Fall in Love This February by Reading These 7 Books
Forget chocolates, get some books.
These New February Books Are Here Reminding You That Love Does Exist
From short stories to crazy mysteries, February is off to a solid start thanks to some of the most creative authors who will be published this month. If you need something new to read or want to spark joy with a novel, here's your chance. Who needs roses and chocolates? All we want are a few new books delivered to our door.
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1. Sea Monsters
Luisa wants an adventure and Tomás, a reckless stranger, will help aid her wishes. Luisa's obsession with a traveling troupe of Ukrainian dwarfs leads her all over Mexico landing in the beachside town of Oaxaca. Now, surrounded by artists, storytellers, and hippies, Luisa's desire for mystery may engulf her entire being. Sea Monsters is the most unique book you might read all year thanks to author, Chloe Aridjis and her vivid imagination.
2. Willa & Hesper
A beautiful novel that weaves in the heartbreak of romance and bluntness of our ancestry, Willa & Hesper is a timely novel, ending in modern day. Willa and Hesper fall in love rather quickly, but their whirlwind romance comes to a sudden halt when Hesper shuts out Willa and flees to her grandfather's home of Tbilisi, Georgia. Seeking answers about her ancestry, she finds her grandfather's story wasn't all it seemed to be and with an impending flood threatening Georgia, Hesper has to come to terms with a life she wasn't prepared to know. Willa tries to mend her broken heart by leaving New York and joining young people on a trip to Germany and Poland where she'll visit Holocaust sites in an effort to rid herself of her emotions. She soon finds herself grappling with her past history of love, loss, and ancestry. Amy Feltman does a sincere job of capturing the highs and lows of love and relationships.
3. What We Did
What We Did is a page-turner like no other, coming from the best-selling British author Christobel Kent. Bridget has a secret, one she's kept for her loved ones for many years. But when Carmichael, her childhood music teachers, walks into her place of work, her secrets are jeopardized. And now, he won't stop harassing her, stalking her. Bridget is pushed to her limits and snaps. But with that comes more threats, more secrets, ones she won't be able to keep from her family. What We Did will hook you and never let you go, like any good secret.
4. Brown White Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
Nishta J. Mehra writes poignantly about her family life and how she must raise a child in a world where racial injustice and dangerous stereotypes plague a nation. These intimate essays about marriage, love, and acceptance is mandatory reading. Mehra teaches us how everyday Americans deal with life-altering issues like race, gender, and sexuality, all while trying to raise a little member of the next generation.
5. The Curiosities
When Nell Parker's pregnancy sadly ends in her second trimester, she doesn't pause to grieve but instead jumps deeper into fertility treatments. Her husband, Josh, urges her to remain busy and persuades her to find a job to do so. Nell finds a job as the director for a non-profit, the Mansion Hill Artists' Colony. The woman who left it behind, Betsy Barrett, was a character herself and her energy lives on in the eclectic estate. Nell gets to know the colorful characters of the Colony: Odin a metal sculptor; Annie a dreadlocked grandmother who is certainly selling drugs out of her studio; and Paige, an art student with an interesting taste in men. Nell finds the perfect distraction, and new creative family in a new world filled with wonder and art. She'll have to decide on the life she wants to live—one in a fragile marriage with a loving husband or the other, with artist Odin and the world that got her out of her own slump. Susan Gloss writes a delightful story about how and why people come into our lives at the right time.
6. The Last Romantics
Tara Conklin will dazzle you this month with The Last Romantics. Successful poet Fiona Skinner comes face to face with her past when someone asks her about the inspiration behind her most praised work, The Love Poem. With one fell swoop she's taken back to her childhood in Connecticut with her siblings Renee, Caroline, and Joe. A magnetic story about an American family and a story about what bonds siblings together and what threatens that bond at its very core. This novel serves as a reminder about how important stories can be, winding through our past, present, and future.
7. Vacuum in the Dark
I loved reading Jen Beagin's Vacuum in the Dark, I did so in one sitting. Mona is a cleaning-lady in Taos, New Mexico. She comes across the strangest things at the young age of 26. Why New Mexico? She followed her junkie ex-boyfriend, Mr. Disgusting. She isn't quite sure where she's going or what she's doing, so much so she's dating one of her client's husbands (this one she calls Dark). Follow Mona on her wild journey of self-discovery, while she navigates a colorful cast of characters all while cleaning up feces from kitchen floors. This novel is laugh-out-loud funny and perfectly bizarre.
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