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#1: The House in the Cerulean Sea
By TJ Klune
Narrated by Daniel Henning / 12 hours 12 minutes
If you enjoyed The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, then you’ll love The House in the Cerulean Sea.
“Go ahead and kick me right in the feels why don’t you? Heartwarming, uproarious, uplifting. I loved every minute, and I completely and utterly fell in love with every single one of the kids. I'm torn between desperately wanting a sequel, and hoping nothing more is ever written because of how perfect this gem is. This is the book that swoops in right when you need it and says you're perfect just as you are. This is the book that shows us family, and hope, and fighting for what's right. Did I mention I loved it?”Britt, Second Star to the Right
#2: Cemetery Boys
By Aiden Thomas
Narrated by Avi Roque / 13 hours 47 minutes
This program includes a bonus conversation with the author.
A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas's paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys, described by Entertainment Weekly as "groundbreaking."
Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him.
When... Read more »
#3: You Should See Me in a Crown
By Leah Johnson
Narrated by Alaska Jackson / 7 hours 18 minutes
“You Should See Me in a Crown is a quintessential prom story with some twists—namely that the protagonist is a queer Black girl. Liz Lighty dreams of following in her late mother’s footsteps and attending Pennington. But she can’t go to college without financial aid, and the music scholarship she was counting on fell through. She has no other choice but to run for prom queen in the tiny Midwestern town where she’s never fit in, fighting for the cash prize like her future depends on it. Campaign sabotage eventually forces her to stand up for herself and her values, because fairytales aren’t just for white heteros. Read on for Black joy and queer romance!”Mary, Raven Book Store
#4: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Wayfarers: Book #1
Narrated by Rachel Dulude / 14 hours 23 minutes
“This gripping, diverse novel, set well after Earth's residents have scattered to Mars, other planets, and itinerant spacecraft, is as scientifically and sociopolitically plausible as any science fiction I've ever read or listened to. The characters, from a variety of alien species along with AI, have wide-ranging journeys that speak to our current reality and to issues of immigration, xenophobia, colonization, economic class, technological advancement, environmentalism, and more. The members of one species are all born female and becomes male later on, of another all use "they" pronouns, and of another are free with their touch and affection and find amusement in human hangups about touch. In the midst of all this complex representation emerges a story that stands alone as cohesive, meaningful, and powerful.”Emily, A Seat at the Table Books
#5: The Heart's Invisible Furies
By John Boyne
Narrated by Stephen Hogan / 21 hours 9 minutes
“This is the novel John Boyne was born to write: A brilliant book of identity and redemption, both heartbreaking and humorous, intimate and expansive. Cyril Avery has been constantly reminded he doesn't belong, first by his adopted parents, then by the church and his country. As we follow him on his journey to acceptance, we are shown the cruelty of fate and the surprising kindness of ordinary people. Boyne perfectly constructs every story told, unveiling the humor and hypocrisy of humanity in each character and illuminating how the arc of Cyril's story is also the arc of modern times. An amazing feat from the first page to the last.”Luisa Smith, Book Passage
#6: The Pull of the Stars
Narrated by Emma Lowe / 9 hours 6 minutes
“You might think reading a historical novel about the 1918 flu pandemic is leaning in a bit too much as we experience the COVID19 global pandemic, but what Donoghue has done with THE PULL OF THE STARS is to allow us to pull back, reexamine, and frame what we are living through today with what happened one hundred years ago. This book tells the story of 3 days in a maternity ward in Dublin, Ireland from the viewpoint of the midwife tasked with taking care of pregnant women with the flu. As we have come to expect from Donoghue's historical fiction, the detail is fascinatingly intense, the characters quite remarkable, and the story immersive.”Rachel, Avid Bookshop
#7: The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics
By Olivia Waite
Narrated by Morag Sims / 8 hours 27 minutes
As Lucy Muchelney watches her ex-lover’s sham of a wedding, she wishes herself anywhere else. It isn’t until she finds a letter from the Countess of Moth, looking for someone to translate a groundbreaking French astronomy text, that she knows where to go. Showing up at the Countess’ London home, she hoped to find a challenge, not a woman who... Read more »
#8: The Mercies
Narrated by Jessie Buckley / 11 hours 6 minutes
“A chilling and captivating book taking place in a Norwegian village in the 1670s, The Mercies is a story of resilience. It follows Maren, who watched as all the village men died in a storm and has had to find a way to survive those losses, and Ursa, the daughter of a merchant who was married off to a witch hunter before being brought north. When their paths cross, both women’s lives are changed forever. This beautifully written story left me chilled. It is not often that I have to put down a book, but there were several times I had to walk away from this one to just sit and think about it. A must-read!”Katherine Nazzaro, Trident Booksellers and Cafe
#9: Felix Ever After
Narrated by Logan Rozos / 8 hours 23 minutes
From Stonewall and Lambda Award–winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.
Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy... Read more »
#10: Red, White & Royal Blue
Narrated by Ramon de Ocampo / 12 hours 15 minutes
“ To everyone who started telling me to read this book a year ago, I’m sorry. You were right - I loved it, unequivocally. The romance was sweet and gentle and real. But the humor put it over the top for me. I needed to laugh like that, desperately. And I did, a lot. A whole lot. But I also cried - because this book is pure, wholesome, and hopeful, even when it dipped into the darker places (with so much grace). Red, White, & Royal Blue gave my heart wings, and I'm still soaring. So to everyone who's still hesitant, don't be me - get on this train ASAP.”Britt, Second Star to the Right
#11: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Montague Siblings: Book #1
By Mackenzi Lee
Narrated by Christian Coulson / 10 hours 47 minutes
#12: Girl, Woman, Other
Narrated by Anna-Maria Nabirye / 11 hours 6 minutes
“The twelve Black British women who are the central characters in Bernardine Evaristo's GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER are so vastly different that when their connections are slowly revealed, like a spider web you didn't see until the light hits it just so, you'll settle in and become entranced. I loved this deep dive into a part of British culture that isn't often depicted. The form is unusual but once you give yourself over to it, you'll see why it works. I particularly loved the last part of the book which reminded me of enjoying a long leisurely meal and still leaving room for the perfect dessert. The ending was terribly satisfying. Highly recommend.”Rachel, Avid Bookshop
#13: We Unleash the Merciless Storm
Narrated by Kyla Garcia / 11 hours 40 minutes
In this nail-biting sequel to Tehlor Kay Mejia’s critically acclaimed fantasy novel We Set the Dark on Fire, La Voz operative Carmen is forced to choose between the girl she loves and the success of the rebellion she’s devoted her life to. Perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and Anna-Marie McLemore.
Being a part of the resistance group La Voz... Read more »
#14: Real Life
Narrated by Kevin R. Free / 9 hours 25 minutes
A FINALIST FOR THE 2020 BOOKER PRIZE
A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE
“A blistering coming of age story” —O: The Oprah Magazine
A novel of startling intimacy, violence, and mercy among friends in a Midwestern university town, from an electric new voice.
Almost everything about Wallace is at odds with the Midwestern university town where he is... Read more »
#15: We Set the Dark on Fire
Narrated by Kyla Garcia / 9 hours 53 minutes
“Pacing and timing set this alternate-world story apart: tension rises as political factions conflict and family trust dissolves, empowerment is hard to find and much, much harder to navigate, religion unwillingly provides narratives used to excuse economic injustice, a border wall looms higher in imagination (and fear) than in reality, and in the middle of it all, Daniela might - might - be falling in love, but is constantly confused by loyalties hiding behind other loyalties. The setting includes an apparently Latin American nation (not real), a religion (also not real), and queer teens (very real). But the stereotypes and glib fantasizing of popular dystopias are absent. The supposedly obligatory pointed allegory isn't there. The pressure to build a world like other worlds must have been enormous for newcomer Mejia, but the author doesn't cave to that pressure. That gives the book an exceptional power. It's a believable, frightening nail-biter of a coming of age story set in a time like our own, when the desire for justice and the desire for love conflict in the minds of young people everywhere.”Nialle, The Haunted Bookshop
#16: I'll Be the One
By Lyla Lee
Narrated by Greta Jung / 8 hours 50 minutes
“I'LL BE THE ONE has the perfect summer romance feel. The entire time I was reading I wished I was at the pool, in an adorable swim suit, soaking up the sun and listening to some KPop. Skye's voice is so distinct I could hear her narrating over my shoulder. A perfect read to hand to teens looking for a light romance (aka no sex), queer characters, and a confident plus-sized main character who handles fat-shaming from many fronts with a strength that will leave you cheering. I'm so glad this is a book one because I'm already counting the days until book two!”Faith, Page 158 Books
#18: The Stars and the Blackness Between Them
Narrated by Junauda Petrus, Bahni Turpin & JD Jackson / 9 hours 20 minutes
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus's bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.
