9 excellent recent novels to read this month

The Heir Affaiar, The Vanishing Half, and Felix Ever After Image: bob al-greene / mashable All products featured here are independently selected by our editors and writers.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. By Erin Strecker2020-07-08 20:00:00 UTC Summer is in full swing, and while plenty of things are looking different these days, one that hasn't is the joy of a good book. You may not be reading it on the subway or a beach like normal, but the pleasure of drifting somewhere else still holds strong appeal, even if your big adventure is just going from your bed to your couch.  The nine new novels below are all escapes in some way — to Kensington Palace, a remote island, a fictional town, or even just a different high school. Each of these transporting tales is a joy, and I suspect there's something for everyone on this list.  If you:... adore the royals: The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan Cards on the table: This is a sequel to one of my all-time favorite books, the fun and surprisingly deep The Royal We, about an American woman who winds up involved with the heir to the British throne. The sharp and frothy sequel is worth the wait, and it’s particularly impressive authors Cocks and Morgan come up with another delightful, elaborate plot — not easy for a romantic tale after a wedding and a happily ever after.  For those looking for real-life nods to Wills, Kate, and Harry, there’s plenty. But happily there’s also tons of new intrigue as well: romantic rivals, long-buried family secrets, a Sex Den! It's all enough to make you giggle with glee — and wish for a trilogy.  ... want a book that makes you think: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett This is the one that you won’t be able to stop thinking about. Honest, chilling, and provocative, this novel follows twin Black women who as teens run away from their small town. Years later, one sister has returned home with her daughter and on the run from a bad ex. The other has disappeared, it seems, stepping into a new life when she realized she was able to pass for white.  The novel jumps around in time and perspectives, with some genuinely thrilling plot twists. The story explores race, yes, but it’s also a beautiful tale about the ties that bind, and the choices that make up a life.  ... love a good romance: The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert My sixth book, THE VOTING BOOTH, is out TODAY! I’m so excited for you all to meet Marva and Duke during their whirlwind journey on Election Day. Please order a copy from your fave Black-owned bookstore, local indie, or https://t.co/VIlLKaAAfK! — Brandy Colbert (@brandycolbert) July 7, 2020 This YA crowdpleaser takes place over just one day — election day, to be exact. When two teens, both voting for the first time, run into each other at their polling place, intrigue, if not quite sparks, fly. Over the course of an eventful several hours, complete with a mini road trip, family problems, and more, the duo get to know each other and realize these opposites actually have quite a bit in common.  While it doesn’t hit you over the head with it, I deeply appreciated this book’s consistent underlying message about how important voting is, the horrors of voter suppression, and how the personal is political, etc. You’ll be cheering for Marva and Duke to both share their feelings AND get more people out to vote. Netflix, this is the one to option — a new kind of teen dream, full of optimism, action, and hope.  ... are obsessed with Big Little Lies: The Guest List by Lucy Foley  Long-buried secrets are brought to light at a breakneck pace in this mystery that takes place during a wedding weekend on a remote island.  Here's what we know: By the time the reception rolls around, someone will be dead (!) and someone else will be a murderer (!!). There's clues on nearly every page, but no spoilers here. Needless to say, you'll be up late flipping through your Kindle until all is revealed.   In the world of A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor, all of humanity is recovering from the sudden appearance of 64 mysterious sculptures — not just what they are, but why and how they came to be. (For more on that, we recommend starting with 2018’s An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.) The book was never going to match the extraordinary journey of its predecessor, but the sequel dives further into the mysteries that clearly interest Green more regarding the nature of humanity. Through multiple points of view, A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor explores corruption, capitalism, and media. The characters grapple with power, both duly anointed and woefully misplaced, and passages pertaining to this prescient phenomenon are more chilling than an army of creepy statues. — Proma Khosla, Entertainment Reporter ... know teen coming of age books make you cry happy tears: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender FELIX EVER AFTER is coming out on 5/5/20!

