January's Hottest New Releases

Posted by Cybil on January 1, 2019
Looking for a new book? January's new releases are sure to dominate your reading plans, with buzzy new nonfiction, including the memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive, and the history The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington. For mystery fans, An Anonymous Girl and Freefall have been generating plenty of early reader anticipation.

Every month, the Goodreads Editorial team takes a look at the books that are being published, how early reviewers are rating them, and how many of you are adding these books to your Want to Read shelf. We use the information to curate this list of books you can't wait to read.



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When a mysterious disease befalls a small Southern California college town, the residents start to panic. They wonder: How could this happen? But more importantly: Who’s next?

Release date: January 15

Read our interview with Karen Thompson Walker here.


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After working for years as a maid, a single mom reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today's inequitable society, exploring the underbelly of upper middle class America.

Release date: January 22


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In this thriller, a woman gets much more than she bargained for when she signs up for a psychology study on ethics and morality.

Release date: January 8


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A Nigerian poultry farmer sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves in this contemporary twist on The Odyssey from a Man Booker Prize finalist.

Release date: January 8


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While clearing out an estate, a woman finds the mementos of a lost relationship...and the beginning of an emotional World War II journey.

Release date: January 8


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In rural Trinidad, a father faces impossible choices as he searches for a lost son, a boy last seen wandering into the bush. This debut is from Sarah Jessica Parker's imprint, SJP for Hogarth.

Release date: January 29

Read our interview with Claire Adam here.


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Allison Carpenter is the sole survivor when her fiancé's private plane crashes in the wilderness. But her fight to stay alive is far from over, as she must elude the men who are out to make sure she never shares her secret.

Release date: January 8


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A young king faces growing challenges—including controlling his magical powers—in this new YA fantasy series in Bardugo's Grishaverse.

Release date: January 29


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In this outdoorsy memoir, the author of Cowboys Are My Weakness chronicles her life on her 120-acre Colorado Rockies ranch.

Release date: January 8


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Did you know George Washington's bodyguards once plotted to kill the American Revolutionary War hero? This history uncovers the plot.

Release date: January 8


Which new releases are you looking forward to reading? Let's talk books in the comments!

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message 1: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Wensman Now reading These Truths by Jill Lepore, then Becoming, by M. Obama.


message 2: by Debbie (new)

Debbie These little snippets are great. Keep them coming.


message 3: by Linda (new)

Linda J. Love the suggestions


message 4: by Debbie (new)

Debbie I am having a terrible time waiting for Patricia Cornwell's next Kay Scarpetta book, supposedly coming this year sometime.


message 5: by Terri (new)

Terri Mann I’m super hopeful for the moment I hear or read of a new Celeste Ng book!! I swallowed both of her first two perfectly written and a joy to read literary novels. I felt as though I had only begun only to arrive at the end in a blink of my eye!! I would love to find several hundreds of books by her doppelgänger.


message 6: by Mavis (new)

Mavis Fosu I just love the suggestion


message 7: by Evan (new)

Evan Oliva Bro where de good stuff at exept for 1


message 8: by McCaid (new)

McCaid Paul What about Two Can Keep A Secret?


message 9: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Burke An Orchestra of Minorities sounds good! Added to 'Want to Read'.


message 10: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Terri wrote: "I’m super hopeful for the moment I hear or read of a new Celeste Ng book!! I swallowed both of her first two perfectly written and a joy to read literary novels. I felt as though I had only begun o..."

I love her writing,too! Maybe we can clone her? LOL, JK!


message 11: by elle (new)

elle Also... Winter of The Witch


message 12: by Candace (new)

Candace Arnold Love these posts! Keep them coming!


message 13: by Ann (new)

Ann Candace wrote: "Love these posts! Keep them coming!"


message 14: by Donna (new)

Donna I am really looking forward to The Light over London, The Golden Child and Freefall.


message 15: by Jade (new)

Jade Stain by A.G. Howard!


message 16: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Wensman Evan wrote: "Bro where de good stuff at exept for 1"

What are you reading ,Evan?


message 17: by Yaaresse (new)

Yaaresse I like these descriptions far better than the "if you liked X" or "for readers of X" stuff. This is more helpful and informative. Also happy to see a couple of non-fics on the list.


message 18: by Paula W (new)

Paula W Honestly, I’m just sad that Helene Wecker delayed her super anticipated 2nd book YET AGAIN. I’m not mad; I want her to take all the time she needs to make it as perfect as The Golem and the Djinni, but this my #2 literary disappointment of the year (behind The Winds of Winter).


message 19: by Susan (new)

Susan Michaud Terri wrote: "I’m super hopeful for the moment I hear or read of a new Celeste Ng book!! I swallowed both of her first two perfectly written and a joy to read literary novels. I felt as though I had only begun o..."

I loved "Little Fires Everywhere", what was the second one? I'd love to read it.


message 20: by Susan (new)

Susan Michaud Just finished "The Trouble with Goats and Sheep" Joanna Cannon and found it languid, delightful and deceptively deep with comic overtones as it seduces the reader with a timely message that goes down with a spoonful of sugar. Excellent read.


message 21: by Susan (new)

Susan Michaud "Educated" Tara Westover is one that will stay with you long after you've reluctantly met and turned the last page.


message 22: by Victor (new)

Victor "Holy Lands" by Amanda Sthers! Comes out January 22. Seems to have a nice mixture of quirky and heartbreaking.


message 23: by embos (new)

embos I can't wait for Emily Carpenter's new book 'Until The Day I Die' and Rachel Caine's 'Wolfhunter River' - both out this year! Already pre-ordered :)


message 24: by Sundry (new)

Sundry Very excited to see Pam Houston on this list!


message 25: by Annie (new)

Annie Bucciarelli Sophie wrote: "Terri wrote: "I’m super hopeful for the moment I hear or read of a new Celeste Ng book!! I swallowed both of her first two perfectly written and a joy to read literary novels. I felt as though I ha..."
I so agree about Celeste Ng ... I would read anything by her.

Susan wrote: ""Educated" Tara Westover is one that will stay with you long after you've reluctantly met and turned the last page."
Educated is so inspirational and I agree it is one not easily forgotten. Worth a second read, maybe even a third.


message 26: by Annie (new)

Annie Bucciarelli Of all the books I read this year, nearly 120, far exceeding my 2018 goal of 24, the two I would choose as the best were "Educated", and "Where the Crawdads Sing". Both of these were inspirational and spoke to me of the strength and will of the protagonists, both women, not only to survive and overcome hard, soul shattering circumstances but to thrive and become people to admire and even emulate. Both of these books are worth second and third reads.


message 27: by VictorZen (new)

VictorZen I usually spend my free time either reading books or playing at https://onlinecasinozen.com/. You book list is an amazingm thank you!


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