Anticipated December book releases
December is a month of Christmas cheer, snow and cosy fires. So enjoy the chilly indoor reading with these new releases. From historical fiction to contemporary drama, here are the best books to get you through the cold winter months.
Although, I have to say that, I was expecting to see a long list of fantasy novels among December releases. Nevertheless, there are a bunch of promising new books such as A History of Wild Places, The Ballerinas and Safecracker.
So, let’s get started with the list of December 2021 book releases.
Without A Hitch by Mary Hollis Huddleston
Young Lottie is a wedding planner at a top-tier boutique event firm. She oversees weddings with over-the-top details and an unlimited budget. But after her boss announces he’s opening a new office, Lottie sees her chance to finally carve out her place—and earn an income that justifies her dating app subscription fees. The weddings get bigger, the clients get wilder, the mishaps get funnier, and the stakes get higher. And Lottie’s forced to discover what she’ll risk for love and how far she’ll go to find herself. According to New York Times bestselling author, Emily Giffin, Without A Hitch is “a delightfully quirky novel that proves the age-old adage ‘We plan, God laughs.”
Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman
The activist and poet Amanda Gorman new book, Call Us What We Carry is a collection that reveals an unforgettable voice in American poetry. The collection includes “The Hill We Climb,” the stirring poem read at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, and bursting with musical language and exploring themes of identity, grief, and memory, this lyric of hope and healing captures an important moment in our country’s consciousness while being utterly timeless.
Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim
Beasts of a Little Land is a sweeping historical fiction about love, poverty set against the backdrop of the Korean independence movement. A family saga, spanning over half a century. A young girl named Jade is sold by her family to Miss Silver’s courtesan school, an act of desperation that will cement her place in the lowest social status. When she befriends an orphan boy named JungHo, who scrapes together a living begging on the streets of Seoul, they form a deep friendship. As they come of age, JungHo is swept up in the revolutionary fight for independence, and Jade becomes a sought-after performer with a new romantic prospect of noble birth. Soon Jade must decide whether she will risk everything for the one who would do the same for her.
The Righteous by Renée Ahdieh
The Righteous is the third book from Renée Ahdieh’s New York Times bestselling novel, The beautiful. Pippa Montrose sets off on a perilous journey to find her best friend Celine, who was disappeared under strange circumstances. Pippa resolves to find her, even if the journey takes her into the world of the fae, where she might find more than she bargained for in the charismatic Arjun Desai.
Homecoming King by Penny Reid
From the New York Times, bestselling author of Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series comes a charming novel following the life of, a forever single, Rex. He may be a pro-football defensive end for the Chicago Squalls, but the press only wants to talk about how he’s always a groomsman and never a groom. Rex is sick of being the guy before the husband, and he’s most definitely sick of being the best man at all their weddings. Meanwhile, Abigail McNerny has convinced no one on earth could ever entice her into a romantic relationship . . . except that one guy, she’s loved since preschool.
A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw
A dark slow suspense thrillers for the lovers of haunting fairytales. Travis Wren is known for his unusual talent for finding missing people. His new case is about finding a well-known dark children’s book author, Maggie St. James. But in the midst of his exploration, he stumbles upon a reclusive community and disappears, just like Maggie.
Years later, Theo, a lifelong member of Pastoral, discovers Travis’s abandoned truck beyond the border of the community. No one is allowed in or out, not when there’s a risk of bringing a disease—rot—into Pastoral. Unravelling the mystery of what happened reveals secrets that Theo, his wife, Calla, and her sister, Bee, keep from one another. Secrets that prove their perfect, isolated world isn’t as safe as they believed—and that darkness takes many forms.
The Ballerinas by Rachel Kapelke-Dale
Delphine has returned to the legendary Palais Garnier Opera House as a choreographer, to begin her new life and partially to bring back her best friends whom she had dismissed from her life, fourteen years ago. But Delphine quickly discovers that things have changed while she’s been away…and some secrets can’t stay buried forever.
Moving between the trio’s adolescent years and the present day, The Ballerinas explores the complexities of female friendship, the dark drive towards physical perfection in the name of artistic expression, the double-edged sword of ambition and passion, and the sublimated rage that so many women hold inside––all culminating in a twist you won’t see coming, with magnetic characters you won’t soon forget.
