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Books You Should Read Next!

I’m always on the lookout for new book recommendations. Be that a brand new book, a hidden gem or a book that I have had my eye on for quite a while. So, today I wanted to share some books that I have recently read and would highly recommend. These are books that should definitely be on your TBR to read soon because they are excellent. Here are some books that you should read next!

The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

Florence Day is the ghostwriter for one of the most prolific romance authors in the industry, and she has a problem—after a terrible breakup, she no longer believes in love. It’s as good as dead.

When her new editor, a too-handsome mountain of a man, won’t give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye. But then she gets a phone call she never wanted to receive, and she must return home for the first time in a decade to help her family bury her beloved father.

For ten years, she’s run from the town that never understood her, and even though she misses the sound of a warm Southern night and her eccentric, loving family and their funeral parlor, she can’t bring herself to stay. Even with her father gone, it feels like nothing in this town has changed. And she hates it.

Until she finds a ghost standing at the funeral parlor’s front door, just as broad and infuriatingly handsome as ever, and he’s just as confused about why he’s there as she is.

I adored this book so much! I listened to the audiobook as I thought it would be the perfect way to start out the spooky season. I loved it so much that I bought a physical copy of it to add to my shelves. It is such a unique take on a romance story with the added elements of ghosts and mystery. It covers a lot of topics including grief and finding yourself. I cannot recommend it enough.

Monochrome by Jamie Costello

16-year-old Grace awakes one morning to find the sky leaden, the sun huge ball of ash, the clouds like threatening rubble, and reports of unexplained accidents occurring on roads and rail. These are the hallmarks of an apocalyptic movie, but it quickly becomes apparent that everything, to the rest of her family, seems normal; Grace is one of only a handful of people in the country who are seeing the world in shades of grey.

Soon, however, the whole of society is in the grip of the Monochrome Effect, or ‘greyout’, which eliminates the ability of humans and animals to see colour. The greyout moves from person to person, but it isn’t a transmissible disease: the effect on the optic nerve can be traced from microplastics in the ocean, the result of unchecked pollution, now in all water systems.

When Grace starts to experience intermittent ‘colour episodes’, she is asked to join a government-run study with other teens who have seen flashes of colour since the Monochrome Effect began. She is told that she will be helping find a cure; be part of something that could save the world.

This one is an excellent hidden gem. It was only released last month and I have heard very little about it in the bookish world. You are certainly missing out because this book is incredible and it really got me thinking about what the world would be like if we all lost one of our senses. It is a unique dystopian YA that I think should be read by so many more people. I wrote a full review of this one which you can find here.

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

Lahore, Pakistan. Then.
Misbah is a dreamer and storyteller, newly married to Toufiq in an arranged match. After their young life is shaken by tragedy, they come to the United States and open the Cloud’s Rest Inn Motel, hoping for a new start.

Juniper, California. Now.
Salahudin and Noor are more than best friends; they are family. Growing up as outcasts in the small desert town of Juniper, California, they understand each other the way no one else does. Until The Fight, which destroys their bond with the swift fury of a star exploding.

Now, Sal scrambles to run the family motel as his mother Misbah’s health fails and his grieving father loses himself to alcoholism. Noor, meanwhile, walks a harrowing tightrope: working at her wrathful uncle’s liquor store while hiding the fact that she’s applying to college so she can escape him—and Juniper—forever.

When Sal’s attempts to save the motel spiral out of control, he and Noor must ask themselves what friendship is worth—and what it takes to defeat the monsters in their pasts and the ones in their midst.

I was completely blown away by this book and its beautiful writing. It is the first book I’ve read by Sabaa Tahir and I’m sure it won’t be the last. I would suggest looking at the trigger warnings before going into this book and making sure you are in the right headspace to read this one. It is a truly spectacular read that broke my heart, made me angry and feel so many things and I am so glad I picked it up. I would highly recommend it. I’ve written a full review of this one, which you can find here.

Why is Nobody Laughing? by Yasmin Rahman

Ibrahim and Dexter have been best friends forever. While Dexter is always cool and confident, Ibrahim…well, Ibrahim’s dealing with a lot. Hiding his passion for comedy from his family, dealing with the pressure of being the oldest child in an immigrant family, and now he’s started having episodes he soon realises are panic attacks.

When Ibrahim has a panic attack on stage at a local stand-up competition, he runs off to a deserted room. There he finds Sura.

Sura is kind and helps him come to terms with his anxiety. He can open up to her in a way he’s never been able to with Dexter. But there’s also something strange about her – how much she knows about Ibrahim, and how she seems to disappear in an instant.

Will Ibrahim crumble under the pressure, or will Sura’s words be enough to help him? And what will happen when he no longer has her help?

Yasmin Rahman’s books are always extraordinary. This one in particular was excellent. It is a book that whilst packed with humour covers the topic of mental health deeply. It discusses anxiety how it can affect so many people and different ways people cope with it. Yasmin’s books are beautiful and deserve so much more love. I cannot recommend this one enough. I’ve written a full review of this one which you can find here.

See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Barrett Bloom is hoping college will be a fresh start after a messy high school experience. But when school begins on September 21st, everything goes wrong. She’s humiliated by the know-it-all in her physics class, she botches her interview for the college paper, and at a party that night, she accidentally sets a frat on fire. She panics and flees, and when she realizes her roommate locked her out of their dorm, she falls asleep in the common room.

The next morning, Barrett’s perplexed to find herself back in her dorm room bed, no longer smelling of ashes and crushed dreams. It’s September 21st. Again. And after a confrontation with Miles, the guy from Physics 101, she learns she’s not alone—he’s been trapped for months.

When her attempts to fix her timeline fail, she agrees to work with Miles to find a way out. Soon they’re exploring the mysterious underbelly of the university and going on wild, romantic adventures. As they start falling for each other, they face the universe’s biggest unanswered question yet: what happens to their relationship if they finally make it to tomorrow?

I am a sucker for a time-loop story and this is an amazing one. Rachel Lynn Solomon is an author I know I can trust to give me a book I will enjoy. This one and the way it is told is excellent. It is never repetitive despite it being a time-loop story and it is heart-warming and sweet. I would highly recommend this one and all of Rachel’s other books too!

There you have it, some books you should read next. What books would you recommend that you’ve enjoyed? Let me know in the comments below!

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