February's Most Anticipated New Books

Posted by Cybil on January 17, 2020
The cold heart of winter is traditionally the time to curl up with a blanket, a book, and a roaring fire. (Or a space heater–work with what you've got.) Let's take a leisurely scroll through the most anticipated titles in February.
 
The Victorian detective novel gets a new look with Jess Kidd's Gothic adventure Things in Jars, the kind of book title that demands attention. National Book Award winner Colum McCann returns with a story of conflict and friendship in the Middle East. And Margarita Montimore brings us the curious case of the reluctant time traveler. Also: Winston Churchill and a murder in Maine!
 
Each month the Goodreads editorial team takes a look at the books that are being published in the U.S., readers' early reviews, and how many readers are adding these books to their Want to Read shelves (which is how we measure anticipation). We use the information to curate this list of hottest new releases.


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From the author of The Devil in White City, this World War II historical novel takes readers into the household and the war room of Winston Churchill. In the darkest hours of the Blitz, as German bombers plague London for 12 straight months, Churchill is forced to dodge bullets–domestically, politically and quite literally–to save his family and his nation.

Release date: February 25
 


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When Sadie Foust moved her family from Chicago to rural Maine, she was hoping for a reprieve from urban anxieties. What she gets instead is a murder mystery. A killer is on the loose in this quiet coastal town. What's more, the old inherited house is decidedly creepy, her teenage niece is acting strange, and there seems to be something in the attic. These things make it difficult to relax. Kubica–author of The Good Girl–knows her way around a good psychological thriller.

Release date: February 18
 


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Winner of this month's informal Awesome Book Title award, Things in Jars is a Victorian detective story in the key of Gothic weirdness. Bridie Devine, the storied female detective, must track down a kidnapped child with a golden pedigree. Along the way she encounters the usual trouble – a tattooed ghost, a seven-foot tall housemaid and several disquieting “collectors” looking to add to their display cases. Ah, London!

Release date: February 4


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National Book Award winner Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin) returns with a story of family and friendship in the troubled heart of the Middle East. Two fathers–one Israeli, one Palestinian–come together after tragedy to work for peace, even as they navigate the region's relentless checkpoints and ancient enmities. Resonant metaphor alert: Apeirogon is a geometry term referring to a shape with a countably infinite number of sides.

Release date: February 25


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Physician/author Kimmery Martin has brings an insider perspective to this story of the hospital industry and medical care. Two doctors in a South Carolina facility are forced to make some hard decisions when hospital administrators instruct the medical staff to stop treating transgender patients. With issues ripped straight from the headlines, The Antidote For Everything is a book for our times.

Release date: February 18


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How's this for an intriguing setup: It's New Year's Eve 1982 and Oona Lockhart is diving headfirst into life. Will she study in London? Pursue music in New York? What about the boyfriend? Things get complicated when she wakes up the next morning in the year 2014, stuck inside her 51-year-old self. With each passing year, Oona leaps to another random age, rendering life itself, yes, out of order. Magical realism meets the time-space continuum, with some surprising results.

Release date:February 25


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The author of Elle magazine's Eric Reads the News delivers a lively collection of autobiographical essays on growing up in America. R. Eric Thomas has moved through a several realms some consider mutually exclusive: the inner-city neighborhood, the Ivy League school, the conservative black church, the queer underground. Thomas suggests the real America thrives in those places in between.

Release date: February 18


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

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message 1: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Edmonds Apeirogon and Oona both look interesting.


message 2: by Steve (new)

Steve Here For It looks like my kind of book!


message 3: by Philip (new)

Philip "Lion's Head Revisited: A Dan Sharp Mystery" by Jeffrey Round
Expected Release Feb 1 2020


message 4: by Susan (new)

Susan Stoepel The Splendid and the Vile by Eric Larson. I've NEVER been disappointed by any of Mr. Larson's books. They are wonderful insights into history that read like detective novels.


message 5: by Sebastian (new)

Sebastian I'm looking forward to "The Sun Down Motel" by Simone St. James (I always enjoy the motel setting when it comes to thrillers and the cover also looks great) and "The Holdout" by Graham Moore ("The Sherlockian" was very good, so I'd like to read more from this author).

