Books you should be reading right now

Hi everyone.  I have been getting a lot of mail from readers telling me that they have read all my books and now want to know what to read next.  I have already done one list, but now I’m going to do one that is a bit more targeted.

These are very tough times in our country.  First, COVID-19 forced us to isolate and upended our lives, and now our country is confronting the issues of our own entrenched racism head on.

Reading teaches us empathy.  So here is a list of great books that can help you do that.

Ideally, it would be great if you ordered these from or your local indie bookstore.

Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi, just came out and could not have been published at a more appropriate time.

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams has won so many awards, they can barely all fit on the cover.  And it deserves them all — and more.

The Parker Inheritance, by the very talented Varian Johnson, is a great mystery with great characters that will also really make you think.

New Kid, a graphic novel by Jerry Craft, has also won a slew of awards.  And deservedly so.

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon is a Coretta Scott King honor book.

You have probably already heard of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  But still, if you haven’t read it, you should.

Slay by Brittney Morris is a great, fun read that will also illuminate you.

My college classmate Duchess Harris has written a lot of great, informative history books, such as Black Lives Matter.  If you’d like to see all of her books, click here.

So check these out.  And, of course, there are many, many more great books out there.  So if you’re feeling cooped up, upset, frustrated or angry about what is happening in the world, take some time to read.


139 thoughts on “Books you should be reading right now

  1. That one guy –

    I just want to point out that if two book series are in the same universe, THEY DON’T HAVE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME.

  2. OMG, Stu!
    Happy birthday!!! WHoooo!!!!
    I hope you had or have wonderful b day and hopefully had or have a wonderful time with your children: Dash and Violet.
    Even though your wife isn’t there, I’m sure shes watching you from above, pretty sure she’s proud of you!

    -1 bullet, no other choices but to shoot it

  3. Zan –

    I am not sure what videos you are talking about. I am not sad all the time.

  4. Stu-

    Regarding the comment to That One Guy… was that a confirmation that they ARE in the same universe?


    PS: In case you couldn’t tell, I’m riffing on how much people want to know about this shared universe thing. I want to know too, of course, but it seemed like a good opportunity for some humor.

  5. Happy belated birthday! Thank you for sharing these recommendations. They will play a key role in getting me through quarantine without me going stir-crazy!

  6. Stuart Gibbs, I love your books and stories. I discovered my very first book of yours (Spy school) last year and my first thought was I really enjoyed that book, I wish there was another one. At the beginning of this year I thought back to that book and searched if there was another one and to my surprise, THERE WAS. I was very excited and immediately went to the library and it just so happened that my school librarian had bought the first three, AND HAD YOUR ENTIRE FUNJUNGLE SERIES. I immediately started reading and couldn’t put your books down I read all of your spy school books (And started your funjungle series) in one month and I’m not even a fast reader I am now currently reading your Tyrannosaurus Wrecks book and am enjoying every second of it. I finished your Moon Base alpha series last week and thoroughly enjoyed it, although I must say Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation was my all time favorite. I am very excited for spy School revolution and the next Charlie Thorne Book along with the spy school movie (If it comes out) and your graphic novel. I am twelve years old and thank sooooo much for being who you are, you are adored by so many fans and me,

  7. Naiya –

    Thanks so much for your kind words. I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed my books.

  8. What are these “Easter Eggs” that everyone was talking about?

  9. Johnny John Green –

    An Easter egg is a hidden reference to something else buried in another book (or a video game or a movie).

  10. Johnny John Green –

    The idea of Easter Eggs is that it is always a challenge to find them. If I told you where they were it wouldn’t be any fun.

  11. Hmm… I seem a little late… but happy birthday!
    We love your books in every way
    And I’m not the only one to say
    we like your books and there will be more yay,
    so happy birthday!

  12. I just saw all those happy birthday things and I might have missed it so here I am

  13. Hey Stu! I had the same thing as Erica Hale did. Happy Very Belated Birthday! ?
    I love your books and you’re my favorite author!

  14. Jakey K –

    Thanks for your kind words. Although… I’m not sure what you’re referring to when you say you had the same thing that Erica Hale did.

  15. In Space Case, there were 5 empty seats on the rocket home so there’d be enough seats for the Sjobergs and Garth Grisan to go on the same rocket.

  16. Hello, Mr. Gibbs.

    I am a fan of your books, and I am currently reading the 4th Book in Funjungle, Spaced Out, and Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation. I just wanted to ask, Funjungle – Bear Bottom is the seventh book in Funjungle, so will there be an eighth book in Funjungle? And, how many books will be in the Charlie Thorne series?

    Your fan,

  17. -Hi Mr. Gibbs (My absolute favourite author)
    I Absolutely love your books! I can’t stop reading them, as a hobby I really like to write and your writing has given me tons of inspiration! Do you think you could proofread my writing? and are you making a SS movie? I know you said that you would not have anything to do with casting and it has not been green lit yet, but if or when it is could you ask if some of us (by of us I mean your fans) could play in the movie. I think my personality would be best matched with Jawa or Ben, I do good in class and I play a ton of sports. BTW do you have any tips on writing? Thank you Mr.Gibbs

    -Cooper The Spy 

  18. Cooper –

    Sorry, but I do not have the time to proofread your writing. Perhaps a parent or a teacher could do that for you.

    There are four posts on my blog about the SS movie.

    And there are a few writing tips on my FAQ.

  19. Hey Mr. Gibbs, just wanted to say been a big fan of ss ever since they came out and they’ve really made my childhood memorable. Any books that you would recommend similar to ss in terms of the genres but for more mature readers? Thanks and happy holidays.

  20. JDog –

    It is exceptionally hard to combine two different series by two different authors. So… No. That won’t ever happen.

  21. Hi, I’ve been needing some books lately and I looked at the ones on this page but I was wondering what the age recommendations were. Do you think and ten year old could read how it went down?

  22. Violet –

    Whether or not a book is appropriate for you is really a decision that you and your parents need to make together. How it Went Down does deal with more mature topics, but some ten year olds can handle things like that, while others aren’t ready for them yet.

  23. I’ve read all of those books that are in my age group(And that I can borrow on my digital library)

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