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    Updated on Sep 16, 2020. Posted on Sep 15, 2020

    6 New Book Releases We Loved And Why You Should Read Them

    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:

    Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

    Homeland Elegies book cover
    Little, Brown and Company

    Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar is a novel about a man who is also named Ayad Akhtar, and who, like the real-life playwright, has finally come into some literary renown and is the son of two Pakistani immigrant doctors. The novel explores various themes relating to Islam and politics, President Trump, and the aftermath of 9/11. It's thought-provoking and provocative, and I highly recommend it. —Tomi Obarao

    Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

    Grown book cover
    Katherine Tegen Books

    Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson is an extremely compelling mystery told over the course of two different timelines. It follows a teenage girl named Enchanted Jones as she wakes up in an R&B superstar’s studio with his blood on her hands. In the other timeline, we go back to see just how Enchanted met R&B superstar Korey Fields, who is a lot older than she is. Overall, there's this underlying commentary on the dark underbelly of the music industry and how, as a society, we tend to view Black teenage girls. —Farrah Penn

    The Roommate by Rosie Danan

    The Roommate book cover
    Berkley

    I can't even begin to describe how much I love The Roommate by Rosie Danan. It follows Clara, an uptight and a little bit awkward East Coaster who moves to LA to pursue her longtime crush — except when he's actually out on tour with his band, she winds up living with Josh, who just happens to be a porn star. These two clash in personalities and they are very unlikely roommates. But let's just say that the shared space and forced proximity makes them get to know each other, and things get steamy. —Shyla Watson

    Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

    Legendborn book cover
    Margaret K. McElderry Books

    Legendborn by Tracy Deonn follows Bree, who, on her first night on campus for a residential program for high schoolers, witnesses a flying demon feeding on human energies. This wouldn't be a problem if the teenage mage who attempted to wipe her memory had actually succeeded. Instead, it unlocked Bree’s own magic and reveals a hidden connection between the teenage mage and someone who was at the hospital the night Bree’s mother died. Determined to find out what really happened to her mother, she decides to infiltrate The Legendborn, which is a secret society of descendants of King Arthur and his knights. She infiltrates as an initiate and decides how far she's willing to go to get the truth. —Rachel Strolle

    Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

    Piranesi book cover
    Bloomsbury Publishing

    Piranesi is Susanna Clarke's stunning and beautiful second novel. You may be familiar with her very popular first novel, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell, but Piranesi is quite a bit different. It's less dense, it’s shorter, and it's more accessible. It's told through a series of journal entries by the main character, Piranesi. His entire world is a labyrinthine house full of statues, where the sea rises and falls within its walls. This novel is strange, it’s magical, and it's one of my favorite books of the year. —Margaret Kingsbury

    The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke

    Scapegracers book cover
    Erewhon

    If you're looking for a witchy fall read with The Craft vibes, then The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke is the book for you. If anything, I liked it a little bit better than The Craft. There's lots of lesbian and bisexual representation. The four members of the coven are super snarky and aggressively anti-patriarchy, and I loved their character dynamics. This is a very fun read, and I'm really looking forward to book two. —Margaret Kingsbury

    For more new release recommendations from this month, click here. What's the best book you read this week? Tell us in the comments!