There are so many exciting new books coming out this year. Here are a few to look out for. If you’re looking for some travel tips, get tips from Beth Santos, the founder of global women’s travel community Wanderful. Fiction enthusiasts may be interested in the weird, uncanny worlds in Your Utopia and the surrealist elements in The Cemetery of Untold Stories. If you’re overwhelmed with all the thrilling new releases, this may be a good starting point.
If you’re a fan of Wild, Eat Pray Love, or What I was Doing While You Were Breeding, this empowering guide is the perfect inspiration to achieve your solo female travel dreams. You’ll learn how to eat alone, where to find community, how to travel sustainably, and more. Santos will help you find the confidence you need to try something new and get out of your comfort zone.
Saint Perpetua’s College stands isolated in the deep forgotten hills of Massachusetts. During Laura Sheridan’s first day of class, she’s propelled into an academic rivalry with Carmilla, beautiful and enigmatic. They both get drawn into the confidence of Dr. Lafontaine, a poetry professor who holds a dark obsession with Carmilla. As their rivalry blossoms into something more delicious, they become tangled in a sinister game of politics where secrets are currency. They must decide what they’re willing to sacrifice in the pursuit of knowledge.
This profound collection of stories blends horror, absurdity, and dark humor to tell tales of loss, discovery, dystopia, and idealism. An AI elevator in an apartment complex develops a one-sided love for an elderly resident in “A Song for Sleep”. Nature creeps back to life in the final frontier of capitalism’s destruction of the planet in “Seed”. These stories will explore a variety of possible fates for humanity and open your eyes to a masterful writer’s imagination. If you’re a fan, also check out her other book Cursed Bunny.
Annabelle unexpectedly takes a collect call from Lee County Jail. She isn’t prepared to hear her mother’s voice, saying she had shot someone who messed with her mangos. This begins a complicated, poignant memoir of growing up as a mixed-race Filipina in suburban Florida while reckoning with tangled branches of Annabelle’s life. While trying to trace her own journey of belonging, she must reckon with her erratic father’s untimely death and her fiery mother’s yearning for the country she left behind.
International bestselling author of In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez returns with an emotional novel that follows Alma Cruz, a celebrated writer. When she inherits a plot of land in her homeland, the Dominican Republic, she decides to create a graveyard for all the manuscript drafts, revisions, and characters whose lives she tried and failed to bring to life and who still haunt her. All she wants is for them to rest in peace. But the characters begin unspooling their secret tales and defying their author. At the center of this extraordinary novel, it asks: whose stories get to be told, and whose buried?
Emily Hoang is a writer and editor, who is obsessed with haunted houses, ghosts, and dreams. More info can be found on her website.