Port of Spain, Trinidad. Sixteen-year-old Audre is despondent, having just found out... Read more »
#19: Boyfriend Material
By Alexis Hall
Narrated by Joe Jameson / 13 hours 10 minutes
Luc O'Donnell is tangentially?and reluctantly?famous. His rock-star parents split when he was young, and the father he's never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad's making a comeback, Luc's back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.To clean up his image, Luc has to... Read more »
#20: Each of Us a Desert
By Mark Oshiro
Narrated by Frankie Corzo / 12 hours 30 minutes
From award-winning author Mark Oshiro comes a powerful coming-of-age fantasy novel about finding home and falling in love amidst the dangers of a desert where stories come to life
Xochitl is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village's stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and... Read more »
#21: The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows
By Olivia Waite
Narrated by Morag Sims / 9 hours 49 minutes
When Agatha Griffin finds a colony of bees in her warehouse, it’s the not-so-perfect ending to a not-so-perfect week. Busy trying to keep her printing business afloat amidst rising taxes and the suppression of radical printers like her son, the last thing the widow wants is to be the victim of a thousand bees. But when a beautiful beekeeper... Read more »
#22: Once & Future
Narrated by Lauren Fortgang / 10 hours 55 minutes
King Arthur as you've never seen her! This bold, sizzling YA novel reimagines the Once and Future King as a teenage girl determined to save the universe from an evil curse.
My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.
I've been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory... Read more »
#23: The Fascinators
Narrated by Michael Crouch / 8 hours 8 minutes
A magic-infused YA novel about friendship, first love, and feeling out of place that will bewitch fans of Rainbow Rowell and Maggie Stiefvater.
Living in a small town where magic is frowned upon, Sam needs his friends James and Delia—and their time together in their school's magic club—to see him through to graduation.
But as soon as senior... Read more »
#24: Thin Girls
By Diana Clarke
Narrated by Jayme Mattler / 12 hours 52 minutes
A dark, edgy, voice-driven literary debut novel about twin sisters that explores body image and queerness as well as toxic diet culture and the power of sisterhood, love, and lifelong friendships, written by a talented protégé of Roxane Gay.
Rose and Lily Winters are twins, as close as the bond implies; they feel each other’s emotions, taste what... Read more »
#25: The Paying Guests
By Sarah Waters
Narrated by Juliet Stevenson / 21 hours 28 minutes
The New York Times bestselling novel that has been called “a tour de force” (Wall Street Journal), “unputdownable” (The Washington Post), “a delicious hothouse of a novel” (USA Today), “effortless” (The Economist), “seductive” (Vanity Fair) and “pitch perfect” (Salon)
“Superb, bewitching…Forget about Fifty Shades of Grey; this novel is one of... Read more »
#26: Girl Crushed
By Katie Heaney
Narrated by Caitlin Kinnunen / 8 hours 52 minutes
Leah on the Offbeat meets We Are Okay in this pitch-perfect queer romance about falling in love and never quite falling out of it--heartbreak, unexpected new crushes, and all.
Before Quinn Ryan was in love with Jamie Rudawski, she loved Jamie Rudawski, who was her best friend. But when Jamie dumps Quinn a month before their senior year, Quinn is... Read more »
#27: The Ruin of a Rake
Narrated by Gary Furlong / 7 hours
Rogue. Libertine. Rake. Lord Courtenay has been called many things and has never much cared. But after the publication of a salacious novel supposedly based on his exploits, he finds himself shunned from society. Unable to see his nephew, he is willing to do anything to improve his reputation, even if that means spending time with the most... Read more »
#28: Spectred Isle
Green Men: Book #1
By KJ Charles
Narrated by Ruairi Carter / 7 hours 34 minutes
Archaeologist Saul Lazenby has been all but unemployable since his disgrace during the War. Now he scrapes a living working for a rich eccentric who believes in magic. Saul knows it’s a lot of nonsense . . . except that he begins to find himself in increasingly strange and frightening situations. And at every turn he runs into the sardonic,... Read more »
Magic in Manhattan: Book #2
By Allie Therin
Narrated by Erik Bloomquist / 10 hours 35 minutes
When everything they've built is threatened, only their bond remains . . .
New York, 1925
Psychometric Rory Brodigan's life hasn't been the same since the day he met Arthur Kenzie. Arthur's continued quest to contain supernatural relics that pose a threat to the world has captured Rory's imagination—and his heart. But Arthur's upper-class... Read more »
#30: Fire Song
Narrated by Dillan Meighan Chiblow / 6 hours 25 minutes
How can Shane reconcile his feelings for David with his desire for a better life?
