7 Great Books Hitting Shelves This Week

Posted by Hayley on January 29, 2019
Need another excuse to go to the bookstore this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day.

To create our list, we focused on the top books Goodreads members can't wait to read, which we measure by how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves. All these highly anticipated titles are now available! Which ones catch your eye?


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You should read this book if you like: Literary fiction, debut novels, rural Trinidad, parents trying to understand their children, explorations of aspiration and love

Read our interview with Adam here.


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You should read this book if you like: YA fantasy, Shadow and Bone, Russia-inspired realms of dark magic and mystery, rogue heroes, risking everything to save your country

Read our interview with Bardugo here.


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You should read this book if you like: Contemporary romance, The Hating Game, ramshackle cottages, lifelong crushes, sexy house flippers, angst, friends-to-lovers relationships

Read our interview with Thorne here.


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You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, memoirs, the power of literature, To the Lighthouse, reflections on memory and understanding grief, literary criticism



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You should read this book if you like: Science fiction, time travel, San Francisco, noble attempts to save history from unraveling, rescue missions and forgetful secret agents



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You should read this book if you like: Thrillers, Orphan X, off-the-books operations, avoiding assassination, renegade agents, treacherous plots to take down the government



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You should read this book if you like: Fiction, coming-of-age stories, New York City in the early 1990s, unrequited love, learning about life and relationships on the basketball court

Find our interview with Czapnik here.


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

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message 1: by Radiantflux (new)

Radiantflux I also found it a boring selection.


message 2: by Chelsea (new)

Chelsea C I found it to be a great selection and I’m excited to read multiple books from this list!


message 3: by Shahrukh (new)

Shahrukh Quite strange, we all have similar taste.


message 4: by Whitney (new)

Whitney I am just floored NO ONE here is excited for King of Scars! I’ve been waiting for months!


message 5: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Nope. So many books, so little time to waste on these.


message 6: by Stella (new)

Stella "Golden Child" is already on my books-to-read list. Loved the blurb and really looking forward to getting my hands on it.


message 7: by Tina Cefaratti (new)

Tina Cefaratti i would like to read HISTORY, BIOGRAPHIES, AUTOBIO.
Anything that is not fixtion, romance, thrillers, etc.
Your like was BORING !!!!!


message 8: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Hughes Whitney wrote: "I am just floored NO ONE here is excited for King of Scars! I’ve been waiting for months!" I am super excited, along with you!!


message 9: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca I've already started "Here and Now and Then" and it's really good!


message 10: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Hughes Rebecca wrote: "I've already started "Here and Now and Then" and it's really good!" I'm really looking forward to that one. It sounds great!


message 11: by Philip (new)

Philip If Feb 2 counts as this week, which it should, "Shadow Puppet: A Dan Sharp Mystery" by Jeffrey Round is scheduled for release.


message 12: by Andrea (new)

Andrea I just started King of Scars and yesterday Leigh Bardugo liked my tweet. 🙂


message 13: by Felix (new)

Felix Why is most Fantasy Y.A.? I guess a wider market will read it = $$$$, but it puts me off.....


message 14: by Izzy (last edited Jan 29, 2019 12:16PM) (new)

Izzy Felix wrote: "Why is most Fantasy Y.A.? I guess a wider market will read it = $$$$, but it puts me off....."

What do you mean? Out of the seven, there's only one book that's listed as YA fantasy.


message 15: by Charity (new)

Charity Hopkins *Tina wrote: "i would like to read HISTORY, BIOGRAPHIES, AUTOBIO.
Anything that is not fixtion, romance, thrillers, etc."* Then the book about Virginia Woolf should be perfect for you.


message 16: by Felix (new)

Felix Izzy wrote: "Felix wrote: "Why is most Fantasy Y.A.? I guess a wider market will read it = $$$$, but it puts me off....."

What do you mean? Out of the seven, there's only one book that's listed as YA fantasy."


Most Fantasy I see listed on goodreads is YA. YA seems to be publishing new works of Fantasy at a dizzying rate.


message 17: by Rosaline (new)

Rosaline Everyone else: Meh
Me: KING OF SCARS YYEAAHH


message 18: by Yaaresse (new)

Yaaresse I just realized something about these new release lists. When the books are described in full sentences (an actual synopsis), I'm far more interested in reading them than if they are listed with "If you like X, Y, Z, then you should read this" descriptions. Guess it pays to go read the real synopsis and find out more than just the marketing tag words.


message 19: by Izzy (new)

Izzy Felix wrote: "Izzy wrote: "Felix wrote: "Why is most Fantasy Y.A.? I guess a wider market will read it = $$$$, but it puts me off....."

What do you mean? Out of the seven, there's only one book that's listed as..."


So you're not talking about the books on this list then. You're talking about the publishing industry and Goodreads ads in general? If so, adjust your Goodreads recommendations and your favourite genres sections.

"Most Fantasy I see listed on goodreads is YA"
Again, that could be down to your settings as mentioned above. But it depends on what sub-genre of fantasy you're looking at, I guess. A lot of the fantasy I look at is adult e.g. urban and dark.


message 20: by Felix (new)

Felix Izzy wrote: "Felix wrote: "Izzy wrote: "Felix wrote: "Why is most Fantasy Y.A.? I guess a wider market will read it = $$$$, but it puts me off....."

What do you mean? Out of the seven, there's only one book th..."

Yes on goodreads in general; thanks for the help.


message 21: by Grace (new)

Grace Just started reading 99 percent mine!


message 22: by Charles (new)

Charles Felix wrote: "Why is most Fantasy Y.A.? I guess a wider market will read it = $$$$, but it puts me off....."