But "Things in Jars" sounds good too, I'm always in for a good Victorian mystery.


message 6: by Mandy (new)

Mandy Sebastian wrote: "I'm looking forward to "The Sun Down Motel" by Simone St. James (I always enjoy the motel setting when it comes to thrillers and the cover also looks great) and "The Holdout" by Graham Moore ("The ..."

I got Sun Down Motel as my Book of the Month and am reading it right now! I like it so far, and it’s kept me guessing. :)


message 7: by Chris (new)

Chris S. I had the absolute privilege of getting an ARC for The Antidote for Everything. It was one of my best reads from last year! Highly recommend it.


message 8: by Karma (new)

Karma Banks Looking forward to reading The Antidote for Everything


message 9: by Heather (new)

Heather Back Oooh, there are a couple that looks really appealing!

*add to list*


Sleepy Sloth Reader 'Oona' and 'Things in Jars' I cannot wait for the most.


message 11: by Jim (new)

Jim Here's my list, so far...

"Indelicacy" by Amina Cain
"The Bear" by Andrew Krivak
"Strange Hotel" by Eimear McBride
"The Lost Book of Adana Moreau" by Michael Zapata
"Daughter From the Dark" by Sergei and Marina Dyachenko
"Soot" by Dan Vyleta
"The Hidden Girls and Other Stories" by Ken Liu
"The Boatman's Daughter" by Andy Davidson
The Lost Future of Pepperharrow" by Natasha Pulley


message 12: by Cora (new)

Cora Fortin Things in Jars looks interesting , I would read any of these though. They all look good


message 13: by TMR (new)

TMR These all sound awesome, I’m eager to try them.


message 14: by Agustín (new)

Agustín Bou "The Man in the Red Coat" by Julian Barnes
Expected Release Feb 18 2020


message 15: by Christine (new)

Christine Parker Susan wrote: "The Splendid and the Vile by Eric Larson. I've NEVER been disappointed by any of Mr. Larson's books. They are wonderful insights into history that read like detective novels."
Totally agree

Philip wrote: ""Lion's Head Revisited: A Dan Sharp Mystery" by Jeffrey Round
Expected Release Feb 1 2020"



message 16: by Brooke (new)

Brooke Bowers is there a free book swap on good reads for audio or a real no charge audio library ? Looking for Milk Teeth , andgood cozy Anne Tyler reads .... also looing to reread all ofAmy tan except the last one ..got it and The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon .... thank you and apologies for this broken keyboard - I lost everyhing I owned and library in a house fire .. al suggestions appreciated - I like thrillers like The little Friend-donna Tart and mutitutudes of books! cheers!


message 17: by Olga (new)

Olga Bogdanov Brooke wrote: "is there a free book swap on good reads for audio or a real no charge audio library ? Looking for Milk Teeth , andgood cozy Anne Tyler reads .... also looing to reread all ofAmy tan except the last..."

Check out your local library. They have books in all formats for free.


message 18: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Glase Brooke wrote: "is there a free book swap on good reads for audio or a real no charge audio library ? Looking for Milk Teeth , andgood cozy Anne Tyler reads .... also looing to reread all ofAmy tan except the last..."

Check out paperbackswap.com if you haven't already. They swap all formats including audio - it's "free-ish" - very low cost.


message 19: by Michael (last edited Feb 09, 2020 01:31AM) (new)

Michael Brown Brooke wrote: "is there a free book swap on good reads for audio or a real no charge audio library ? Looking for Milk Teeth , andgood cozy Anne Tyler reads .... also looing to reread all ofAmy tan except the last..."

As mentioned, check your local library. They may be connected to Overdrive (by Rakuten), Hoopla, or other free services with 1000s of downloadable audiobooks. It has been a huge help to me.


message 20: by Katie (new)

Katie Desimpel I can't wait for the splendid and the vile


message 21: by Hamda (new)

Hamda So the Oona book is just a retelling of the movie 13 going on 30...

Originality is dead and we killed it!


message 22: by Joyce (new)

Joyce Steve wrote: "Here For It looks like my kind of book!" mine too!


message 23: by Marie (new)

Marie “Oona” seems to be a really nice one ! Never easy to find out what to do in life


message 24: by A'layjia (new)

A'layjia Oona out of Order and Here for it!


message 25: by Cora (new)

Cora Fortin Things in Jars


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