So is Mercury permanently in retrograde? We’ve been feeling very reflective lately, and thinking a lot about symbolism and signs. Whether or not you believe in astrology, your birth month really does tell us a lot about which book would be perfect for you this year! Whether it’s an incredible new YA novel or an old favorite we can’t stop rereading (or raving about), there’s a special selection for everyone. See which one is right for you in the list below!
If you were born in JANUARY, you should read Ember Queen (Ash Princess Trilogy #3) by Laura Sebastian.
If you were born in January, you are likely brave and inspiring. In the thrilling conclusion to Laura Sebastian’s bestselling Ash Princess trilogy, Princess Theodosia rises from the ashes of her torment after enduring years of abuse from the cruel Kaiser, who held her captive in her own country for over a decade. With a fire in her blood, the rightful heir to the Astrean crown is joined by her misfit army of rebels and faced with her biggest task yet: freeing her enslaved people and taking on a new Kaiser, who is more magical and terrifying than anyone who came before. If you haven’t yet read the first two books in this series, Ash Princess and Lady Smoke, pick them up today!
If you were born in February, you are likely a free spirit who marches to the beat of their own drum. In All the Bright Places, Theodore Finch is fascinated by death and all the ways he could end his own life. Meanwhile, Violet Markey lives for the future, waiting for the day when she can leave her Indiana town and escape her family’s grief over the tragic death of her sister. Finch and Violet meet on the edge of bell tower at school, where it isn’t clear who saves whom. The teens pair up for a project to discover the natural wonders of Indiana, and begin making deep discoveries about who they are and who they can be for each other.
If you were born in March, you are likely charming and full of passion. In this highly anticipated sequel to Spin the Dawn, Maia Tamarin has proven her skill as a top-tier tailor after successfully weaving dresses made of the moon, sun, and stars, but returns to a kingdom on the brink of war. The boy she loves is gone, and a touch from a demon has drastically changed her, causing her to lose control over her body and magic. As war rages around her, Maia will stop at nothing to find her true love and protect her family and country.
If you were born in APRIL, you should read It’s a Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes, and Other Jewish Stories, edited by Katherine Locke and Laura Silverman.
It's a Whole Spiel
If you were born in April, you are likely witty and lovable. You’ll adore this heartwarming and often hilarious collection of short stories about Jewish teens, including stories from some of YA’s biggest and best authors, like David Levithan, Nova Ren Suma, Laura Silverman, and Katherine Locke. From the tale of a Jewish friend group that embarks on the trip of a lifetime to a story of a girl feeling pressured to only date the Jewish boys in her grade, this diverse collection features characters who are not just Jewish, but also queer, disabled, creative, political, and adventurous!
If you were born in May, you are likely energetic and motivated. In This Is My America, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters every week to Innocent X, an organization she hopes can help get her wrongly convicted father off death row. Then one night, the unthinkable happens: police come knocking on Tracy’s door, accusing her bright and promising young brother Jamal of being a “thug” and killing a white girl named Angela. Determined to help her family find justice, Tracy takes the case into her own hands and investigates what happened to Angela that night, as well as what’s really been going down in their racist Texas town.
If you were born in June, you are likely a perfectionist and a problem solver. You’d love The Twin, a twisty psychological thriller about twin girls who were separated following their parents’ divorce and reunited after their mother’s tragic death. A devastated Iris moves in with Ivy and their father. She spends the first few weeks in almost total silence, only occasionally confiding in Ivy, who promises to be there for Iris and share her life with her. But slowly and strangely, Ivy’s friends and boyfriend all fall under her mysterious sister’s spell, and Ivy realizes her twin may be the real danger.
If you were born in July, you are likely bright and brave. In A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, it’s been five years since the tragic disappearance of schoolgirl Andie Bell. Everyone in town thinks her boyfriend murdered her, but Pippa Fitz-Amobi is not so convinced. She chooses the case as the topic of her final year project, and begins to unearth some small-town secrets that someone wants to keep buried! Really, what better way to enjoy the steamy month of July than with a pulse-pounding thriller that’s perfect for the beach?
If you were born in August, you are likely creative and inquisitive. In Come Find Me, sixteen-year-old Kennedy Jones has made it her mission to search the cosmos in the wake of a family tragedy. In a neighboring county, seventeen-year-old Nolan Chandler is also searching for clues about his brother’s disappearance. Both teens pick up strange signals through their respective devices, finding their way to each other and learning more about their eerie connection while examining the origin of the signals and hoping to find the real stories of their lost siblings.
If you were born in September, you are likely warm and kind. In Girl Crushed, Quinn Ryan finds herself without a best friend and girlfriend, due to her recent breakup. Now there’s a new crush she can’t get out of her mind: the rich and gorgeous Ruby Ocampo, lead singer of the popular band Sweets. Ruby’s just broken up with her ex, too, so Quinn figures, why not make a move? But the closer she grows to Ruby, the more she misses her former BFF and GF Jamie.
If you were born in October, you are likely a bit mysterious and full of wonder. In Pet, Akwaeke Emezi has crafted an astonishing world that’s dreamy and yet feels completely real. For as long as she can remember, Jam has been told that monsters no longer exist in the city of Lucille. But when Pet, a mysterious creature of horns and claws, comes into existence from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she is determined to help him on his quest to hunt the monster lurking in her best friend Redemption’s home.
If you were born in November, you are likely strong-willed and adventurous. In The Lucky Ones, seven orphaned or abandoned children are fostered by a legendary brain surgeon named Dr. Capello. They live with him in The Dragon, an almost magical beach house with a dark history on the coast of Oregon. Thirteen years later, after being whisked away to a new life and a new family, Allison receives a package addressed to her from her former foster brother. Dr. Capello is ill, he says. It’s the first time she’s heard from anyone at The Dragon since the night she almost died. Allison decides to return home to uncover the truth and visit the place that “felt like a good dream with a nightmare ending.”
If you were born in December, you are likely sensitive and giving. In 19 Love Songs, bestselling author David Levithan presents a poignant collection of stories drawn from his tradition of writing a new story for his friends every Valentine’s Day. Many of those stories have been chosen for this special collection, and as with most of his work, be prepared to laugh, cry, and immerse yourself in a diverse cast of characters, all of which feel incredibly real as they tackle issues of identity, self-acceptance, love, and friendship.