Shane is still reeling from the suicide of his kid sister, Destiny. How could he have missed the fact that she was so sad? He tries to share his grief with his girlfriend, Tara, but she's too concerned with her own needs to offer him much comfort. What he really... Read more »
#31: Kidnapped by the Pirate
Narrated by Cornell Collins / 10 hours 5 minutes
Will a virgin captive surrender to this pirate's sinful touch? Nathaniel Bainbridge is used to hiding, whether it's concealing his struggles with reading or his forbidden desire for men. Under the thumb of his controlling father, the governor of Primrose Isle, he's sailing to the fledging colony, where he'll surrender to a respectable marriage... Read more »
#32: Principles of Spookology
Spectral Files: Book #2
By S.E. Harmon
Narrated by Kirt Graves / 10 hours 4 minutes
No one said being a medium would be easy. Rain Christiansen, former FBI agent and current cold case detective, is starting to think it's the hardest job he's ever had—and the most important. He's determined to accept all the changes in his formerly well-ordered life, but that means embracing a whole lot of weird. There's no instruction manual... Read more »
#33: Coast Guard Rescue One
Narrated by Emma Wilder / 7 hours 39 minutes
Army Capt. Jordan Armstrong surrendered a piece of her soul to the burning sands of Afghanistan. Now back home, only two things keep her going: her demanding job as a Search and Rescue pilot and sailing her forty-five-foot yacht around the coast of McKinley Point, Western Australia—alone. Plenty of women have tried to reach behind her walls, but... Read more »
Velvet: Book #1
By Diana Kane
Narrated by Emily Beresford & Felicity Munroe / 10 hours 17 minutes
Alexis thought her life contained everything she wanted, until her partner of five years drops a bombshell on her.
Catherine is an accomplished neurosurgeon looking for a fresh start in a new city.
A chance meeting between the two imprints the doctor in Alexis's mind, with thoughts of Catherine pushing to the forefront months after they meet.... Read more »
#35: The Road to You
A Lesbian Romance Novel
By Harper Bliss
Narrated by Emily Beresford & Gabra Zackman / 5 hours 34 minutes
Opposites attract . . . or do they? Workaholic Katherine and free-spirited singer Ali have disliked each other since college. Fate, however, keeps bringing them together, and the paths of their lives keep crossing. Are some differences in personality simply too vast to overcome? Or are some things just meant to be? Find out in this lighthearted... Read more »
#36: Darius the Great Deserves Better
By Adib Khorram
Narrated by Michael Levi Harris / 7 hours 36 minutes
In this companion to the award-winning Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Darius suddenly has it all: a boyfriend, an internship, a spot on the soccer team. It's everything he's ever wanted--but what if he deserves better?
Darius Kellner is having a bit of a year. Since his trip to Iran, a lot has changed. He's getting along with his dad, and his best... Read more »
#37: Something to Talk About
Narrated by Jorjeana Marie & Xe Sands / 9 hours 6 minutes
“Something to Talk About is an incredible debut about a Hollywood showrunner, Jo, and her assistant, Emma, who realize the tabloids may be correct in thinking there is something romantic between the two of them. The slowest of slow-burn romances in the best possible way, Something to Talk About touches on the #MeToo movement, the meaning of consent, and what it means to be a powerful woman in Hollywood.”Isabella Ogbolumani, Buffalo Street Books
#38: Where We Go From Here
By Lucas Rocha
Narrated by Christian Barillas, Anthony Lee Medina & Luis Selgas / 6 hours 34 minutes
An absorbing debut novel about three gay young adults in Brazil whose lives become intertwined in the face of HIV.
Ian has just been diagnosed with HIV.
Victor, to his great relief, has tested negative.
Henrique has been living with HIV for the past three years.
When Victor finds himself getting tested for HIV for the first time, he can’t help but... Read more »
Narrated by Garth Greenwell / 7 hours 11 minutes
“Cleanness is a trance-inducing read. I started this book and was immediately swept up in it, and before I knew it, hours had passed. Greenwell describes human relationships in raw, beautiful detail while also exploring the power dynamics at play. If Cleanness is not one of my favorite books of 2020, it will have been a spectacular year for books.”Hunter Gillum, Beaverdale Books
#40: The Black Flamingo
By Dean Atta
Narrated by Dean Atta / 3 hours 40 minutes
“Michael is a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London who goes to college and can't find a place to fit in, until he discovers The Drag Society. This story, told in poetry, is full of stunning language and the joy of finding your place in the world.”Ann, Blue Willow Bookshop
#41: Rough Terrain
Out of Uniform
Out of Uniform: Book #7
By Albert & Annabeth Albert
Narrated by Greg Boudreaux / 9 hours 6 minutes
The camping trip from hell may be the first stop on the road to happily-ever-after in Rough Terrain, the final book in Annabeth Albert’s critically acclaimed, fan-favorite Out of Uniform series.
