10 December And January 2017/2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

December And January 2017 Book Releases On Novels And Nonfiction

Every month, I pick 5 nonfiction and 5 fiction books being released that month that sound like good reads to me, based on my personal preference in topics and genres, as well as advance reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.

I decided to combine my December and January release posts because sometimes these two months are a bit quieter on the publishing side, and also because I will be in Milan for the first week of January and taking a blogging break, so my post for January would have been delayed.

There should be plenty of TBR fodder here for you – stories of unbelievable journies on the nonfiction side and historical fiction and magical realism on the fiction side. Hopefully you find something here that catches your eye!

Nonfiction Release On Novels And Nonfiction

The Doomsday Machine On Novels And Nonfiction

The Doomsday Machine

by Daniel Ellsberg

Publication Date: December 5th 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Press
Length In Hardcover: 384 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.75


Plot TeaserThe Doomsday Machine is Ellsberg’s hair-raising insider’s account of the most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization, whose legacy—and proposed renewal under the Trump administration—threatens the very survival of humanity. It is scarcely possible to estimate the true dangers of our present nuclear policies without penetrating the secret realities of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, when Ellsberg had high-level access to them.

Why I'm InterestedSadly, this is a very important read for the times thanks to political figures stoking the fires of conflict instead of taking a more diplomatic stance on issues like North Korea and the Iran Nuclear Deal. It would definitely be good to have more detailed knowledge of America’s nuclear policies and strategies, to have an informed basis from which to discuss the hopefully non-catastrophic future developments we’ll face on these issues.

LineThe Saboteur On Novels And NonfictionThe Saboteur

by Paul Kix

Publication Date: December 5th 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins
Length In Hardcover: 304 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.75

PaperbackPlot TeaserIn the tradition of Agent Zigzag comes this breathtaking biography, as fast-paced and emotionally intuitive as the very best spy thrillers, which illuminates an unsung hero of the French Resistance during World War II—Robert de La Rochefoucald, an aristocrat turned anti-Nazi saboteur—and his daring exploits as a résistant trained by Britain’s Special Operations Executive

Why I'm InterestedWho doesn’t love an exciting spy story based on real events? Especially when the protagonist of that story is a dashing aristocrat fighting Nazis. This might be a good potential addition to my next update of my World War II Nonfiction Book List, so I’m keeping it in mind for the future.

LineTears Of Salt On Novels And NonfictionTears Of Salt

by Pietro Bartolo and Lidia Tilotta

Publication Date: January 9th 2018
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Length In Hardcover: 208 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.3


Plot TeaserFor 25 years, Dr. Pietro Bartolo has run the lone medical clinic on the Italian island of Lampedusa. In that time he has rescued, welcomed, and cared for many of the hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants from the Middle East and Africa who have washed up on the island’s shores. In this inspiring account of his life and work, Bartolo shares his quiet dignity, unshakable moral center, and inspirational message—“We can’t and we won’t be governed by our fears.”

Why I'm InterestedI have a high personal interest in this book and have already requested it on Net Galley. As I was born and raised in Italy, and go back to visit my family twice a year, I hear about the immigrant crisis in Southern Italy all the time. My mother unfortunately has very conservative views on it, and I’m hoping that I’ll decide this book (in its Italian original version) would be a good gift for her to provide a first-hand account of the issue.

LineThe Stowaway On Novels And NonfictionThe Stowaway

by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

Publication Date: January 16th 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Length In Hardcover: 256 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.33

Plot TeaserThe spectacular, true story of a scrappy teenager from New York’s Lower East Side who stowed away on the Roaring Twenties’ most remarkable feat of science and daring: an expedition to Antarctica. From the grimy streets of New York’s Lower East Side to the rowdy dance halls of sultry Francophone Tahiti, all the way to Antarctica’s blinding white and deadly freeze, Laurie Gwen Shapiro’s The Stowaway takes you on the unforgettable voyage of a gutsy young stowaway who became an international celebrity, a mascot for an up-by-your bootstraps age.