The Replacement Wife by Darby Kane
Elisa Wright is a mom and wife, living a nice, quiet life in a nice, quiet town. She’s also convinced her brother-in-law is a murderer. Josh has one dead wife and one missing fiancée, and though he grieved for them he starts dating someone new. Elisa fears for that woman’s safety, and she desperately wants to know what happened to her friend, Josh’s missing fiancée.
Searching for clues means investigating her own family. And she doesn’t like what she finds. A laptop filled with incriminating information. Other women.
The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling
Claire Montgomery is a vampire and is assigned to help Elise Beaumont, a human who possesses a unique power. But having lost her brother, Elise is desperate to get rid of her terrible gift, which couldn’t save her brother from death.
Elise is reluctant to work with a vampire, but when she predicts a teacher’s imminent murder, she’s determined to stop the violent death, even if it means sacrificing her own future to secure Claire’s help.
The trouble is, Claire and Elise aren’t the only paranormals in town—a killer is stalking the streets, and Claire can’t seem to shake the pull she feels toward Elise, a romance that could upend the Veil’s mission.
Here’s to Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera are back with the story of Arthur and Ben from the New York Times bestselling novel, What If It’s Us.
Arthur is in New York for a dream internship on Broadway, with a boyfriend back at home that he couldn’t be happier with. But when he comes upon Ben cuddled up with a mystery boy, he starts to wonder if his feelings for Ben ever truly went away.
Even as the boys try to focus on their futures, they can’t seem to help running into each other in the present. Is the universe forcing them to question if they’re actually meant to be?
Safecracker by Ryan Wick
Award-winning director and screenwriter Ryan Wick’s debut novel is a fast-paced crime thriller. What seems like a normal job for a safecracker- Michael Maven turns out to be a life-threatening task. Maven gets into a New York apartment, to steal a rare coin. When the coin’s owner comes home with a beautiful woman, he hides. Then she murders him. So he hides a bit better. Then she tries to take the coin herself, which is the last straw. While Maven narrowly escapes being killed himself, he’s then coerced by her boss, a sadistic drug lord, into a far more complicated, far more dangerous job. If Maven fails to crack the safe of a rival cartel boss in Miami, his friends and family will die. If he succeeds, they still might.
The Shattered Crown by Maxym M. Martineau
This compelling YA/New Adult fantasy novel is the final instalment in the epic Beast Charmer series. Leena Edenfrell never dreamed of igniting a war, and her pair bond, Noc Feyreigner, never wanted to set foot on a battlefield again. But when their enemies combine forces, they have no choice but to fight. While Noc makes moves to reclaim his throne, Leena acts as the new Crown of the Charmer’s Council, searching for a way to stop the enemy from raising an ancient dragon destined to burn their world to ash.
Fools in Love by Claire Kann, Rebecca Barrow, Mason Deaver, MORE
A diverse compilation for the lovers of rom-com. Whether it’s enemy-to lovers, Love triangles and best friends or mistaken identities, a beautiful collection of fifteen short stories. This collection of genre-bending and original stories celebrates how love always finds a way, featuring powerful flora, a superhero and his nemesis, a fantastical sled race through snow-capped mountains, a golf tournament, the wrong ride-share, and even the end of the world. With stories written by Rebecca Barrow, Ashley Herring Blake, Gloria Chao, Mason Deaver, Sara Farizan, Claire Kann, Malinda Lo, Hannah Moskowitz, Natasha Ngan, Rebecca Podos, Lilliam Rivera, Laura Silverman, Amy Spalding, Rebecca Kim Wells, and Julian Winters this collection is sure to sweep you off your feet.
How Not To Fall In Love by Jaqueline Firkins
A romantic comedy for the fans of The Upside of Falling and Tweet Cute. After years of watching squabbles break out over wedding plans, Harper thinks romance is a marketing tool. Nothing more. Her best friend Theo is her opposite. One date and he’s already dreaming of happily ever afters. When Theo’s shocked to find himself nursing his umpteenth heartbreak, Harper offers to teach him how not to fall in love. Theo agrees to the lessons, as long as Harper proves she can date without falling in love. As the lessons progress and Theo takes them to heart, Harper has a harder time upholding her end of the bargain.
If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich
Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. On a whirlwind tour through Europe, with both an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, Ruben and Zach come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance.
