Summer 2023 Recommended Reading: Grade 10+

Updated May 16, 2024
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All hallows
Golden, Christopher,
Horror
Arch-conspirator
Roth, Veronica,

Re-Tellings

A brilliant night of stars and ice
Connolly, Rebecca,
Based on the remarkable true story of the Carpathia--the only ship and her legendary captain who answered the distress call of the sinking Titanic. Just after midnight on April 15, 1912, the passenger steamship Carpathia receives a distress...

Historical Fiction

Bronze drum
Nguyen, Phong,

Historical Fiction

The Cloisters : a novel
Hays, Katy,
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A Today Show #ReadwithJenna Book Club Pick "For fans of The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Secret History...The perfect mystery." --Jenna Bush Hager, Today In this...

Mystery

The daydreams
Hankin, Laura,
A deliciously entertaining novel about the stars of a popular teen show from the early 2000s--and the reunion special, thirteen years after their scandalous flameout, that will either be their last chance at redemption, or destroy them all for good. Back in 2004, The Daydreams...

Relationships

The empress of time
Baker, Kylie Lee,
"Sharp and seductive...a fantasy with teeth." --Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns on The Keeper of Night   In this riveting sequel to The Keeper of Night, a half Reaper, half Shinigami soul collector must defend her title as Japan's Death Goddess...

Fantasy

Fairy tale : a novel
King, Stephen,
A #1 New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice! Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes into the deepest well of his imagination in this spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world...

Horror

Goliath
Westerfeld, Scott,
Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek's throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of...
Science Fiction
Happy place
Henry, Emily,
INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! "The beach-read master hooks us again."--People Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2023 by BuzzFeed ∙ Paste Magazine ∙ Elle ∙ Southern Living ∙ SheReads ∙ Culturess ∙...

Relationships

I have some questions for you
Makkai, Rebecca,
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  Named a Best Book of 2023 by The Washington Post, People, USA Today, NPR, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, The Boston Globe, CrimeReads and more "A twisty, immersive...

Mystery

The Headmaster's List
De la Cruz, Melissa,
One of Us Is Lying meets Gossip Girl in The Headmaster's List, an edge-of-your-seat YA thriller about a fatal car crash and the dangerous lengths one teen will go to uncover the truth about what really happened. Friday night. The party of the summer....

Mystery

Heartbreak boys
Green, Simon James,
"One of the most hilarious, heart-flippingly romantic, charmingly observant writers in the game right now." --Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda A road trip rom-com about heartbreak, social media hijinks, and learning to be happy with who you are, perfect...

Romance

Horse
Brooks, Geraldine,
"Brooks' chronological and cross-disciplinary leaps are thrilling." --The New York Times Book Review "Horse isn't just an animal story--it's a moving narrative about race and art." --TIME "A thrilling story about humanity in all its ugliness and...

Historical Fiction

Icebreaker
Graziadei, A. L.,
Seventeen-year-old Mickey James III is a college freshman, a brother to five sisters, and a hockey legacy. With a father and a grandfather who have gone down in NHL history, Mickey is almost guaranteed the league's top draft spot. The only person standing in his way is Jaysen Caulfield, a contender...
Sports
If you could see the sun
Liang, Ann,
"Academic rivals portrayed to perfection... An all-time top favorite." --Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights and Our Violent Ends  "Utterly unique, thought-provoking, and wonderfully written." --Gloria...
Realistic
An immense world : how animal senses reveal the hidden realms around us
Yong, Ed,
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A "thrilling" (The New York Times), "dazzling" (The Wall Street Journal) tour of the radically different ways that animals perceive the world that will fill you with wonder and forever alter your perspective, by Pulitzer Prize-winning science...

Nonfiction

Imposter syndrome and other confessions of Alejandra Kim
Park, Patricia
A multicultural teen struggles to fit into her elite prep school, her diverse Queens neighborhood, and even her own home. A hilarious, poignant, and powerful YA novel from the award-winning author of Re Jane. "Simply brilliant!" --David Yoon, New York Times...

Realistic

The invisible life of Addie LaRue
Schwab, Victoria,
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER USA TODAY BESTSELLER NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER THE WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER Recommended by Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple, NPR, Slate, and Oprah...
Fantasy
Iron widow
Zhao, Xiran Jay,
An instant #1 New York Times bestseller! A USA Today bestseller! Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid's Tale in this blend of Chinese history and mecha science fiction for YA readers. The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to...

