22 Great Books To Kick Off Your New Year’s Resolution To Read More

They say not to judge a book by its cover, but we have to be honest, these 22 books would look really great on your bookshelf. From a space opera to Angie Thomas's follow-up to The Hate U Give to a slew of too-good-to-put-down thrillers, these are the books that will help you kick off the new year right. These January and February releases — with a few late December ones thrown in for good measure — will make you want to spend the winter snuggled up in bed with a good book. And based on what we already know about our choices, you might never change out of your pajamas again. Luckily, the past year had us stocking up on only the most cozy of unstructured pants.

Our reading list includes debuts from Namina Forna and Morgan Rogers, who are sure to become your new favorites, along with follow-ups from those writers who already are. Maika and Maritza Moulite, the sisters behind Dear Haiti, Love Alaine, all have new books dropping in the first months of 2021. We've also got non-fiction by way of a memoir about living with chronic illness and a biography on Ida B. Wells. Not to mention, a wide range of fiction — thrillers, rom-coms, and sci-fi, oh my — that you'll want to share with your Zoom book club ASAP. Leesa Cross-Smith's This Close To Okay feels like one you're gonna want to discuss.

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The Wrong Family

By Tarryn Fisher
(Available December 29)


That broken white picket fence on the cover of this twisty psychological thriller is a clue that not all is right with the family that lives there. The book itself might be a lesson in why you should resist the urge to snoop on your neighbors.

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Pretty Little Wife

By Darby Kane

(Available December 29)


Lila's husband has gone missing, but she doesn't seem all that concerned. Why? Well, she was the last one to see his body. Now she's worried that her dead husband might not be so dead.

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The Mystery Of Mrs. Christie

By Marie Benedict
(Available December 29)


You've read Agatha Christie's classic novels, but have you ever read about that time she just up and vanished? This historical novel tells the story of the 11 days in 1926 when Christie went missing. She would later claim she suffered amnesia and didn't remember the details of her disappearance, but Benedict attempts to put the puzzle together. It's a mystery worthy of Hercule Poirot.

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One of the Good Ones

By Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite
(Available January 5)


The sisters who wrote Dear Haiti, Love Alaine are back with a story that explores what it really means to be an ally. After a teen activist is killed under mysterious circumstances, her sister fights to keep her memory alive beyond the social media posts that turn her into a martyr.

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The Push

By Ashley Audrain
(Available January 5)


A psychological thriller for the Rosemary's Baby hive that looks at one women's experience in motherhood, which is nothing like she would have imagined.

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You Have a Match

By Emma Lord
(Available January 12)


The Tweet Cute author offers up another tech savvy YA romance that is giving us major Parent Trap vibes. When Abby signs up for a DNA service she discovers she has a secret sister. Now she's determined to meet her and figure out why her parents gave her up for adoption.

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Dog Flowers: A Memoir

By Danielle Geller
(Available January 12)


In this heart-wrenching memoir about generational trauma, Gellar returns to the Navajo reservation where her late mother grew up to retrace her steps.

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Concrete Rose

By Angie Thomas
(Available January 12)


Picking up 17 years before the events of her acclaimed novel, The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas returns to Garden Heights to explore Black manhood through the eyes of Maverick Carter, the teenage son of a former gang legend.

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Siri, Who Am I?

By Sam Tschida
(Available January 12)


It's the question Mia is asking her phone after suffering from amnesia. No longer able to remember anything about herself she uses her Instagram to piece things together in this funny novel about identity in the social media age.

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The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine

By Janice P. Nimura
(Available January 19)


In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to earn a medical degree in America. Years later, she and her sister, by all accounts the more talented medical mind, founded the first hospital staffed entirely by women. This biography tells the complicated story of how the Blackwell sisters became medical pioneers.

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Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone

By Sarah Jaffe
(Available January 26)


After reading this insightful look into how doing what you love can be a recipe for disaster you may want to get the words, "work won't love you back," stitched on a pillow so you don't forget.

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Ida B. The Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy Of Ida B. Wells

By Michelle Duster
(Available January 26)


A journalist. A Suffragist. An antilynching advocate. Bow down to this biography that shows why Ida B. Wells is an icon for all seasons.

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The Girls I’ve Been

By Tess Sharpe
(Available January 26)


The slick YA heist novel looks at the daughter of a con artist who ends up a hostage in a bank robbery. Now, she's got to use her skills of persuasion to talk herself, her new girlfriend, and her ex boyfriend out of danger. Sounds like the plot of a movie, right? Apparently, Netflix agreed, a film based on the book starring Millie Bobby Brown is coming to a small screen soon.

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What Doesn’t Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness - Lessons from a Body in Revolt

By Tessa Miller 
(Available February 2)


Journalist Tessa Miller offers an honest look at what it's like to live with Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease.

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This Close to Okay

By Leesa Cross-Smith
(Available February 2)


After the recently divorced therapist Talia Clark stops a mysterious man from jumping off a bridge, the two strangers end up having coffee and then spending the weekend together. Roxane Gay is a fan of this uplifting novel.

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Winter's Orbit

By Everina Maxwell
(Available February 2)


A space opera in which the marriage of two royals, Prince Kiem and Count Jainan, could be the key to saving conflicting planets. The problem is, Jainan suspects his future hubby might have murdered his late husband. And we've got drama.

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The Four Winds

By Kristin Hannah
(Available February 2)


In this love story set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, Elsa Martinelli must decide whether to stay in her home and try survive the Texas drought or head to California looking for something new.

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Make Up Break Up

By Lily Menon
(Available February 2)


Annika Dev just invented the Make Up app, which has been deemed the “Google Translate for failing relationships.” But she's facing competition from a new app, Break Up, which is being called the “Uber for break-ups.” Even worse, her rival is her ex who just happened to move into the office next to hers. Need another reason to pick up this rom-com? It's the adult debut from popular YA romance writer Sandhya Menon.

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The Kindest Lie

By Nancy Johnson
(Available February 2)


A profound look at racial and economic injustices in America through the unlikely relationship between Ruth Tuttle, an Ivy-League educated Black engineer, and Midnight, a young white boy looking for a friend. When a traumatic event rocks their Indiana town, it tests their bond.

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Girls With Bright Futures

By Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman
(Available February 2)


For those who couldn't stop reading about Lori Loughlin and Operation Varsity Blues, this suspenseful thriller about the lines moms are willing to cross to get their kids into college is for you.

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The Gilded Ones

By Namina Forna
(Available February 9)


After pushing back its release date, due to the pandemic, the author Refinery29 called "the Toni Morrison of YA Fantasy" is finally releasing the first book in her trilogy about Deka, a magical 16-year-old who is forced to choose between the village she's always known or joining an army of girls just like her.

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Honey Girl: A Novel

By Morgan Rogers 
(Available February 23)


After a girls trip Vegas ends with her drunkenly marrying a woman she doesn't even know, Grace has to stop running away from her problems and finally face them. This includes a stern ex-military father who has been micromanaging her life for far too long.

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