Tuesday, February 6, 2024

February 2024 Book Releases

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February is an excellent time for book releases! So many books are coming out this month. It was hard to narrow down my list to a reasonable number. Here are the ones I'm looking forward to reading the most.

Note: Some of the release dates may change or be different in your part of the world. Don't come for me if they're wrong. I'm trying to keep up!

💖  February Book Releases 🌹

Adult Historical Fiction
February 6, 2024

“Women can be heroes, too.”

When twenty-year-old nursing student Frances “Frankie” McGrath hears these unexpected words, it is a revelation. Raised on idyllic Coronado Island and sheltered by her conservative parents, she has always prided herself on doing the right thing, being a good girl. But in 1965 the world is changing, and she suddenly imagines a different choice for her life. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she impulsively joins the Army Nurse Corps and follows his path.

As green and inexperienced as the men sent to Vietnam to fight, Frankie is overwhelmed by the chaos and destruction of war, as well as the unexpected trauma of coming home to a changed and politically divided America.

Why I want to read it: If The Great Alone had a less melodramatic ending, it would have become one of my favorite books ever. Kristin Hannah is great at writing complicated characters who find themselves in bad situations. I want to read more of her work.

Fifty Beasts To Break Your Heart: And Other Stories by GennaRose Nethercott

Adult Short Story Collection
February 6, 2024

Two young women working at a sinister roadside attraction called the Eternal Staircase explore its secrets—and their own doomed summer love. A group of witchy teens concoct the perfect plan to induce the hated new girl into their ranks. A woman moves into a new house with her acclaimed artist boyfriend and finds her body slowly shifting into something specially constructed to accommodate his needs and whims. And two outcasts, a vampire and a goat woman, find solace in each other, even as the world's lack of understanding might bring about its own end.

Why I want to read it: Last year, I read and loved a story collection called Heartbreaker by Maryse Meijer. The stories are dark, and the characters make ethically dubious decisions when it comes to love. I'm getting similar vibes from Fifty Beasts.

The Book Of Love by Kelly Link

Adult Fantasy
February 13, 2024

Late one night, Laura, Daniel, and Mo find themselves beneath the fluorescent lights of a high school classroom, almost a year after disappearing from their hometown, the small seaside community of Lovesend, Massachusetts, having long been presumed dead. Which, in fact, they are.

With them in the room is their previously unremarkable high school music teacher, who seems to know something about their disappearance—and what has brought them back again. Desperate to reclaim their lives, the three agree to the terms of the bargain their music teacher proposes. They will be given a series of magical tasks; while they undertake them, they may return to their families and friends, but they can tell no one where they’ve been. In the end, there will be winners and there will be losers.

But their resurrection has attracted the notice of other supernatural figures, all with their own agendas. As Laura, Daniel, and Mo grapple with the pieces of the lives they left behind, and Laura’s sister, Susannah, attempts to reconcile what she remembers with what she fears, these mysterious others begin to arrive, engulfing their community in danger and chaos, and it becomes imperative that the teens solve the mystery of their deaths to avert a looming disaster.

Why I want to read it: I recently watched School Spirits on Netflix and now want to read books about ghosts solving mysteries. That's it. That's the whole reason I want to read this book.

My Side Of The River by Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez

Adult Memoir
February 13, 2024

Born to Mexican immigrants south of the Rillito River in Tucson, Arizona, Elizabeth had the world at her fingertips as she entered her freshman year of high school as the number one student. But suddenly, Elizabeth's own country took away the most important right a child has: a right to have a family.

As her parents’ visas expired, they were forced to return to Mexico, leaving Elizabeth responsible for her younger brother, as well as her education. Determined to break the cycle of being “a statistic,” she knew that even though her parents couldn’t stay, there was no way she could let go of the opportunities the U.S. could provide.

Armed with only her passport and sheer teenage determination, Elizabeth became what her school would eventually describe as an unaccompanied, homeless youth, one of thousands of underage victims affected by family separation due to broken immigration laws.

Why I want to read it: Immigration is something I want to learn more about. I think we've all seen statistics about it, but we rarely hear the personal stories about the people behind the numbers.

The Bad Ones by Melissa Albert

Young Adult Fantasy
February 20, 2024

In the course of a single winter’s night, four people vanish without a trace across a small town.

Nora’s estranged best friend, Becca, is one of the lost. As Nora tries to untangle the truth of Becca’s disappearance, she discovers a darkness in her town’s past, as well as a string of coded messages Becca left for her to unravel. These clues lead Nora to a piece of local folklore: a legendary goddess of forgotten origins who played a role in Nora and Becca’s own childhood games . . .

