25 Fall New Books That Are Must Reads

Are you ready for the autumn season? Apart from the leaves changing color and the crisp autumn air, one of my favorite things about the Fall season is the abundance of exciting books that come during that time! And Fall 2021 is no different from previous years. We have the latest book from bestselling author Sally Rooney to the next YA issue-oriented by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal. So get your journals, Goodreads or StoryGraph accounts ready, here are 25 upcoming releases that will have you wanting the fall season to start tomorrow!

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Best Books of 2021 So Far: Picture Books

Welcome to another round of the Best Books of the Year so Far, where halfway through the year, I name the titles I read that I feel are the best of 2021. This year, I am switching things up a bit. Instead of listing all the best books I read in one post, I will be breaking them up by genre! So every Tuesday until mid-August, catch my favorite reads of 2021 that will make you want to rush over to your list and add to your ever-growing TBR pile!

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Lambda Literary Awards 2021: Children and YA Winners

My friend and fellow librarian extraordinaire, Whitney Davidson-Rhodes had the opportunity to be on the judging panel for the 2021 Lambda Literary Award season. Lambda Literary Award gives recognition and promotion to LGBTQ books and authors and every year they award the best of the best. To see the full list of the 2021 winners, check them out here.

But for this post I asked Whitney, out of all the books she read, to list her favorite ones. And no surprise, these are also my personal favorites. So let’s get the book recommendations going:

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Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Shortlist 2021

Here is the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize shortlist for 2021. This annual prize’s shortlist is always chosen by Waterstones’ booksellers and strives to commit to championing the best and newest talent in children’s writing and illustration today. Make sure to check back to see the winner of this prize!

Now here are the nominees:

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Asian & Asian American Voices: Great Reads to Celebrate the Heritage

Reading about different cultures other than our own is a great way to not only educate ourselves but creates empathy and understanding in our daily lives. Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month is honored in May and Asian & Asian American voices are always important to highlight but it is needed now more than ever due to discrimination and racism that is targeted towards this ethnicity recently.

So #StandUpForAAPI by learning in the best possible way…through amazing reads that highlight powerful Asian voices and I picked some great books that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages (but I also made sure to divide it to three different age groups). Start loving one another by learning about one another:

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Holiday Reads: December 19, 2020

There is no better gift than the gift of reading.

More than ever, we need heartwarming and uplifting stories this year. So similar to what was done in December, visit here every Friday and view some great book recommendations to get a jumpstart on your holiday reading:

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2020 Shortlist for Waterstones Book of the Year

Waterstones, the UK Bookseller, released their yearly shortlist of this year’s best books of the year. The shortlist and award is selected by booksellers.

If you are not looking to add more books to add to your TBR shelf, then reading this shortlist is highly unadvisable, you ‘ll have a hard time tearing your eyes away from these interesting blurbs:

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Power of the Girl: Books for the International Day of the Girl

October 11 is International Day of the Girl, a UNICEF annual campaign for young girls to to amplify their voices and stand up for their rights. This year’s theme is “My voice, our equal future”, a perfect opportunity to reimagine a world that is inspired by adolescent girls. UNICEF has a great platform and resources to help celebrate this necessary day.

But as always, a terrific way to celebrate a great like today is reading great stories about young girls who strived to make a difference in this world. Take the time today to read these books together as a family (or as a group of friends). Highlight why inspiring young girls is so important:

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Quote of the Day – September 23, 2020

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