6 Great Books Hitting Shelves This Week

Posted by Cybil on February 23, 2021
Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day.

To create our list, we focused on the 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 top titles are now available in the United States! Which ones catch your eye?
 


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You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction, World War Two stories, British stalwartness, morale-boosting national cooking contests, real-life BBC shows, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir


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You should read this book if you like: Ghost stories, psychological thrillers, paranormal activities, postpartum moms with extremely disturbing problems, vengeful spirits, Shirley Jackson vibes


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You should read this book if you like: Contemporary fiction, New York City, real historical events, swanky penthouse parties gone bad, the Blizzard of 1978, scheming rich guys, The Dog


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You should read this book if you like: Contemporary fiction, LGBT romance, drunken revels, dubious decisions, culture clashes, quickie Vegas weddings that somehow turn out okay


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You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction set in the 1980s, Chesapeake Bay, family dramas, nautical living, coming of age stories


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You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, true crime, history, mysteries, female con artists, grifters, scammers, swindlers, chiselers, frauds, charlatans, crooks and Lady Killers


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

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message 1: by TMR (new)

TMR An interesting collection for sure.


message 2: by Arynn (new)

Arynn Looking forward to reading 13 Days to Die, by Matt Miksa which comes out March 9


message 3: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer DeHeer Totally forgot about a few of these! Literally about to start The Upstairs House. Thanks!


message 4: by Chris (new)

Chris The Upstairs House and The Blizzard Party sound like my kind of shit. Excited.


message 5: by Veeral (new)

Veeral Okay, I think someone needs to say this since this has been going on for too long now. How can books already be "great" when they haven't even released yet?

I know words have lost their inherent meaning nowadays but you expect better from a book site at least.


The Shayne-Train Veeral wrote: "Okay, I think someone needs to say this since this has been going on for too long now. How can books already be "great" when they haven't even released yet?

I know words have lost their inherent ..."


I don't know if any of these are great, but well before books get published they get ARCs given to people for pre-publishing reviews. So one could suppose they CAN be known to be great before they are available to the general public. Now whether or not anyone actually SAYS they're great before they get put into a list of great upcoming books.....


message 7: by Rose (new)

Rose Bennett Veeral wrote: "Okay, I think someone needs to say this since this has been going on for too long now. How can books already be "great" when they haven't even released yet?

I know words have lost their inherent ..."


I'm pretty sure the Goodreads staffer who puts together this list got Advanced Reader Copies of the books coming out.


message 8: by Donna (new)

Donna Hines As a Top 28 USA Reviewer Of All Time with Goodreads I've been lucky to have read 3 of these and I'd have to agree they were quite good at least two of those three that I had the pleasure to get an early ARC. I'm looking forward to the others. In fact, the Honey Girl was a Blog Tour for me and that one in particular was very special.


message 9: by Veeral (last edited Feb 24, 2021 03:44AM) (new)

Veeral Rose wrote: "Veeral wrote: "Okay, I think someone needs to say this since this has been going on for too long now. How can books already be "great" when they haven't even released yet?

I know words have lost ..."


I am not sure only a few people should get to decide whether a book is great or not. And I am aware about ARCs (have gotten a few myself from netgalley). It looks a bit premature, that's all. Need to have more patience and let the books reach a broader audience.


message 10: by Amber (new)

Amber Harrison I'm not really into ghost stories, but always interested in psychological thrillers...and I'm a mom...so, I think I'm mostly interested in The Upstairs House. However, I have become more interested in historical fiction, and family dynamics is something that intrigues me, so I wouldn't mind getting my hands on The Family Ship.


message 11: by Amber (last edited Feb 24, 2021 08:25AM) (new)

Amber Harrison Veeral wrote: "Okay, I think someone needs to say this since this has been going on for too long now. How can books already be "great" when they haven't even released yet?

I know words have lost their inherent ..."


I'd like to speak to this. There was a book that came out January 12, but I got my hands on the PDF of it from the author herself, along with hundreds of other readers. We had a very fun and excited pre-launch Facebook discussions and parties with prizes and all that. We got to read the book before it was even released, which means, we were able to leave raving reviews on it before others even got it off the shelves or in the mail from their pre-order. So...books can be great, even before they are released. That's exciting, right?! I hope you get to experience something like this in your lifetime. It feels super special and is fun to get to see something that others haven't yet.


message 12: by Amber (new)

Amber Harrison Donna wrote: "As a Top 28 USA Reviewer Of All Time with Goodreads I've been lucky to have read 3 of these and I'd have to agree they were quite good at least two of those three that I had the pleasure to get an ..."

That sounds like so much fun! Thanks for sharing.


message 13: by Veeral (last edited Feb 24, 2021 08:38AM) (new)

Veeral Amber wrote: "Veeral wrote: "Okay, I think someone needs to say this since this has been going on for too long now. How can books already be "great" when they haven't even released yet?

I know words have lost ..."


Thanks but I have already read some ARCs. So I have "experienced" something like this already in my lifetime.

And I disagree. Books that pass the test of time are considered great. "Insta Great" is something else. How many of these books would be talked about in 20 years time? Even 10 years?

Calling unreleased books Great are just promotion tactics. I hope you understand that someday.


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