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22 New Book Releases We’re Excited for in 2022

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It’s a new year, and the best part of that is NEW BOOKS! We are so excited for the plethora of new books releasing in 2022, and while we certainly couldn’t even begin to cover them all, here are 22 of our most anticipated new book releases 2022 has to offer. Just a note that there are going to be more listed for the beginning of the year, as some releases for the end of 2022 haven’t been finalized yet or might not have a ton of info available at this time, but this should get your 2022 wishlist a nice head start!

Winter 2022 New Book Releases

The Maid by Nita Prose

A neurodivergent young woman gets a job as a hotel amid after the death of her beloved grandmother, and finds that she enjoys the order and rules…until she walks into a room with a dead guest, and her peculiar ways make her the number one suspect!

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

Set in an alternate 1893, 1993, and 2093, three different era in American history and future play out as different characters pursue the elusive American dream and find themselves connected in surprising ways.

Violeta by Isabel Allende

In 1920, Violeta is born to a large family in South America, arriving just ahead of a global pandemic. She lives one hundred years, and in that time she sees some of the biggest changes across the century, all of which she bears witness to in a letter to the person she loves the most.

Cherish Farrah by Bethany C. Morrow

Farrah and Cherish are the only Black teens in their very white, very affluent community. Cherish is the daughter of white adoptive parents and beyond spoiled, so when Farrah’s family loses their standing, Farrah begins to ingratiate herself into Cherish’s family and life. But it’s not long before she begins to suspect she’s the one who’s really being manipulated.

Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James 

In this much anticipated sequel to Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Sogolon takes center stage as she tells her side of the story…including a long-running feud with a powerful figure who could be her undoing.

Spring 2022 New Book Releases

Gallant by Victoria Schwab

Olivia is an orphan who only has her mother’s nonsensical journal as any artifact of her past. But when she’s invited to Gallant, a crumbling estate, it provides another essential clue to where she comes from, and Olivia isn’t about to be scared off any time soon.

Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour

Sara is a sought-after mixologist working at Yerba Buena, a hot LA restaurant. Emilie takes a job arranging flowers at the restaurant on a whim. Their connection is electric, but their timing is all wrong, and when their pasts come back to haunt them, they’ll have to figure out if their love is strong enough to prevail.

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

Salahudin and Noor share a deep bond growing up in the desert of California, until one fight shatters their friendship. As Sal tries to save the family motel and Noor looks to a future far away, they must see if they have what it takes to save each other.

The Romantic Agenda by Claire Kann

Joy, who is asexual, is secretly in love with Malcolm…but when he announces he’s fallen for someone else, she’s heartbroken. Then, on a weekend getaway, she meets Fox and he offers to help make Malcolm jealous. But soon Joy begins to wonder if perhaps she has her focus on the wrong guy.

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo 

Set in a magical, pre-Code Hollywood, Luli Wei will do whatever it takes in order to escape her home and become a star, but the magical sacrifice required of Hollywood starlets isn’t for the faint of the heart.

Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Meddy is excited for her wedding, and even happier than she’s convinced her mom and aunties to take the day off to enjoy her nuptials. But when it becomes evident that the wedding planners they’ve hired are using her big day as. cover up for some nefarious business, Meddy and the aunties are on the case!

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

In her next soul-searching and thought-provoking novel, a violin performance in an unlikely place unites three people across time and space.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Nora is a cutthroat literary agent who isn’t anyone heroine, and Charlie is a brooding, annoying book editor whom Nora definitely doesn’t like. When Nora’s vacation away from New York City has her bumping into Charlie, she finds that there might be more to his story than she expected.

Summer 2022 New Book Releases

Queerly Beloved by Susie Dumond

Amy is a bartender and aspiring baker living in Tulsa who has just fallen for the new woman in town…and stumbled into a strange career path as a bridesmaid for hire. Her new gig utilizes all her passions and skills, but soon Amy has to figure out how to satisfy her own heart’s desires first rather than anyone else’s.

Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks by Patrick Radden Keefe

In this new collection, Patrick Radden Keefe exposes some of the most brazen criminals and grifters and shares their crimes and how they got away with them—or nearly.

Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

After Leah’s marine expedition took her submarine to the ocean floor, she comes back not quite herself. Her wife Miri is alarmed by how untethered Leah becomes, and must contend with the possibility of losing her for good.

We Lie Here by Rachel Howzell Hall

Yara is back in her hometown, preparing to host her parents’ anniversary party, when she begins receiving disturbing texts from a woman claiming to be her mom’s childhood friend. Then, that friend is found dead…but not before leaving behind disturbing pieces of a mystery that only Yara can put together.

Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey

In this chilling novel, Vera is the daughter of a serial killer and she left home long ago. But at the insistence of her mother, she’s returned one last time to face the past…and is horrified to find it’s not quite done with her yet.

The Daughter of Dr. Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Set in 19th century Mexico, Carlota Moreau lives on a remote, luxurious estate, the daughter of a man some consider a genius, other a madman. When Eduardo Lizalde, the son of her father’s patron, arrives, he sets off a chain reaction that could spell danger for everyone.

What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

Alex Easton is a soldier who rushes to the side of their childhood friend when they hear she’s fallen gravely ill. But the House of Usher is not at all what they expect, and they must form an alliance with two strangers in order to unravel its secrets if Alex’s friend is to survive.

Fall 2022 New Book Releases

Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo makes her graphic novel debut with the prequel story starring a young Darkling, illustrated by Dani Pendergast.

Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The third book in the highly praised Locked Tomb series will drop this fall, featuring none other than Nona!

And if you’re looking for more great reads, for your book club or for your own reading, then check out our list of best book club picks of 2021!

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How to Buy Books on the Kindle App

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Amazon and Kindle make it super easy to enjoy the best books around, from old favorites to new discoveries, all in one place while on the go, and pretty much instantaneously. There is, however, one slight snag in their ease of usability that makes it slightly frustrating for customers who are Apple users: You can’t buy ebooks directly on the Kindle app for iOS. The reason for this is that Apple claims a certain percentage of digital purchases made in-app if that app is downloaded from the Apple App Store, up to 30%. That would cut into Amazon’s profits in a big way, so they make it impossible to buy ebooks on the Kindle app. However, there is a workaround! Keep reading to learn how to buy books on the Kindle app, no matter what your device might be!