Why I want to read it: Goodreads calls it "a poison-pen love letter to semi-toxic best friendship, the occult power of childhood play and artistic creation, and the razor-thin line between make-believe and belief." I hope it's just as creepy as the author's other book, The Hazel Wood. I loved that one.

Buy it on Amazon

Supercommunicators: How To Unlock The Secret Language Of Connection by Charles Duhigg

Adult Self-Help Nonfiction
February 20, 2024

Come inside a jury room as one juror leads a starkly divided room to consensus. Join a young CIA officer as he recruits a reluctant foreign agent. And sit with an accomplished surgeon as he tries, and fails, to convince yet another cancer patient to opt for the less risky course of treatment. In Supercommunicators, Charles Duhigg blends deep research and his trademark storytelling skills to show how we can all learn to identify and leverage the hidden layers that lurk beneath every conversation.

Communication is a superpower and the best communicators understand that whenever we speak, we’re actually participating in one of three conversations: practical (What’s this really about?), emotional (How do we feel?), and social (Who are we?). If you don’t know what kind of conversation you’re having, you’re unlikely to connect.

Supercommunicators know the importance of recognizing—and then matching—each kind of conversation, and how to hear the complex emotions, subtle negotiations, and deeply held beliefs that color so much of what we say and how we listen. Our experiences, our values, our emotional lives—and how we see ourselves, and others—shape every discussion, from who will pick up the kids to how we want to be treated at work. In this book, you will learn why some people are able to make themselves heard, and to hear others, so clearly.

With his storytelling that takes us from the writers’ room of The Big Bang Theory to the couches of leading marriage counselors, Duhigg shows readers how to recognize these three conversations—and teaches us the tips and skills we need to navigate them more successfully.

In the end, he delivers a simple but powerful lesson: With the right tools, we can connect with anyone.

Why I want to read it: I work with the public. Convincing strangers to follow the law and play nicely with others is part of what I do all day. I'm always attempting to get better at it because life is easier for everybody when strangers listen to me. (Some of them are so bad at listening!)

Wandering Stars by Tommy Orange

Adult Literary Fiction
February 27, 2024

Colorado, 1864. Star, a young survivor of the Sand Creek Massacre, is brought to the Fort Marion Prison Castle, where he is forced to learn English and practice Christianity by Richard Henry Pratt, an evangelical prison guard who will go on to found the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, an institution dedicated to the eradication of Native history, culture, and identity. A generation later, Star’s son, Charles, is sent to the school, where he is brutalized by the man who was once his father’s jailer. Under Pratt’s harsh treatment, Charles clings to moments he shares with a young fellow student, Opal Viola, as the two envision a future away from the institutional violence that follows their bloodlines.

Oakland, 2018. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield is barely holding her family together after the shooting that nearly took the life of her nephew Orvil. From the moment he awakens in his hospital bed, Orvil begins compulsively googling school shootings on YouTube. He also becomes emotionally reliant on the prescription medications meant to ease his physical trauma. His younger brother, Lony, suffering from PTSD, is struggling to make sense of the carnage he witnessed at the shooting by secretly cutting himself and enacting blood rituals that he hopes will connect him to his Cheyenne heritage. Opal is equally adrift, experimenting with Ceremony and peyote, searching for a way to heal her wounded family.

Why I want to read it: Because I was traumatized by the ending of There, There and want more. I'm a weirdo who likes traumatizing books!

Which February books are you looking forward to reading?


  1. The Women is definitely one of the most hyped books of the year! Her books are generally amazing, though, so I'm not surprised.

  2. I'm a bit curious about Supercommunicators, too. Sounds useful for work! It's not the kind of book I usually review, but I've read a few similar ones for that reason.

  3. Even though The Women was the first book I read this year, I'm convinced that it will be my favorite of the year. I can't imagine anything topping it over the next eleven months. So powerful. (Yes there was some relationship drama but I thought it was balanced well with the broader issues.)

  4. There are three February releases I'm really looking forward to: Lone Wolf by Gregg Hurwitz, The Price You Pay by Nick Petrie, and The Boy Who Cried Bear by Kelley Armstrong. (I also want to read The Women and My Side of the River.)

  5. I loved School Spirits, so I am definitely intrigued by The Book of Love. Adding to my wish list!

    Lauren @ www.shootingstarsmag.net

  6. Yeah I need to read The Women and see if it rocks .... or if it's too much melodrama goop. I hope the former.

  7. There are, frankly, TOO many great-sounding February releases. I had 20 for review, because I clearly hate myself, and a whole metric ton more that I want to read, so. Bad, it is very bad. I want to read The Book of Love but it is very long and so I am intimidated. Love the cover of Fifty Beasts, too!