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    8 New Books For You To Add To Your Reading List

    And there's something for everyone.

    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:


    Young Adult

    1. The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore

    Feiwel & Friends

    In this beautiful and affecting YA contemporary fantasy novel loosely inspired by the fairy tale “The Snow Queen,” two teens heal and learn how to find joy after a sexual assault. Ciela and Lock flirted at the beginning of a party, but by its end, they’ve both been sexually assaulted. As a brown, queer teen, Ciela knows that no one will listen to her story, especially since the classmates who assaulted her and Lock are white and from wealthy families. Ciela is also a pastelería witch — she can sense exactly which dessert a customer wants, a magic she's inherited from her grandmother — but after the assault, her magic leaves her. When school starts back, she and Lock find themselves attracted to one another once more, but while he knows he was sexually assaulted that night, he doesn't remember the details. While The Mirror Season focuses on a traumatic event and will undoubtedly make many readers (like myself) cry, it’s also a magical, hopeful, and empowering novel. —Margaret Kingsbury

    2. Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

    Henry Holt & Company

    Set to be adapted by the Obamas (!), this book follows 18-year-old Daunis, who has been dreaming of a fresh start in college, since she's never felt like she fit in her hometown or on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. But after family tragedy strikes, she stays to look after her mother, meeting Jamie, a new recruit on her brother's hockey team, in the process. In a shocking turn of events, Daunis witnesses a murder and is pulled into an FBI investigation of a lethal new drug, going undercover to track down the source. —Rachel Strolle

    3. A Queen of Gilded Horns by Amanda Joy

    G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

    The eagerly anticipated sequel to the fantastic River of Royal Blood finds Eva on the run with her sister in tow, heading to the north in the hopes of finding allies. With the past on their heels, Eva is convinced that peace between her and Isa is needed for the queendom to survive, despite the fact that after the Entwining ceremony, Isa and Eva are the only ones that can kill each other. —Rachel Strolle

    4. That Way Madness Lies edited by Dahlia Adler

    Flatiron Books

    Following in the footsteps of classics like West Side Story, 10 Things I Hate About You, and more, That Way Madness Lies features 15 unique spins on some of Shakespeare's works. From comedy to tragedy to sonnet, from texts to storms to prom, this collection is a knockout. —Rachel Strolle


    5. The Dating Plan by Sara Desai


    For the most part, software engineer Daisy Patel has her life figured out...just not her love life, to the dismay of her family. To avoid their matchmaking schemes, she lies about being engaged. The problem is that her fake fiancée happens to be Liam Murphy, her childhood crush who broke her heart. She reluctantly asks him to go along with her scheme, and Liam agrees — a fiancée is exactly what he needs to fulfill the requirement in his grandfather's will and keep his brother from selling off the family distillery. Not to mention, he can convince Daisy to forgive him for how he treated her in the past and give him a second chance. —Shyla Watson


    6. Lolita in the Afterlife edited by Jenny Minton Quigley


    What do we do with Lolita? When it first published in 1958, it was a bestselling scandal. Today, our discomfort lingers, but has shifted — in the midst of a cultural reckoning around gender, consent, wealth, race, and trauma, does Lolita still merit celebration, not to mention its prominent place in academia? In sharp, thought-provoking original essays from brilliant writers like Cheryl Strayed, Roxane Gay, Mary Gaitskill, Victor LaValle, Alexander Chee, and Lauren Groff, this insightful collection grapples with these and other thorny questions. —Arianna Rebolini

    7. The Lost Art of Doing Nothing: How the Dutch Unwind with Niksen by Maartje Willems and Lona Aalders


    I haven’t had tons of opportunities to do nothing in the past year (full time job, 19-month-old son, pandemic, etc.) so I’d really like to luxuriate in those rare free moments I do have, instead of just panicking about all of the things I could (/should) be doing. For the Dutch, this “doing nothing” is known as “niksen,” and in The Lost Art of Doing Nothing, Maartje Willems and illustrator Lona Aalders offer philosophical and practical guidance in adopting the lifestyle. These ideas will be familiar to anyone who’s read up on meditation and mindfulness, but it’s all good advice, and I’ll take whatever help I can get — from any and all corners of the world. In this case, Willems has provided a charming and accessible how-to guide to chilling out. Check out an excerpt: 7 Tips For People Who Want To Get Better At Doing Nothing. —Arianna Rebolini

    Children's Fiction

    8. Across the Pond by Joy McCullough

    Atheneum Books

    This middle-grade story follows Callie as she moves from San Diego to a real-life castle in Scotland. After starting off on the wrong foot with the gardener's granddaughter, only contributing to her nerves about making new friends, she makes a deal with her parents to be homeschooled. But as their condition was she had to participate in a social activity, she joins a birding club, inspired by a journal that she found hidden in her bedroom. —Rachel Strolle

    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!