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10 New Books You Should Add to Your December 2019 TBR!

by  | December 10

Short days, long nights, and chilly weather tempt us to bundle up in an abundance of cozy attire and plop ourselves in front of a roaring fire. While some may dread the cold, snowy season, winter is a booklover’s dream. We’re all for an excuse to shut ourselves inside under a pile of blankets and dig into our towering TBR lists. If that sounds like the perfect way to chase away the winter blues, here are a few of the new books landing on shelves this December—just in time for hibernation season.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Children of Virtue and Vengeance

by Tomi Adeyemi

Nicole’s Pick:

She’s baaaack! Tomi Adeyemi is blessing us with the follow-up to her explosive novel Children of Blood and Bone. And if that isn’t enough, have you seen this new cover?! SWOON! In the first book in Tomi’s Legacy of Orïsha trilogy, Zélie goes on a quest to bring magic back to the land. Now that she and Princess Amari (spoiler alert) have succeeded, they find themselves dealing with some unexpected effects of the ritual: the noble families who had magic have it yet again. The enemies are now just as powerful as the maji Zélie worked so hard to help. I loved Children of Blood and Bone so much, and cannot wait to see how Zélie and Amari try to bring the kingdom together in Children of Virtue and Vengeance.

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The Dead Girls Club

The Dead Girls Club

by Damien Angelica Walters

Sara’s Pick #1:

There's nothing like the feeling of finding your people, the ones who totally get all your weird interests and references. For Heather Cole, that was the members of the titular Dead Girls Club, a macabre group of girls who enjoyed spooky tales of supernatural spirits and serial killers. But when her friend Becca gets killed by a supposedly imaginary witch called the Red Lady, twelve-year-old Heather decides to put it all behind her. That is, until thirty years later when she gets a long-forgotten necklace in the mail. A tale of friendship, darkness, and the secrets we keep, The Dead Girls Club is here to give you thrills and chills this December.

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In The Dark

In The Dark

by Loreth Anne White

Sara’s Pick #2:

Who couldn't use a good spa trip during the holidays? Getting away from the stress of shopping, crowded streets, and shoveling snow by the mile. But as tempting as the invitation might seem, it could be in your best interest to stay home, as is the case for the resort guests in Loreth Anne White's new book, In the Dark. Reminiscent of Agatha Christie's classic And Then There Were None, the book details how, after getting trapped by a storm, the guests are getting picked off one by one based on their dark secrets. Meanwhile, homicide cop Mason Deniaud and search and rescue expert Callie Sutton are braving the elements to try to save as many people as they can. Who will make it out alive? Grab your copy and find out, preferably somewhere with a few easily accessible exits.

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A Bookshop in Berlin

A Bookshop in Berlin

by Françoise Frenkel

Courtney’s Pick:

Four of my favorite things come together to make this book my most anticipated December read: bookstores, French culture, World War II history, and a strong real-life female lead. Françoise Frenkel opens a French bookstore in Berlin in 1921, bringing French culture to the German masses. However, when Jewish businesses are vandalized and their lives are threatened, she flees to France. Hiding among heroic strangers, Françoise writes about her adoration of French culture and books, her journey from renowned bookseller to international fugitive, and the atrocities she witnesses as the Nazis grow to power. This heartrending true story about the author’s unwavering love of life and literature was first published in 1945 and rediscovered in an attic almost 60 years later. Her story won't be forgotten again.

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Superior Women

Superior Women

by Alice Adams

Holly’s Pick:

When a diverse group of women meet at the close of World War II, they would never have guessed their lives would inextricably mesh. Superior Women is a timeless coming-of-age novel that intertwines the lives of unexpected friends. Reissued 35 years after its original release date, this book is a definite must-read for December. From independence to sexuality, the themes present in Superior Women are just as relevant today as they were in the four-decade span in which the story takes place.

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The Wives

The Wives

by Tarryn Fisher

Saimah’s Pick #1: 

Tarryn Fisher has imagined a new world of fresh hell in her latest book, The Wives. Thursday’s husband, Seth, has two other wives. The arrangement that they have is that the other wives never meet and don’t know anything about each other. But while doing laundry, Thursday finds a note in her husband’s pocket from one of the other wives. Curiosity gets the best of her and she arranges to meet with that other wife under false pretenses.

But when Thursday uncovers some horrifying details about the man she married, she wonders about the darkness lurking behind his eyes that she never saw before. I can’t wait to pick up this psychological suspense novel to experience the kind of dark twists Tarryn weaves in this story!

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Regretting You

Regretting You

by Colleen Hoover

Saimah’s Pick #2:

Colleen Hoover is pretty much an expert at writing heart-wrenching emotional stories. I’m sure this latest of hers, Regretting You, will pack the same punches. Morgan and her daughter, Clara, are complete opposites, and Clara has always been her father’s little girl. Morgan is worried that her daughter will follow in her footsteps and become pregnant as a teen. Clara can’t understand why her mom is so rigid and can’t have a little fun. Her father, Chris, often takes on the role as peacekeeper in their home, but when he’s involved in a tragic accident, their family is torn apart in a way that may never be repaired.

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Meet Me on Love Lane

Meet Me on Love Lane

by Nina Bocci

Molly’s Pick:

Down on her luck and out of options, New York City florist Charlotte Bishop impulsively returns to her hometown of Hope Lake, PA. She hasn’t been back since she and her mother left more than twenty years earlier following her parents’ contentious divorce, and she finds that Hope Lake is nothing like she expected. It’s bustling and vibrant, the opposite of the miserable, depressed town her mother repeatedly told her it was. In fact, Charlotte can’t remember much about the town at all—not the gorgeous mountain views, the quaint shops downtown, nor sweet (and hunky) Henry, to whom she feels drawn to most. As she dives into small-town life, and her repressed childhood memories start to surface, Charlotte wonders if what she once thought of as her last resort just might be the answer to all her problems. Nina Bocci’s Meet Me on Love Lane, the newest installment in her Hopeless Romantics series, centers on the power of family, friendship, healing, and redemption. It’s a nice reminder that it’s never too late to get your life back on track—and that you’re never too old to go home again.

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Where Winter Finds You

Where Winter Finds You

by J.R. Ward

Heather’s Pick:

For Black Dagger Brotherhood fans, this novella has been a long time coming. Ever since the shocking, devastating death of Trez’s soul mate in a previous book, The Shadows, we have been as deep in the dark as the grief-stricken Trez about what lay ahead for him. Now, J. R. Ward’s Where Winter Finds You promises answers and a light at the end of the tunnel, because it would appear that there is reason to hope that his lost love isn’t gone for good after all. When the enigmatic Therese shows up in Caldwell, Trez becomes convinced that she’s actually a reincarnated version of his beloved Selena. Could it be true? Will Trez get his happily ever after at last? I am beyond ready to find out!

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Dead Astronauts

Dead Astronauts

by Jeff VanderMeer

Nick’s Pick:

Jeff VanderMeer’s Dead Astronauts is just as unusual and original as its innovative cover. In this novel, set in a postapocalyptic universe, three astronauts are in an epic battle against the Company, an all-powerful biotech company. Their war for the fate of the world is atmospheric and vividly written. If you’re a sci-fi junkie, you should definitely treat yourself to a copy of Dead Astronauts this holiday season! And with two previous installments (a full-length book and a novella) set in the Borne World out there as well, you can pick up the full series to be entertained for days to come.

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