There's something to be said about luxuriating in the world of a long book. To help add to your list of readerly accomplishments this year, we took a look at some of the most popular heavyweights that are beloved by your fellow Goodreads members.
There's nothing like the pain of finishing a book with a cliffhanger…and needing to wait months (if not years) for the next book. Save yourself some misery and jump into a beloved series that has a new installment coming out next month!
To find these series, we rounded up the top July sequels your fellow Goodreads can't wait to read, which we measure by how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves. Below, we've featured the first book in each of these series—as well as the first line to give you a taste. Which ones pique your curiosity?
Gaiman talks about “playing God” as a writer, shares memories of his friend and collaborator Pratchett, and names the books that changed his life—including the children’s book series that inspired him to start writing Good Omens.
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Since 1996, bestselling and award-winning author Sarah Dessen has captured the hearts of teen readers with contemporary titles, including Along for the Ride and The Truth About Forever. Her latest novel, The Rest of the Story, is another addition to her swoony repertoire. As an expert on crush-worthy characters, Dessen shares her tips for creating unforgettable love interests, along with book recommendations that set an example.
Crafting love stories is one of my favorite parts of my job. But it's also one of the hardest. What I've learned is that if I really want my narrator to connect with someone, I need to fall for them a bit as well. (Which means I get to flirt on the page and still be loyal to my own husband. Writing has its perks!)
The truth is that when I was a teen, I was never attracted to the student body president type or the captain of the soccer team. Instead I found myself drawn to the boys who were funny, never had gas or lunch money, and could tell a great story. Anyone can be perfect. But someone with flaws who can laugh about it? I'm in.
What I remember most about crushing on someone as a teen was that a whole world could start from one thing, like an inside joke. You loan your crush a pen in class. They say they won't give it back. Then every time you see them in the hall between classes, you say, "I want my pen!" and they laugh and say, "Just try and take it," and you grin all the way to English class. It's a pen. It's something tiny. And yet it means SO much. I am smiling right now writing this.
Don't get me wrong: I love a big swoony scene. But in life, and books, love is about more than just those big walk-into-the-sunset-holding-hands moments. It's also the little things that really make you fall for someone. Like when they remember something about you that you thought they'd forgotten. Or say just the right thing exactly when you need to hear it. Or even lend you a pen.
The truth is, in life and on the page, you need the big gestures and the small touches. That’s what love is all about, right? Here are a few books that I think do this really well.
Nobody sets up great, crushing situations like Jen Smith. Hugo is supposed to take a cross-country train trip with his girlfriend. When she dumps him, he has to find someone else with her name to take the ticket. Enter Mae, a filmmaker, who enlists Hugo in a project about what love really is.
There's nothing like a mystery to really fuel a love story. Simon and Blue only know each other through email, but their anonymous exchanges allow them to be truthful in a way they couldn’t otherwise. And nothing is more swoony than honesty.
Sometimes what sparks passion with a person isn't just what you have in common, but also how you see things differently. CJ and Owen are drawn together while working through real-life family and social conflicts, and Sugiura captures so well how easy it can be to fall in love along the way.
This is my favorite in the series because you really see all the inside jokes and affection that Lara Jean and Peter have built up with each other. Jenny Han is great at capturing that whooshing sense of a crush, when you suddenly realize the person you think doesn't know you're alive is actually not only aware of you, but possibly interested. (Oh, I sighed a happy sigh just writing that.)
It's really hard to pick a favorite Morgan Matson book, as they all capture incredible meet-cute moments and couples whose chemistry jumps right off the page. But what I love most about her work are the fun, chaotic details that mirror that of love itself. Come for the love story; stay for the dogs, weddings, and family chaos!
Welcome to the world of irresistible young adult fiction! Every month our team takes a look at the books being published and how they're resonating with early readers. We use this information to put together a roundup of soon-to-be favorites, from tales set in the suburbs to epics in realms of mystery and mischief.
The library is Elisabeth's home. She dreams of becoming a book warden until an act of sabotage forces her to place her trust in a dangerous sorcerer in this bewitching story from the author of An Enchantment of Ravens.
From the author of The Truth About Forever comes a bighearted novel about one unforgettable summer romance. When Emma arrives at North Lake, she is reunited with dreamy Roo, who holds the key to her family's history.
The year is 1989, and Reza can feel the world changing in New York City. He questions his own fears when he meets Art, a fellow student, who rebels against his conservative parents by documenting the AIDS crisis.
Trinity is going blind, but she can still see ghosts. With demons intent on devouring her flesh, she teams up with a gargoyle shape-shifter in this paranormal thriller, the first installment in a new series from the author of Obsidian.
Rachel and Sana hate each other. They also might be falling in love. The two students—one an overachieving cheerleader and the other an artsy outsider—butt heads as they work on a film project together.
Miyoung is not a normal girl. She's a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men to survive. In modern Korea, she stalks her prey, until a moment of compassion puts her immortal soul in jeopardy.
Release date: June 25
Which new YA books are you most excited to read? Let us know in the comments!
Do you know whom you'll be falling in love with this month? We've got suggestions…
Every month our team takes a look at the new romance books and how early readers are responding to them. We use this information to curate a list of soon-to-be-beloved favorites, from contemporary love stories to scandalous historical romances.
For June, we have another Pride and Prejudice retelling (how shall we bear so much happiness!), plus love for a reformed rogue, a sexy house flipper, a guy who's not afraid of commitment, and more. Add what looks good to your Want to Read shelf, and let us know what you're reading and recommending in the comments.
In this irresistible debut, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice gets a modern-day Muslim twist. Uninterested in an arranged marriage, Ayesha is drawn to Khalid, a smart conservative man who's also judgmental and annoyingly proud.
Hunky men in hard hats try to nail down "the one" in this new series from the author of Protecting What's His. House flipper Travis can't stop thinking about goofy Georgie—too bad she's his best friend's sister.
According to a neighborhood seer, the only way Natalie can save San Francisco's Chinatown is by cooking three recipes from her grandmother's cookbook. She receives help from a surprising love interest in this delicious debut.
Kristen needs to keep Josh at arm's length. Sure, he's sexy and hilarious, but he also wants a big family. She reluctantly sidesteps his advances in this sweet rom-com that tackles the realities of infertility with charm and sass.
From the author of The Truth About Lord Stoneville comes a new historical romance series about an oft-widowed mother's grown children. Up first is Fletcher, a duke, whose reputation as a rogue has been greatly exaggerated.
When Dean moves into the apartment at the back of Evvie's house, the two make a deal: He won't ask about her late husband, and she won't ask about his failed baseball career. Their unexpected bond soon blossoms into something more.
Release date: June 25
Which new romance books are you most excited to read? Let us know in the comments!