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January 2018

Ultimate Reading List Monthly Update

January 2018

One of our most popular features on Teenreads is our Ultimate Reading List, a selection of books that are compelling, beautifully written, pure fun, thought-provoking or edge-of-your-seat gripping; books that we would hand to someone and say, “read this!”

In the past, we have updated our Ultimate Reading List once a year, but now we're switching things up a bit: from this moment on, we will be updating our Ultimate Reading List every month, so you can start adding our selections to your TBR even sooner. Read below to see the titles we're adding this month.

As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti - Magical Realism

December 4, 2018


Madison is a small town in the Mojave desert between nothing and nowhere, which is perfect for protecting the town's secret: in Madison, everyone can make one wish on their eighteenth birthday --- and that wish always comes true. Most of Eldon's classmates have had their wishes picked out for months, but not Eldon. He's seen how wishing has hurt the people around him. His parents' marriage is strained, his sister is a virtual ghost in their house, his ex-girlfriend is dating his ex-friend...where does he even begin? One thing is for sure: Eldon has only 25 days to figure it out --- and the rest of his life to live with the consequences.

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp - Fiction

January 1, 2019


Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return. Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated --- and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town's lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. Corey knows something is wrong, but piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter....

A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen - Romance

January 9, 2018


The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s ... something at first sight. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn’t always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it’s this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard - Contemporary Romance

January 29, 2019


Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life. She suffers from crippling anxiety, and uncontrollably, in most situations simply can’t open her mouth to get out the words. Steffi’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to help him acclimate. As they find ways to communicate, Steffi discovers that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love. But as she starts to overcome a lifelong challenge, she’ll soon confront questions about the nature of her own identity and the very essence of what it is to know another person.

Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed - Romance

January 8, 2019


American-born 17-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to home and marrying a "suitable" Muslim boy. And then there is the world of her dreams: going to school in New York City --- and maybe pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school. There’s also the real world. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, the community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi - Contemporary Fiction

January 22, 2019


In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family...until the bombs strike. His city is in ruins. His life is destroyed. And those who have survived are left to figure out their uncertain future. In the wake of destruction, he is threatened by Daesh fighters and witnesses a public beheading. Tareq's family knows that to continue to stay alive, they must leave. As they travel as refugees from Syria to Turkey to Greece, facing danger at every turn, Tareq must find the resilience and courage to complete his harrowing journey. Destiny narrates this heartbreaking story of the consequences of war, showing the Syrian conflict as part of a long chain of struggles spanning through time.

Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann - Contemporary Romance/LGBT

January 23, 2018


Alice had her whole summer planned. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she's asexual). But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the romance feels she did not ask for. When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library-employee badge, Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated --- or understood.

American Heart by Laura Moriarty - Fiction

January 29, 2019


Imagine a United States in which registries and detainment camps for Muslim-Americans are a reality. Fifteen-year-old Sarah-Mary Williams lives in this world, and though she has strong opinions on almost everything, she isn’t concerned with the internments because she doesn’t know any Muslims. She assumes that everything she reads and sees in the news is true, and that these plans are better for everyone’s safety. So when she happens upon Sadaf, a Muslim fugitive determined to reach freedom in Canada, Sarah-Mary at first believes she must turn her in. But Sadaf challenges Sarah-Mary’s perceptions of right and wrong, and instead Sarah-Mary decides to do all she can to help Sadaf escape.