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January 2019

Ultimate Reading List Monthly Update

January 2019

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!” This month, we're adding five amazing titles you're sure to love.


The Girl King by Mimi Yu - Fantasy

January 8, 2019


Sisters Lu and Min have always known their places as the princesses of the Empire of the First Flame: Lu will become the dynasty's first female ruler, while Min will lead a quiet life in Lu's shadow. Until their father names their male cousin Set his heir instead. Lu has no choice but to go on the run, leaving Min to face the volatile court alone. Lu soon crosses paths with Nokhai, a survivor of the Ashina, a clan of wolf shapeshifters. Nok never learned to shift, but working with the princess might be the only way to unlock his power. As Lu and Nok form an alliance, Min's own hidden power awakens, a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set's reign...or win her the throne instead.

A Sky for Us Alone by Kristin Russell - Fiction

January 8, 2019


In Strickland County --- a forgotten stretch of land in Southern Appalachia --- there isn’t a lot of anything to go around. But when 18-year-old Harlowe Compton’s brother is killed by the Praters --- the family who controls everything, from the mines to the law to the opioid trade --- he wonders if the future will ever hold more than loss. Until he meets Tennessee Moore. Even as she struggles with the worst of the cards she’s been dealt, Tennessee makes Harlowe believe that they can dare to forge their own path. But as Harlowe searches for the answers behind his brother’s death, his town’s decay and his family’s dysfunction, he discovers truths about the people he loves --- and himself --- that are darker than he ever expected.

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi - Anthology

January 8, 2019


Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today --- BLACK ENOUGH is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America. Black is urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants and more --- because there are countless ways to be Black enough.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi - Fantasy

January 15, 2019


It's 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts. What they find might change the course of history --- but only if they can stay alive.

Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories edited by Sarah Lerner - Anthology/Essays

January 22, 2019


The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School share their emotional journeys that began on February 14, 2018. This revealing and unfiltered look at teens living in the wake of tragedy is a poignant representation of grief, anger, determination, healing and hope. The intimate collection includes poetry, eyewitness accounts, letters, speeches, journal entries, drawings and photographs. Full of heartbreaking loss, a rally cry for change and hope for a safe future, these artistic pieces will inspire readers to reflect on their own lives and the importance of valuing and protecting the ones you love.

Someday We Will Fly by Rachel DeWoskin - Historical Fiction

January 22, 2019


The year is 1940 and Lillia is 15 when her mother disappears and her father takes Lillia and her younger sister, Naomi, to Shanghai, one of the few places that will accept Jews without visas. There they struggle to make a life while worrying about their mother. Meanwhile Lillia is growing up, trying to care for Naomi, whose development is frighteningly slow, in part from malnourishment. Lillia finds an outlet by making puppets, attends school sporadically, makes friends with a Chinese boy and finds work as a performer. As the conflict grows more intense, the Americans declare war and the Japanese force the Americans in Shanghai into camps, can they survive, caught in the crossfire?

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan - Contemporary Fiction

January 29, 2019


Unable to come out to her conservative Muslim parents, Rukhsana keeps that part of her identity, and her girlfriend Ariana, hidden from them. When Rukhsana's mom catches her and Ariana together, her parents whisk her off to stay with their extended family in Bangladesh where, along with the loving arms of her grandmother and cousins, she is met with a world of arranged marriages, religious tradition and intolerance. Fortunately, Rukhsana finds allies along the way and, through reading her grandmother's old diary, finds the courage to take control of her future and fight for her love.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer - Fantasy

January 29, 2019


Cursed by an enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, Prince Rhen knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast. Meanwhile, with Harper's mother dying and her brother underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. Then Harper is somehow sucked into Rhen's world. As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what's at stake. As Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against them...and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen and his people from utter ruin.