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58 new eBooks and audiobooks coming out February 6 - 12, 2024

By Kobo • February 06, 2024New eBooks and Audiobooks

The books we’re most looking forward to this week

Congratulations, pessimists: the universe does indeed have it in for you. Mathematician Chris Ferrie, author of Quantum Bullsh*t: How to Ruin Your Life with Advice from Quantum Physics, reunites with high school teachers Wade David Fairclough and Byrne LaGinestra to explain why we’ve all got 42 reasons to hate the universe. Among the most notable: “literally everything is poisonous,” “invisible rays are melting our genetic code,” and “we’re all aging mutants.” Honestly, the last 2 sound like they should only count for 1 ½, but we know better than to argue with high school teachers. This trio previously collaborated on Prank Lab: Practical Science Pranks You and Your Victim Can Learn From, which is one of the most optimistic books ever written with the intention of instructing its reader to annoy somebody. And perhaps that optimism is why in addition to the 42 reasons for reflecting the universe’s apparent ire right back out into the cosmos, they offer one reason to give the universe a pass.

One of the thrilling things about the Nobel Prize for Literature is how, being an award for an author’s entire body of work, it can set a certain kind of reader on a path of discovery lasting years. Such was the case when Peter Handke, the Austrian writer known for thoughtful and provocative novellas, won the prize in 2019 after writing for over half a century and publishing seventeen books (as well as several screenplays and works for the stage), most of which were already available in translation. The first works from Handke since then, The Second Sword: A Tale from the Merry Month of May and My Day in the Other Land: A Tale of Demons, are collected in a single volume out now. We won’t be providing a plot summary here, as these are brief works best encountered with the freshest eyes—and there’s plenty of time to read both before the Swedish Academy reveals the 2024 winner in December.

Tia Williams’ 2021 breakout hit romance novel, the steamy literary love story Seven Days in June, primed audiences for the Netflix adaptation of an earlier book, The Perfect Findbut it’s another book that readers wanted most. Williams’ new book is A Love Song for Ricki Wilde, a slow-burn love story with twists and a dual timeline. Like her previous book, this is another story about artists, but that’s all we’re going to reveal here.

With The Trials of Empire, British novelist Richard Swan concludes his Empire of the Wolf legal-thriller / epic fantasy trilogy. Sir Konrad Vonvalt, in his role as Emperor’s Justice—an investigator, judge, and executioner—makes one last desperate attempt to save the empire, even if it means forming costly alliances. Over the three volumes, Vonvalt has developed into a layered anti-hero, whose resolute adherence to the letter of the law (including magical incantations) has led him into the greyest of grey areas. The remaining question is whether he’ll ever find his way out.

Sue Lynn Tan’s Celestial Kingdom fantasy romance duology wrapped up in 2022—but in Tales of the Celestial Kingdom readers can return to the “Immortal Realm” through nine stories. And to make that visit extra-vivid, this collection is illustrated by the acclaimed artist Kelly Chong.

More books coming out now

🧰 Help and How-to

Make Your Own Rules: Stories and Hard-Earned Advice from a Creator in the Digital Age by Andrew Huang

The Art of You: The Essential Guidebook for Reclaiming Your Creativity by James McCrae

Flip Your Life: How to Find Opportunity in Distress—in Real Estate, Business, and Life by Tarek El Moussa

Unlearning Shame: How We Can Reject Self-Blame Culture and Reclaim Our Power by Devon Price PhD

Meditation for the Real World: Finding Peace in Everyday Life by Ann Swanson

Upgrade Your Vagus Nerve: Control Inflammation, Boost Immune Response, and Improve Heart Rate Variability with New Science-Backed Therapies (Boost Mood, Improve Sleep, and Unlock Stored Energy) by Dr. Navaz Habib

💡 Big Ideas

The End of Race Politics: Arguments for a Colorblind America by Coleman Hughes

The Book of Hermetica: The Three Essential Texts: The Corpus Hermeticum, The Emerald Tablet, The Kybalion by Three Initiates

The Wood Between the Worlds: A Poetic Theology of the Cross by Brian Zahnd

America vs. Americans: How Capitalism Has Failed a Capitalist Nation and What We Can Do About It by Eric Wade

42 Reasons to Hate the Universe: (And One Reason Not To) by Chris Ferrie, Wade David Fairclough, and Byrne LaGinestra

🗣 True Stories

Outofshapeworthlessloser: A Memoir of Figure Skating, F*cking Up, and Figuring It Out by Gracie Gold

The Avro Arrow: For the Record, 2ed. by Palmiro Campagna

Medgar and Myrlie: Medgar Evers and the Love Story That Awakened America by Joy-Ann Reid

Dinner on Monster Island: Essays by Tania De Rozario

I'll Just Be Five More Minutes: And Other Tales from My ADHD Brain by Emily Farris

Get the Picture: A Mind-Bending Journey among the Inspired Artists and Obsessive Art Fiends Who Taught Me How to See by Bianca Bosker

Coming Out as Dalit: A Memoir of Surviving India's Caste System by Yashica Dutt

Hello, Friends!: Stories of Dating, Destiny, and Day Jobs by Dulcé Sloan

Kenneyism: Jason Kenney's Pursuit of Power by Jeremy Appel

How the Boogeyman Became a Poet by Tony Keith, Jr.

💘 Romance

Deserving Lara by Susan Stoker

Something like Love by Piper Rayne

All This Twisted Glory by Tahereh Mafi

The Wrath by Gena Showalter

Ties and Alibis by Laura Greenwood

I Hope This Doesn't Find You by Ann Liang

A Vicious Game by Melissa Blair

A Love Song for Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams

Infinity Alchemist by Kacen Callender

Daniel, Deconstructed by James Ramos

🗡️ Action, Crime, and Mystery

The Gathering Storm by Lynne McEwan

The Ghost Orchid by Jonathan Kellerman

The Price You Pay by Nick Petrie

Murder at the Leaning Tower by T A Williams

Crosshairs by James Patterson and James O. Born

A Grave for a Thief by Douglas Skelton

Out of Body by Nia Davenport

🖊️ Literary & Contemporary Fiction

The Women by Kristin Hannah

Fourteen Days: A Collaborative Novel by Margaret Atwood, Douglas Preston, Tommy Orange, Celeste Ng, and other members of The Authors Guild

All My Secrets by Lynn Austin

Greta & Valdin by Rebecca K Reilly

Alphabetical Diaries by Sheila Heti

The Second Sword: A Tale from the Merry Month of May, and My Day in the Other Land: A Tale of Demons by Peter Handke

Redwood Court by DéLana R. A. Dameron

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

Tales of the Celestial Kingdom by Sue Lynn Tan

The Trials of Empire by Richard Swan

Among Sea Wolves by Jean Gill

Stone & Tide by Z.S. Diamanti

Conspirators' Kingdom by Elyse Thomson

Slayer of Monsters by Anne Mollova

Robotech - The Macross Saga: Doomsday, Vol 4–6 by Jack McKinney

🗯 Manga & Graphic Novels

Chainsaw Man, Vol. 14 by Tatsuki Fujimoto

Dragon Ball Super, Vol. 20 by Akira Toriyama

Asumi-chan is Interested in Lesbian Brothels! Vol. 4 by Kuro Itsuki

Sunny Makes Her Case: A Graphic Novel (Sunny #5) by Jennifer L. Holm

Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation: Mo Dao Zu Shi (The Comic / Manhua) Vol. 5 by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear (Light Novel) Vol. 17 by Kumanano

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