We’ve finally reached the shortest month of the year – and possibly the most romantic one, with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching and the snow still steadily falling outside our windows. Still, despite the romance we might all be getting a little sick of winter at this point, which is why it’s also the perfect time to get over seasonal fatigue with a new book or two. Or 10. There are just too many awesome new releases to choose from this month.
Here are our top 10 February books to take your mind off the never-ending ice and snow:
Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman (W. W. Norton & Company, February 7, 2017)
Neil Gaiman + Norse Gods? Sign us up. In this in-depth saga, Gaiman creates a narrative embedded in Norse mythology, taking us through the stories of Odin, Thor, Loki and so many more. Expect Gaiman’s witty prose and epic storytelling in a novel that spans centuries, Gods, and all the drama they bring with them.
A Million Little Things, Susan Mallery (MIRA, February 28, 2017)
Mallery continues her Mischief Bay series with the story of Zoe Saldivar, who recently endured a breakup and is wondering how to handle being so alone. The fact that her best friend Jen just had a baby doesn’t help, nor does the fact that Zoe finds herself a little too attracted to Jen’s brother. Mallery explores friendships, family and new love in this heartwarming tale.
Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Random House, February 14, 2017)
Short story master Saunders tackles his first novel with Lincoln in the Bardo. The book centers on President Lincoln in 1862, right after he has to bury his young son, Willie. Saunders marries reality with the supernatural, as Lincoln mourns his son while Willie is trapped in a bizarre purgatory, his soul up for grabs.
Devil in Spring, Lisa Kleypas (Avon, February 21, 2017)
We all rejoiced when Kleypas returned to historical romance, and her Ravenel series is a must-read. In the third book in the series, the Ravenels meet the Wallflowers when we get the story of Lady Pandora and her love Gabriel, who also just so happens to be Sebastian’s son (of Devil in Winter fame).
Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me, Bill Hayes (Bloomsbury, February 14, 2017)
When Oliver Sacks died two summers ago, the world lost one of its best science writers. But his legend lives on in Hayes’ memoir, as the writer and photographer recounts his years living in New York, and the story of how he eventually met and fell in love with Sacks. Hayes dives deep into their relationship, his love for New York in general, and the grief that came from losing Sacks in August of 2015.
Into the Fire, Jeaniene Frost (Avon, February 28, 2017)
Frost concludes her beloved Night Prince series with Into the Fire, the final adventure of Leila and her vampire husband, Vlad. This time their enemies are after them in full force, exploiting Vlad’s one weakness: his undying love for Leila. The two must use magic to save her life, but it may just come at the cost of everything they’ve built together.
The Orphan’s Tale, Pam Jenoff (MIRA, February 21, 2017)
A historical tale of family and friendship, The Orphan’s Tale transports us back to WWII, where Noa, a disgraced teen who’s forced to give up the child she conceives with a Nazi soldier, decides to steal a baby from a train of Jewish infants being sent to a concentration camp. Noa and her new baby run away to the German circus where she meets Astrid, a fellow trapeze artist with whom she forms a complicated friendship.
The Width of the World, David Baldacci (Scholastic Press, February 28, 2017)
This is the third book in Baldacci’s epic young adult fantasy series. After breaking away from her home in Wormwood, Vega Jane is in a whole new world. But now it’s time to enlighten that world as Vega and her friends fight an evil that seems insurmountable.
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas (Balzer + Bray, February 28, 2017)
Drawing from the Black Lives Matter movement, Thomas’s debut novel dives deep into the heart of our current political climate (and is already set to become a movie!). When teen Starr Carter witnesses a police officer shoot and kill her best friend, it puts her directly in the middle of a national uproar. With communities taking sides and the entire country watching, Starr finds herself caught between the reality of what happened and the potential danger that could come from telling the truth.
A Conjuring of Light, V.E. Schwab (Tor Books, February 21, 2017)
The third and final book in Schwab’s fantasy series continues the story of Lila, Kell and Rhy as they fight to survive in an uncertain world. With different Londons falling and new kingdoms rising, this is poised to be an epic conclusion that will satisfy all fans of the bestselling series.