20 Best New Books Released In December 2021, From Novels To Literary Fiction

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Editing traditionally slows down at the end of the year, but don’t worry book nerds! There are still plenty of great releases you can dive into in December, including new tracks from Renée Ahdieh, Amanda Gorman, and author duo Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera.

If you are a romance reader, you are in for a treat. In addition to Albertalli and Silvera’s Ours, you can recover Seressia Glass’ love con, Rachel Lacey Read between the lines, and queer romance anthology Crazy in love – a collection edited by Ashley Herring Blake (Delilah Green doesn’t care) and Rebecca Podos (The wise and the wicked).

Readers more inclined to literary fiction may expect JR Thorp’s Female learner and that of Wanjikũ wa Ngũgĩ Seasons in Hippolande. Female learner focuses on the Queen of King Lear – a figure absent from Shakespeare’s play – as she returns from exile after the deaths of her husband and their daughters. And Seasons in Hippolande takes readers to the fictional African nation of Victoriana, where childhood stories of one woman threaten to change everything for her people, who have long lived under the reign of the deceitful Emperor for life.

Below are the most anticipated books for December 2021.

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Read between the lines

1st December

Rosie and Jane have a lot in common. One is an independent bookseller who runs the store founded by her mother. The other works in his family’s real estate business by day and writes hot romances at night. They’ve been flirting online for some time – albeit with Jane using her pseudonym, Brie, in correspondence – and might be ready to meet in real life. There’s only one problem: Jane’s family business is dumping Rosie’s store in the trash.

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The last rose of Shanghai

1st December

Located in Japanese-occupied Shanghai, Weina Dai Randel’s The last rose of Shanghai follows the wealthy owner-operator of a struggling jazz club and her newly hired pianist – a German Jewish refugee – as they struggle to survive in a war-torn country and struggle with their feelings for one. other.

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Seasons in Hippolande

December 6

In Victoriana, the truth is what the Lifelong Emperor says, which means the Emperor is not sick and he is certainly not dying. Mumbi knows this rule as well as anyone. But after leaving the capital to stay in the countryside with her aunt, Mumbi returns home with a story about a magic bowl that can cure any disease – a bowl the Emperor orders her to find, if not.

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The Just

December 7

The fourth part of Renée Ahdieh’s Beautiful Quartet is finally arriving in stores. In The Just, Arjun searches for a cure to save Odette’s life and helps Pippa find a missing friend before it’s too late.

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Crazy in love

December 7

Edited by Ashley Herring Blake and Rebecca Podos, Crazy in love brings together the queer love stories of 15 acclaimed authors, including Mason Deaver, Malinda Lo and Natasha Ngan.

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A story of wild places

December 7

Theo has lived all his life in Pastoral, a reclusive community nestled deep in the woods, far from the sick strangers who occupy the rest of the world. No one ever enters the fold, and no one ever leaves. So why did Theo find a long abandoned truck in the woods? And what does his wife and sister-in-law know that he doesn’t know?

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Call us what we transport

December 7

Call us what we transport brings together poems by National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, including “The Hill We Climb,” which Gorman memorable performed during Biden’s presidential inauguration.

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Midnight hour

December 7

Elly Griffiths Sixth Brighton Mystery follows private investigators Emma Holmes and Sam Collins as they investigate the poisoning death of a celebrity’s husband – a case that Emma’s wife, the commissioner of police Edgar Stephens, already studying.

9

Bright burning things

December 7

Lisa Harding’s American debut is Bright burning things – the story of a former star who struggles to retain custody of her beloved son, even as she grapples with an alcohol use disorder and the lasting scars of her own abusive childhood.

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The beasts of a small country

December 7

In this heartbreaking novel reminiscent of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko, a chance encounter between a Korean hunter and a member of the Japanese occupying military forces sets off a 50-year chain of events.

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The cat who saved the books

December 7

Japanese bestselling author Sosuke Natsukawa brings some lightness to shelves in December with The cat who saved the books. The story follows a high school student who finds himself caught up on a literary adventure, led by a talking cat determined to save books from owners who don’t read them.

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The women I love

December 7

Of To classify Author Francesco Pacifico tells the story of a writer who desperately seeks to understand women. When aspiring poet and novelist Marcello finds himself unable to capture the women he knows in his writings, he instead begins to write about his relationships with them – a move that sets the stage for a raw, yet charming story.

13

Tell me how to be

December 7

At Neel Patel Tell me how to be, a widow and her adult son struggle with the skeletons in their closets and the uncertainty of the future. After starting to sell his longtime home, Renu begins chatting with an ex-lover. Renu’s son Akash is also caught in the past when he returns home to help him move out – but it’s his first grief that haunts him.

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Hawthorne School

December 7

Sylvie Perry’s decision to send her 4-year-old son to a non-traditional nursery school turns out to be a disaster Hawthorne School. At first, Henry’s new school seems like a godsend, and Claudia is able to ignore the strange unease she feels around Hawthorne. But when Henry reveals secrets about school that chill her mother to the bone, Claudia begins to search for a way out.

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Female learner

December 7

King Lear and his three daughters are dead – and his wife, never named in Shakespeare’s play, was exiled to a convent for 15 years. Now, with her country in ruins, she delves into the mystery of her banishment.

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love con

December 14th

Perfect for Olivia Dade fans Spoiler alert, Glass Seressia ‘ love con follows Kenya as she takes part in the reality show Cosplay or no way. Winning may help him turn his passion into a lucrative career, but there’s a catch: The final challenge demands that the contestants bring their loved ones to the series, and Kenya is as single as they come. Thankfully, her best friend has agreed to pose as her boyfriend in front of the cameras, and everything is going well, at least until their fake relationship starts to get a little too real.

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Storm Orphans

December 14th

Based on a sensational true story, Celia Imrie’s Storm Orphans follows Marcelle and Margaret: two women with very different lives, whose paths cross in the aftermath of the sinking of the Titanic.

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Oh, the photos you’ll post!

December 14th

Oh the photos you will post is an irreverent, millennial version of Dr Seuss. But instead of “soaring to great heights and seeing great views to be left in a Lurch on a thorny perch,” Rose takes readers to the world of social media: a universe wilder than anything Seuss has ever seen. could have imagined.

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Ours

December 28

In this sequel to What if it was us, the authors Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera reunite with Ben and Arthur two years after the end of their love affair. When Arthur does an internship in New York City, he has a chance encounter with Ben – one that prompts the two to reconsider what they really want out of life.

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The untold story

December 28

In the eighth installment of the Invisible Library series, the tense truce between the realms may be coming to an end. In the middle is Irene, a librarian whose organization recently ordered her to murder the man who could be her father. As always, Genevieve Cogman delivers an escapade through time and space.

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The spanish girl

December 28

Located in Ecuador in the aftermath of World War I, Lorena Hughes’ The spanish girl focuses on Puri, a young Spanish woman who inherits the cocoa plantation from her late father. As she crosses the Atlantic, an assassin strikes. The attack is aimed at Puri, but it is her husband, Cristóbal, who is killed. Now posing as Cristóbal for protection, Puri tries to settle into her new life in Ecuador, but she can’t help but look over his shoulder.

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