11 of Our Team’s Latest Book Recommendations Perfect for the New Year

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Calling all bookworms!

Looking to escape reality with a new book? We know the feeling, and it’s why we absolutely love getting lost in a good book. We’ve recently scouted the best team book recommendations, and the feedback we received is well-rounded enough for every fictional adventure you may be seeking.

Grabbing yourself a new book to kick off the new year is a great way to tap into any “read more” New Year resolutions on the horizon. As always, don’t forget to let us know any book recommendations you also have.

Here are our team’s top book recommendations:

1. If you like contemporary literature, read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro $13.99 (list price $17)

“A story of 3 children as they grow up in a secluded private school with a mysterious past. You follow the characters as they grow older, learn their true purpose in attending the school, and the unfortunate events that unfold after as they try to uncover the mysteries surrounding the school and their lives.

It’s beautifully written, has great character development, is atmospheric, and is totally unforgettable!! I’ve reread it so many times!” – Madison, Hip2Save

2. If you like suspenseful thrillers, read The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell.

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The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell $7.95 (list price $17.99)

Although this novel is not necessarily scary, it will keep you on the edge of your seat! Chelsey Mansion is an estate with a ton of secrets, and when a former orphan receives it as a distant inheritance, those who lived there in the past must return and try to protect their secrets from the house. What exactly happened in this mansion that needs to be protected?

3. If you like problem-solving novels, read Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell.

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“This book is really fascinating as it covers ‘snap-thinking’ situations where people make judgments and decisions all in the blink of an eye — hence, the book’s title — and while many would think they’re made without any rationale, there’s a lot more justification to them than one would imagine.

Not really self-helpy like my normal go-to books, but moreso insightful on how your brain and decision-making work. It’s a great recommendation for guys who like to read as it’s my boyfriend’s favorite book (and his favorite author in general).” – Emily, Hip2Save

4. If you like war fiction, read Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams.

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Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams $9.50 (list price $16.99)

This story follows Janey, a photographer and war correspondent on a mission. She’s visiting Hawaii with hopes to write a biography on an aviation pioneer who’s been seemingly forgotten from the Spanish Civil War. The plot remains intriguing throughout, with turns and surprises you’d never expect!

5. If you like Sci-Fi, read The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes by Suzanne Collins.

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If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games series, take a trip back in time in this prequel to the tenth annual Hunger Games. We follow a young Coriolanus Snow when he was just 18 years old as a mentor for the Games, and the preparation is not full of the glitz and glam we’ve seen. He’s matched with the humiliating task of mentoring District 12’s female contestant, Lucy.

Despite the dull hometown, Lucy is anything but boring, and, through their unexpected connection, we see the events that lead up to Snow becoming the infamous, and arguably heartless, President Snow we’ve seen him be. This novel was released in 2020, and it has rightfully been met with such praise. It gives you a better understanding of the trilogy and why Panem is the way it is!

6. If you like romance, read It Ends with Us and It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover.

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It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover $9.99 (list price $16.99)

It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover $10.98 (list price $17.99)

If you’ve been on “BookTok” lately, you’ve likely heard of this series, especially since It Starts with Us was just released this year. It follows a woman named Lily who’s rebuilt her life in ways she never thought possible. She builds a life with her husband, Ryle, but, when Lily’s first love Atlas reappears, her new life may be jeopardized. The second book continues right where the first leaves off.

This is actually Collin’s top pick; it’s been taking her just three days to read each Colleen Hoover novel, and these two are her favorites!

7. If you like haunting non-fiction, read The Radium Girls by Kate Moore.

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The Radium Girls covers an intense chapter of history where women fought America’s Undark danger during World War I. It covers issues including labor laws based on events that set the scenes for today’s working conditions.

While many of our team book recommendations are meant for adults, there is a young reader edition if you want your little ones to read this captivating novel without any overly haunting descriptions.

“This book is extremely haunting, but it really makes you appreciate modern safety standards and what people in the past have had to go through to have those standards put into place.” – Chelsey, Hip2Save

8. If self-improvement is what you’re seeking, read I Thought It Was Just Me by Brené Brown.

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I Thought It Was Just Me $12.59 (list price $17)

There is social pressure in every aspect of our lives. Whether your struggles are internal or societal, you deserve to be validated and feel supported.

This self-help novel alleviates your stress by providing ways to cope with these anxieties in a healthy way that won’t deter your life. It reminds us that we are in control of our own feelings and standards. Most importantly, it covers the differences between guilt versus shame, which is a recurring theme in many Brené Brown publications.

“I am very into self-help/personal growth books and of my all-time favorites is I Thought It Was Just Me by Brené Brown. She is a goddess of the self-help genre and I’ve read a few other titles of hers, but this one got me through a rough time a couple of years ago. I was feeling extreme guilt about some big life decisions which lead to feeling anxious about any actions I made going forward. We ALL are trying to keep up with the daily societal pressures, and this sparked my journey of letting go of those constraints.

