#ELLERecommends: 10 Must-Read Books This Season


Whether you are into thrillers, romance, YA novels, and everything in between, there is something for you in this list. 

Under the Whispering Door  by TJ Klune

Wallace Price is having some trouble crossing over. He used to be in denial about being dead, but he’s over that now. What he can’t move past or doesn’t want to is Hugo, the handsome ferryman who’ll cart him into the afterlife.

Siri, Who Am I?  by Sam Tschida

After an horrifying accident Mia finds herself suffering from amnesia, and only has her social media accounts to figure out who she is. A biting satire on today’s curated social media accounts, which fuzzes the line between reality and fiction.

The Heart Principle  by Helen Hoang

Anna Sun’s life is in shambles. She is suffering from a serious burnout (aren’t we all) and her long-time boyfriend wants an open relationship. So, straight-laced Anna decides to throw caution to the wind and after a series of one night stands, finds herself in the arms of Quan Diep, the last man she expected to lose her heart to.

These Toxic Things  by Rachel Howzell Hall

Mickie Lambert creates digital scrapbooks of her client’s precious mementos, but her latest client’s collection of odds and ends may have just put Mickie in the path of a serial killer.

The Ex Hex  by Erin Sterling

Vivienne cursed her boyfriend Rhys after he broke her heart; not a serious spell, just a hex to give him a bad hair day or two. Plus, it was nine years ago. So, when Rhys returns to town to recharge the ley lines and appear at the fall festival, why does it seem apparent that her curse is still strong and continuing to torment her ex?

Fault Lines  by Emily Itami

A dazzling story about female identity, this piercing debut by Itami focuses on Mizuki, a housewife, who has the perfect life, but can’t help but want more. So, when Kiyoshi, a restaurateur enters her life, he takes her on a journey of re-discovery of herself through the vibrant city of Tokyo.

Hello (From Here)  by Chandler Baker and Wesley King

Maxine and Jonah meet just as California goes into lockdown. Over the course of the next few months, as both get to know each other through FaceTime dates, socially distanced playground meets, and live the consequences of the pandemic, they are pulled apart by their differences but pushed together by what they love.

Major Detours  by Zachary Sergi

You are going on a road trip! You, the reader, will go along with Amelia, Chase, Cleo, and Logan, on a road trip inspired by a magical tarot deck that Amelia inherited from her grandmother. While the friends uncover the mystery of the deck, you will decide where they go next, and how the story will end. With four possible final and romantic endings, you will decide how this road trip is going to end.

Portrait of a Scotsman  by Evie Dunmore

The third in the series of A League of Extraordinary Women, this time Hattie Greenfield finds love in the unexpected, as she finds herself walking down the aisle with Lucian Blackstone, a man she never thought she would ever fall in love with, let alone marry.

Beautiful World, Where Are You  by Sally Rooney

Rooney’s latest novel perfectly captures the languidness and stasis of living during the pandemic and the anxiety it brings mixed with youthful urges and candour. We follow four friends as they fumble their way through adulthood, and hope for a brighter future.

So, which book are you going to read first? Let us know in the comments below.

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