Science Fiction

The Ivies
Donne, Alexa,
Enroll in this boarding school thriller about a group of prep school elites who would kill to get into the college of their dreams...literally. "The Plastics meet the Heathers in this murder mystery about ruthless Ivy League ambition." -Kirkus Reviews ...

Adrenaline

A lady's guide to fortune-hunting : A novel
Irwin, Sophie,
"Bridgerton fans will swoon over this entertaining romp through Britain's Regency-era high society." --People "A Lady's Guide to Fortune Hunting is a sharp, modern, and absolutely delicious take on the marriage plot. Sophie Irwin's debut is one of the most...

Romance

Legends & lattes : a novel of high fantasy and low stakes
Baldree, Travis,
An Instant New York Times Bestseller A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2022 A Library Reads Pick An Indie Next Pick A Goodreads Best Fantasy Choice Award Nominee The much-beloved BookTok sensation, Travis Baldree's novel of high...

Fantasy

Lessons in chemistry : a novel
Garmus, Bonnie,
#1 GLOBAL BESTSELLER WITH MORE THAN 6 MILLION COPIES SOLD * Meet Elizabeth Zott: "a gifted research chemist, absurdly self-assured and immune to social convention" (The Washington Post) in 1960s California whose career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a ...
Relationships
Live your best lie
Weaver, Jessie,

Adrenaline

A mirror mended
Harrow, Alix E.,
Zinnia Gray, professional fairy-tale fixer and lapsed Sleeping Beauty is over rescuing snoring princesses. Once you've rescued a dozen damsels and burned fifty spindles, once you've gotten drunk with twenty good fairies and made out with one too many members of the royal family, you start to wish...

Re-Tellings

Missing Clarissa : a novel
Jones, Ripley,
Perfect for fans of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, Ripley Jones's Missing Clarissa is a gripping novel about two friends who start a true crime podcast--with dangerous consequences. In August of 1999, dazzlingly popular cheerleader Clarissa Campbell disappears...

Mystery

Motherthing
Hogarth, Ainslie,
A NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR * A darkly funny take on mothers and daughters, about a woman who must take drastic measures to save her husband and herself from the vengeful ghost of her mother-in-law. "A quirky, gruesome, utterly original feminist horror...

Horror

Murder your employer
Holmes, Rupert,
A New York Times bestseller! From Edgar Award-winning novelist, playwright, and story-songwriter Rupert Holmes comes a diabolical thriller with a killer concept: The McMasters Conservatory for the Applied Arts, "a fantasy academy laid out like a combination of Hogwarts, Downton Abbey, and...

Mystery

My dear Henry : a Jeckyll & Hyde remix
Bayron, Kalynn,

Re-Tellings

My Fine Fellow.
Cohen, Jennieke,
A 2023 Sydney Taylor Honor Book! * A Bustle Best YA Books Out in 2022 title! Culinary delights abound, romance lingers in the air, and plans go terribly, wonderfully astray in this gender-bent take on My Fair Lady from Jennieke Cohen, author of Dangerous Alliance-...

Romance

Number one is walking : my life in the movies and other diversions
Martin, Steve,
Steve Martin has never written about his career in the movies before. In Number One is Walking, he shares anecdotes from the sets of his beloved films--from Father of the Bride to Roxanne, The Jerk to Three Amigos, and many more, bringing readers directly into his world. In it, he shares charming...

Nonfiction

Really good, actually : a novel
Heisey, Monica,
NATIONAL BESTSELLER "Every sentence of Monica Heisey's writing is a treat. No one makes me laugh like she does." --Dolly Alderton, New York Times bestselling author of Everything I Know About Love Recommended by Los Angeles Times * Washington Post * GQ * Elle * Good Morning America...

Relationships

The recovery agent
Evanovich, Janet,
#1 New York Times bestselling author and "thriller master" (Mystery and Suspense Magazine) Janet Evanovich returns with the launch of a "tense, suspenseful, funny, and wise" (Lee Child) series blending wild adventure, hugely appealing characters, and pitch-perfect humor. ...

Mystery

Required reading for the disenfranchised freshman
Lee, Kristen R.,
A striking debut novel about a college freshman grappling with the challenges of attending an elite university with a disturbing racist history, which may not be as distant as it seems. "A searing debut." -Entertainment Weekly Savannah Howard thought...

