It’s a new year and 2020 is finally behind us! Start your year off strong as you #ResolveToRead these amazing Free Reads in January. Many of the Full Reads below fit into multiple different categories but for the sake of this article, they’ve each been only listed for one category. Happy Reading!
#ResolveToRead These Free Reads in January 2021!
Read a book with a BIPOC protagonist — Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi: Available 1/1 – 1/15
From debut author Mary H.K. Choi comes a compulsively readable novel that shows young love in all its awkward glory—perfect for fans of Eleanor & Park and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
Read a sci-fi book with a queer protagonist — At The Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson: Available 1/1 – 1/15
From the author of We Are the Ants comes “another winner” (Booklist, starred review) about a boy who believes the universe is slowly shrinking as things he remembers are being erased from others’ memories.
Read a fantasy book with a queer protagonist — Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells: Available 1/1 – 1/15
A determined young woman sets out to rescue her kidnapped girlfriend by stealing a dragon from the corrupt emperor in this stunning fantasy debut that’s perfect for fans of Margaret Rogerson, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.
Start a new series — Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto: Available 1/1- 1/15
An Ember in the Ashes meets Three Dark Crowns in this lush debut fantasy novel about a girl who disguises herself as a boy to join a secret group of warriors that ride phoenixes into battle.
Read a book by a BIPOC author — Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman: Available 1/1 – 1/15
Three starred reviews for this stunning novel about a mixed-race teen who struggles to find her way back to her love of music in the wake of her sister’s death, from the author of the William C. Morris Award finalist Starfish.
Read a book with a queer BIPOC protagonist — Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju: Available 1/16 – 1/31
Judy Blume meets RuPaul’s Drag Race in this funny, feel-good debut novel about a queer teen who navigates questions of identity and self-acceptance while discovering the magical world of drag.
Read a sci-fi book written by a woman — Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley: Available 1/16 – 1/31
When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appear and begin terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gain a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Now they must come together in order to save the world.
Read a YA anthology — Hungry Hearts edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond: Available 1/16 – 1/31
A stunning collection of short stories about the intersection of family, culture, and food in the lives in teens, from bestselling and critically acclaimed authors, including Sandhya Menon, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Rin Chupeco.
Read a book featuring mental health — The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf: Available 1/16 – 1/31
A music loving teen with OCD does everything she can to find her way back to her mother during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in this heart-pounding literary debut.
Read a book in verse — With a Star in My Hand by Margarita Engle: Available 1/16 – 1/31
From acclaimed author Margarita Engle comes a gorgeous novel in verse about Rubén Darío, the Nicaraguan poet and folk hero who initiated the literary movement of Modernismo.
1. Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
In this riveting, keenly emotional debut fantasy, a Black teen from Houston has her world upended when she learns about her godly ancestry and must save both the human and god worlds. Perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Tomi Adeyemi, and The Hunger Games!
2. Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall
American Street meets Long Way Down in this searing and gritty debut novel that takes an unflinching look at the harsh realities of gang life in Jamaica and how far a teen is willing to go for family.
3. A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson
Black Mirror meets What If It’s Us in this gripping, romantic, and wildly surprising novel about two boys lost in space trying to find their way home—while falling in love—from the critically acclaimed author of We Are the Ants.
4. Glimpsed by G.F. Miller
Perfect for fans of Geekerella and Jenn Bennett, this charming, sparkly rom-com follows a wish-granting teen forced to question if she’s really doing good—and if she has the power to make her own dreams come true.
5. The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets Save the Date in this sweet, hijinks-filled rom-com about a teen girl who will do whatever it takes to find a date for her sister’s wedding.
6. Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
The Shadowhunters must catch a killer in Edwardian London in this dangerous and romantic sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Chain of Gold, from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare. Chain of Iron is a Shadowhunters novel.
1. Love at First Fight by Sandhya Menon
Join Dimple and Rishi as they do an escape room in this exclusive short story from Sandhya Menon! You’ll also see how Pinky and Samir met for the first time before you can read about them in 10 Things I Hate About Pinky.
2. As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon
Will Dimple and Rishi find their happily ever after? Find out in this funny, romantic, endlessly charming e-novella sequel to When Dimple Met Rishi!
3. The Thief by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell
A short story prequel to Sky Without Stars about the origins of fan-favorite character, Chatine!
4. These Precious Scars by Emily Suvada
A haunting short story prequel to the Mortal Coil series.