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    9 New Books For You To Add To Your Reading List

    So many books, so little time.

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    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:

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    1. Lost In The Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

    Swoon Reads

    Thomas pens a Peter Pan retelling that explores grief, loss, and, of course, growing up. Wendy's younger brothers Michael and John disappeared in the woods five years ago and since then, Wendy, her mother, and her father have been struggling. But then, Peter — a boy she vaguely remembers — returns to Wendy's life, revealing that other missing children in town could meet the same fate as her brothers... Farrah Penn

    2. Your Heart, My Sky by Margarita Engle

    Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    Liana and Amado are two Cuban teens living through el período especial en tiempos de paz — the special period in times of peace. Risking government retribution, Liana skips a summer of "volunteer" farm labor. A chance encounter leads her to Amado, who also refuses to comply, and their feelings for each other begin to bloom. Rachel Strolle

    3. Flamefall by Rosaria Munda

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

    This stellar sequel to Fireborne starts as the dragonlords, who are eager to reclaim their city, are on their way to the dragonriders. While Annie is serving as the new Firstrider (and public enemy number one), Lee is struggling to choose whether to support Annie or join a group of radicals. Rachel Strolle

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    4. My Friend Natalia by Laura Lindstedt, trans. David Hackston

    Liveright Publishing Corporation

    Finnish writer Laura Lindstedt’s American debut is a hypnotic, disorienting, often paranoid story about the precarious balance of power between an unnamed, non-gendered therapist and their bewitching new patient Natalia. She shows up at the therapist’s office like a whirlwind, requesting help for her dysfunctional sex life. But from the very first appointment — in which Natalia lies on the couch with an alarm clock on her stomach — she consistently dominates the sessions with monologues about formative erotic moments in her life, rarely letting the therapist interrupt. And as her story unfolds — introducing a connection between Natalia’s family and the therapist's that’s too unlikely to be a coincidence — the therapist loses control of the experimental methods they’re supposed to be directing. It’s a surprisingly suspenseful story touching on psychology, philosophy, and sex. Arianna Rebolini

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    5. I Am Tired of Being a Dandelion by Zane Frederick

    Central Avenue Publishing

    I enjoy reading poetry collections, especially ones containing short, impactful, and evocative poems. In I Am Tired of Being a Dandelion, Frederick writes about the loss and heartbreak of past love with an open vulnerability and aching lyricism that sings about loneliness, mistakes, and moving on. It’s a glimmering, emotional read that will put you in your feelings if you’ve ever felt broken by love. Farrah Penn

    6. How to Love the World by James Crews

    Storey Publishing

    This uplifting collection of poems from masterful poets (Amanda Gorman, Joy Harjo, Naomi Shihab Nye, and more) will not only move you but also remind you that joy can be found during times that feel dark. There are some that are tinted in longing (like “Bus Stop” by Laure-Anne Bosselaar) and some that serve as a beautiful reminder of appreciation (“Thankful For Now” by Todd Davis). The visceral, weighty words from these poets invoke meaning in things that may seem meaningless, pushing us to slow down and reflect. Farrah Penn

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    7. Meet Me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher

    Berkley

    Marin Cole has been afraid of traveling outside of her hometown of Tennessee ever since her journalist mother died while on assignment. But when her sister, a globe-trotting photographer, needs a little R&R after a rough trip, Marin agrees to accompany her to the island of Saba for a spa weekend. Then, not only does her sister miss the flight, but also Marin's luggage gets lost and a bout of turbulence flings her into the lap of a handsome stranger. When she gets to the island, she's worried she'll have to explore alone; but she runs into Mr. Handsome himself and he helps her realize what she's been missing — both in terms of traveling and falling in love. Shyla Watson

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    8. The Vines by Shelley Nolden

    Freiling Publishing

    Finn has always been obsessed with "urban exploring," traveling the world with his girlfriend Lily to visit places rarely seen by other humans. But his ultimate obsession is with North Brother Island, which lies only a stone's throw from his family's home in NYC. His father and grandfather once conducted scientific experiments on this now-abandoned island, and Finn defies their wishes — and the law — by sneaking there via kayak. There, Finn discovers a mysterious woman who claims to have a connection to his family...and not in a positive way. Flashing back through time, this novel explores the horrifying history of this real island's past and what we're willing to do to keep family secrets. Kirby Beaton

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    9. The Unbroken by C.L. Clark

    Orbit

    As a child, Touraine was one of many taken by the empire to be trained as an indentured soldier. Now an adult, she wants to rise in the empire’s ranks. She has the perfect opportunity to get noticed when the empire returns her to her home country Qazāl, and there’s an assassination attempt on the queen. She spots the attempt before the other soldiers and successfully saves the queen’s life. However, one of her countrymen arrested for the assassination attempt recognizes her and calls her by a name she’s long forgotten. This makes Touraine begin to question her identity and her role in the empire. This complex and emotional North African–inspired epic fantasy features both LGBTQ+ representation and a main character with disabilities. 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!