How to Buy Books on Kindle App – Android

If you have an Android device and have dowloaded the Kindle for Android app, simply open the app and either click on “Store” in the main menu, or simply start searching for a title in the search bar. If you don’t have the title in your personal Kindle library, then the book will appear on the storefront.

Click Buy Now, and the purchase will automatically go through, according to the payment settings you have set up in your Amazon account. Once confirmed, your purchase will begin downloading immediately.

How to Boy Books on Kindle App – Apple iOS

In the Kindle app on Apple products, there is a “Discover” tab that lets you browse all of the books in Amazon’s vast marketplace of ebooks and original…but you won’t be able to actually purchase anything on the app. Instead, you can send a sample to your Kindle app or Kindle device, add the book to a wishlist, or follow various authors. Unfortunately, you can’t even opt into any of Kindle’s subscription programs such as Kindle Unlimited on the app, either.

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 And if you think a nice workaround might be to go to the Amazon app, then I hate to break it to you but that app doesn’t support Kindle purchases, either.

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However, you don’t have to go to your nearest desktop or laptop in order to buy content on your phone or iPad. Simply close the Kindle or Amazon app, and navigate to your internet browser of choice—most likely Safari. Navigate to Amazon.com. Ignore all notifications or pop ups that ask if you’d like to go to the Amazon app, and sign into your Amazon account on Safari.

Once you’ve done so, you can search for the book you want to purchase, and navigate to the Kindle version of the book. You should see a “Buy Now with 1-Click” (if you have 1-Click shopping turned on) or simply “Buy Now” if you do not. With 1-Click shopping the purchase will process immediately and a page will log with delivery options so you can send your purchase to your Kindle app or device immediately. If you don’t have 1-Click turned on, you’ll have to go to checkout and complete your purchase.

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One helpful way to speed up this process might be to create a Kindle wishlist just for Amazon app browsing. That way, when you are on the Amazon app and you see a Kindle book you want to purchase, you can add it to your specified wishlist, then simply sign into your Amazon account on the browser, click on your wishlist, and find all of the books you’ve saved to purchase and directly add them to your shopping cart or check out immediately with 1-Click shopping.

It may be a little bit clunky, but once you know how to do it and you get organized, it’ll only add a minute or two to your checkout time…and when you have everything on phone, you don’t even have to get up to purchase the Kindle ebooks you’ve been eyeing! Please note, this only works for browsing on the Amazon app, not the Kindle app. There is no way to bookmark books you want to purchase on the Kindle app or put them in a wishlist.

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15 Of The Best Historical Fiction Novels

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Historical fiction novels sweep us away to different time periods and offer a deeper look into the lives of people who lived before us. It goes beyond dates and events to offer a deeper human context to historical movements, and it can be pretty entertaining as well. If you love historical fiction that offers an intriguing viewpoint, especially those not normally covered in history books, then you’ll appreciate this list of fifteen amazing historical fiction novels from the past few years!

Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams

Ruth and Iris are twin sisters, but they couldn’t be more different. After a bitter disagreement in Rome in 1940, they head their separate ways. Ruth goes back to New York City and gets a job in modeling, and Iris settles down as the wife of a diplomat. In 1948, Iris and her family disappear, and rumors swirl that her husband was a traitor when defected to the USSR. In 1952, Ruth receives a postcard from Iris, and thus begins an arduous journey working with the CIA to extract Iris and her children from Society Russia.

Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Libertie is a young woman coming of age in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, the daughter of one of the first Black female physicians. Her mother has her life planned out for her, but Libertie prefers music to medicine, and wants to live on her own terms. But when her plans to break free from her mother just end up shackling her to another, she must decide how far she’s willing to go for her own freedom.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet

The Vignes twins are inseparable growing up, but as adult they find themselves going down very different paths. One returns to their hometown with her Black daughter, and the other moves far away and marries a white man, passing as white. They exchange secret letters over the years, but it isn’t until their daughters meet that they must face their shared history and the choices they made.

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

Osla, Mab, and Beth are three very different women who find themselves at Bletchley Park during WWII, each engaged in different activities that are of the utmost secrecy. Their friendship is strengthened by the hardship of war, until one act of betrayal tears them apart. Years later, on the eve of the royal wedding, a message is sent that brings the three of them together again, despite old wounds, and they must work together one last time to stop a traitor before it’s too late.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Lily is a teenager living in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1953, certain there is something different about her but unable to give voice to what it is. Then a chance encounter leads her to Kath, a white classmate, and the two discover the underground lesbian community at the Telegraph Club. But being Chinese-American and queer in the 1950’s is dangerous, and Lily will have to summon all her courage to live her truth.

The Silence of Bones by June Hur

Seol is an indentured servant in 1800 Joseon (Korea), working for the police bureau in the capital. When she’s called to assist in the death of a noblewoman, she discovers that the mystery has some startling connections to her own hidden past, and her curiosity gets the better of her, planting her in danger as she attempts to solve the case.

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno Garcia

Set in 1970’s Mexico City, a time of political unrest, this book follows two very different people: Maite, a lovelorn secretary, and Elvis, hired muscle to a man with an agenda. Maite is waiting for her life to truly begin when her neighbor goes missing, and she begins to ask questions. Elvis is just biding his time until he can move on when he’s order to find a missing woman, and their paths cross.

The Fountains of Silence by Ruth Sepetys

Daniel is visiting Madrid in 1957 for the first time, and he’s excited to get to know his mother’s home country a little better. He’s an aspiring photographer and wants to use this trip to help build his portfolio. But Spain is still reeling from their own Civil War and the secrets that are too dangerous to voice aloud, and when he captures a snapshot that could pout him in danger, what he does next has a profound effect on his family and Ana, a maid at the hotel where he’s staying.

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

Thomas Wazhashk is a night watchman at a jewel bearing plant that employees many people from the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota in 1953. Thomas is a tribal leader, and he’s struggling to understand the consequences of a new bill introduced to Congress that could impact the tribe’s resources, land, and benefits. Patrice is a recent high school graduate working at the plant, and worried about her sister, who’s gone missing after moving to Minneapolis. Their lives intersect and connect as they both book out for the people they love.

The Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson

Pheby Delores Brown was born into slavery, but she also is fortunate enough to be favored at the plantation she grows up on. She’s promised freedom when she turns eighteen, but instead finds herself in Devil’s Half Acre, a jail where the enslaved are tortured. The Jailer takes notice of Pheby, and she soon learns that if she’s to survive, she must outwit him.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

This sweeping family saga spans from 1910 to 1990 and follows the fate of one Korean family as they emigrate to Japan before World War II, struggle to survive the discrimination and oppression during the war, and then finally find success and happiness in the second half of the century…but at what cost?

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Agnes is an unconventional woman and rumored to be a healer and have a gift with animals. When she falls in love, she settles with her new young husband in Statford-upon-Avon, where he begins to gain recognition as a playwright. When their young son  is taken by the Black Plague, Agnes and her husband must figure out a way to keep moving forward.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Set in Malibu in 1983, this novel follows four siblings, children of a famous rock star, who throw an annual summer pool party that everyone wants to be invited to. But this year, secrets and changes threaten the siblings and their relationship with each other, and by the time the sun rises the next day, their Malibu mansion will have gone up in flames.

Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

In the wake of General Franco overthrowing the government in Spain, Roser and her lover’s brother make their way across the mountains to France, where they hope to start again. The poet Pablo Neruda charters a boat to take from to Chile, and Roser and Victor must marry for convenience in order to escape, always hoping to return home. But life on a new continent proves challenging in unexpected ways and they must rely on each other, and perhaps reconsider their definition of home.

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Elwood Curtis is a young Black teen who has a bright future ahead of him and admires the work of Martin Luther King Jr. When a moment of bad judgment lands him in Nickel Academy, a reform school for boys, he finds himself trapped in a place of terror. Elwood is optimistic about the future and justice, but his friend Turner isn’t convinced. As the two struggle to survive, their differing viewpoints lead to a series of actions that echo down the decades.

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Our Favorites: The Top 20 Books of 2021

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It can be a pretty tricky thing to narrow down hundreds of releases in any given year to a short list of the the top books! Luckily for you, just as our expert Bibliologists hand-pick recommendations for readers based on their personal reading tastes, they also have helped narrow down the best books of 2021. This list was developed by looking at our Bibliologists’ favorite books of the year, and the most recommended in our hardcover recommendations tier! With this many real readers recommending these books, you know they’ve got to be good!

Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh

Arav was just a teen when his mom disappeared without a trace, taking a hefty amount of his father’s money with her. In the intervening years, everyone has always assumed that she’s off living it up…until shockingly, her car and body are discovered in the bush mere miles away from the family home. Now, Arav might confront his memories of the weeks leading up to his mother’s disappearance in order to figure out who might have killed her.

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan is a recently divorced mom of two who is barely holding her life together, and she’s way behind on her book deadline. When an impromptu, harried meeting with her agent in a Panera results in a stranger misunderstanding their conversation and mistaking Finlay for a hit woman, things get interesting. Hired to do a job she doesn’t want and then blackmailed into it, Finlay will have to scramble to keep her hands clean and her family safe!

Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Libertie Sampson has grown up in the Reconstruction era in Brooklyn, where her fate seems determined by her mother, who is one of the first Black female physicians in the country. Libertie would rather play music than practice medicine, but she finds that in her search for freedom she’s bound herself to yet another person’s ideas for the future, and she must decide what she’s willing to risk in order to make her own way.

A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark

Set in Cairo in 1912, this novel follows Fatma el-Sha’arawi, the youngest woman employed by the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities. Agent Fatma is very good at her job, so she’s called to the murder of a brotherhood dedicated to a highly revered man who disappeared decades earlier. The killer claims to be this missing man himself…but there is more to this mystery than meets the eye.

The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

This retelling of The Great Gatsby recasts side character Jordan Baker as a queer, Vietnamese woman who is trying to make her way in the privileged and prejudiced upper crest of New York City, but finds that despite her wealth and beauty, some paths are still barred to her. 

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict

In 1926, Agatha Christie famously vanished for eleven days, causing a media sensation. This dual timeline novel looks at her disappearance from two points of view: Her husband and his secrets during her disappearance, and Agatha’s view of their marriage in the years leading up to the infamous event.

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor

Fatima is just a child when she discovers something that is not of this world and it changes her forever. She is reborn as Sankofa, with the ability to cause anyone to die with her mind. She walks the land searching for something that was taken from her—and she will catch up with it one day. But what is her purpose, when she does manage to finally put her hands on what’s hers?

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

Eva is an erotica writer feeling overwhelmed in her career. Shane is reclusive literary novelist who rarely makes public appearances. When they both end up at the same New York conference, sparks fly between them. What no one knows is that they had a brief but electric affair fifteen years earlier. Now as they spend a memorable week together, Eva is hoping to get answers about what happened all those years ago, and they may find themselves falling into a second chance at love.

We Have Always Been Here by lena Nguyen

Dr. Grace Park is the psychologist aboard a a survey ship, tasked with making certain the passengers aboard stay healthy during the long voyage to an unexplored planet. But things get to a rough start when it’s clear that Dr. Park prefers the company of the ship’s androids to the humans. When they arrive, things go from bad to worse as they’re stranded on the ship without any way of contacting the outside, and the humans fall ill with a strange illness of waking nightmares. It’s up to Dr. Park to figure out what’s happening…which is easier said than done when no one trusts her.

Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian

Set in Atlanta in the early 2000’s, Neil Narayan is struggling under the weight of his parents’ expectations. He’s smart and funny, but not particularly driven. And when he learns his neighbor and crush Anita has a “lemonade” gifted by the gods that gives anyone who drinks it ambition, he decides to take…with tragic results. Years later, And Neil finds himself across the country, tempted to take just one more sip.

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

Vern has been brought up in a strictly religious compound surrounded by a dense woods. Desperate to escape when she’s seven months pregnant, she flees into the woods and gives birth to twins. But in order to protect them from both threats known and unknown, she must face the truth about her community and what lies beyond the woods.

Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

Prince Kiem is known for his antics, not his diplomacy, so when his grandmother the emperor orders him to marry Count Jainan ahead of an important treaty signing, it’s odd. But Kiem goes with it, trying to be sensitive to the fact that Jainan is still grieving the death of his first husband. As the two go through the motions of court marriage, they begin to suspect there is more to their quick marriage and Jainan’s former husband’s death…and they must work together if they’re going to expose a terrible conspiracy.

