12 New Releases to Spend Your Gift Cards On

Hi, Savvy Readers!

The best part about the holidays being over is that you now have a ton of gift cards to burning a hole in your pocket. And what else would you buy but NEW BOOKS?! If you’re anything like us, you’ve already got a list going of the books you can’t wait to own. Check out our top picks below.

Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window – A. J. Finn

The most anticipated release of 2018 is finally here! If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, now you have the perfect excuse. Anna Fox is a recluse (and slightly alcoholic) woman who never leaves her house; her only entertainment spying on her fellow neighbours. However, after witnessing a crime through her window, Anna can’t help but wonder if what she saw really happened, and if she is danger because of it.

Instant Favourites

Instant Favourites – Mia Bachmaier and Mike McColl

EVERYONE got an Instant Pot for Christmas, am I right? All that’s missing is the recipes. Enter Instant Favourites. With more than 100 easy-to-follow recipes, this book will have you putting that crockpot to work in no time.


Everless – Sarah Holland

The first book in a new YA duology, Everless is the perfect book for the fantasy-lover. Jules Ember lives in the Kingdom of Sempera, where time acts as currency. Having previously fled with her family after a fateful accident, Jules finds herself having to return to the city to earn more time for her dying father, but she’s isn’t prepared for the danger waiting for her when she gets there.

Worry-Free Money

Worry-Free Money – Shannon Lee Simmons

If getting your finances in order (or at least somewhat organized) was high on your list of New Year’s resolutions, then this book is a MUST. Simmons helps walk you through managing your money so that no matter your income, you can get through every day without feeling like you’re broke!


Trumpocracy – David Frum

Anyone currently following US politics (in other words, everyone!) will love this pick! Former White House speechwriter, David Frum, gives us an inside look at how Trump has changed the institution of office that was once limited by propriety, tradition and public outcry.

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Movie Tie-In) – Becky Albertalli

With a new, movie-tie in cover, this book is perfect for all the YA-lovers. Sixteen-year-old Simon is trying to keep his sexuality a secret all while being blackmailed by a classmate, and trying to get through junior year. Man, we thought our high school experience was rough. If you haven’t already picked this one up, now’s your chance to read it before the movie comes out!


BRAVE – Rose McGowan

This may just be the most anticipated memoir of the year. McGowan takes us through her journey from Hollywood sex-symbol to fearless activist against the sexism is Hollywood.

Dont Call Me Princess

Don’t Call Me Princess – Peggy Orenstein

2017 was the year of women and we doubt 2018 will be much different, making this book extremely relevant for both women AND men. This collection of essays brings together many of Orenstein’s best pieces, talking through all the modern-day feminist issues we’re facing as a society.

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In a Cottage in a Woods – Cass Green

This is another thriller we can’t wait to get our hands on. After being gifted a cottage from a complete stranger, Neve thinks her luck is about to turn around. Little does she know that the cottage will become a nightmare, changing her life forever.

This Could Hurt

This Could Hurt – Jillian Medoff

This story completely understands your struggle of balancing work life with your personal life. It follows five HR employees as they deal with all the hardships and triumphs we all deal with at work, making it a must read for everyone with a job.


Educated – Tara Westover

Imaging never going to school, and instead staying home to stew herbs and help prepare for the apocalypse (yes, you read that right). This unforgettable memoir follows Tara Westover’s incredible journey, as she transitions from a family of survivalists to mainstream society. If you loved Wild, you’ll love this pick.

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The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore – Kim Fu

A story of survival as 5 young girls find themselves completely stranded in the Pacific Northwest forest. Flashforward to adulthood and we get to see how that experience – and the infamous “incident” – follows them throughout adulthood.

So what do you think of our picks, Savvy Readers? Let us know what book you’re planning on getting in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader.

Happy reading!


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