Books·Posted on Feb 2, 202126 New Books To Add To Your Reading ListBooks galore!by Shyla Watson, Arianna Rebolini, Farrah Penn, Kirby Beaton, Rachel Strolle, Margaret KingsburyFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Hello, book lovers! Each week, dozens and dozens of new releases hit the shelves. Below are some of the reads BuzzFeed Books writers and contributors loved the most: 1. Killer Content by Olivia Blacke Berkley New to Brooklyn, Odessa Dean is well on her way to getting settled into her big city, New York life. She got a free apartment in a coveted neighborhood by agreeing to cat-sit, and her job at Untapped Books & Café selling books and beers is a dream. But when the murder of a fellow Untapped waitress is caught on camera and goes viral, Odessa takes it upon herself to figure out what happened — especially since she's able to piece together clues that no one else seems to notice. —Shyla Watson 2. The Project by Courtney Summers Wednesday Books After Lo Denham's parents died, her sister Bea joined the Unity Project, a charity and community group. But Lo knows there's something sinister about this organization, and she's determined to prove it. So when a man comes forward proclaiming that the Unity Project killed his son, Lo sets off on a mission to expose the group. Summers's highly anticipated YA mystery will absolutely take you on one hell of a ride, so buckle up. —Farrah Penn 3. Milk Fed by Melissa Broder Scribner Anything by Melissa Broder is an immediate must-read for me; her 2018 novel The Pisces was one of my favorites of that year, managing to be both merman erotica and an astute, unflinching examination of depression. Her new novel follows 24-year-old Rachel, whose life shifts completely when her therapist challenges her to detox from her mother and abandon the reverent dedication to extreme food restriction that her mother inspired. It has the same precise blend of desire, discomfort, spirituality, and existential ache that makes Broder’s depiction of the human experience so canny. —Arianna Rebolini 4. Payback by Kristen Simmons Tor Teen Payback is the third book in Kristen Simmons' twisty trilogy, which began with The Deceivers as Brynn Hilder entered a school for con artists. Thanks to Vale Hall, and its director Dr. Odin, she finally has folks around her who fully understand her. But they'll have to band together to take down their biggest mark of all: Dr. Odin himself. —Rachel Strolle 5. The Obsession by Jesse Q. Sutanto Sourcebooks Fire Delilah should feel guilty about killing her abusive stepfather; but after so long being controlled, she finally feels free. But Logan, who knows everything about Delilah, witnesses her crime. After all, he's learned everything through her social media and watching the camera he has on her house. And though he won't let her forget what she did, Delilah refuses to be a character in a stalker's twisted fantasy. This is Jesse Q. Sutanto's excellent debut novel, and buckle in because she's set to become a literary superstar with adult murder mystery rom-com Dial A for Aunties (already optioned for Netflix) releasing later this year, and a YA rom-com and a middle-grade fantasy releasing next year! —Rachel Strolle 6. On Fragile Waves by E. Lily Yu Erewhon Firuzeh and her family are Afghani war refugees fleeing to Australia. The family journeys from Pakistan to Indonesia to Nauru in horrifying conditions in the hopes of finding a safe home in Australia. During a harrowing boat journey, a storm sweeps away Firuzeh’s best friend, and afterward, her ghost haunts her. Firuzeh escapes the horrors around her through Afghani folklore, but even her stories cannot shield her from the brutally inhumane conditions of the Australian refugee detainment camp. By the time the Australian government finally accepts her family, they’ve been forced to live through traumas they'll never be rid of, and their uncertain status in Australia only exacerbates this trauma. This searing and emotional lyrical novel straddles the line between fantasy and literary fiction. Have some tissues handy. —Margaret Kingsbury 7. A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen Razorbill A Taste for Love is a loose Pride and Prejudice retelling with an added splash of The Great British Baking Show. Liza Yang agrees to help her mother with her bakery's annual junior competition, but there's one catch: Her mother has handpicked eligible Asian American guys as contestants without her knowing in order to set her up. And to Liza's surprise, she finds herself attracted to the impenetrable (and sexy) James Wong. How is she supposed to deal with conflicting feelings over her mother's approval — and James? Yen's debut is an absolute delight and perfect comfort read. Bonus: You'll be craving boba by the time you finish reading. —Farrah Penn 8. I Am the Rage by Dr. Martina McGowan Sourcebooks Penned throughout 2020, I Am the Rage is a collection of insightful, emotional, and raw poems by physician and activist Martina McGowan. In her book, McGowan confronts the deeply rooted racism in America. Her poems reflect on carrying heavy grief throughout another period of racial reckoning (there's a poem for Breonna Taylor) and ending friendships with those who reveal their true colors, but also celebrate Black beauty and resilience. With gorgeous, heartbreaking prose comes a powerful poetry collection that's not to be missed this year. —Farrah Penn 9. Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado Holiday House All Charlie wants is to have a good relationship with her body, but it's hard when her mother thinks she should fit a beauty standard she does not subscribe to: being slim, white, and quiet. Luckily, her BFF Amelia always has her back. When a cute classmate starts to notice Charlie, she's over the moon — until she learns that he asked Amelia out first. At its core, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega takes readers on a journey of navigating friendships and relationships; insecurities and vulnerabilities. Both hilarious and heartfelt, debut author Maldonado is a breakout voice to watch in YA this year. You can read her essay "How LiveJournal Fatshionistas Taught Me To Love My Fat Body" here. —Farrah Penn 10. Rise of the Red Hand by Olivia Chadha Erewhon This cyberpunk YA novel follows Ashiva and Riz-Ali, who live in the South Asian Province, a world split into the Uplanders in a climate-controlled biodome and the poor with black market robotics in the slums. Ashiva is a smuggler with a robotic arm and works for an underground network of revolutionaries (the Red Hand) fighting the government. Riz-Ali is a privileged Uplander who happens to cross her path, and quickly becomes entangled in the Red Hand and fighting the many issues — kidnapped children, a pandemic, massive robots — plaguing their world.—Rachel Strolle 11. Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson Sourcebooks Fire After Andre receives a liver transplant, he inexplicably wakes up in 1969 and meets a boy named Michael. Returning to the present day, the family of his donor explains that the transplant came with the ability to time travel and that Blake, their younger son, will teach him how to use it. As Andre bounces between Michael in the past and Blake in the present, he has to figure out where he belongs before the consequences of time travel catch up to him. —Rachel Strolle 12. Everything That Burns by Gita Trelease Flatiron Books The second and final book in the Enchantée duology opens with Camille helping a flower girl escape a mob after a nobleman falsely accuses her of trying to steal his coin. While Camille and Sophie now have a safe home and financial security, many women and girls in the aftermath of the French Revolution do not and their stories aren’t being told. Camille decides she will be the one to tell their stories and makes her dream of reopening her father’s print shop come true. Meanwhile, royalty and revolutionaries alike are calling for the death of magicians like her, so she’s still forced to keep her magic a secret. The conclusion of this historical fantasy series is just as sweeping and enchanting as the first book All That Glitters. —Margaret Kingsbury 13. When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson Kensington Taking inspiration from the author's time as a foreign correspondent in Baghdad under Saddam Hussein's rule in the early 2000s, this novel follows three women as their lives intersect. Huda, who works at the Australian Embassy, has been ordered by the secret police to befriend Ally, the deputy ambassador's wife, and report her learnings. But Ally has secrets of her own. And when Huda's former friend, the desperate daughter of a fallen sheikh, gets involved, the women will have to form a tenuous loyalty in order to keep their families safe. —Kirby Beaton 14. Annie and the Wolves by Andromeda Romano-Lax Soho Press In Andromeda Romano-Lax’s latest novel, historian Ruth McClintock has been studying Annie Oakley for almost a decade. McClintock’s inability to walk away from her obsession has cost her a book deal, a doctorate, and a fiancé. Then she finds what she suspects is one of Oakley’s journals, and she’s closer to solving the mystery of how Annie became the legendary sharpshooter. But then out-of-body experiences place Ruth in Oakley’s memories. It's a sharp, inventive story of perseverance. —Arianna Rebolini 15. Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler Catapult When an unnamed narrator discovers her boyfriend is leading a secret life as an anonymous right-wing conspiracy theorist and fearmonger on the internet, she decides she’ll break up with him as soon as she’s back from the Women’s March in DC. But that plan is thwarted, and what follows is a chaotic spiral into a life of deception, manipulation, and disoriented identity. It's a powerful excavation into the disorienting effects of the internet on our sense of self. —Arianna Rebolini 16. Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano Minotaur Books Finlay Donovan should be killing it, but as a single mother of two and struggling novelist, she's kind of floundering. While chatting about the plot of her suspense novel at lunch, Finlay is overheard and mistaken for an IRL contract killer. She inadvertently agrees to "take care of" someone's husband but soon discovers that real life is much more complicated than the fiction of her book. —Shyla Watson 17. Meet You in the Middle by Devon Daniels Berkley Liberal Senate staffer Kate Adams is this close to helping pass a landmark legislation she's been working on all year. The only thing standing in her way is Ben Mackenzie, the staffer to a powerful conservative senator. So, naturally, she has to bring him down. Over the next several weeks, the two play at one-upping each other, hoping that the other will crack. But when their fighting turns to flirting, Kate realizes Ben might not be who she thought after all, and maybe her rival is really her match. —Shyla Watson 18. Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon St. Martin's Griffin Lily Menon — also known as bestselling YA author Sandhya Menon — shows how opposites attract in her adult romance debut Make Up Break Up. Rival app developers Annika and Hudson can't seem to stay away from each other. After a brief fling in Las Vegas, Annika thinks she'll never see the "Uber for breakups" app creator again. But when he not only moves into her work building but also the office directly next to hers, the "second chance for romance" app developer's hopes are dashed. Things get even more complicated when they each decide to compete in a prestigious contest, one that Annika desperately needs to win to keep her app afloat. She has no time for long gazes at the guy next door or silly notions of falling for the guy who breaks people up for a living. —Shyla Watson 19. The Removed by Brandon Hobson Ecco Press National Book Award finalist Brandon Hobson’s latest novel draws on Cherokee folklore, tracing the long-lasting effects of a fatal police shooting within an Echota family. Fifteen years after her young son was killed by a cop, Maria hopes to bring her scattered family together for their annual bonfire. But as the reunion nears, each family member finds themselves in mysterious circumstances that blur the boundary between the physical and spirit worlds. It's a resonant story depiction of the work of navigating deep-seated grief and trauma. —Arianna Rebolini 20. Much Ado About You by Samantha Young Berkley Between getting passed over for a promotion, getting ghosted by a guy she thought might actually be different, and finding out her best friend is pregnant and moving on with her life, Evie Starling is having a rough time of it. Instead of dealing with her problems, she takes a live-in job running a quaint English village bookstore. Soon, what started as a quick vacation from her life starts to feel like home, especially after meeting a rugged farmer who looks at her with hearts in his eyes. Her whirlwind romance is stopped in its tracks when a secret is discovered and Evie has to decide if she wants the life she has or if she'll risk losing it all for the life she thinks she wants. —Shyla Watson 21. Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel W. Moniz Grove Press Moniz's debut short story collection is electric, set in the cities and suburbs of Florida, and explores trauma and recovery, good and evil. The anthology includes narratives about a teenager whose family accuses her of courting the devil, estranged siblings coming to terms with their father’s death, caterers at the mercy of their wealthy clients’ cravings, and more. —Arianna Rebolini 22. Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen Mariner Books Chen’s debut short story collection explores the vast and diverse experiences of Chinese people, both in China and its diaspora globally, blending history, sociopolitics, and touches of magical realism in stories about people just trying to survive and maybe even thrive. These haunting, often dreamy, stories will stick with you for weeks. —Arianna Rebolini 23. My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee Riverhead Chinese American entrepreneur Pong Lou sees something promising in Tiller, an otherwise underwhelming college student, and decides to bring him along on a life-changing journey across Asia. Over the course of that trip, Tiller’s entire sense of the world, and his place within it, shifts. Through his eye-opening experience, Chang-Rae Lee explores themes of capitalism, cultural assimilation, the mentor/protégé power dynamics, and more. —Arianna Rebolini 24. God I Feel Modern Tonight: Poems From a Gal About Town by Catherine Cohen Knopf Publishing Group NYC comedian, cabaret star, and quarantine queen Catherine Cohen has been sharing her biting, unfiltered poems about sex, ego, art, millennial ennui, and longing on her Instagram for years. Now they’re gathered in one beautiful book, and it's even better than I'd expected. Check out our Q&A with Catherine here. —Arianna Rebolini 25. Surviving the White Gaze by Rebecca Carroll Simon & Schuster Cultural critic Rebecca Carroll describes growing up in rural New Hampshire as the sole Black person, not only in her family (she was adopted by white parents at birth) but also in her small town. When she meets her birth mother, also a white woman, the vague tensions of her youth are pushed into light as she’s forced to reckon with her alienation as a child, her complicated relationship with her parents, and her understanding of her racial identity. It's a poignant, intimate, and revelatory memoir. —Arianna Rebolini 26. What Doesn't Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness by Tessa Miller Henry Holt & Company In this riveting memoir, journalist Tessa Miller describes the sudden onset of severe Crohn’s disease in her twenties: One moment she’s enjoying a successful career in New York City, and in the next, she’s doubled over in pain, unable to control her bowels. With evocative and often gruesome details, she paints the story of life with a chronic illness, describing traumatic experiences in hospitals, the way medical professionals often belittle their female patients, and how illnesses affect relationships. In addition to her memoir, she analyzes studies and statistics about healthcare and chronic illness in the US, including racial and gender discrimination. It’s a fascinating and disturbing read. —Margaret Kingsbury For more new-release recommendations from this month, click here, or catch up on all of our weekly favorites on Bookshop. What's the best book you read this week? Tell us in the comments!