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

Avery Keene is a law clerk for a legendary Supreme Court Justice named Howard Wynn. She’s very good at her job, but she’s barely keeping her life together thanks to the stress of her position. When Justice Wynn falls into a coma, Avery gets the shock of her life when she learns he appointed her his medical power of attorney beforehand. Why would he do so? Does he have something to hide? Avery is about to find out.

Persephone Station by Stina Leicht

Persephone Station is a planet that most people have forgotten about…which makes it the perfect place for a corporation with ulterior motives to set up headquarters. Rosie is the owner of a bar that seems to be a tourist trap—which is a nice front for its true purposes. When Angel, a reluctant criminal with an honorable heart, is hired by Rosie for a job that seems like it should be easy, it’ll put then square against the corporation that runs their planet, and possibly in mortal danger.

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe

This is the story of three generations of the Sackler family, one of the richest families in the world famed for their philanthropy, the development of Valium…and for causing the opioid epidemic in the U.S. The author digs into the history of the family, how they learned to develop and market the drugs they created, and how this empire caused one of the worst public health crises in recent history.

The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade

Set in a small New Mexico town, this is the story of five generations of a family and how their lives are stirred when a fifteen-year-old daughter shows up on her father Amadeo’s doorstep, pregnant. Amadeo is looking for his own redemption and struggling to find it, and as his daughter gives birth and they live through the baby’s first year of life, he must try to be there for the members of his family and find his own way forward.

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno Garcia

Maite is a thirty-something secretary in 1970’s Mexico City, dreaming of romance and love and unhappy with her life. Elvis is the hired muscle of a man with an agenda. When Maite’s neighbor goes missing, she finds herself asking one too many questions about her whereabouts, and her life collides with Elvis’s, who is ordered to track down this missing woman.

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Nella is the only Black employee at a publishing house, which would be tough enough as it is if she wasn’t also an editorial assistant, which is about as low down on the ladder as one can be. When new hire Hazel, also Black, comes along, Nella is happy for some solidarity…until a series of disturbing events pits them against each other, and Nella finds herself wondering if more than her reputation and career are at stake.

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Indie rockstar Michelle Zauner exposes the realities of what it was like growing up Korean-American in Eugene, OR and how she struggled against her mother’s expectations. As she grew older, she felt less and less Korean, until her mother was diagnosed with cancer and she found herself returning to her roots, caring for her mother, and learning to appreciate all that her mother had given her.

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

Reese is a trans woman who is happy and proud of all she’s achieved and she thinks that she’s on the cusp of having it all…until her partner decides to detransition, and their relationship falls apart. Ames thought detransitioning would make his life easier, but now he’s more miserable than ever and missing Reese. But when his boss and lover announces she’s pregnant with his baby and indicates she’s not sure she wants to keep the child, Ames wonders if this isn’t the perfect solution to give Reese something he was never able fulfill.

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5 of The Best Subscription Boxes for Readers

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No matter what the occasion—holidays, birthdays, celebrations, or just self-care—everyone loves a good subscription box. It’s a fun surprise each month and a gift that keeps on giving! If you have an adult reader in your life, perhaps you want to give them a subscription that will enrich and enhance their reading life…but maybe you’re not exactly certain of their reading tastes, or you’re unsure of what they’ve already read! Never fear—we have some ideas, and we’ve rounded up five of the best subscription boxes for readers that are full of bookish adjacent goodies, or book subscriptions that are flexible enough that they’re sure to satisfy every reader!

1. TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations

This is one of the best subscription boxes for readers that you want to please without offering them repeats of what they might have already read, because TBR is a personalized book recommendation service that only sends out books we’re sure our customers will love to read. Here’s how it works: After purchase, your recipient will receive an email to access the reader survey, which is a comprehensive look at your reading life. They’ll be able to let us know what they want to read more of—such as genres, themes, or even types of books—and what they’re not so keen on. They can even link us up with their Goodreads page! Then, an expert Bibliologist will read the responses and recommend three books just for them. There are two tiers to this service: Recommendations only, which will be delivered via a personalized email, or hardcover recommendations, which come in the form of three handpicked hardcovers delivered straight to your recipient’s door. There are options so this service is affordable, plus flexible in order to fit all reading lifestyles! Learn more and sign up for yourself, or give as a gift!

2. Reese’s Book Club Gift of Reading Box

Reese’s Book Club is great because this is one celeb who picks a nice mix of adult and YA, new and backlist books, and a variety of genres in her book club. But even if or your recipient you have no interest in participating in the club part of her book club, her Gift of Reading Boxes are so great because they’re a great bundle of items perfect for all your bookish adventures, whether you’re headed to the beach or cozying in for the evening. Plus, you get to choose which of her book club picks you’d like to throw into the box. With so many great books available, you’re recipient will have no trouble picking a book they haven’t read, and they’ll get to enjoy some fun self-care items, something to eat or drink, and a few fun little surprises they might not otherwise buy themselves.

3. Sips by

For the reader who loves pairing their current read with a great cup of tea, Sips by is the perfect gift! For just $16, you can send your recipient a personalized tea box, with enough tea for 15-20 cups of tea! Your recipient takes a short survey about their tea drinking habits, what they like and dislike, and what they might be curious to try, and then Sips by sends them a curated collection. You can even choose between no, low, and caffeinated teas, and they offer everything from oolong to matcha! For ongoing subscriptions, you can leave feedback on the teas and improve your picks as time goes on, or you can head to their storefront and get discounts on full-size purchases of the samples you receive. It’s a perfect cozy companion to a bookstore gift card or new book!

4. Feminist Book Club Box

For your feminist recipient, gift the Feminist Book Club Box! It’s ideal for the feminist reader who likes to read and engage with the ideas presented. Your gift subscription will offer a monthly feminist read, plus 3-5 items from women-owned businesses, and you can choose between a one-time box gift or an ongoing subscription. Your recipient will also gain access to an exclusive Slack to chat about the books, video content from discussion leaders and the authors, and reading guides and notes from the curator of the box. Plus, 5% of sales get donated to feminist causes, so the box does some good as well!

