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    7 New Books That You Should Start Reading ASAP

    With a fresh list on Tuesdays.

    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. The Flip Side by James Bailey

    William Morrow

    Josh's meticulously planned life has fallen apart — he's lost his job, broken up with his girlfriend, and had to move back in with his parents. As he works to get things back on track, he decides to take a different approach — let the flip of a coin make his decisions. But what starts as a joke quickly becomes serious as his new life, love included, begins to take shape. —Shyla Watson

    2. The Silver Shooter by Erin Lindsey

    Minotaur Books

    It’s 1887 and this is Rose Gallagher’s year: She bought her own house, and she’s coming into her own as a Pinkerton — aka a member of an agency of people who specialize in the ~otherworldly~. When Theodore Roosevelt calls upon Rose and her business/possibly romantic partner to solve some mysterious occurrences in the Badlands, Rose will have to take on the wild west...and win. —Kirby Beaton

    3. The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

    Harper Voyager

    The Burning God completes the Poppy War trilogy, a Chinese-inspired grimdark fantasy series. Rin is a war orphan turned shaman warrior. The first book in the series, The Poppy War, chronicles her childhood in an abusive home, and her success at being accepted into the elite Sinegard military academy. The Nikara Empire has experienced two Poppy Wars with the nearby Federation of Mugen, and a third is anticipated at any moment. In The Burning God, Rin returns to her ancestral home and vows to do anything to protect her people’s shamanic powers. The series ending is incredible. While all three books are excellent, the finale is the best of the bunch. —Margaret Kingsbury

    4. Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West by Lauren Redniss

    Random House

    In southeastern Arizona, about 15 miles from the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, lies Oak Flat. It’s a sacred piece of land for the Apache community — the site of past burials and ongoing religious ceremonies, notably the four-day coming-of-age rite for girls called the Sunrise Dance. And it was protected land — until, 10 years after a massive copper deposit was discovered beneath it, ownership was transferred to private hands intent on mining the mesa into obliteration. In the graphic narrative Oak Flat, Redniss chronicles the ongoing clash between a Native population who’ve long been waiting for the US federal government to deliver on the promises they made and broke, and the mining corporations that are piling more promises — of jobs, money, new life in a ghost town — on the heap. Redniss offers herself as a witness, giving life to the people and place through straightforward dialogue and rich, sweeping illustrations. It’s a vital read and a staggering work of art. —Arianna Rebolini

    5. The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh


    When 37-year-old Samira Broderick moves back home to Australia to pursue a new job opportunity, she aims to repair her relationship with her mother, which hasn't been the same since the marriage she arranged for Samira went down in flames. Samira has enough on her plate, but can't seem to resist a fling with Rory Radcliffe — a 27-year-old Aussie stuntman who recently decided to stop hiding his stutter and step into the spotlight. But what was supposed to be a one-time thing between them gets complicated when Samira turns out to be the dialect coach Rory needs to help him land his dream job. —Shyla Watson

    6. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

    Margaret K. McElderry Books

    These Violent Delights has to be one of my favorite YA books of this year. This Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai follows Roma Montagov and Juliette Cai, both leaders of rival gangs who must work together to save their city from a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River. It's compelling, high stakes, and extremely immersive. It's a long one, at nearly 500 pages, but I was sucked right in — now I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel. —Farrah Penn

    7. Pretending by Holly Bourne


    April hasn't had any luck with dating. Every time she thinks she's met someone, things fall apart. In fact, it's happened so much that April wonders if maybe she's the problem — so she decides to stop being herself. Instead, she becomes Gretel — a sweet, sexy, low-maintenance, problem-free girl next door (aka every guy’s dream). As Gretel, dating is much more fun than April ever imagined...until she meets Joshua. Can she really be in a relationship with someone who doesn't know the real her? And what if she tells Joshua the truth and he likes Gretel more than April? Suddenly, her light and fun experiment isn't as great as she thought it would be. —Shyla Watson

    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!