Navy SEAL Renzo Bianchi has a soft spot for Canaan Finley, and not only because the man makes a mean smoothie. He’s the first guy to get Renzo’s motor... Read more »
#42: Call Me by Your Name
By André Aciman
Narrated by Armie Hammer / 7 hours 43 minutes
“Some books change you, fundamentally alter something about who you are, how you think, how you feel. Whether it's a new feeling, or that they've opened your eyes to a part of yourself that you weren't aware of, I'm not sure, but what I do know is that Call Me By Your Name was, for me, one of those books. Even through the adolescent language and intensity of the protagonist, or perhaps because of it, this book made me feel something entirely new, or helped me to feel something old in a new way. It takes you back to the intense feelings of longing, of youthful attraction and obsession, and somehow does so both with bluntness and incredible prose. This was my second read (listen) of Call Me By Your Name, and it meant something more and something different this time through, and I imagine that this is that kind of book. The kind that no matter how many times I read it will become something new and something differently important upon every read.”Amy, Changing Hands
#43: Hairpin Curves
By Elia Winters
Narrated by Devra Woodward / 7 hours 45 minutes
RITA® Award—winning author Elia Winters delivers a sexy, playful frenemies-to-lovers road-trip romance.
Megan Harris had hopes of seeing the world, but at twenty-five she’s never even left Florida. Now a wedding invitation lures her to Quebec…in February. When her ex-friend Scarlett offers to be her plus-one (yeah, that’s a whole story) and... Read more »
#44: Crier's War
Crier’s War: Book #1
By Nina Varela
Narrated by Kim Mai Guest / 13 hours 38 minutes
From debut author Nina Varela comes the first book in a richly imagined epic fantasy duology about an impossible love between two girls—one human, one Made—whose romance could be the beginning of a revolution.
Perfect for fans of Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse as well as Game of Thrones and Westworld.
After the War of Kinds ravaged the... Read more »
#45: Surrender Your Sons
By Adam Sass
Narrated by Daniel Henning / 12 hours 46 minutes
Connor Major’s summer break is turning into a nightmare.His SAT scores bombed, the old man he delivers meals to died, and when he came out to his religious zealot mother, she had him kidnapped and shipped off to a secluded island. His final destination: Nightlight Ministries, a conversion therapy camp that will be his new home until he... Read more »
#46: The Lost Book of the White
The Eldest Curses
Narrated by BD Wong / 13 hours 14 minutes
From #1 New York Times bestselling authors Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu comes the second book in the Eldest Curses series and a thrilling new adventure for High Warlock Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood, for whom a death-defying mission into the heart of evil is not just a job, it’s also a romantic getaway. The Lost Book of the White is a... Read more »
#47: Tarnished are the Stars
By Rosiee Thor
Narrated by Rosie Jones / 11 hours 2 minutes
The Lunar Chronicles meets Rook in this queer #OwnVoices science-fantasy novel, perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Sharon
A secret beats inside Anna Thatcher's chest: An illegal clockwork heart. Anna works cog by cog -- donning the moniker Technician-- to supply black market medical technology to the sick and injured, against the... Read more »
#48: We Are Okay
By Nina LaCour
Narrated by Jorjeana Marie / 5 hours 36 minutes
Winner of the 2018 Michael L. Printz Award — An achingly beautiful novel about grief and the enduring power of friendship.
“Short, poetic and gorgeously written.” —The New York Times Book Review
“A beautiful, devastating piece of art." —Bookpage
You go through life thinking there’s so much you need. . . . Until you leave with only your phone, your... Read more »
By K.M. Szpara
Narrated by Mark Sanderlin & Vikas Adam / 16 hours 31 minutes
“People will often refer to a book as one that’s ‘unlike anything they’ve ever read before,’ but for maybe the first time in my reading life, I can honestly say that about K.M. Szpara’s Docile. This erotic speculative science fiction novel takes place in a frighteningly plausible future where people become ‘dociles’ — essentially indentured slaves working off debt — and explores themes of consent, capitalism, and the abuse cycle. A visceral reading experience that will challenge, confront, titillate, and disgust, Docile feels like a book we will be talking about for decades.”Caleb Masters, Bookmarks
#50: Music from Another World
By Robin Talley
Narrated by Emily Lawrence & Jayme Mattler / 9 hours 55 minutes
It’s summer 1977 and closeted lesbian Tammy Larson can’t be herself anywhere. Not at her strict Christian high school, not at her conservative Orange County church and certainly not at home, where her ultrareligious aunt relentlessly organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammy’s only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil... Read more »