5. Vella Box

You can’t have a cozy reading session without the right vibes, and candles set the perfect mood! Gift your reader with a monthly candle delivery that will help make their spaces nice and cozy. You can choose from candle sizes and amounts, and these soy wax candles come in all sorts of scents that are both part of their signature collection and seasonally appropriate, so the candles will truly feel like the perfect addition to a home every month. This is another great gift that pairs well with a book or gift card!

We hope that the best subscription boxes for readers give you some inspiration for your holiday shopping or gift giving! If you’re looking for more bookish subscription ideas, check out our round up of the best online book subscriptions.

Types of Horror Genres

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When it comes to the horror genre, readers tend to get a certain image in their heads about what kind of book constitutes a horror. Maybe they think of haunted houses, or a maniacal killer on the loose. Maybe they think of gore or zombies. The point is, horror isn’t just one thing. The essence of the genre is books that scare you, and that can happen in a lot of different ways. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the most popular types of horror genres and subgenres along with some recommendations. Just keep in mind that when it comes to types of horror genres, it’s best to remember that a book can (and often does) overlap genres, and not every book will perfectly fit in each genre category—and some books may fit in more than one. The point of these horror subgenres is to help you discover more books you love, not limit books and their stories!

Slasher Horror

Slasher horror novels tend to be more on the violent and bloody side, and they often involve serial killers and villains who are human (or very human-like) terrorizing or hunting down a person or a group of people. The motivation may be revenge, or just violence of violence’s sake. An excellent example is There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins, about a teen who’s recently moved to Nebraska, only to find that someone is breaking into her classmates’ houses and murdering them. Another similar pick would be Final Girls by Riley Sager, about a young woman who survives a massacre only to find the horrors of that night returning to her years later.

Comedy Horror

Horror, but make it funny! Comedy horror can be a lot of different things, but it understands that laughter is the best catharsis for terror. Grady Hendrix is an author who is great at combining thrills and chills with laughs, and another great example of horror comedy is Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson, which is about a young witch who brings her best friend and two mean girls back from the dead (oops) in an attempt to identify a serial killer. Medding Kids by Edgar Cantero is also another hilarious and frightening comedy horror about a group of former kid sleuths, now in their twenties, who return to the case so frightening that it tore their group apart.

Psychological Horror

The purpose of psychological horror is to scare you, of course, but to also get you questioning the reality of the characters. Oftentimes what’s so scary about psychological horror is that no one will acknowledge the scary thing, or that the characters begin to question their own mental states. White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson is a prime example. It follows Mari, who has just moved with her newly blended family to a renovated house in the middle of a block of run-down, abandoned houses. From the moment they move in, Mari hears and smells strange things in the house that her parents don’t seem to notice. And then when her new little step-sister begins talking about an imaginary friend who wants Mari gone, she begins to suspect something is very wrong here. Another great example is The Upstairs House by Julia Fine, which is about a new mom who comes to realize that the ghost of Margaret Wise Brown is living in her house—and she’s bent on revenge.

Supernatural Horror

Supernatural horror covers a very broad range of horror novels—anything from from ghosts, demonic possession, vampires, werewolves, monsters, or anything else paranormal. A common trapping in this sub-genre is that whatever terror the protagonist uncovers is being perpetuated by otherworldly forces that can’t be explained by science. A great example is T. Kingfisher’s The Twisted Ones, about a young woman cleaning out her grandmother’s house after her death, only to find something strange and terrifying living in the woods behind her house. Or check out Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw, about a group of young people who arrive at a haunted estate for a wedding. The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass is about a young man who can see ghosts and tries to help them pass on, until an especially malevolent ghost decides to make his life hell.

Sci-Fi Horror

Like the title implies, this is horror but make it sci-fi! It includes sci-fi elements such as aliens and the horror of science and technological advances, and can be horror set in sci-fi settings such as space, other worlds, and space stations. A great example is Bent Heavens by Daniel Krause, which is about Liv, whose father went missing after he claimed to be kidnapped by aliens and set a series of elaborate traps in the woods behind their house, fearing they might come for him. Liv doesn’t believe him, until one day she discovers something unnatural in one of the traps. Another example is We Have Always Been Here by Lena Nguyen, which follows a scientific researcher on an exploration mission. She’s tasked with monitoring the scientists who plan on colonizing a newly discovered planet…but when they all seem to be gripped with paranoia and madness, she must discover what dark forces are at work.

Gothic Horror

Gothic horror became popular in the 19th century and has a focus on death, horror, and oftentimes romance. It places a great emphasis on emotion and atmosphere rather than violence or gore, and Gothic horror is often associated with creepy old estate settings. Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House is a Gothic horror classic, about a group of people who visit Hill House in an attempt to understand why it’s haunted, and a more recent release that captures all of the Gothic horror vibes is Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, which is about a young woman who answers her cousin’s plea to rescue her from a Mexican country estate, only to find unimaginable darkness in its walls.

Fantasy Horror

Fantasy horror is darker fantasy that is meant to frighten. Fantasy horror can be set in the real world, or in a fantastical world, but often contains heavy magical and fantasy elements. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo is a good example of this, as it is about a young woman who is assigned to report on the occult activity at Yale University, but soon finds herself brushing up against otherworldly forces and portals to dangerous places when her mentor goes missing. For a book set in a fantasy world, check out The Year of the Witching Alexis Henderson, which is about a Puritan-like fantasy world and the young woman who inadvertently awakens dark witchcraft.

This just scratches the surface of all of the amazing types of horror genres and subgenres out there! If you’ve been itching to explore more horror novels or looking to get into reading horror, we hope this helps! And if you want more things horror, check out our list of horror movies based on books, and the best horror book subscriptions.

And if you want more great recommendations for types of horror genres, sign up for TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations! TBR is a personalized book recommendation service that sends you books you’ll love to read. Here’s how it works: Simply fill out the reader survey and let us know what you want more of–such as different types of horror novels–and what you’re not keen on. Then, an expert Bibliologist will read your responses and recommend three books just for you. Receive your recommendation letter via email in about two weeks, or opt to receive your recommendations as brand new hardcovers in the mail in about three to four weeks. Learn more and sign up now!

