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.
It’s hard being the new kid. So when Marina arrives at the orphanage after losing both of her parents in a car crash, she knows she will have to put in some effort to settle in with her peers. To do so, she invents a game. But it isn’t a game like tag or dodgeball. The game is dark, and unexpectedly violent. Readers will find themselves utterly under the spell of Andrés Barba’s novel, translated from Spanish into English by Lisa Dillman.
You likely already know Dani Shapiro for her novels, but Hourglass is a book about her marriage. Promising yourself to someone forever is a profoundly strange thing: We can’t know what time and experience will do to our relationships. Shapiro excavates this topic and her own personal bonds in this revealing memoir. Readers will view marriage through the lens of many different disciplines, and emerge from this book with insight that they can use to make sense of their own lives.
If you love Shakespeare and thrillers, but never thought you’d get to experience both together in one book, then think again. M. L. Rio’s new novel If We Were Villains takes readers inside the Dellecher Classical Conservatory where seven actors are beginning to forge their careers. But then, the drama from the stage explodes into real-life trauma, and all of the actors must deal with the question of their own culpability. We predict that this will be one of the best thrillers—not just of the week, but of the season—and we think you’ll find it impossible to put down.
This new novel from author Richard Grant combines the thrill of spies with the historical details of 1937 Germany. Oskar Langweil is recruited to work for a counterintelligence group in Germany that is doing everything it can to weaken Adolf Hitler. Bits of 20th century history mingle with an exhilarating spy thriller in these pages, and we bet this will have readers on the edge of their seats up until the very end. In a starred review, Kirkus raved: “To the shelves moaning with countless Adolf-addled efforts, this is an understated, entertaining addition.”
We’re sure that devoted Jojo Moyes’ readers won’t even need to read the description before picking up this new release, but for those of you who are interested: The novel centers on a 14-year-old girl named Sarah who is given a horse by her grandfather. He hopes that one day she’ll be skilled enough to attend the French riding school that he trained at, but he becomes sick before he’s able to see her achieve that dream. Sarah struggles to balance school, caring for her horse (Boo), and visiting her grandfather in the hospital. Things seem bleak until she runs into Natasha, a lawyer who works with children. Natasha decides to help Sarah, but she doesn’t know that the young girl is harboring a secret that could change both of their lives forever.
Jane Eyre fans, have we got a treat for you: a contemporary retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s classic tale. Our protagonist is Janie Mason, a Hawaiian surfer who has to leave her home in Kona after her parents die in a helicopter crash. She flies to the mainland where she’s entrusted to the Rochesters. Janie hates San Francisco and the events that the Rochesters make her attend. The only bright spot is a surfer she meets named Daniel. But when John, the Rochesters’ son, returns to the mansion, dark secrets about the family begin to come out and Janie learns just why they agreed to take her in.
Ruth Behar’s middle grade novel is inspired by her memories of growing up in the 1960s in New York as a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant. Ruthie Mizrahi is doing everything she can to enjoy her new life in America. But just when she thinks she’s found her footing, the unthinkable happens: Ruthie’s involved in a car accident. She survives but has to wear a full body cast. Suddenly her days of playing hopscotch with the neighborhood kids and practicing her English are behind her. Over the next year, Ruthie works to rebuild her shattered confidence and strengthen her weakened muscles, and along the way she learns a lot more about her family, her new neighbors, and herself.
A mother and daughter swap sticky notes in this charming picture book from Emil Sher, illustrated by Qin Leng. Skip and her mom are both busy, though their notes help them communicate in ways big and small. Through these notes, readers see Skip’s anxieties unfold as the days inch closer to the start of sleepaway camp. Skip doesn’t want to leave home, and she makes this clear in her stickies. When her mom writes back, it’s always in a tone of gentle understanding and encouragement. This book is a beautiful representation of the bond between a parent and a child and the love that exists even when they aren’t together.