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Posted on Dec 31, 2018 in Category Spotlight, Top Picks

Five Novels to Kick Off 2019

Did you know that reading fiction has been proven to increase a person’s emotional intelligence? According to studies, reading novels can make you more compassionate and empathetic (something we could all use!). So if your 2019 resolutions include emotional self-improvement, picking up a stack of great novels is a good place to start. Here are just a few of our top picks for the best new fiction for January 2019. Happy reading!

The Red Address Book, by Sofia Lundberg

This charming novel tells the story of 96-year-old Doris. Living alone in her Stockholm apartment, Doris has few visitors, but weekly Skype calls with her grandniece, Jenny, keep her company and remind her of her own youth. These calls inspire her to look through an old address book given to her by her father when she was a girl. As Doris revisits her life in the pages of the address book, the novel inspires you to reflect on what memories should be carried on to the next generation. For fans of Fredrik Backman, this is the perfect book to kick off your new year!

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The New Iberia Blues, by James Lee Burke

Get your blood pumping with what’s sure to be one of 2019’s most thrilling tales. From modern master of the genre James Lee Burke comes an engrossing mystery that brings Detective Dave Robicheaux from the backwoods of Louisiana to the dark edges of Hollywood.

A limited number of signed copies are also available for a lucky few!

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Freefall, by Jessica Barry

Jessica Barry’s debut novel is a thriller that refuses to be put down, forcing you to swallow it whole in one sitting. The plot seems simple: Allison Carpenter is the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Rockies. But the story evolves as Allison’s mother Maggie learns that her daughter is most likely dead. The duo hasn’t spoken in two over two years, but there is nothing a mother won’t do to save her child.

As Maggie begins to peel back Allison’s world, it becomes apparent that Allison’s life is just a house of cards waiting to crash. Meanwhile Allison, injured from the plane crash, attempts to evade the forces chasing her down. The chapters alternate between points of view; Allison’s desperation to survive by hiding from the forces chasing her juxtapose Maggie’s attempts to piece together her daughter’s life. As the truth unveils, it becomes obvious that each will do whatever it takes to save the other. A survival story, a thriller, and a tale of the love between a mother and daughter, this novel asks: what would you do to survive?

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The Dreamers, by Karen Thompson Walker

In a remote college town in Southern California, a first-year student falls asleep and doesn’t wake up. No one can wake her—not her roommate, the paramedics, or the confused doctors at the hospital. Then when two other girls fall into the same deep slumber, the town starts to panic. Those affected—“the dreamers”—apparently display unusual levels of brain activity. They are dreaming, but of what? This brilliant and thought-provoking novel is not to be missed.

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An Anonymous Girl, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

From the authors that brought us the blockbuster bestselling novel The Wife Between Us comes an astonishing new novel of obsession, passion, and electrifying suspense. Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study, thinking she’ll collect some easy money. But the questions she’s asked grow increasingly invasive, and the sessions with the mysterious Dr. Shields grow stranger. Jess soon learns to question those she trusts, and that obsessions can be deadly.

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