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55 new eBooks and audiobooks coming out January 23 - 29, 2024

By Kobo • January 23, 2024New eBooks and Audiobooks

The books we’re most looking forward to this week

Faebound is the first in a new romantic fantasy trilogy from Saara El-Arifi. Led by the likes of Sarah J. Maas, Rebecca Yarros, and Jennifer L. Armentrout, romantic fantasy has become the hybrid genre presently dominating bestseller lists—with no signs of letting up soon. Blending high fantasy with stories that put romantic relationships at their centre, it’s a recipe that’s found a vast readership beyond die-hard romance and fantasy readers. Saara El-Arifi is a Londoner with a post-graduate degree in African studies and roots in Sudan and Ghana, all of which she brings to bear on her work in fantasy fiction, notably the action-packed Ending Fire trilogy that launched in 2022 (and will conclude this summer!). Faebound is also a story of two elven sisters, one a warrior and the other a diviner, who while in exile find themselves in the fae court, a mysterious place they weren’t sure was even real since the last first-hand accounts are thousands of years old. It sets the table for a marvelous series from a writer fueled by big ideas about history and myth.

Dr. Jen Gunter’s The Vagina Bible and The Menopause Manifesto each dispelled myths surrounding body parts and processes in the frank, no-BS, witty style that made the OB-GYN a social media icon. With Blood: The science, medicine, and mythology of menstruation, she turns to a process most of us know surprisingly little about and have spent almost no time thinking about (even if half of us will spend more than the equivalent of several years doing it over the span of our lifetime). Why does a period hurt? Where does the blood come from? Why does menstruation even happen? Dr. Gunter has answers to these obvious questions, but she also explains fascinating things that most of us wouldn’t know enough to wonder about, like how the reproductive system is connected to the brain, and how it influences the immune system. As she caps her trilogy on uterine reproductive anatomy, our only remaining question is likely to be whether there’s another reproductive health specialist half as fun to read as Dr. Gunter who could help us understand the finer functional details of what’s in the other half of the population’s pants.

Last Acts is the kind of novel you’d be forgiven for thinking doesn’t get published anymore. Alexander Sammartino’s debut is a satire about the owner of a failing gun store who uses his son’s recovery from an opioid overdose to create the TV commercial that’ll save his business. And as weighty as those two themes feel, Sammartino gets his story told and his satirical targets skewered with a virtuoso’s poise in about 200 pages. So if you’re in a reading slump, heading into 2024, maybe Last Acts should be the first book you pick up.

More books coming out now

🧰 Help and How-to

Keeping Finance Personal: Ditch the “Shoulds” and the Shame and Rewrite Your Money Story by Ellyce Fulmore

Have a Beautiful, Terrible Day! Daily Meditations for the Ups, Downs & In-Betweens by Kate Bowler

The 5 Principles of Parenting: Your Essential Guide to Raising Good Humans by Aliza Pressman

The Four Ways to Wellbeing: Better Sleep. Less Stress. More Energy. Mood Boost. by Nicola Elliott

You Broke It! by Liana Finck

Cool Food: Erasing Your Carbon Footprint One Bite at a Time by Robert Downey Jr. and Thomas Kostigen

The Brave Habit: A Guide To Courageous Leadership by Todd Henry

And Then We Rise: A Guide to Loving and Taking Care of Self by Common

💡 Big Ideas

Blood: The science, medicine, and mythology of menstruation by Dr. Jen Gunter

One in a Millennial: On Friendship, Feelings, Fangirls, and Fitting In by Kate Kennedy

Fluke: Chance, Chaos, and Why Everything We Do Matters by Brian Klaas

The Rebel's Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon by Adam Shatz

Regeneration Through Violence: The Mythology of the American Frontier, 1600–1860 by Richard Slotkin

🗣 True Stories

Only Say Good Things: Surviving Playboy and Finding Myself by Crystal Hefner

50 Oscar Nights: Iconic Stars & Filmmakers on Their Career-Defining Wins by Dave Karger

Cold Crematorium: Reporting from the Land of Auschwitz by József Debreczeni

The Holocaust: An Unfinished History by Dan Stone

My Fighting Family: Borders and Bloodlines and the Battles That Made Us by Morgan Campbell

The Cancer Factory: Industrial Chemicals, Corporate Deception, and the Hidden Deaths of American Workers by Jim Morris

Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum by Antonia Hylton

💘 Romance

Mine by J.R. Ward

Just a Little Promise by Carly Phillips

Accidentally His by Sabrina Jeffries

Faebound by Saara El-Arifi

Starlight Dreams by Yasmine Galenorn

Wild Life by Opal Wei

🗡️ Action, Crime, and Mystery

Random in Death by J. D. Robb

The Missing Witness by Allison Brennan

The Heretics Bible by J. Robert Kennedy

Dead Man's Hand by Brad Taylor

A Stolen Shadow by H L Marsay

Murder at the Blarney Bash by Darci Hannah

Twenty-Seven Minutes by Ashley Tate

🖊️ Literary & Contemporary Fiction

Broughtupsy by Christina Cooke

Dead in Long Beach, California by Venita Blackburn

Family Family by Laurie Frankel

Last Acts by Alexander Sammartino

Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar

Picasso's Lovers by Jeanne Mackin

The Bullet Swallower by Elizabeth Gonzalez James

✨ Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, and Speculative Fiction

From the Forest by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

Destroy the Day by Brigid Kemmerer

Visiting Hell by Angela White

Exordia by Seth Dickinson

Rendezvous with Corsair by Jack Campbell

The End And The Death: Volume III by Dan Abnett

Womb City by Tlotlo Tsamaase

Kinning by Nisi Shawl

🗯 Manga & Graphic Novels

The Irregular at Magic High School, Vol. 21 (light novel) by Tsutomu Sato

Reincarnated as a Sword (Light Novel) Vol. 14 by Yuu Tanaka

Chained Soldier, Vol. 6 by Takahiro

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Vol. 18 (light novel) by Fujino Omori

Solo Leveling, Vol. 8 (comic) by Chugong

Cat + Gamer Volume 1 by Wataru Nadatani

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