One of the best parts about being a grownass adult is not having to give up the books you want to read when "back to school" time rolls around. While kids are groaning over a syllabus full of old dead white guys, you can continue with your regularly scheduled enjoyment of everything from feminist lit to frothy romance.
So savor this one rare benefit of being a grown-up while you take a tour of our stacks below, then hit us up with your own TBR list in the comments!
An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard
Turn-ons: "Gossip Girl meets Swordspoint with magic."
Neighborhood Girls by Jessie Ann Foley
Turn-ons: all-girl Catholic school, Chicago, mean girls
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Turn-ons: Riot Grrl zines, awesome music, feminism, challenging the status quo
Glow by Megan E. Bryant
Turn-on: historical fiction about the real-life Radium Girls
Trell by Dick Lehr
Turn-ons: law & order, justice for wrongful convictions
The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter
Turn-ons: Jackaby, Abigail, Jenny and Charlie
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Turn-ons: An MC who's the son of a time-traveler and a gladiator, literal exploration of history, "a heist on the sinking Titanic"
Spinning by Tillie Walden
Turn-ons: Graphic memoir, the world of childhood ice-skating competitions, queer story
Fireblood (Frostblood Saga #2) by Elly Blake
Turn-ons: Magic, superpowers, trials
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Turn-ons: E. Lockhart, a heroine with "diabolical smarts," murder, intrigue, that quote tho
Project YOU: More than 50 Ways to Calm Down, De-stress, & Feel Great by Aubre Andrus with Karen Bluth, PhD
Turn-ons: YA non-fiction, pretty watercolor art, life goals. Also I'm very stressed right now.
Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
Turn-ons: Unexpected invitation to a fancy mansion, strange happenings, mysterious guests, umbrellas
I Hate Everyone But You by Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn
Turn-ons: Going off to college, best friends, LGBTQ characters, epistolary format
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland
Turn-ons: Being cursed, phobias, making a list and checking things off
Page (Protector of the Small #2) by Tamora Pierce
Turn-ons: Knight school, beating the boys at their own game
New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson
Turn-on: YA dystopia (whoever heard of such a thing?)
The Stand-In by Steve Bloom
Turn-ons: Jersey, prom, the 1%