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.
Readers, you already know who Michael Connelly is, and now he’s back with a brand new series featuring an LAPD detective named Renée Ballard. Ballard has been at the LAPD for a little while, but her career is stalled because she accused a supervisor of sexually harassment. She works nights, and typically hands the cases off to the day shift detectives come morning. But one night, two cases stick out and she refuses to hand them over to other detectives at the end of her shift. One case concerns a nightclub shooting, and the other, the attack of a prostitute. Soon, Ballard is racing to solve the cases before she loses her job.
Meet the Sobels. Like all families, they have their problems. Seven years ago, they endured the tragic loss of a family member and they are holding it together as best they can. Mother Francie Sobel is coping by meticulously controlling her diet, while father Tate Sobel is eating more than ever. Enid and Vivvy, Francie and Tate’s children, are aware of the lingering tension and grief, and are hanging in there despite all of this. But then, Francie disappears, sending the family into a tailspin. For those who love complex family dynamics, this is the perfect book to pick up this week.
What do you really know about air? You breathe it, you move through it every day, and it’s virtually inescapable. Sam Kean’s book weaves together history, science, and culture to give readers a look at air and our atmosphere as they’ve never seen it before. Kean’s narrative is equal parts entertaining and enlightening, and a breath of fresh air (see what we did there?) for those who love science writing. For fans of Mary Roach, nerds everywhere, and anyone who breathes (we’re looking at you) this book is sure to be a fun ride.
M.J. Rose continues her Daughters of La Lune series with an installment that takes readers to Manhattan in 1925. Delphine Duplessi is known for creating portraits that reveal her subjects’ darkest secrets, whether they want them told or not. Thankfully, her gift is seen as an entertaining novelty in society—until it leads to tragedy. Delphine vows to never use her talent again and travels to the south of France to hide, but instead she stumbles across details of her family history and the magic running in her veins. This is the third novel in the series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.
Meet Princess Amrita in this exciting new fantasy novel from Aditi Khorana. When Emperor Sikander visits Shalingar, Amrita isn’t sure what the visit will mean for her people. In order to ensure the safety of Shalingar, she offers her hand in marriage to Sikander. But all does not go according to plan, and Amrita and her people are in danger. Kirkus raved, “The complexity of the folklore and its romantic twists will engage fantasy readers on many levels.” We can’t help but agree.
Young adult readers looking for some chills will want to pick up this new release from Australian author Em Bailey. The titular Special Ones are spirit guides that are kept hidden away in a farmhouse by a leader known as “him.” Esther knows that he is always watching and ready to punish any who dare to disobey. Special Ones have disappeared and been replaced before after crossing him, and she doesn’t want to be one of them. But Esther doesn’t know if she’ll be able to survive living under his thumb any longer.
In this book, author and illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky introduces middle grade readers to fifty incredible female athletes. The women come from eras stretching from the 1800s to the modern day, and readers will get glimpses of athletes who fought for their right to compete professionally as well as modern Olympians. This is an inspiring collection for any young reader interested in sports, and an excellent resource for budding feminists looking for role models. Is your reader a bit more interested in science than sports? Ignotofsky has a book on that too.
Armed with his wit and magnifying glass, Whobert Whover is out to solve the mystery of who whacked Perry the possum. This owl detective is determined to keep his forest safe. He surveys the crime scene and then begins to question his suspects: Debbie the Duck and Freddie the Frog. Filled with puns and wordplay, this is a silly and hilarious read-aloud picture book.