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 Summer Previews for the best books coming out this season.
Emi Kato is 21 years old when the bombing of Pearl Harbor takes place. Her father is a Japanese diplomat, and following the bombing, she is sent to an internment camp in Texas. There, Emi falls in love with a man named Christian Lange. But then Emi returns to Japan. Before long, their love will be tested by Leo Hartmann, and old flame of Emi’s. Both Christian and Leo will find themselves in mortal danger, and will dream of ending up with Emi if only they survive. Who will win Emi’s heart in this sweeping historical novel? You’ll have to read to find out.
In this memoir, author Jen Waite recounts the story of a devastating and painful realization: Her husband Marco was a psychopath. Some of you may have read about this subject before (say, in The Psychopath Test), but Waite’s story unfolds in a completely different way. Readers will go along for the ride as Jen falls for Marco, and watch as the terrible lies and deceit unravel shortly after the birth of their first child. This is an emotional rollercoaster of a book, and readers will gasp at every turn.
Billie Flanagan went for a hike in the Desolation Wilderness, and she never came back. That was a year ago, and the community of Berkeley is still reeling from the loss. Billie’s husband, Jonathan, has begun to drink a lot more. Olive, her daughter, has become very socially withdrawn. Then, the dreams start. Olive has very vivid, very real-seeming dreams that Billie is somehow still living. At first, Jonathan doubts what Olive is sensing. But then, the two begin to investigate whether there could be any truth to the dreams. What they find will shock them.
Gork is a dragon, but he probably isn’t what you’re expecting. He sometimes faints, his horns are quite short, and his peers at the WarWings Military Academy call him Weak Sauce. Gork is about to graduate from high school, which means it is time for him to ask a female dragon if she is interested in being his queen. The stakes are high: If Gork gets turned down, he will have to become a slave. Readers will root mightily for Weak Sauce… we mean Gork, as he does everything in his power to win the heart of a lady dragon.
Susan Mallery fans will love her latest novel about two sisters reconnecting after years apart. Kelly Murphy runs her family’s tulip farm in a small town in Washington, while her sister Olivia runs their mother’s real estate company in Arizona. When Olivia comes back to town, the two attempt to repair their broken bond, shattered by years apart after their mom left their family. Along the way, they both find love in unlikely places.
Becca Harrington was rejected from every college she applied to, and now she needs a plan b. Against her mother’s wishes, she packs her bags and moves to Los Angeles. She gives herself one year to pursue her true passion, acting, and writes up a 12 step plan for success, including getting an agent and finding a regular job to make money. Life in LA is far from glamorous for Becca, but she thinks with the help of her cute filmmaker neighbor, Raj Singh, she might be able to achieve her dream after all.
Lily Leanchops knows that it is her destiny to create flying machines that take the hogfolk of Pigdom Plains off the ground and into the sky. However, most of her fellow pigs believe that if they were meant to fly, they would’ve been born with wings. Their doubt doesn’t stop Lily from inventing aircraft in secret, and her people are attacked by warthogs, it may be her machines that save the day. This middle grade graphic novel is filled with fun and adventure.
The Giant of Jum is hungry, and he’s on the hunt for his favorite snack: children. He likes them topped with hot fudge and a cherry like a sundae or mixed with sauce and meatballs. The giant leaves his home and discovers a garden filled with children! But before he can devour them whole, they ask for his help to fetch their lost ball. The kids’ praise (“What a magnificent man! You’re so marvelously magic and tall!”) helps to change the giant’s tune. Maybe kids can be friends, not food.