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The internet is good for many things – except when you need a break from the internet. Because there are only so many Youtube videos and viral TikTok products you can browse before you need to call it quits, it might be time to give your bookshelf a spring refresh with some of the latest new book releases this month.
To help, we’ve asked the book lovers at Goodreads for their take on the best new books to read that are coming out in March 2021. From an eerie tale about artificial intelligence friendships to the second novel by the best-selling author of Behold The Dreamers, there are plenty of new books to read you’ll want to make space for on your bookshelf.
Below are 10 of the most highly anticipated new book releases of the month, according to Goodreads. And in case you didn’t know, Goodreads creates this list based on how many of the brand’s more than 110 million members add a book to their want-to-read shelves — so you know these really are books everyone will be talking about.
1: Who Is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews
A thriller, mystery and suspense all wrapped into one, Who Is Maud Dixon is a page-turner you can’t put down.
According to Goodreads: “Florence Darrow is a small-town striver who believes that she’s destined to become a celebrated writer. When she stumbles into the opportunity to become the assistant to Maud Dixon, a celebrated-but anonymous-novelist (think: Elena Ferrante), she believes that the universe is finally providing her big chance. […] But when Florence wakes up in the hospital after a terrible car crash, and Helen is dead, she begins to imagine what it might be like to ‘upgrade’ into not only Helen’s life but also that of Helen’s bestselling pseudonym, Maud Dixon.”
Add Who Is Maud Dixon to your Goodreads list. It’s available on March 2.
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2. Infinite Country by Patricia Engel
Fans of literary and historical fiction will enjoy this deeply intimate story about how deportations impact a Colombian family.
“Elena and Mauro are teenagers when they meet, their blooming love an antidote to the mounting brutality of life in Bogotá,” according to its Goodreads description. “Once their first daughter is born and facing grim economic prospects, they set their sights on the United States. […] When Mauro is deported, Elena, now tasked with caring for their three small children, makes a difficult choice that will ease her burdens but splinter the family even further.”
Add Infinite Country to your Goodreads list. It’s available on March 2.
3. Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
Do you like a book with a chilling opener? If so, you’ll enjoy Every Last Fear. It opens with one sinister line: “They found the bodies on a Tuesday.”
Goodreads describes it as a “breathtaking novel that traces the fate of the Pine family.” The story kicks off with NYU student Matt Pine returning to his dorm room to learn that his entire family “have been found dead from an apparent gas leak while vacationing in Mexico. The local police claim it was an accident, but the FBI and State Department seem far less certain — and they won’t tell Matt why.”
Add Every Last Fear to your Goodreads list. It’s available on March 2.
4. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
If tales of artificial intelligence, science fiction and speculative fantasy are more your jam, you might queue up Klara and the Sun for your next read. It’s the latest highly anticipated book from the best-selling author of Never Let Me Go.
According to Goodreads, it “tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her.”
Add Klara and the Sun to your Goodreads list. It’s available on March 2.
5. The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen
From the author of The Sympathizer comes the long-awaited follow-up. The Committed “follows the Sympathizer as he arrives in Paris as a refugee,” according to Goodreads. “There he and his blood brother Bon try to escape their pasts and prepare for their futures by turning their hands to capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing. No longer in physical danger, but still inwardly tortured by his reeducation at the hands of his former best friend, and struggling to assimilate into a dominant culture, the Sympathizer is both charmed and disturbed by Paris.”
Add The Committed to your Goodreads. Available on March 2.
6. The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
A psychological thriller about toxic friendships and deadly desire? Sign us up. This story begins when two former best friends return for their college return only to find that they’re being followed for something they did a decade before.
“A lot has changed in the years since Ambrosia Wellington graduated from college, and she’s worked hard to create a new life for herself, “according to the book’s Goodreads description. “But then an invitation to her ten-year reunion arrives in the mail, along with an anonymous note that reads ‘We need to talk about what we did that night.’
“It seems that the secrets of Ambrosia’s past—and the people she thought she’d left there — aren’t as buried as she’d believed. Amb can’t stop fixating on what she did or who she did it with: larger-than-life Sloane “Sully” Sullivan, Amb’s former best friend, who could make anyone do anything.”
Add The Girls Are All So Nice Here to your Goodreads list. It’s available on March 9.
7. Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York by Elon Green
Fans of true crime and LGBTQIA+ non-fiction won’t be able to thumb through this new book by author Elon Green fast enough. Goodreads describes it as: “the gripping true story, told here for the first time, of the Last Call Killer and the gay community of New York City that he preyed upon.”
It begins July 1992, at The Townhouse Bar in midtown. “The piano player seems to know every song ever written, the crowd belts out the lyrics to their favorites, and a man standing nearby is drinking a Scotch and water,” according to Goodreads. “The man strikes the piano player as forgettable.
“He looks bland and inconspicuous. Not at all what you think a serial killer looks like. But that’s what he is, and tonight, he has his sights set on a gray-haired man. He will not be his first victim. Nor will he be his last.”
Add Last Call to your Goodreads. It’s available on March 9.
8: How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
From the bestselling author of Behold The Dreamers comes a new story all about “the collision of a small African village and an America oil company.”
Mbue’s latest novel is set in the fictional African village of Kosawa and tells the story of the people dealing with the environmental impacts brought on by an American oil company.
According to Goodreads: “Pipeline spills have rendered farmlands infertile. Children are dying from drinking toxic water. Promises of clean-up and financial reparations to the villagers are made—and ignored. The country’s government, led by a brazen dictator, exists to serve its own interest. Left with few choices, the people of Kosawa decide to fight back. Their struggle would last for decades and come at a steep price.”
Add How Beautiful We Were to your Goodreads. It’s available on March 9.
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9. Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia
A historical fiction rooted in family, this new read is about “a daughter’s fateful choice, a mother motivated by her own past, and a family legacy that begins in Cuba before either of them were born.”
The story begins in present-day Miami with Jeanette, who is battling addiction. “Daughter of Carmen, a Cuban immigrant, she is determined to learn more about her family history from her reticent mother and makes the snap decision to take in the daughter of a neighbor detained by ICE,” according to its Goodreads description. “Carmen, still wrestling with the trauma of displacement, must process her difficult relationship with her own mother while trying to raise a wayward Jeanette. Steadfast in her quest for understanding, Jeanette travels to Cuba to see her grandmother and reckon with secrets from the past destined to erupt.”
Add Of Women And Salt to your Goodreads. It’s available on March 30.
10. The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton
Fan of Daisy Jones & The Six will enjoy thumbing through the fictional oral history of “the beloved rock ‘n’ roll duo Opal and Nev who shot to fame in the 1970s New York, and the dark, fraught secret that lies at the peak of their stardom.”
Goodreads says: “Opal is a fiercely independent young woman pushing against the grain in her style and attitude, Afro-punk before that term existed. Coming of age in Detroit, she can’t imagine settling for a 9-to-5 job — despite her unusual looks; Opal believes she can be a star. So when the aspiring British singer/songwriter Neville Charles discovers her at a bar’s amateur night, she takes him up on his offer to make rock music together for the fledgling Rivington Records.”
Add The Final Revival of Opal & Nev to your Goodreads. It’s available on March 30.
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