Last week, HCC Frenzy shared their Winter Watch List, a list of excellent YA books to look forward to this winter. Well get ready to add more books to your 50 Book Pledge To Be Read shelves, because we’ve compiled our very own Winter Watch List complete with ten *must-read* books to watch out for!
Which books are you looking forward to reading this season? Tell us on twitter @SavvyReader or tweet us a link to your To Be Read shelves.
For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu
Sensitive, witty and stunningly assured, Kim Fu’s debut novel For Today I Am a Boy is a coming-of-age tale like no other. At birth, Peter Huang is given the Chinese name juan chaun, meaning powerful king. He is the exalted only son in a family of daughters, the one who will finally fulfill his father’s dreams of Western masculinity. But Peter has different dreams: he knows that he is a girl.
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
In Annihilation, the first book in Jeff VanderMeer‘s Southern Reach Trilogy, four women set off into an unexplainable territory to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all of their observations, scientific and otherwise; and, above all, to avoid succumbing to the unpredictable effects of the land. Told through the intricate and intelligent notations of an unnamed member of the expedition, you will devour this book in one sitting and that’s okay; Authority, the second novel in the trilogy, is available in June and the third is scheduled for September of this year. #50BookPledge-ers, pay attention to this one; we have a Southern Reach badge coming when Annihilation goes on sale on February 4th!
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
From Matthew Quick, the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, comes The Good Luck of Right Now, a funny and tender story about family, friendship, grief, acceptance, and Richard Gere (yes, Richard Gere!) Need more reasons to read it? The movie rights have been picked up and if it’s as great as The Silver Linings Playbook, it’ll be a must-see!
The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sunberg
Readers around the world have fallen in love with the Senior League, five residents of the Diamond Retirement Home—Martha, The Genius, The Rake, Christina and Anna-Greta—who turn to a life of crime to escape their horrid retirement home. But what starts as a robbery attempt at a nearby luxury hotel escalates to art theft from a major museum. Thankfully the culprits armed… with bolt cutters and high-tech walkers. (We can’t wait to send this one to Mary!)
The Enchanted by Rene Dunfeld
You will hear us talking about The Enchanted, a heartbreakingly beautiful debut novel from Rene Dunfeld, a lot. This story is set in an enchanted place, a stone prison viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving fantastical stories about the people he observes and the world he inhabits. This is a haunting, albeit hopeful story; one fiction readers should not miss.
The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier
The Lost Sisterhood is a thrilling new historical novel that will forever alter our understanding of one of mankind’s greatest myths—the Amazons—from Anne Fortier, author of one of our favourite historical novels Juliet. The narration alternates between the modern-day research of a young aspiring professor and the Amazons themselves, specifically two sisters whose fight to survive takes us through ancient Greece and to Troy.
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
Emma Donoghue, author of Room, is back with a murder mystery set in 1876 San Francisco. In a thrilling, cinematic style, Frog Music digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. And, like much of Donoghue’s acclaimed fiction, this larger-than-life story is based on real people and documents. Her prodigious gift for lighting up forgotten corners of history is on full display once again in this unforgettable novel. Stay tuned for a raving review of Frog Music in March!
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
Quirky and utterly unique, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden is a charming and humorous account of one young woman’s unlikely adventure from Jonas Jonasson, the author of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. We promise, this book is as witty and original as The 100-Year-Old Man, with an equally-as-creative cast of characters. We can’t wait to share it with you!
North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person
Sex, drugs and . . . bug stew? Cea Sunrise Person‘s memoir North of Normal is an utterly compelling tale of survival. Cea’s family raised her in northern Alberta during an attempt to escape civilization altogether; but Cea’s deep-seated desire for normality enabled her to risk everything, overcome adversity and achieve her dreams. Recommended for fans of Jeanette Walls’ The Glass Castle.
Buried Angels by Camilla Lackberg
From Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg comes Buried Angels, a new psychological thriller that will be irresistible to fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo. Readers follow Detective Patrick Hedstrom and Erica, his crime-writer wife, as they get entangled in a hunt for a killer who will stop at nothing to keep the past buried….