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I’ll be honest: My reading list has been all over the place lately. One minute, I’m in the mood for a sweeping novel that will dig into a story and stay there. But the next, I crave the twisted, shocking plot turns of a suspenseful psychological thriller. Then, I’ll devour a memoir that will totally take me by surprise. If you can relate, dive into this reading list. The best new books coming out this week are all drastically different from one another and will completely refresh your reading routine.

1The Art of Leaving: A Memoir by Ayelet Tsabari, out February 19th

After her father passed away, Ayelet Tsabari wandered from Tel Aviv to India, Europe, the U.S., Canada, and back again, leaving behind jobs and friends and never staying in one place for too long. Once Tsabari began going back home to Israel, she reconnected with her roots and learned more about her untold family history. The Art of Leaving will take you on an emotional journey you won’t soon forget.

2The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray, out February 19th

If you like stories about complex, complicated families, say hello to the Butlers. After Althea is arrested for fraud, her younger sisters Lillian and Viola step up to care for her twin daughters and shield them from the scandal as best they can. The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is an extraordinary novel about hunger and the many ways it manifests in our lives.

3The Study of Animal Languages by Lindsay Stern, out February 19th

Have you ever wondered if animals can talk? How about if humans can interpret patterns in their syntax? That’s what Prue, an ornithologist, wants to know. But her husband Ivan, a philosophy professor and lover of logic, doesn’t share her enthusiasm. In The Study of Animal Languages, we watch these two communication experts constantly butt heads. This beautifully written academic novel will challenge you to think about the world in all the right ways.

4Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce, out February 19th

Alison has a loving husband, a sweet daughter, and a budding career as a lawyer. She was just assigned her first murder case and has a feeling her client is keeping something from her. But Alison has secrets of her own, like the fact that she’s having an affair with a colleague. And when someone figures out those secrets, they want to make her pay. Blood Orange is one of the most addicting psychological thrillers we’ve read all year.

5The Future is Feminist: Radical, Funny, and Inspiring Writing by Women edited by Mallory Farrugia, out February 19th

What does it mean to be a feminist? In this refreshingly intersectional collection, writers, actors, and activists share their thoughts on everything from pregnancy to “likeable” female characters to RBF (resting bitch face). Contributors include Roxane Gay, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ijeoma Oluo, Mindy Kaling, and Salma Hayek.