Why I'm InterestedAs you saw with The Saboteur, I’m always on the look out for books that would make good additions to book lists I’ve created. In the case of The Stowaway, I think it would fit right in to my Fateful Voyages Book List. I have a special place in my heart for tales of explorations of the North and South Pole, probably because I love cold weather so much. This one would be great to curl up with, hot mug of tea in hand.

LineBringing Columbia Home On Novels And NonfictionBringing Columbia Home

by Michael D. Leinbach and Jonathan H. Ward

Publication Date: January 23rd 2018
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Length In Hardcover: 400 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.0 (based on 1 review)


Plot TeaserFor the first time, here is the definitive inside story of the Columbia disaster and recovery and the inspiring message it ultimately holds. In the aftermath of tragedy, people and communities came together to help bring home the remains of the crew and nearly 40 percent of shuttle, an effort that was instrumental in piecing together what happened so the shuttle program could return to flight and complete the International Space Station.

Why I'm InterestedYes, this one would probably grimly fit right in to the Fateful Voyages Book List as well, and it also touches on two other subjects that I’m always interested to read more about – space and forensic science. Seems like the trifecta of morbid curiosity for me, and I will definitely be checking this one out.

Fiction Releases On Novels And Nonfiction

The Silver Music Box On Novels And Nonfiction

The Silver Music Box

by Mina Baites

Publication Date: December 1st 2017
Publisher: Amazon Crossing
Length In Paperback: 272 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.27


Plot Teaser1914. For Paul, with love. Jewish silversmith Johann Blumenthal engraved those words on his most exquisite creation, a singing filigree bird inside a tiny ornamented box. A half century later, Londoner Lilian Morrison inherits the box after the death of her parents. With the keepsake is a letter from Lilian’s mother, telling her daughter for the first time that she was adopted. Too young to remember, Lilian was rescued from a Germany in the grips of the Holocaust. 

Why I'm InterestedI picked this novel as my Kindle First (now called Amazon First Reads) selection for last month. There’s definitely been an influx of World War II fiction of varying quality over the last few years, but the Goodreads reviews for this one are truly through the roof. It actually has almost the same rating as All The Light We Cannot See, which is a very high bar indeed.

LineThree Daughters Of Eve On Novels And NonfictionThree Daughters Of Eve

by Elif Shafak

Publication Date: December 5th 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Length In Paperback: 384 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.65


Plot TeaserPeri, a married, wealthy, beautiful Turkish woman, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrests it back, a photograph falls to the ground—an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor. A relic from a past—and a love—Peri had tried desperately to forget. Over the course of the dinner, and amidst an opulence that is surely ill-begotten, terrorist attacks occur across the city.

Why I'm InterestedFrom my research it seems that Elif Shafak is an extremely popular author outside of the U.S., and this novel has been previously published over the last two years in Europe and the Middle East. It’s U.S. release is the opportunity to explore a new foreign author that is clearly already widely celebrated, and the plot sounds highly captivating.

LineThe Wolves Of Winter On Novels And NonfictionThe Wolves Of Winter

by Tyrell Johnson

Publication Date: January 2nd 2018
Publisher: Scribner
Length In Hardcover: 320 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.21


Plot TeaserForget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn’t help you survive. Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As memories of her old life haunt her, she has been forced to forge ahead in the snow-covered Canadian Yukon. But her fragile existence is about to be shattered. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community and set in motion a chain of events that will force Lynn to fulfill a destiny she never imagined.

Why I'm InterestedThis does not sound like my usual fare – but I am starting to get more into dystopias and I loved the description of the frigid forbidding setting of the novel in the Yukon. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and I can already tell that the book will have a really strong and compelling female heroine. It may be the perfect late night winter read.

LineThe Immortalists On Novels And NonfictionThe Immortalists

by Chloe Benjamin

Publication Date: January 9th 2018
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Length In Hardcover: 352 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.08


Plot TeaserIt’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children sneak out to hear their fortunes. Their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

Why I'm InterestedI’ve seen a couple reviews of The Immortalists pop up around the blogging world, and the plot teaser makes it sound a little like Alice Hoffman’s The Rules Of Magic to me. It’s probably the combination of siblings whose lives we follow across different decades and historical settings, as well as the magical realism. It could be a really good escapist read.