I'm not sure that it's anything wrong with your settings, I've thought the same thing. Two theories spring to mind; Harry Potter opened up a lot of kids to reading fantasy, and teens are more open-minded than adults; in adult fiction, fantasy is niche, and if you want your books considered as serious literature, like Time Traveller's Wife or anything by Claire North (can't think of any more examples off the top of my head), then you can't list it as fantasy. In teens though, it's a sizeable chunk of the market, and more readily acknowledged.

As for your wider market idea I feel like it kind of goes the other way, there are more adults than teens and teens often read adult books. Or maybe that was just me? Wouldn't it be more embarrassing (if you were embarrassed by such things) to be an adult caught reading a teen book than vice versa?


message 23: by Chris (new)

Chris Ordered King of Scars a few weeks ago now. Should be with me tomorrow!


message 24: by Felix (new)

Felix Charles wrote: "Felix wrote: "Why is most Fantasy Y.A.? I guess a wider market will read it = $$$$, but it puts me off....."

I'm not sure that it's anything wrong with your settings, I've thought the same thing. ..."


With Harry Potter size dollars; I think they try to list everything YA. When I see YA tag I toss it aside.


Shall I Download A Black Hole And Offer It To You i'm excited for some books coming out next month...


message 26: by Cat (new)

Cat YAY...... A new Orphan X book. I can't wait!!!!!


Bradley (AudioShelf) A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer came out today and it’s AMAZING! I scored an ARC and I couldn’t put it down. Best retelling of Beauty and the Beast EVER!


message 29: by AHHHHHH (new)

AHHHHHH Chris wrote: "Ordered King of Scars a few weeks ago now. Should be with me tomorrow!"

Mine is supposed to arrive on Friday, it’s so hard to wait!


message 30: by Ashley (new)

Ashley O'Brien I loved the hating game, so I can’t wait to check out 99 percent mine


message 31: by Charles (new)

Charles Bradley wrote: "A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer came out today and it’s AMAZING! I scored an ARC and I couldn’t put it down. Best retelling of Beauty and the Beast EVER!"

How many retellings of Beauty and the Beast have you read?


message 32: by Bibi (new)

Bibi Whitney wrote: "I am just floored NO ONE here is excited for King of Scars! I’ve been waiting for months!"

Lol...Don't you mean years?!


message 33: by BADASSBOOKWORM (new)

BADASSBOOKWORM Whitney wrote: "I have just floored NO ONE here is excited for King of Scars! I’ve been waiting for months!"

I have bee waiting! I love, love Nikolai. But on the other hand, Leigh should finish the six of crows series!


message 34: by Janett (new)

Janett My copy of "King of Scars" shipped today!!!
I cannot wait to get my greedy little hands on this! And devour it to boot! 😉


message 35: by Bradley (new)

Bradley McAllister Shahrukh wrote: "Quite strange, we all have similar taste."

Very Funny...c-)


message 36: by Stella (new)

Stella I have bee waiting! I love, love Nikolai. But on the other hand, Leigh should finish th..."
Yes I totally agree.


message 37: by Luupi (new)

Luupi "The Reading Queen" Here and Now and Then was my favorite book of this month! Definitely recommend it <3


message 38: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Stevenson Patrick wrote: "Unfortunately, not a one here that I care to read."

I agree, nothing on this list peaks my interest... *sigh*


message 39: by Kira (new)

Kira Jeppesen Whitney wrote: "I am just floored NO ONE here is excited for King of Scars! I’ve been waiting for months!"

I love Six of Crows, but only read the first book in the Grisha trilogy and did not care for it at all, it was so childish and the characters were so typical for YA.
So I have no clue who this books is about, and since Leigh wrote Six of Crows as if we already read the Grisha books, Im 100% sure i will be confused if I pick this books up. Even with Crows it took a while to figure stuff out because Leigh just thought we already knew a lot of it.
Which is sad, because it does sound intriguing, but im not reading 3 books I dont care for just for this one book.


message 40: by Danon (new)

Danon Trejo Disappointing list - IMO


message 41: by Emma (new)

Emma Whitney wrote: "I am just floored NO ONE here is excited for King of Scars! I’ve been waiting for months!"

Yes I cant wait to read this!!


message 42: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Not feeling any of these :(


message 43: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez 99 Percent Mine, Here and Now and Then and The Falconer. Thanks for the recommendations.


message 44: by Nathaly (new)

Nathaly Matas King of Scars is definitely a read for this year!


message 45: by Marie (new)

Marie Never apologize for your taste in reading. I won't read any of these. For now.


message 46: by Raeyann (new)

Raeyann Agrama Patrick wrote: "Unfortunately, not a one here that I care to read."rude. u should read 99 percent mine.


message 47: by Mothwing (new)

Mothwing Yes to the settings thing, and tastes vary (I like my Fantasy optimistic and fun as well as urban), but:

Izzy wrote: "Most Fantasy I see listed on goodreads is YA"
Again, that could be down to your settings as mentioned above. But it depends on what sub-genre of fantasy you're looking at, I guess. A lot of the fantasy I look at is adult e.g. urban and dark.


That is based on the premise that
A) to qualify as "adult", Fantasy has to be primarily urban and dark (please god no. Drama goths are not inherently mature)
and,
B) that most YA is not trying to be either (if only - look at all those mock-dystopian dating novels).


message 48: by Kat (new)

Kat I think it's also YA appeals more to publishers! I've been told to change my novel so it appears more YA as it's more likely to sell...


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