9 excellent recent novels to read this month
The Heir Affaiar, The Vanishing Half, and Felix Ever After Image: bob al-greene / mashable All products featured here are independently selected by our editors and writers.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. By Erin Strecker2020-07-08 20:00:00 UTC Summer is in full swing, and while plenty of things are looking different these days, one that hasn't is the joy of a good book. You may not be reading it on the subway or a beach like normal, but the pleasure of drifting somewhere else still holds strong appeal, even if your big adventure is just going from your bed to your couch.  The nine new novels below are all escapes in some way — to Kensington Palace, a remote island, a fictional town, or even just a different high school. Each of these transporting tales is a joy, and I suspect there's something for everyone on this list.  If you:... adore the royals: The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan Cards on the table: This is a sequel to one of my all-time favorite books, the fun and surprisingly deep The Royal We, about an American woman who winds up involved with the heir to the British throne. The sharp and frothy sequel is worth the wait, and it’s particularly impressive authors Cocks and Morgan come up with another delightful, elaborate plot — not easy for a romantic tale after a wedding and a happily ever after.  For those looking for real-life nods to Wills, Kate, and Harry, there’s plenty. But happily there’s also tons of new intrigue as well: romantic rivals, long-buried family secrets, a Sex Den! It's all enough to make you giggle with glee — and wish for a trilogy.  ... want a book that makes you think: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett This is the one that you won’t be able to stop thinking about. Honest, chilling, and provocative, this novel follows twin Black women who as teens run away from their small town. Years later, one sister has returned home with her daughter and on the run from a bad ex. The other has disappeared, it seems, stepping into a new life when she realized she was able to pass for white.  The novel jumps around in time and perspectives, with some genuinely thrilling plot twists. The story explores race, yes, but it’s also a beautiful tale about the ties that bind, and the choices that make up a life.  ... love a good romance: The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert My sixth book, THE VOTING BOOTH, is out TODAY! I’m so excited for you all to meet Marva and Duke during their whirlwind journey on Election Day. Please order a copy from your fave Black-owned bookstore, local indie, or https://t.co/VIlLKaAAfK! — Brandy Colbert (@brandycolbert) July 7, 2020 This YA crowdpleaser takes place over just one day — election day, to be exact. When two teens, both voting for the first time, run into each other at their polling place, intrigue, if not quite sparks, fly. Over the course of an eventful several hours, complete with a mini road trip, family problems, and more, the duo get to know each other and realize these opposites actually have quite a bit in common.  While it doesn’t hit you over the head with it, I deeply appreciated this book’s consistent underlying message about how important voting is, the horrors of voter suppression, and how the personal is political, etc. You’ll be cheering for Marva and Duke to both share their feelings AND get more people out to vote. Netflix, this is the one to option — a new kind of teen dream, full of optimism, action, and hope.  ... are obsessed with Big Little Lies: The Guest List by Lucy Foley  Long-buried secrets are brought to light at a breakneck pace in this mystery that takes place during a wedding weekend on a remote island.  Here's what we know: By the time the reception rolls around, someone will be dead (!) and someone else will be a murderer (!!). There's clues on nearly every page, but no spoilers here. Needless to say, you'll be up late flipping through your Kindle until all is revealed.   In the world of A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor, all of humanity is recovering from the sudden appearance of 64 mysterious sculptures — not just what they are, but why and how they came to be. (For more on that, we recommend starting with 2018’s An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.) The book was never going to match the extraordinary journey of its predecessor, but the sequel dives further into the mysteries that clearly interest Green more regarding the nature of humanity. Through multiple points of view, A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor explores corruption, capitalism, and media. The characters grapple with power, both duly anointed and woefully misplaced, and passages pertaining to this prescient phenomenon are more chilling than an army of creepy statues. — Proma Khosla, Entertainment Reporter ... know teen coming of age books make you cry happy tears: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender FELIX EVER AFTER is coming out on 5/5/20!