Books Like WE WERE LIARS

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Ever since its publication in 2014, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart has generated a massive amount of buzz among readers for its unreliable protagonist, swanky private island setting, and complex backstory involving a wealthy privileged family and their secrets. Not to mention that big twist! If you loved We Were Liars, we recommend that you check out Lockhart’s other mind-bending and unconventional mystery, Genuine Fraud. If you still want more, here are ten books like We Were Liars that we recommend that are great readalikes!

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Like We Were Liars, this book is about a girl with a past, secrets, and profound regrets…with a twist. Jam Gallahue is mourning the death of her boyfriend when she’s sent to a boarding school in Vermont. There, she’s placed in a special topics in English class with a handful of fellow students who are also all haunted by their pasts. They’re assigned to read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath…and then given special notebooks that will force them to confront their pasts in surprising ways.

The Walls Around Us by Nova Red Suma

For a haunting story with dual timelines and an unreliable protagonist, pick up this compelling novel about Violet, a dancer who finds everything she’s ever wanted within reach when a shocking act threatens it all. Then there’s Amber, who is locked in a juvenile detention center for it seems like forever. And finally, there’s Orianna, who is the only one who knows the truth about Violet. Their paths intersect in surprising and powerful ways.

The Cousins by Karen McManus

For a compelling mystery about cousins and their wealthy grandparents, this is a great mystery readalike! Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah haven’t seen each other since they were little. They’re cousins whose parents were disowned by their exceedingly wealthy grandmother not long after their grandfather’s death. Now, their grandmother has invited them to the resort she owns and given them summer jobs. Their parents insist that they go, hoping to get back in their mother’s good graces, but once they arrive they find that the family secrets are darker than they expected.

Complicit by Stephanie Keuhn

Complicit is a great novel if you’re in for compelling novel about a family reeling from an act of violence featuring an unreliable narrator. Two years ago, Jamie’s older sister Cate did something unspeakable that got her put away. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief, especially Jamie, because Cate was not a good person. But now she’s been released. And she’s coming for Jamie. And she wants to tell him the truth about what happened two years ago.

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

For the ultimate unreliable narrator, pick up this book! When Mary was nine, she killed a baby. Allegedly. While no one was able to prove it definitively, they didn’t need to. Mary was already declared guilty by the public. Now she lives in a group home and is just trying to survive…until she discovers she’s going to have a baby of her own. And that gets her thinking about what kind of future she can have. Which means she needs to confront the truth about what happened…and her own mother.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

For a book about the complicated bonds of family, grab this novel about sisters Dara and Nick. They used to be as close as could be, until an accident left Dara scarred and withdrawn. The girls have been estranged ever since, but when Dara disappears the same day a nine-year-old girl goes missing, Nick becomes convinced the cases are linked and sets out to prove it.

The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu

Featuring a similar nonlinear timeline and complex, sometimes toxic relationships, this is about Remy, who has a best friend named Elise and a wonderful boyfriend named Jack. Remy loves Elise, but knows she gets jealous of Jack sometimes. However, she’s completely shocked when jack is shot, and Elise is arrested. She doesn’t believe Elise could be responsible, but she has a limited amount of time to get to the truth…and she’ll have to face hard truths in order to get justice for Jack.

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

Like Cade in We Were Liars, Emily is haunted by the past and something that she could not control, but feels responsible for anyway. She’s sent to boarding school in Amherst for a fresh start, and finds friendship…and perhaps understanding in the spirit of Emily Dickinson.

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

For a speculative book about deep friendship and impossible choices, here’s a compelling book five friends who find themselves at a reunion one year after graduating…but their night ends in a terrifying brush with death. Then, they’re told by a mysterious man that only one of them can live, and they must decide. And their decision must be unanimous. 

The Project by Courtney Summers

For another book that explores the complex bonds of family and has dual timelines,  the latest book by Courtney Summers is about two sisters who find themselves separated by tragedy. When their parents die in a car accident, Bea leaves her younger sister Lo behind to join The Project, rumored to be a cult. Now, after years of missing her sister, Lo is ready to confront the Project and find out the truth about what happened to her.

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The 5 Best Goodreads Alternatives

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Goodreads is one of the most popular bookish sites around, and millions of readers use it for a lot of different reasons: to track reading, to connect with friends, discover new books, and find information on their favorite authors or series. But Goodreads also has its limitations, and occasionally its drama. If you’re looking for a good alternative (or a few alternatives) to what Goodreads has to offer, we have a few recommendations for the best Goodreads alternatives!

1. StoryGraph

StoryGraph launched in beta last year, and functions very similarly to Goodreads. Users can keep track of their reading, rate books, connect with other members of the community, discover numerous reading challenges, and post reviews. StoryGraph also has a feature that distinguishes it from Goodreads: Users can submit content warnings for various books, and then those content warnings are counted and aggregated with other users’ content warnings to give readers an idea of what they can expect for each book. Since there aren’t many other platforms that are paying attention to and collection content warnings, this is notable. However, it isn’t always a perfect system—users may disagree about what consistutes content that requires a warning, and StoryGraph has experienced trolls who flag a book with content warnings that don’t actually exist in the book. However, unlike Goodreads, StoryGraph admins seem much more adept at responding to harassment and abuse, which leads many readers to think it’s a safer, happier bookish space.

2. The Book Riot Reading Log

The best way to keep track of your own reading and make sure that your info is private is to use a private reading log. Book Riot offers just that! Each year, Book Riot comes up with a reading log that is based in Google Sheets. You just copy the public file format to your own private drive, and voila! A reading log that no one but you can access. It keeps track of books, authors, publishers, and all of the books’ vital records such as length or page number, whether or not it’s by an own voices writer, various representation, and how long it takes you to read. This is a great way to go if you just want to keep track of what you read and you want something that will be be a bit more stat-heavy than what Goodreads provides. There are also tabs that display your stats in snazzy graph format, and each year Book Riot adds a tab for the Read Harder Challenge, making it easy to track! Trust us, even if you’re not a math nerd, you’ll love that stats and numbers this log provides! And if it is too much stats for you, you can always hide the fields you don’t want to use and focus only on the basics.

