New Year, New Books! Kickstart Your 2022 Reading by Catching up with our January Highlights

January, the month that can feel like it lasts approximately 11 billion years, is coming to a close. For us, the time has flown by as we spent our month eagerly awaiting one rew release after another. We've had literary picks, thrillers and mysteries that kept us on our toes and much more besides. So whether you want to catch up on what you might have missed or reminisce over a brilliantly bookish start to the new year, keep reading and enjoy!

Fiction Books of the Month

New year, new books. Our first Fiction Books of the Month selection feature global bestsellers, award winners, thrilling sequels and much more besides. Click to read more and explore this month's selections.

The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain - Social issues from the dark past of the USA hit home in this novel that welds two time frames, two women, and a mystery together. 

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich - Through the lens of its unforgettable Native American protagonist, this brilliant bookstore-set ghost story provides a dazzling commentary on these unsettling days.

Rabbit Hole by Mark Billingham - Fall down this Rabbit Hole and discover a mind-altering world as a murder investigation takes place on a psychiatric ward.

Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller - Evoking raw emotions, yet thoughtfully compassionate and beautiful, this stunning story highlights love and family.

Betrayal by David Gilman - A vividly intense spy thriller overflowing with courage, resourceful smarts, and a whole host of furious combative encounters.

Non-Fiction Books of the Month

Out Non-Fiction books of the Month for January include books that we've thoroughly enjoyed reading over the Christmas break as well as a recipe book full of delicious ways t save money, save time and save the planet. Click to read more and explore this month's selections.

The Green Lunch Box by Becky Alexander - 60 super-tasty veggie recipes that are good for you, good for your pocket, and good for the planet.

Diddly Squat by Jeremy Clarkson - Man has been growing crops for 12,000 years, how hard can it be, right? Accompany Clarkson on his voyage of discovery as he learns to become a farmer in his year at Diddly Squat Farm.

The Storyteller by Dave Grohl - The nicest man in rock shares a real and raw collection of tales of life and music from all periods of his life from Springfield Virginia, to Scream, to Nirvana, to the Foo Fighters.

Debuts of the Month

We can't think of a better way to start the New Year by being introduced to a new author. In our Debuts of the Month selection for January we have brand new voices to fall in love with. We've also highlighted some brilliant paperback releases, in case the happened to slip past you the first time round. Click to explore this month's selections.

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers - Travel with Ailey as she explores her family through two hundred years in this penetrating and powerful novel we proclaim as a must-read future classic.

Breaking Point by Edel Coffey - This chilling, emotional thriller explores the burdens placed on working mothers in the wake of a high-flying doctor’s tragic mistake.

Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden - A must-read if ever there was one! The story of Wolf and Mrs Death offers the most unique, powerful, and eye-opening view of the circle of life and death.

The Favour by Laura Vaughan - A darkly disconcerting and intelligent read that slips into the shadowy thoughts of a social-climbing young woman.

Would I Lie to You? by Aliya Ali-Afzal - An engaging, entertaining, smart, and ultimately feel-good novel with huge emotional integrity and balance.

While Paris Slept by Ruth Druart - A highly recommended seal of approval for this powerfully beautiful and emotional story set during and after the Second World War.

Good Eggs by Rebecca Hardiman - A wonderfully warm and welcoming read, meet three generations of the Gogarty family as they deal with the mayhem that life throws at them.

eBooks of the Month

Take your library with you as you set off into 2022! Our eBooks of the month feature fiction and non-fiction titles that yu can enjoy anywhere at any time as you kick start the new year. Click to read more about our recommendations. 

The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain - A compelling, tense, and emotional family drama focusing on two young women whose stories shatter then fuse together with disturbing consequences.

Easy Kills by Sebastian Murphy-Bates

The Unravelling by Polly Crosby - An eerie tang of longing hovers over this expressive and moving novel set on a wild island off of the English coast.

The Wild Remedy by Emma Mitchell - Written with Emma's characteristic wit and frankness, and filled with her beautiful drawings, paintings and photography, this is a truly unique book for anyone who has ever felt drawn to nature and wondered about its influence over us.

Liz's Picks of the Month

Expert Reviewer Liz Robinson has chosen some brilliant new books to for her first Liz's Picks of the Month. Whether you're looking for something stormy and gothic or an entertaining action with spiky humour, you need look no further. Click to find out more about all of Liz's selections.

The Key In The Lock by Beth Underdown - An exquisitely eloquent, provocative and powerful historical mystery set in Cornwall at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan - This LoveReading Star Book is a captivating vibrant high fantasy influenced by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess.

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers - A soaring, sweeping, truly beautiful and far-reaching novel that calls for emotions to respond on every level.

The Chosen Twelve by James Breakwell - This sharply amusing, edgy, and colourfully dramatic novel set in space contains some dogmatic robots and 60 year old children.

Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden - Celebrating life and opening up questions on how we view death, Mrs Death Misses Death is a wake-up call of a book that I will be recommending far and wide.

Fragile by Sarah Hilary - A wonderfully dark, atmospheric, and beautifully written contemporary thriller about a former foster child and runaway.

Opal Country by Chris Hammer - This LoveReading Star Book carves into the Australian outback and delivers an absolutely cracking slice of crime fiction.

The Unravelling by Polly Crosby - An eerie tang of longing hovers over this expressive and moving novel set on a wild island off of the English coast.

Star Books

Our Star Books of 2022 have started off strong. Take a look at our recommendations so far and make sure these books go to the top of your to-be-read list. Click here to find out more.

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