During the holiday break, my kids have been reading up a storm. They have enjoyed opening their new books they got for Christmas and diving into the stories. My youngest has been asking for the second Upside-Down Magic book for almost a year and was ecstatic to find it under our tree. When she saw me making this list she couldn't believe that the third one is out already and wants to run to the bookstore to pick up a copy. I love having kids who enjoy reading!
There are two books on this weeks list that I can't wait to read! Ally Carter's new Embassy Row novel will be arriving on my doorstep today and I will soon be found cozied up on the couch wearing my new socks and reading this fabulous final book in the series. I'm also looking forward to brand new author Erin Summerill and her book Ever the Hunted. Even better, I get to meet her this Thursday at an author event at a local library! You can expect to hear about both books in the coming weeks.
Now for my list of the best books that are being published this week. I really could have added quite a few more to each section of books, there are some really great ones out this week. I tend to find quite a few extra in the non-fiction section. I'd love to hear which genres of books you are most interested in so I can add a few more of those to my lists for you. Let me know in the comments below!
Best New Books Coming Out This Week - December 27th
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Children's BooksWhat if You Had an Animal Nose - Sandra Markle
What if one morning you woke up and your nose wasn't yours? This book explores what would happen if you looked in the mirror and saw the nose of an animal instead of your own. Discover what it would be like to have those special noses and find out why yours is just right for you!
How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets? - Jane Yolen
Brimming with laugh-aloud humor, dinosaur children surprise their parents by bringing home a wild menagerie of unusual pets. A pet tiger, a boa constrictor, a kangaroo, a zebra. How would you react? This book delights readers of all ages.
I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug - Caroline B Cooney
A playful and comforting bedtime book that explores the ways that a child might give or receive a hug. These whimsical rhymes encourage playful interaction between parent and child and help wind down before a snuggle into bed and drifting off to sleep.
Busy Farm: Touch, Slide, and Lift
Simple text and bright photography of farm life gets even more interesting by fun lift the flaps. A busy scene on each page encourages little ones to find pictures and and learn first words.
Showing Off (Upside Down Magic) - Sarah Mlynowski and Emily Jenkins
Nory and her friends are excited for the upcoming school-wide talent show. Except - Nory is afraid that her magic will go wonky, Pepper is worried that her abilities will make the audience go wild, Bax has some extreme magic skills that can sometimes be embarrassing, and Elliot suspects there may be a spy in their midst who wants to ruin their talent show.
Fort Solitude (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society) - Derek Fridolfs
A pre-teen Clark Kent has been invited to a spring break retreat, where his friends Bruce, Diana, and Harley Quinn will be attending too. What a great time to spend with old friends and make some new ones. Things are great, until kids start to disappear.
Hidden Rock Rescue (Secrets of Bearhaven) - KE Rocha
Ever since his parents disappeared, Spencer has been staying at Bearhaven, where bears talk, go to school, develop technology, and plan rescue missions. He has been training with the Bear Guard so he is ready to go rescue his parents at a moments notice. They are being held in a fortress-like base where illegal animal trading is happening. It will take some fast thinking, serious stealth, and teamwork to get everyone in and out safely!
Alicia the Snow Queen Fairy (Rainbow Magic) - Daisy Meadows
Alicia makes sure that everyone has fun during the winter. When her magic falls into the hands of Jack Frost, the season goes haywire! Rachel and Kirsty are eager to help their new fairy friend Alicia.
Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row #3) - Ally Carter
This final book in the Embassy Row series picks up with what happens when Grace, her brother, and their best friend have to flee Adria for their lives. After finding out that Grace is a long lost heir to the throne of Adria, the attempts on her life make a bit more sense. The question is this - who is trying to keep her from her rightful seat on the throne? The current royals, the ancient secret society, the government, or all of them? How far will Grace have to go to keep her loved ones safe?
Ever the Hunted - Erin Summerill
Britta is at ease in the woods with her dagger and bow. She has helped her father, a bounty hunter, catch criminals. Until the day that her father is murdered and his accused killer is the only friend she has ever known, her father's former apprentice. Britta must go on a dangerous quest to find the real killer.
The Secret of a Heart Note - Stacey Lee
Mim is an aroma expert who uses her extra-sensitive sense of smell to help others fall in love. Mim has a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixeis, and matchmaking to look forward to - while remaining alone so her gift doesn't go away. She dreams of normal high school experiences and finds herself distracted. When she gives the wrong elixir to a woman, she has to ask for help from the woman's son, the school soccer star. Mim finds that it isn't easy to tell her heart to not fall in love, sometimes it's right under your nose.
Collapse (The Ashwood Lies #1) - RJ Infantino
When Chase finds survival gear in the attic of his prep school, he realizes everything isn't as it seems. Thrust into a conspiracy that is centuries old, he has to choose to run or stand up and fight. Chase has to figure out who is a friend, who is an enemy, and if there is a difference.
The Marriage Lie - Kimberly Belle
Iris and Will have been married for seven blissful years and have what seems to be a perfect life. When a plane crashes and kills everyone on it, Iris is confused - Will was traveling to Florida, not Seattle Washington. Iris sets off on a desperate quest to uncover what her husband was keeping from her, and the answer will shock her to her core.
Small Admissions - Amy Poeppel
Kate's handsome almost fiance ditches her and she does not go with the punches. It seems nothing will get her out of her pajamas and back into life. Kate then lands a position in the admissions office of the revered Hudson Day School. As Kate deals with all types of children (and parents), she begins to realize that her heart is on the mend.
The Twilight Wife - AJ Banner
Kyra remembers nothing about the diving accident that left her with a complex form of memory loss. With only brief flashes of the past few years of her life, her life is narrowed to a few close friendships on the island where she lives with her husband. All is not as it seems though, Kyra has visions or memories of a rocky marriage and cryptic relationships with friends. She races to uncover the truth of the past as life becomes a nightmare.
Death Notes (A Phineas Fox Mystery) - Sarah Rayne
Phineas is asked to research a 19th-century violinist, Roman Volf, for a tv documentary. Volf was executed for his part in the assassination of Tsar Alexander II. Uncovered evidence suggests Volf could not have been involved in the murder, which leads Phineas to the coast of Ireland and a series of interlocking mysteries.
The Princess Bride: A Storybook to Color
Color from Florin to the Fire Swamp and back again in this delightful adult coloring book that shows scenes from the beloved movie. Enjoy and color "as you wish".
One Pan Wonders: Fuss Free Meals - Cook's Country
130 recipes that deliver fresh, fuss free meals. Each recipe is engineered to ensure every ingredient turns out perfectly cooked and ready to eat at the same time. No more multiple pots and pans, saves time on the cleanup too!
9 Months to Crochet: Counting Down To the Big Day with Crochet - Maaike Van Koert
Crochet your way to baby's due date with special project for baby and new mom! Many projects are beginner friendly and all are perfect for shower gifts or to keep the expecting mom busy crocheting.
She Sheds: A Room of Your Own - Erika Kotite
Shows you how to create a cozy getaway of your own with inspiration from across the country. Get inspired and then get started on your very own personal retreat.
There you have it! The best books coming out this last week of 2016. Hope you find a few that you want to read! Let me know in the comments while ones look best to you. See you again next week for another great list!