10 Great Books To Read This January


Because it’s too cold to do anything but read

Hello, hi. It is cold out. (Okay, maybe it's not cold where you are, although probably it is, because you made better life choices than the rest of us human-popsicles. IDK.) Anyway. You know what is a good thing to do in the cold? Read. It is good because it does not require that you go outside, or even get out of bed! Both these things are part of why I love to read. And so, if staying in bed under the covers also sounds good to you, then let me help you by recommending some books to keep your mind busy while you await the spring thaw.

Here, then, are 10 great books coming out this month, all perfect for hunkering down with and forgetting the snowy hellscape just outside your window.

Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby (available January 9)
This book pulses with the sticky heat of summer and sex and power and desire. It's quiet, but insistent, that pulse, and you'll find yourself responding to its movement as you read Hoby's sharply observed debut novel, which centers around the intersecting lives of three people living in New York—a very secular trinity, indeed. There's no need to worry yourself with anything so reductive as what this book is about, exactly, because it's about everything important: infatuation and loneliness, the way in which art and life are impossibly serious and superficial all at once. It's about wants and needs and dead ends and new beginnings, and it's about Hoby masterfully spinning a sometimes deliriously beautiful, sometimes tragic tale of ambition and currency and lust and sloth. It's about New York in the summer. It's about being alive.