I forget just how often new books are published! We are already in November of 2022 and there are thousands of new books readers have adored this year. I often have trouble starting a new book, so I find comfort in reading ones that have a little popularity already. If you feel the same, or just need a new book recommendation, here are a few of the most popular YA books this year that you should add to your library before 2022 is over.
A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo
A Scatter of Light by New York Times bestselling author Malinda Lo is a powerful coming-of-queer-age story that follows Aria Tang West during her unforgettable Californian summer. This novel is set six years after Lo’s previous novel, Last Night at the Telegraph Club, a gutwrenching queer love story. Aria struggles with her identity and a new friend Steph helps her feel seen. Lo sets this novel against the first major Supreme Court decisions regarding the legalization of gay marriage. Aria’s story is one of self-reflection and a struggle that needs more literary representation.
The Honeys by Ryan La Sala
The Honeys by Ryan La Sala is a story about overcoming grief amid mystery and horror. This is quite the whirlwind of a story! Mars has always lived in the shadow of his sister Caroline, but when she passes away, Mars is determined to learn more about her and what happened.
This is another fantastic novel published this year giving insight into the LGBTQ+ community as Mars is genderfluid; this novel sheds light on how harsh families and society can be. The novel gets its name from the “Honeys,” Caroline’s friends from the summer academy that Mars attempts to get close to. This novel emphasizes the determination of a grieving sibling and the haunting nature of possibly fake friends.
Gallant by V.E. Schwab
Gallant by V.E. Schwab is a bone-chilling horror novel that should be read strictly in the light of day. Not only was this novel an instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, but it is also a USA Today and National Indie Bestseller.
Gallant follows Olivia Prior an orphan who is suddenly invited to her family’s home in Gallant. She is determined to figure out the mysteries behind the crumbling manor and mysterious ruler. She must choose if she wants to belong to something and protect her family, or join the figure that rules over Gallant. This novel immediately reminded me of Coraline by Neil Gaiman, another young girl who must pick between herself and others.
November is a month of book-friendly holidays and the comfort of the crisp fall air. Be sure to grab these books soon or add them to a holiday wish list!
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