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#ResolveToRead a New Kind of Book in January 2020 with These Free Reads

January 1, 2020
The Riveted Team
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It’s a new year and a new decade! Start your year off strong as you #ResolveToRead these amazing Free Reads in January. While you’re at it, check out the Extended Excerpts of all the awesome books that are coming out this month as well!

#ResolveToRead a New Kind of Book in January 2020 with These Free Reads

Full Reads

1. Read a Diverse Book

Try American Panda by Gloria Chao

An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her germophobia and crush on a Japanese classmate.


2. Read a Book in Verse

Try Jazz Owls by Margarita Engle

From the Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle comes a searing novel in verse about the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943.


3. Read a fantasy or science fiction novel with explicitly queer characters

Try We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button. Only he isn’t sure he wants to. Henry is dealing with an alien invasion while also mourning the loss of his boyfriend. Bottom line, this book gave us so many feels, you just have to read it.


4. Read a book (of any genre) starring a queer character of color

Try Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamine Alire Sáenz

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.


5. Read a sci-fi book written by a woman

Try This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash though firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want.

This Vicious Cure, the final book is the trilogy, comes out in January. So once you’ve finished this one, why not binge the whole series?!


6. Try a YA anthology (fiction or nonfiction!)

Try Zombies vs Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

It’s a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? This all-original anthology edited by Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie) makes strong arguments for both sides in the form of spectacular short stories.


7. Read a Book with Complicated Friendships

Try Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten

Sasha does something to protect her best friend, however, what she does may haunt her for the rest of her life. Her best friend, Xavier, wants to help her but doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into. Then there’s, Ivy, just as twisted as vines spiraling on a house. All three of their stories come together and start something that will change everything, even to the point where no one knows what is made up or true.


8. Read a book about a character who’s struggling with mental illness

Try Tweak by Nic Sheff

As we addiciton is a mental illness better known as substance use disorder. In his memoir, Nic Sheff tells the raw, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful tale of the road from relapse to recovery from his addiction to methamphetamine.

9. Start an amazing new series!

Try Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare: 1/5/20 – 1/18/20

If you haven’t read The Infernal Devices trilogy but have always wanted to, here’s your chance! Join us on our #TIDreadalong as we read all three books to get us excited for the upcoming release of Chain of Gold.

You can read the first book for free on Rivetedlit.com from January 5th through January 18th as part of our read-along. Learn more here how you can join our #TIDreadalong.

Extended Excerpts

1. Chosen by Kiersten White

Nina continues to learn how to use her slayer powers against enemies old and new in this second novel in the New York Times bestselling series from Kiersten White, set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


2. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Enter the world of the Shadowhunters and step back in time to Edwardian England with this brand new series from Cassandra Clare! Read this amazing except of the books before it hits shelves on March 3rd, 2020.


3. Slayer by Kiersten White

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a brand-new series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that introduces a new Slayer as she grapples with the responsibility of managing her incredible powers that she’s just beginning to understand.


4. This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

Cat thought the Hydra epidemic was over, but when new cases pop up, Cat must team up with an enemy to fix the vaccine before the virus spirals out of control in this thrilling sequel to This Mortal Coil.


5. This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada

The final book in the This Mortal Coil trilogy, Cat must race against the clock to protect her friends and save the lives of millions on the planet’s surface. No matter the outcome, humanity will never be the same.


6. Watch Over Me by Mila Gray

Sometimes when it’s cold out, the best thing to do is cuddle up with a good romance novel. Mila Gray’s Watch Over Me, an amazing book about a young woman— desperately trying to protect her family from their violent father—who finds safety, and a passionate romance, with an ex-Marine, is the perfect choice for your next read!


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