Absynthe by Brendan Bellecourt
A reclusive, shell-shocked veteran, Liam Mulcahey is saved by a Grace in a brutal attack. Though the attack appears to have been committed by the hated Uprising, Grace believes it was orchestrated by Leland De Pere–Liam’s former commander and the current President of the United States. With Grace’s help, Liam begins to regain his abilities, but when De Pere learns of it, he orders his militia to eliminate Liam at any cost. But Liam’s abilities are expanding quickly. When Liam turns the tables and digs deeper into De Pere’s plans, he discovers a terrible secret.
Shadows of Swanford Abbey by Julie Klassen
In pursuit of an author who could help get her brother published, Rebecca Lane stays at Swanford Abbey, a grand hotel rumoured to be haunted. It is there she encounters Sir Frederick–the man who broke her heart. When a mysterious death occurs, Rebecca is one of the suspects, and Frederick is torn between his feelings for her and his search for the truth.
Sweet Tea & Christmas Trees by Rachel Hanna
When Kate and Mia agree to decorate the B&B for the town’s annual Christmas house tour, they may have bitten off more than they can chew.
Plus, some new guests come to stay at the B&B, and they may have some secrets.
Catch up with your favorite characters in this warm holiday book about family, love and the joy of Christmas!
Flame by Helen Hardt
Callie Pike always considered herself the plain sister—stuck in the middle between beautiful Rory and vivacious Maddie—so she still can’t believe gorgeous perennial bachelor Donny Steel has fallen in love with her. She should be the happiest woman on the planet, and she is…but her nemesis from ten years ago seems intent on destroying her newfound bliss.
An Amish Quilting Bee Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller and Shelley Shepard Gray
A beautiful collection of Amish romance stories with quilting theme. Patchwork Promises features a love story between Colin Zook and Joanne Lapp. A Common Thread by Kathleen Fuller follows Susie Glick and her quilting group. Stitched Together by Shelley Shepard Gray tells the tale of Rosie and her dreams of being the top earner at a yearly project for the Pinecraft Mennonite Quilt
The Great Charade by Gerri Hill
Abby desperately needed a fake girlfriend for the holidays, but who would spend ten days with her in Red River, New Mexico pretending to be her partner? After striking out with all her friends, she resorts to asking a stranger.
Nic agreed to the proposition in the hopes of having her very first—and probably only—fairytale Christmas in a mountain lodge with snow and all the trimmings.
Neither anticipated becoming friends and they certainly didn’t count on the pretend kisses becoming real. But fairytales end, don’t they? After saying their goodbyes, they doubt they’ll see each other again.
The Sunshine Club by Carolyn Brown
Gussie, Ina Mae, and Blanche have been best friends for more than sixty years. When Blanche passes away, Gussie and Ina Mae feel the best way to honor their dearly departed is with a shot of whiskey, some good music, and making a match for Blanche’s niece, Sissy.
Three More Months by Sarah Echavarre
Chloe Howard’s devotion to her job has come at a cost: spending time with the most important person in her life—her mother. Vowing to change, she plans a trip home. Sadly, hours before she arrives, her mother passes away, leaving Chloe without a goodbye and riddled with grief and regret. But maybe…maybe it’s not too late.
Just days before the funeral, Chloe finds her mother unaccountably alive and well. And it’s no longer May; she’s been transported back in time to March.
Read Between the Lines by Rachel Lacey
Books are Rosie Taft’s life. And ever since she took over her mother’s beloved Manhattan bookstore, they’ve become her home too. Jane Breslin works hard to keep her professional and personal lives neatly separated. By day, she works for the family property development business. By night, she puts her steamier side on paper under her pen name: Brie. When Rosie learns that her bookstore’s lease has been terminated by Jane’s family’s business, romance moves to the back burner.
Bed Guy by Jerry McGill
Rashid is a young Black man from Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, with a complicated life. Looking for an escape from a neighborhood few ever leave, he finds it in Rachel—married, twenty years his senior, and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. It begins with a flirtation and a tryst. It becomes an intense romance, exhilarating and enriching, that defies the expectations of Rashid’s friends and family. What draws Rachel to Rashid is his curiosity, his need for intimacy, and his adoration—everything lacking in her crumbling marriage. But as the fault lines of their relationship become more prevalent, so do the inevitable choices one makes when falling in love.
There you have got the list of December 2021 releases
Which book from the list are you going to read first?
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