my most anticipated 2019 releases!
Three Little Words is Gia’s book and that’s all I need to say about that!