LineThe Taster On Novels And NonfictionThe Taster

by V.S. Alexander

Publication Date: January 30th 2018
Publisher: Kensington
Length In Paperback: 304 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.75


Plot TeaserIn early 1943, Magda Ritter’s parents send her to relatives in Bavaria. After an interview with the civil service, Magda is assigned to the Berghof, Hitler’s mountain retreat. Only after weeks of training does she learn her assignment: she will be one of several young women tasting the Fuhrer’s food, offering herself in sacrifice to keep him from being poisoned. Vividly written and ambitious in scope, The Taster examines the harrowing moral dilemmas of war in an emotional story filled with acts of extraordinary courage.

Why I'm InterestedI read and reviewed one of V.S. Alexander’s prior novels – The Magdalen Girls – and though it wasn’t the most amazing historical fiction of all time, it was entertaining, a quick read and covered an aspect of history I hadn’t thought about before. His newest novel’s setting during World War II and in Hitler’s inner circle is an added lure for me. It would be good as a palate cleanser between heavier books I think.

LineWhich of these December and January 2017 Releases are you most interested to read? Let me know in the comments!

You can also take a look at my Summer 2017 Wrap-Up for a list of books I reviewed this past season, and here are lists from October 2017 and November 2017 as well.

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  28 comments for “10 December And January 2017/2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

  1. December 2, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Ottavia I love posts like this! I’m intrigued by The Taster too… it sounds like a GREAT book club book… I love learning about little known parts of history. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 3, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      I think you’re right that novels like those by V.S. Alexander that are on the ‘lighter’ more dramatized side of historical fiction work really well for book clubs, and The Taster should be no exception 🙂


  2. December 2, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Love the look of The Taster, The Tears of Salt and I have a NetGalley copy of The Immortalists already.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 3, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      I would have requested the Immortalists as well but I had already requested Tears Of Salt (accepted) and The Stowaway (still pending) and didn’t want to do even more damage to my already floundering Net Galley completion percentage :/ lol


  3. December 3, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    What a wonderful list of books to look forward to; many of them sound intriguing. If I had to pick one from each category (a totally arbitrary rule I am imposing upon myself) I’d pick Tears of Salt and Three Daughters of Eve because they seem so timely.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 3, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      I think Tears of Salt will be fantastic. I once heard an interview by the BBC with an italian doctor who worked with refugees in Lampedusa (not sure if the same man) and it was absolutely riveting to hear a first hand and much more informed than usual account of the issue.


  4. Susie | Novel Visits
    December 3, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    I’m over halfway through The Immortalists right now and really like it. The feel is quite different from The Rules of Magic and up to this point there hasn’t been any real magical realism. It reminds me more of The Nest, or Commonwealth or even The Poisonwood Bible. Very good!

    I’ve been curious about The Daughters of Eve and may take a closer look at that one. Have a great week!

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 3, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      Thanks for the info Susie! I haven’t read the three books you mentioned but two of them (Commonwealth and The Poisonwood Bible) have been on my list for a while. I just ordered The Poisonwood Bible for my December 2017 BOTM package.


  5. December 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I am super excited to read The Immortalists; I hope it’s great!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. December 5, 2017 at 12:01 am

    I’ve been noticing The Stowaway more and more lately and it sounds really interesting! I’ve had my eye on The Wolves of Winter since July and it sounds so good – plus it’s Canadian!


  7. December 6, 2017 at 5:30 am

    I love the sound of The Stowaway. Will definitely be adding that to my TBR. Also really like the sound of The Immortalists. Great picks!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. December 10, 2017 at 8:20 am

    This all sound so good! I’ve already been excited about The Immortalists, but hadn’t yet heard of most of the nonfiction on your list, all of which seems fascinating.

    Liked by 1 person

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