Happy New Year, everyone! Today, I’m going to be chatting about my most anticipated January book releases, of which there are quite a few and which are kicking the year off absolutely brilliantly. Onto the post!
Clementine Florentine– I have a proof of this and it’s going to be one of my very first reads in 2022, most likely, and I’m very excited both to read it and be part of the blog tour in a couple of days. It’s about an aspiring poet named Clementine, who teams up with her nemesis to put a stop to their parents dating.
When the War Came Home- first of all, can we talk about how stunning David Dean’s cover for this is?! I’m obsessed. I really enjoyed Lesley’s debut The Valley of Lost Secrets last year and this one is a mystery set in the 1920s, so it’s already ticking a LOT of boxes for me before I’ve even picked it up.
Room To Dream- I’ve really enjoyed both books in this recent historical middle grade series, so I’m looking forward to picking up what I believe is the final installment. They have a lot of really important messages about race and immigration, and how to treat people who may be different to you.
The Rollercoaster Boy– I think this is Lisa Thompson’s 8th or 9th book or something like that? Which is kind of insane, to be honest, since I’ve been reading her since her debut year. I know this one involves discussion of bipolar disorder and also features a mystery, so I’m very intrigued by it, especially as I’ve seen quite a few people say it’s her best book yet.
Sleepover Takeover– I have been a fan of Simon James Green since basically the month I started this blog, so it makes me very emotional to think about how many books he’s released since. This is his second middle grade title, and it seems to be MG’s answer to the Hangover trilogy, which sees a boy trying to retrace his steps after a disastrous sleepover.
Jummy at the River School– this is another one I feel very lucky to have a review copy of, and will be reading in the very near future. It’s set in a Nigerian boarding school and I’m a sucker for a boarding school setting, so I’m super excited to be part of its blog tour as well.
Raven Winter– I absolutely loved Snow Foal by this author, and her second book Otters’ Moon was wonderful as well, so I’m very excited to get my hands on this! The cover is absolutely beautiful, so even though I have no real idea what it’s actually about, I preordered a copy anyway. I think it may involve domestic violence though, and I’m assuming there will be a gorgeous animal/child relationship. (Note: at time of writing, I hadn’t read this, but my copy is being delivered before Christmas and I will most likely be squeezing it onto my festive/ Betwixtmas reading list if I can)
Greta and the Ghost Hunters– all I really know about this is that it’s an MG comedy-fantasy-contemporary hybrid, and I’m very excited to read it despite not having read anything from Sam Copeland in the past. It’s about a girl who dies, becomes a ghost and meets the other ancestral ghosts that live in her house, and then they team up to save her beloved grandmother from being put in a care home.
A Thunder of Monsters– I have loved the Songs of Magic books for over 3 years now and I am SO EXCITED the final book in the trilogy is finally coming out. I’m dying to see how Patch and Wren and Barver’s stories end in this unique, well-crafted world inspired by the Pied Piper.
Mort the Meek and the Monstrous Quest– this is another one I’m going to be part of the blog tour for, I believe on the 7th of the month, and I’m really looking forward to it! The first book was so much fun and it really made me luck, so I can’t wait to catch up with Mort, who is a pacifist despite the brutal fantasy world he lives in.
Operation Sisterhood– of course there’s a USMG on here! I’ve gotten way more into USMG these past couple pandemic years and I’m so glad I have because there are loads of books that haven’t been bought by UK publishers that I’d be very sad not to have read.
The Secrets Act– I am also on the blog tour for this one, and part of the Instagram read along that Chicken House are running, so you’ll be seeing it pop up a fair bit next month! It’s a YA mystery set at Bletchley Park during the war and I’m absolutely buzzing about it because I obviously love historical mysteries and this just sounds very me.
Win Lose Kill Die– I’ve been meaning to obtain a copy of Cynthia’s debut for almost a full year now and I still haven’t, but her second book also sounds fab and my copy is already on order at my library (who very helpfully decided to stock it!). It seems to be a kind of dark academia vibe with murders happening at an elite school and apparently fans of Holly Jackson and Karen M McManus will enjoy, so I think I’ll really like it.
If This Gets Out– this sounds like the boyband gay romance book of my dreams, and I am very hyped. I also loved Sophie Gonzalez’s book Perfect on Paper, so that’s made me want to read this even more, I’m especially hoping for similar humour because PoP was super funny and flirty and fabulous!
The Revelry– this is the new Katherine Webber book, and I’m very excited as it’s her first YA book in like 3 and a bit years (roughly). It’s about a mysterious gathering in the woods named the Revelry, and how it changes people’s fates.
The Paid Bridesmaid– the blurb for this is giving me definite Secret Bridesmaid vibes and I LOVED that book, so this one is going to be a must read for me! It’s about a professional Bridesmaid who accidentally convinces the best man she’s a corporate spy, and their love story.
Her Perfect Twin– I’m so excited for this!! It’s a psychological thriller about a woman who kills her twin then starts living both as her twin and herself, until lockdown makes that rather difficult.
The Christie Affair– I don’t know that much about this, but it seems to be a thriller/mystery in terms of genre and it focuses on Agatha Christie’s famous disappearance. I’m very excited to get stuck in, the blurb is unbelievably intriguing.
The Twyford Code– if you know me, you’ll know that I absolutely bloody LOVED the Appeal by this author. It’s just so great. So I’m very excited for her second book! I believe it focuses on a man who has recently been released from prison trying to crack a code a famous children’s author is alleged to have left in her writing.
Thank you so much for reading my first post of 2022! Which January releases are you most excited for? Do you have any in common with my list? I’d love to chat with you in the comments!