3. Libib

Libib is a home library management system that is more focused on helping you catalogue your own collection of books, but it does allow you to use it as a way to keep track of what you’ve read and review books. If you have a ton of books on your TBR that are stacked in piles around your house, this may be a good alternative to Goodreads! You can catalogue up to 5,000 items for free (more than that and you’ll have to pay for a subscription) and create a bunch of different libraries for your books and other media. You can also create shelves, share and discuss your library with other users, and review books (with half stars, no less!). Libib is cloud-based and available on both your computer and as mobile app, which makes managing your library a breeze! No more buying books you already have at home with Libib!

4. Likewise

If you really love using Goodreads for the recommendations and community side of things, but don’t tend to care as much about keeping track of your own reading, then Likewise is another great app that allows you to connect with other readers based on shared reading tastes. You start by creating an account, and selecting some of your favorite books. From there, you will be shown recommendations for similar reads, and lists from popular outlets like Buzzfeed on various bookish topics. The more you use it, and the more you tell the app what you’ve read and your thoughts, the more accurate the recommendations become. While this system is algorithm based, it’s also built on individual reader feedback and recommendations, making it a bit more personal. Plus, the app also has sections for TV Shows and Movies and Podcasts, so if you are a media lover, you can find what to read/watch/listen to next based on your unique and cross-format preferences! 

5. TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations

TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations takes the best part of Goodreads’ recommendations and makes them personal. If you go to Goodreads because you want recommendations from real readers, then consider signing up for this service, which assigns you to a read power reader whose job is to make book recommendations personalized to your preferences. This makes it one of the best Goodreads alternatives for any reader.

You start out by taking an extensive survey that asks about your reading likes, dislikes, what you want more of, and what your dealbreakers are (you can also add a link to your Goodreads, Libib, or StoryGraph accounts so TBR knows what you’ve already read). The survey even lets you share what movies and TV shows and podcasts you’re loving. Then, your Bibliologist handpicks recommendations just for you, and if you want, they’ll even flag content warnings if you ask for them. You have two options: Receive a letter with three personalized recommendations via email in 1-2 weeks, or receive your recommendations as brand-new hardcover books, delivered right to your doorstep in 3-4 weeks. You’ll have the chance to offer feedback, make specific requests, or change up your survey responses, and while the service is quarterly, you can add as many drop-in recommendation orders as you want! Plans start at $16, and you can gift them, too!

Want more great bookish resources and the best Goodreads alternatives to get started with? Here are some of the best book club apps out there, and a complete guide to Audible Plus vs. Audible Premium Plus!

How to Read Faster: 10 Tips + Hacks

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The old adage “so many books, so little time” never seems more real than when you’re staring at a teetering TBR stack. While it’s true that you won’t be able to get through everything you want to read—it’s just the reader’s curse in life—you may want to pick up a few skills to help you read faster so you can get through more books you love! We’ve rounded up a list of ten tips and suggestions to get you reading quickly!

1. Don’t read with a “voice” inside your head.

We’re taught as children to sound out every word, and that often leads to the practice of subvocalization, or reading with a “voice” inside our heads. It may take some practice, but try reading without hearing that voice, and you’ll find that you’ll be reading faster. That’s because our eyes and brains can actually read much faster than our brains can process the spoken word. So it sounds silly, but try not to read with that voice!

2. Skim. 

To that end, don’t be afraid to skim paragraphs or sentences. Because our brains read so quickly, you’ll find that they don’t need to linger over every single word to get the general gist of a sentence or paragraph. This is especially great for nonfiction, but it works for fiction, too—if you skim something first, then read it again, you’ll be reading it much faster, and with high comprehension.

3. Don’t read word by word.

Along the say lines, don’t read word by word. A lot of sentences are perfectly comprehensible without lingering over every conjunction or preposition, so as long as you know what’s going on, you can keep forging ahead. Also, look for strings of words and phrases that are identifiable by a glance, which is called chunking. If you learn how to read in chunks, you’ll get through sentences and paragraphs much faster.

4. Don’t re-read.

Oftentimes, readers feel guilty that they didn’t read every single sentence, or they might feel like they’re missing out. Experiment with keeping reading and resisting the urge to go back and re-read previous pages. Do you still understand what’s going on? Most of the time, context and what’s on the page mean that you don’t have to take precious time to go back and review something that you already read.

5. Use a reading guide or index card.

If you find that your gaze wanders on the page while reading, use a reading guide or index card to keep you focused on the page. It might mean you need to use both hands to hold open the book and move your guide across the page, but some readers find that a guide helps them focus, and read faster.

6. Give yourself a reading goal.

Oftentimes goals and gamification work wonders for improving reading speed. Start with a reasonable goal, and slowly increase it. Use a timer and see if you can read ten pages in ten minutes. Then try to read ten pages in nine minutes, eight minutes, etc. See how fast you can actually go while maintaining comprehension, and then practice reading at that speed.

7. Play with font and type size.

If you’re an ebook reader, then try playing with the fonts and type size settings on your ereader. Most are very adjustable. Science has shown us that certain fonts are easier for people who have dyslexia to read, and you might find that you read faster on an ereader or with a font that’s different from the default. Some people are find they read faster with larger type size.

8. Add more reading time in your day.

Adding more time in your day to read means that you’ll have more time to practice your reading skills, and many people have discovered that they become faster readers over longer period of time. If you’re able to squeeze in just an extra thirty minutes of reading time each day, you’re not only getting in more consistent practice, but you’ll be reading more and that’s a win!

9. Find an accountability partner.

Sometimes it helps to have an accountability partner in your reading journey. For many, that might be a monthly book club meeting where you’re reading different books and discussing them on a schedule. If you want a greater commitment, consider finding a reading buddy. You don’t necessarily have to read the same books, but perhaps you schedule a weekly check in where you each report on what you’ve read during the week and remind each other of your goals.

10. Outsource your reading choices to a service like TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations!

When you are looking to create more time in your life to read, you don’t want to have to waste time trying to chase down recommendations. That’s where TBR comes in. TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations is a personalized book recommendation service that starts by asking you what you like, dislike, and what you want to read more of. Then, a real power reader called a Bibliologist will recommend three books that they think you’ll love. You can choose to receive your recommendation letter as an email, or get your letter plus the books in hardcover format on your doorstep! You can also give feedback on your recommendations, which will help your Bibliologist find the best picks for you. Plans start at just $16. Learn more and sign up now!

