Rad Reads

8 book recs for romance season

Books recs based on the hobbies you heart?
It's a little Valentine's matchmaking magic.


If you heart...charging your rose quartz crystals under every full moon

Threadneedle by Cari Thomas (Harper Voyager, $17)
Anna, 15, is a witch—but on her 16th birthday, her aunt will lock away her powers for good. Anna's been raised to believe magic is a sin, but what happens when she meets teen witches who show her what she's missing? Can they change her mind, or will Anna say goodbye to her abilities? 


If you heart...snapping pics of you + your pals with your Polaroid

Retro by Sofiá Lapuente and Jarrod Shusterman (Simon and Schuster BFYR, $20)
A cyberbullying scandal lands high school student Luna in hot water. To put the incident behind her, Luna enters a content to go without tech for a year. But as things get sinister (and classmates go missing), Luna must uncover who's behind the sabotage. 


If you fairycore picnics for all your friends 

Mihi Ever After by Tae Keller (Henry Holt BFYR, $17)
Mihi, a Korean American fourth-grader, dreams of falling into a fairy tale. While serving detention, she accidentally discovers a portal to a magical realm of royalty. Will Mihi be able to leave the fantasy world behind—or will her hopes of becoming a princess reign supreme?


If you heart...organizing your vinyls while sipping chai

Seven Faceless Saints (#1) by M. K. Lobb (Little, Brown and Co., $20)
Roz, a disciple of Patience, is ready to topple the corrupt military of Ombrazia. Damian, a weary warrior (and Roz's ex), is expected to lay his life on the line for his city, even if it means facing off against the girl he once loved. Now they need to work together to stop a killer and save their homeland. 


If you heart...painting the prettiest pots for your windowsill plant collection

Wildblood by Lauren Blackwood (Wednesday Books, $19)
Kidnapped at age 6 because of her Wildblood magic, Victoria leads tourists through the Jamaican jungle as a guide. After losing a promotion to her ex, she takes on a cute new client and hunts down a sought-after gold source...all while supernatural evils threaten her every move.


If you heart...solving true crimes alongside your favorite podcasters

The Black Queen by Jumata Emill (Delacorte Press, $19)
Just hours after being crowned the first Black homecoming queen at Lovett High, Nova Albright is murdered. The prime suspect? Tinsley, whose mom and grandma were also queen. Nova's bestie Duchess is determined to solve the case—even if it means getting close to the maybe-murderer. 

If you heart...browsing the used bookstore for the sci-fi series you loved as a kid

The Human Kaboom by Adam Rubin (G.P. Putnam's Sons, $19)
From the author of Dragons Love Tacos comes this collection of six short stories. If you like space pranks, New York detectives, rock monsters, the world's greatest circus, cursed pirate treasure and mysterious mountain men, you simply can't go wrong with this hilarious anthology. 


If you heart...creating the perfect playlist for your current fictional crushes

Beneath the Burning Wave (The Mu Chronicles #1) by Jennifer Hayashi Danns (One More Chapter, $11)
On the ancient island of Mu, a prophecy foretells a catastrophic natural disaster. No twins stand a chance of surviving infancy—until the birth of Kaori and Kairi, two sibs with a dangerous rivalry. Can they come together to save their home?

More book recs, right this way...
📖 WIN! These are the books we're crushing on this winter
📖 4 books to add to your reading list if you love The Bachelor
📖 6 books to read if you're obsessed with the Enola Holmes movies

Hey, girl! Just wanted to let you know that this story originally ran in our February/March 2023 issue. Want more? Read the print mag for free *today* when you click HERE.

Slider image: @beezysbooks
All GIFs via GIPHY


by GL | 2/1/2023