New Year, New Reads.

It’s January 1st – and that means a new round of challenges that I will (undoubtedly) not finish.

I really love the PopSugar Reading Challenge — I attempt it each year. However, somewhere around July, I always start to taper off or get frustrated with not being able to fill each prompt. So, this year, I am choosing to focus on a more reasonable challenge — 12 books recommended by 12 friends.

That averages out to 1 book a month outside of my comfort genres. While I did set up some boundaries on what I won’t read, I left the options wide open for my friends – both personal and social media – to fill my board with books.

These are their recommendations:

So this month, I will aim to read 2 of these 12 books. Below are the first four books on my list, and I’m ready to dive into them! Each quarter, I will update my challenge to mark those that are read through that quarter. I’m looking forward to seeing which I pick out this quarter!


A summer heatwave blankets New York City in darkness. But as the city is thrown into confusion, a different kind of electricity sparks…

A first meeting. 

Long-time friends. 

Bitter exes. 

And maybe the beginning of something new.

When the lights go out, people reveal hidden truths. Love blossoms, friendship transforms, and new possibilities take flight.

The Midnight Girls

The Wicked Deep meets House of Salt and Sorrows in this new standalone YA fantasy set in a snow-cloaked kingdom where witches are burned, and two enchantresses secretly compete for the heart of a prince, only to discover that they might be falling for each other.

Silver in the Wood

There is a Wild Man who lives in the deep quiet of Greenhollow, and he listens to the wood. Tobias, tethered to the forest, does not dwell on his past life, but he lives a perfectly unremarkable existence with his cottage, his cat, and his dryads.

When Greenhollow Hall acquires a handsome, intensely curious new owner in Henry Silver, everything changes. Old secrets better left buried are dug up, and Tobias is forced to reckon with his troubled past—both the green magic of the woods, and the dark things that rest in its heart.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can’t remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club.

America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily. With deportation looming over her father—despite his hard-won citizenship—Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.

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