Want more reading and book club resource? Learn how to run a book club, and discover some of the best short book club books.

The Best New Fantasy Romance Books

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Magic. Romance. Kissing. What could be better? If you’ve often thought that the fantasy book you’re reading could be improved upon with some smoldering looks and make out sessions, or that the romance novel you’re enjoying could be even more perfect with some magical powers or supernatural creatures, then you’re in luck! Here are fifteen of the best new fantasy romance books that will sweep you off your feet and spark your imagination!

Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper

Emmy Harlow is headed back to her hometown of Thistle Grove for a magical competition that occurs once every fifty year to determine which magical family will be the leaders for the next generation. Emmy hasn’t been back in years, not since Gareth Blackmoore shattered her heart. Now, he’s poised to win the competition…but then Emmy learns her best friend Linden and the mysterious and sexy Talia have both been burned by Gareth, and they want revenge. They want to know if Emmy is in, and she agrees…and soon finds herself falling for Talia.

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

Vivienne was heartbroken when she decided to hex her boyfriend Rhys hours after he dumped her. She wasn’t thinking super clearly at the moment, but in the nine years since, she truly didn’t believe that her sloppy little hex caused him that much grief…until they reunite in their hometown to recharge the ley lines and Vivi realizes Rhys’s like is a walking disaster after that hex. Guilt-stricken she decides to help him break it, only to find that their chemistry is as strong as ever,

These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

When her sister is sold to the Unseelie Court to pay off a debt, Brie will do anything to get her back, even if it means entering into an impossible bargain. In order to fulfill her tasks and win back her sister, Brie finds herself colluding with two unlikely young men: Prince Ronan, and Finn, a rebel leader. Soon, she’s falling for both of them as she fights to keep her head and her heart true to her mission.

Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim

Vanessa Yu has the ability to see people’s fortune in teacups, which has brought her nothing but complications and heartache. And when a matchmaking appointment her parents insist upon ends in an omen of death, Vanessa is all too eager to accept her aunt’s invitation to Paris, where she hopes to dump her ability once and for all and find her own future…and maybe romance!

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Mehr is the daughter of an imperial governor and a mother who comes from a nomadic people hunted by the imperial forces for their rumored powers. When it becomes apparent that Mehr has inherited her mother’s gifts, she’s put in a precarious position and finds herself using all her wits to resist tyranny while unexpectedly falling in love.

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

In this Jane Eyre retelling inspired by Ethiopian mythology, Andromeda is someone who can ward against the Evil Eye. Cast out my her mentor, she’s in desperate need of work, which is how she finds herself at Thornfield, an estate that’s been cursed, along with its owner, the young, brooding Mr. Rochester. Andromeda has her work cut out for her, and by the time she realizes that it might be safer to flee, she’s already falling for Rochester.

Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat

For the first book in a breathtaking slow burn romance, pick up this novel about Will, a dock boy in magical London who is on the run from some very bad who’ve already killed his mother. He’s been told he has a great destiny, and soon finds himself in magical training for an epic fight that’s to come…if he can survive long enough to see it.

Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

In this genre-bending novel, Shizuka made a deal with a devil to save her own skin. She just has to deliver seven violin prodigies to him, and she’ll be free. And when she discovers Katrina’s wild talent, she knows that she’s close to fulfilling her end of the bargain…but then she meets Lan, an interstellar fugitive and she finds herself falling in love and wondering if perhaps she can redeem her soul without handing over Katrina’s.

Sweet and Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley

Tamsin is a powerful witch who finds herself in exile after she cast a reckless spell. Wren is a magical source who never revealed her true nature, wanting to stay with her chronically ill father and tend to him. But when a magical plague sweeps the queendom, the two must strike a bargain in order to track down the dark magic causing the plague and save Wren’s father…all while trying to resist falling for each other.

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

When Wallace dies of a heart attack at 40, he can hardly believe it when no one seems to care that he’s gone. His spirit is led to the ferryman, a man named Hugo who runs an eccentric tea shop in the woods. There, Wallace is expected to take some time, collect his thoughts, and move on. But he can’t. For workaholic Wallace, death is when he truly learns how to live…and when he begins falling for Hugo, he’s not sure he’ll ever be ready to move on.

The Awakening by Nora Roberts 

Breen’s father always used to tell her stories of magic and intrigue as a child, but that was before he disappeared. Now Breen is in her twenties and saddled with student debt and uncertain about her future. So she’s totally shocked when it turns out that her mom has been hiding an investment account in her name, created and funded by her father. It’s now worth millions. Breen takes the money and heads to Ireland, where she discovers a portal in Galway that takes her to a magical land where fate and romance await.

King of Battle and Blood by Scarlett St. Clair

Isolde has one mission: to wed the vampire king Aleksandr and kill him. She’s certain it shall be her own end, but she doesn’t expect her mission to fail. But rather than turn her or kill her, Aleksandr spares her life and gives her a chance to be his consort, as long was she doesn’t try to kill him. And despite representing everything Isolde hates, she finds herself falling for him.

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Evangeline is heartbroken when her true love decides to marry another, and she’ll do anything to stop the wedding. So she makes a bargain with the Prince of Hearts, a trickster who isn’t to be trusted. In exchange for his assistance, he asks for three kisses. But three kisses are never just kisses when the Prince of Hearts is concerned.

Ruinsong by Julia Ember

In Cadence’s world, magic is worked by being sung and Cadence is a powerful mage. But she’s controlled completely by the despotic queen, who uses Cadence’s powers to torture the nobility who have angered her. And when one young noblewoman, a one-time friend of Cadence’s, crosses her path, she’s brought before Cadence. Now, she must decide what’s she truly stands for, and who she is truly loyal to.

Beasts of Prey by Ayana Grey

Koffi is an indentured servant at a zoo full of dangerous creatures. Ekon hopes to become an elite warrior and make his family proud. When a terrible and frightening beast that stalks Ekon’s nightmares threatens them both, everyone is shocked to find that Koffi has the ability to ward against it. In order for Ekon to prove himself and for Koffi to earn her freedom, they team up to hunt the beast in the dangerous jungle…and uncover frightening secrets as they fall in love. 

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