Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the eight titles that our editors are most excited to add to their TBR shelves. For even more hot new releases, check out our Spring Previews for the best books coming out this season.
Author Brian Van Reet is a veteran of the Iraq War, and here he spins a tale based on his experiences. Readers will meet characters on both sides of Operation Iraqi Freedom, including Cassandra, a young American who is taken prisoner; Specialist Sleed, who works on a tank; and Abu Al-Hool who is a mujahedeen. This book captures the emotional turmoil of war, and the way it feels to be on the ground in combat. We predict that Van Reet’s debut novel will be especially gripping for readers who like to see complicated situations from multiple sides.
Travel to Tehran in this emotionally rich new novel from Donia Bijan. It has been years and years since Noor has been in Iran, her native country. Almost everything is different upon her return, except for one thing: Café Leila, the eatery run by Noor’s family. Noor arrives for her visit, wanting to spend time with her father and show her home country to her daughter, Lily (Lily, however, has other ideas). Bijan provides glimpses into Noor’s past and family history as she observes live in Tehran. This is an engrossing novel about families, belonging, and Iran past and present.
Odds are, you’ve never been to Janesville, Wisconsin. But for many Americans, this place is home. Janesville, however, has changed tremendously since the closing of the General Motors plant in town in 2008. Here, Pulitzer-winning journalist Amy Goldstein takes readers to Janesville to experience the fallout from the closing of the plant. In a starred review, Kirkus raved that Janesville is: “A simultaneously enlightening and disturbing look at working-class lives in America’s heartland.”
If you love psychological thrillers, then National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti’s What’s Become of Her is the book you should pick up this week. Isabelle Austen is no stranger to change. She’s recently divorced, which has thrown much of her life into question. Her mother has died, and she’s moving home to work for her family’s business and tie up loose ends. Then, unexpectedly, Isabelle falls in love with a shadowy figure named Henry North. But Henry might not be telling the truth about his past, and Isabelle is soon caught up in a potentially deadly situation.
Lane Jensen and Finn Donnelly have been friends (nothing more) for ten years. Lane didn’t realize she wanted anything more, until the two shared a heart-stopping, world-changing kiss. They both carry baggage from their past that haunts them, and Finn is attempting to figure out how to manage his grandfather’s ranch alongside his brothers. But their foundation is strong, and together they can weather any storm. Fans of friends-turned-lovers romances will adore Maisey Yates’ latest.
Winter Crane wants nothing more than to break free of Reeve’s End, the small coal mining town she’s grown up in. It’s a place with no jobs, no hope, and no future for her. Until she graduates, her only sanctuary is the woods—where she goes to get away from her alcoholic and abusive father. It’s there that she finds a badly beaten, unconscious teen named Lennon. He claims to know her missing friend Edie, and when Lennon too goes missing, Winter begins to fear that someone, or something, is targeting the teenagers in her town.
If you know a middle grade reader looking for action, adventure, and mythology, steer them towards Margaret Dilloway’s Momotaro series, illustrated by Choong Yoon. It follows the adventures of a young boy named Xander Miyamoto who learns that he’s the descendant of Momotaro, a hero from Japanese folklore. In this installment, Xander finds his nights filled with nightmares. He’s given a special charm to combat the dark dreams, but the charm is dangerous as well, and if Xander isn’t careful, the charm could steal dreams from everyone he loves.
It all started on the Wednesday morning when Jonah climbed onto a playset and declared himself King of the Playground. He didn’t ask for much (just total obedience) and in return he’d let his friends continue to play. Lennox doesn’t want to be ruled by anyone, though, and she decides to claim half of the playground for herself. Joseph Kuefler’s picture book humorously captures the heated rivalry between King Jonah and Queen Lennox as they each vie for control of their tiny kingdom.