Realistic

The revolutionary : Samuel Adams
Schiff, Stacy,
This "glorious" revelatory biography from a Pulitzer Prize winner is about the most essential Founding Father (Ron Chernow)--the one who stood behind the change in thinking that produced the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson asserted that if there was any leader of the...

Nonfiction

The sense of wonder : a novel
Salesses, Matthew,
From the author of PEN/Faulkner finalist Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear and Craft in the Real World comes a "a smart, very meta take" (Kirkus Reviews) on the ways Asian Americans navigate the thorny worlds of sports and entertainment when everything is...

Sports

The seven moons of Maali Almeida : a novel
Karunatilaka, Shehan,
Winner of the 2022 Booker Prize, The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida is a searing satire set amid the mayhem of the Sri Lankan civil war. Colombo, 1990. Maali Almeida--war photographer, gambler, and closet queen--has woken up dead in what seems like a celestial visa office....

Historical Fiction

Shrines of gaiety : a novel
Atkinson, Kate,
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The award-winning author of Life after Life transports us to a restless London in the wake of the Great War--a city bursting with money, glamour, and corruption--in this spellbinding tale of seduction and betrayal. A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR:...
Historical Fiction
South to America : a journey below the Mason-Dixon to understand the soul of a nation
Perry, Imani,
WINNER OF THE 2022 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "An elegant meditation on the complexities of the American South--and thus of America--by an esteemed daughter of the South and one of the great intellectuals of our time. An inspiration." -...

Nonfiction

This other Eden : a novel
Harding, Paul,
In 1792, formerly enslaved Benjamin Honey and his Irish wife, Patience, discover an island where they can make a life together. Over a century later, the Honeys' descendants and a diverse group of neighbors are desperately poor, isolated, and often hungry, but nevertheless protected from the...

Historical Fiction

This time tomorrow
Straub, Emma,
#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER "The pages brim with tenderness and an appreciation for what we had and who we were. I could not have loved it more."--Ann Patchett "One of the most moving and intelligent time travel novels I have ever read. Nostalgic, wise, funny, and filled with...

Science Fiction

This woven kingdom
Mafi, Tahereh,
New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller! Clashing empires, forbidden romance, and a long-forgotten queen destined to save her people--Tahereh Mafi's first in an epic, romantic trilogy inspired by Persian mythology. To all the world, Alizeh is a disposable servant, not...

Fantasy

Three drops of blood
McNeil, Gretchen,

Adrenaline

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Zevin, Gabrielle,
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER * Sam and Sadie--two college friends, often in love, but never lovers--become creative partners in a dazzling and intricately imagined world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality. It...

Relationships

The trackers : a novel
Frazier, Charles,
From the New York Times bestselling author of Cold Mountain and Varina, a stunning new novel that paints a vivid portrait of life in the Great Depression Hurtling past the downtrodden communities of Depression-era America, painter Val Welch travels westward to the rural town of Dawes,...

Historical Fiction

True Biz
Novic, Sara,
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK * A "tender, beautiful and radiantly outraged" (The New York Times Book Review) novel that follows a year of seismic romantic, political, and familial shifts for a teacher and her students at a boarding school for the deaf,...

Relationships

Upgrade : a novel
Crouch, Blake,
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "If Michael Crichton had written a superhero novel, it would look a lot like Upgrade."--The New York Times Book Review "You don't so much sympathize with the main character as live inside his skin."--DIANA GABALDON, #1 New York...

Adrenaline

Wake the bones
Kilcoyne, Elizabeth,
The sleepy little farm that Laurel Early grew up on has awakened. The woods are shifting, the soil is dead under her hands, and her bone pile just stood up and walked away. After dropping out of college, all she wanted was to resume her life as a tobacco hand and taxidermist and try not to think...

Horror

Warrior girl unearthed
Boulley, Angeline,
An Instant New York Times bestseller! A #1 Indies Bestseller!A Publisher's Lunch Best YA of 2023! An Amazon Best Book of the Year!Winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award!A Horn Book Fanfare Title! A BookPage Best...

Realistic

Well, that was unexpected
Sutanto, Jesse Q.,
"A delightful, hilarious, captivating love letter to Indonesia, and coming of age in a large meddlesome family, and the thrill of finding your person where you least expect it!"--Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis ...

Romance

Why we fly
Jones, Kimberly

Sports

The world we make
Jemisin, N. K.,
Four-time Hugo Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author N.K. Jemisin crafts a glorious tale of identity, resistance, magic and myth. All is not well in the city that never sleeps. Even though...

Fantasy


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