Last Night At The Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

This novel feels like you’re stepping into core memory. Malinda Ho manages to guide the reader through a beautiful queer coming-of-age story. One that also has the drama of being Chinese in the middle of the Red Scare.

- C.B.

The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead (Anchor Books)

The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead (Anchor Books, 2000) has been around for a few years, but this debut novel by Mr. Whitehead should not be ignored by those who have missed its delights. In an urban alternative universe, we have a mystery revolving around an elevator accident pitching the Department of Elevator Inspectors into a turmoil of debate as its Empiricists face off against its Intuitionists. This debate is the base for a slyly humorous meditation on race, politics, morality, and careerism. The hero of the tale, Lila Mae Watson, is the unnamed city’s first Black elevator inspector. Her stellar accuracy rate has been besmirched, and she must go underground to investigate. Read and enjoy!

- M.W.

Perfect Timing - Owen Nicholls

This is not the fun and whimsical tale of love you’re expecting. There is a likely possibility that the reader will not like these characters at all times, but they are the embodiment of the idea that everybody deserves love and to be loved for they really are.

– C.B.

The Priory of the Orange Tree - Samantha Shannon

This absolute doorstopper of a fantasy book does not waste any time throwing the reader into a world full of political intrigue, criminal scandal, and dragons.

– C.B.

Mexican Gothic - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Admittedly, this novel has received ample enough praise already. That being said, Moreno-Garcia deserves every good review thrown her way for Mexican Gothic. If you are looking for a reason to be wary of shrooms and a little more skeptical of colonizing English families, you are looking at the perfect novel to start preparing for the spooky season.

– C.B.

The Invisible Like of Addie Larue - V.E. Schwab

In this beautifully written novel, Addie Larue seeks new experiences and a wider world that her early 18th-century French village can afford her. On the run from an arranged marriage, Addie strikes a bargain with a certain Dark Stranger: live forever in complete freedom. Freedom to do as she wishes, but also “freedom” from being remembered by anyone she sees, including her family.  While the Stranger believes she will soon tire of the struggle, Addie is determined to live, learn, and find what love she can, living through three centuries until a new experience in21st century New York City changes everything.

Addie, resilient and determined, drives this compelling story of love, freedom, and the human need for connection, and readers will want to journey with her to the book’s end and beyond.

– J.R.