If you’re looking for reading inspiration this month then here’s a list of my top recommendations from the February new releases. There are lots of interesting books being released this month. So to save you time, I’ve delved into the release charts and picked my favourites to help you decide on a February read.
Don’t forget: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. There’s still time to order one of the February New Releases for your Valentine or just for you.
Much Ado About You – At thirty-three-years old, Evie’s life in Chicago is missing that special something. When she’s passed over for promotion at work, Evie realises she needs to make a change. Impulsively, she plans a holiday in a quaint English village.
The holiday package comes with a temporary position at Much Ado About Books, the bookshop underneath her new flat. There’s no better getaway for the bookish Evie, a life-long Shakespeare lover.
The Midnight Library – Ok, so I’ve cheated a little here, this is actually the release of the paperback version. But it’s one of my February MUST reads so it’s on my list 🙂
Nora’s life has been going from bad to worse. Then at the stroke of midnight on her last day on earth she finds herself transported to a library. There she is given the chance to undo her regrets and try out each of the other lives she might have lived.
Which raises the ultimate question: with infinite choices, what is the best way to live?
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster – Bill Gates
In this urgent, authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical – and accessible – plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe.
Mystery / Thriller
This Lovely City – Louise Hare a BBC Two Between the Covers book club pick
The drinks are flowing.
The music is playing.
But the party can’t last.
With the Blitz over and London reeling from war, jazz musician Lawrie Matthews has answered England’s call for help. Fresh off the Empire Windrush, he’s taken a tiny room in south London lodgings, and has fallen in love with the girl next door. Lawrie has poured his heart into his new home – and it’s alive with possibility. Until, one morning, he makes a terrible discovery.
Memoir / Autobiography
Man with a Van: My Story – Drew Pritchard
Star of TV’s Salvage Hunters, Drew Pritchard will go to the greatest lengths for the best deals. He discovered the casts Lord Elgin made of his infamous marbles in a school garage, and broke the bank to buy the tool box Malcolm Campbell used when he set the water speed record in 1934. He made a million. Lost it. And made it again.
History / Biography
Rag and Bone: A History of What We’ve Thrown Away – Lisa Woollett
From relics of Georgian empire-building and slave-trading, through Victorian London’s barged-out refuse to 1980s fly-tipping and the pervasiveness of present-day plastics, Rag and Bone traces the story of our rubbish, and, through it, our history of consumption.
A beautifully written but urgent mixture of social history, family memoir and nature writing, Rag and Bone is a book about what we can learn from what we’ve thrown away – and a call to think more about what we leave behind.
The Dressmaker of Paris – Georgia Kaufmann
I need to tell you a story, ma chère. My story.
Rosa Kusstatscher has built a global fashion empire upon her ability to find the perfect outfit for any occasion. But tonight, as she prepares for the most important meeting of her life, her usual certainty eludes her.
As she struggles to select her dress and choose the right shade of lipstick, Rosa begins to tell her incredible story.
The Gilded Ones – Namina Forna
Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in Otera, a deeply patriarchal ancient kingdom. She is an Alaki, a near-immortal with exceptional gifts. The stranger offers her a choice: fight for the Emperor, with others just like her, or be destroyed…
(13 – 18 years)
Cathedral of Bones – A J Steiger
Simon Frost lives in a curious place, where magic is used by the very best Animists to do wondrous things–like call upon imps, wraiths, and all manner of monsters to right wrongs, deliver justice, and accomplish feats no human could achieve.
Simon Frost is not one of those Animists, though he’s been trying to become one for years.
Children (9-12 years / grade 3-7)
Have I missed your favourite genre? If so, let me know and I’ll be sure to include it in future monthly releases.