I hadn’t picked up a book in a long time prior to that, and it reinvigorated me to buy a few more of her books on Amazon after.” – Emily, Hip2Save

9. If you enjoy historical fiction, read The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.

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The Alice Network $7.26 (list price $9.99)

An Amazon editors’ pick, this novel follows two stories that alternate per chapter about two cousins. After World War II, a young woman named Charlie is at odds with her extremely straight-arrow family after she finds out she is pregnant while unmarried in 1947.

While her family is blinded by disappointment, Charlie is more interested in finding her cousin, Rose, who has been missing in Nazi-occupied France. When she gets the boot, she heads to London to find her cousin, but Rose hasn’t been in the same kind of trouble Charlie originally thought.

Reviews mentioned that one story is told in a third-person perspective while the other is in a first-person perspective. Although that may seem tricky, the writer does a beautiful job of writing these two women’s stories clearly and eloquently. Our Hip sidekick Alli said she has not been able to stop thinking about this book since she finished it!

10. If you like thrillers, read The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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The Silent Patient $10.99 (list price $17.99)

This novel is one of the most chilling yet incredible stories in the thriller genre. It follows the story of Alicia, an artist who seemingly lived the best life. This was turned upside down when she caused her husband’s death, which resulted in her refusing to speak even when arrested.

Her psychotherapist Theo is determined to crack this case, but his determination turns into an obsession regarding Alicia’s case.

11. If you like light reads, read Magical Midlife Madness by K.F. Breene.

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Think of this novel as a coming of age but following a charismatic and hilarious female lead in her forties. After her husband of 20 years leaves and her son moves to college, this lead finds herself looking for a new adventure.

This novel is truly refreshing, light-hearted, and hilarious! It proves that, regardless of age, you can always find new adventures and start over.

“K.F. Breene’s Magical Midlife Madness is a series. It’s not finished yet either, but most of the books have had me literally laughing out loud. It’s a light reading series with a little romance, but they are fun to read when you’re looking for something that isn’t so heavy.” – Chelsey, Hip2Save

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About the writer:

Kaitlyn has a Bachelor's Degree from St. John's University with 2 years of writing experience for LinkedIn, Celeb Magazine, and other various publications.

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Comments 21

  1. NN

    Always appreciate a good book recommendation. There are some in here I haven’t read – great post!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yay! Thanks for the sweet feedback! Hope you enjoy these too! 🤗

  2. Mary

    Thank you for the great recommendations to add to my reading list! I’ve read “The Silent Patient” before and loved it!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Mary! Glad you found this post helpful! Happy reading! 📚❤️

  3. Charity

    Thanks for these recommendations! Please consider making this a regular post.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Charity! I’ll be sure to pass along your suggestion to the team! ❤️

  4. Rachel

    Radium Girls is an amazing book. I didn’t even know there was a prequel to the Hunger Games! Thank you for the recommendations, I will definitely be adding to my wish list.

    • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome, Rachel!! 🥰 Radium Girls was a good book and I just finished It Ends with Us today! Can’t wait to read them all.💕

  5. Deborah Jo Thompson

    I read radium girls and was spellbound, there is a movie also; you wont put this book down its that good.

  6. Renee

    I absolutely love book recommendations!! Some of my favorite authors are Kimberly Belle,Freida McFadden,
    Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke,Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
    And the best thing is I get to read almost all the books for free because my local library gets brand new books each week!! Check out your local libraries. They are a treasure!!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      So happy to hear that you’re loving this post, Renee! 🥰 Thanks for sharing your favorite authors, and the tip about libraries! So awesome that yours gets fresh books in weekly! 🙌

  7. Gabbyd

    Love love love reading Lisa Jewell books & if you like her check out Shari LaPena(Couple Next Door, A Stranger in my house … etc)

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing your book recommendations, Gabbyd! 📚🤗

  8. Ashley

    Any recommendations for a good Christian book or series? Just started reading again since kids are getting older

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey Ashley! You might check out this link! Hoping that’s helpful! 📖❤️

  9. Annie

    It should be noted that It Ends With Us deals heavily with domestic abuse and should be handled with care for readers who may be triggered by that.

    Love the recommendation list though!

    • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks, Annie! We sure appreciate you pointing this out. 🥰

  10. Di

    OT, but the pie in the first picture is absolutely beautiful!!

    • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

      I agree with you, Di!!😊

  11. Ava

    Where are the pjs in #5 from?!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey Ava! It looks like that’s a photo from the product page. I did find a similar pair of pants on Amazon here, if you’d like to check those out! Hoping this might be helpful! 💕

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