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Update Your Reading List With These 12 New Must-Read Books

Update Your Reading List With These 12 New Must-Read Books

Mariel Abanes

Posted at July 20, 2020


There’s nothing like the experience of opening a new book in your hands. Putting away your devices for a few hours to curl up with a great read is definitely an escape that offers a different experience. 

Bibliophiles may have been looking for the next great title to add to their long list of must-reads; individuals who may be new to reading could get a new perspective with a physical book in hand. And no, we don’t mean picking up your textbook—we’re urging you to get your hands on a work of literature.

Seasoned reader or not, these fresh releases aren’t just nice displays on your shelves—these books bring readers in realms beyond our imagination. Whether you’re looking for a light, romance-filled story or digging a mystery or fantasy tale, there’s a book that’s worth leafing through. Find your next favorite book from this list!

1. 19 Love Songs by David Levithan
If romance is your thing, you’ll get all giddy curled up reading this latest short story collection about love by David Levithan. “19 Love Songs” is born from the author’s tradition of writing a story for his friends each Valentine’s Day. Imagine a day of enjoying the downpour by your window as you flip through witty, romantic, and honest tales that make your heart race. We’re on board!


2. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
The life in Panem continues in this latest release by ‘Hunger Games’ author Suzanne Collins. In “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” we enter the life of Coriolanus Snow, A.K.A. the tyrannical President Snow, back in his teen years as a mentor in the tenth annual Hunger Games. Follow this villain’s tale as he chooses between following the rules or surviving no matter what it takes.


3. One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus
If thrillers are your thing, you’ll love this ‘One Of Us Is Lying’ sequel. “One Of Us Is Next” continues on the events after the death of Simon. And this time, a game of Truth or Dare is on the table—if the players choose not to play, it’s a truth; if one goes for a dare, it’s deadly. It’s as if someone’s determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, there’s a whole new set of rules.


4. Infinity Son by Adam Silvera
Adventure and fantasy come together in this epic tale set in New York City. Adam Silvera’s “Infinity Son” introduces brothers Emil and Brighton, who have always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. The former just wants the fighting to stop, while the latter seeks for the power the Spell Walkers have. But a twist in events puts brotherhood, love, and loyalty to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.


5. The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs
If you’re a follower of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, it’s time to pick up the fifth installment of Ransom Riggs’ masterpiece! In “The Conference of the Birds,” protagonist Jacob Portman takes a mission from H, his final connection to his grandfather Abe’s secret life. The task: Deliver newly contacted peculiar Noor Pradesh, the subject of an ancient prophecy that foretells a looming apocalypse, to an operative known only as V. Will he be able to save Noor in order to save the future of all peculiardom?


6. Cult of Two by Michael Faudet
Fans of Michael Faudent won’t be disappointed in this latest book. “Cult of Two” explores the innermost layers of the heart—tackling the meaning of love, the intricacy of relationships, self-empowerment, seduction, and sex. Every poetry, prose, and short story inside is both a whimsical and heartbreaking journey for the readers, one that confronts the conflicting emotions living within all of us.


7. Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan
A truly modern love story and a brilliantly funny comedy of manners set between two cultures, Kevin Kwan will win readers once more with his new book, “Sex and Vanity.” Lucie Churchill, daughter of an American-born Chinese mother and a blue-blooded New York father, gets caught in a conflict of feelings as she meets George Zao in the island of Capri. As she tries to veer away from her developing feelings for this new acquaintance, Lucie finds herself spinning a web of deceit that involves her family, her fiancĂ©, the co-op board of her Fifth Avenue apartment building, and ultimately herself as she tries mightily to deny George entry into her world–and her heart.


8. We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
This page turner is a toast to girls who revel in their strength and resilience, individually and collectively. “We Are the Wildcats” features six diverse perspectives of characters in a high school setting. Before the Wildcat varsity field hockey squad’s first game of the new season, they try to outplay their toxic coach through a night of taking a rival team’s mascot for a joyride, crashing a party in their pajamas, and breaking into the high school for the perfect picture.


9. Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi
The last installment to Tahereh Mafi’s ‘Shatter Me’ series, “Imagine Me” clarifies the blur between the right and the wrong. With Ella’s knowledge of who Juliette truly is and what she was created for, she struggles with a haunting past and an uncertain future. The day of reckoning for the Reestablishment is coming. but she may not get to choose what side she fights on.


10. The Night Country by Melissa Albert
Protagonist Alice Proserpine is back to the menacing, mesmerizing world of dark fairy tales and hidden doors of The Hazel Wood in this sequel. “The Night Country” brings Alice and Ellery Finch to the journey beyond the magical life. Alice traverses the streets of New York City without the supernatural, while Finch tries to find a way back home.  


11. The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
This historical young adult fantasy read tells the story of musical siblings Nannerl and Wolfgang Mozart. Nannerl dreams of being remembered forever in the stage of music and becoming an acclaimed composer; however, her younger brother Wolfgang’s talent shines brighter than her as each year passes. One day, a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer—he has the power to make her wish come true, but that one wish may cost her everything.


12. Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
If you’re a fan of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen, you’ll enjoy leafing through Abigail Hing Wen’s “Loveboat, Taipei.” Join Ever Wong in a summer she’ll never forget—a season with Loveboat, a summer-long free-for-all where hookups abound, adults turn a blind eye, snake-blood sake flows abundantly, and the nightlife runs nonstop. Together with fellow students Rick Woo, Sophie Ha, and Xavier Yeh, this unexpected turn in her life is an engaging read you’ll finish in a single sitting.

All books are available at National Bookstore.

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