This Week’s Hottest Releases: May 14 — May 20

This Week’s Hottest Releases: May 14 — May 20

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.

The Awkward Age

For readers who love novels about the intricacies of family relationships, look no further than The Awkward Age by Francesca Segal. In this tale, two families try hard to merge seamlessly into one. When Julia lost her husband, she didn’t know if she would ever recover from the loss.  Then, she met James. But combining lives is never easy, especially when there are teenagers involved. Julie and James will find this out firsthand in this charming story about the bonds between family members and the messiness of love.

There’s a Mystery There

Maurice Sendak fans (and wild things, too!): This one is for you. Author Jonathan Cott gives readers incredible insight into the life of the creator of the mega-famous Where the Wild Things Are. This fascinating story is accented with illustrations that will illuminate the narrative and give readers a broader sense of context for Sendak’s work. In a starred review, Kirkus raved that this is “an extraordinarily rich picture book” that will “inspire appreciation for the rewards of looking closely.”

It’s Always the Husband

Sometimes, the relationships we form early in our lives can change everything. This is certainly true for Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny, who were roommates together during their time at Carlisle College. They quickly became super-close friends who shared many of their college experiences as a trio. Their relationship was full of love, but there might have been something else there, too. Something much darker. Years later, one of the women dies. Did she kill herself? Was it, as the title suggests, her husband’s doing? Or could an old friendship have taken on a toxic life of its own?


Gravity Changes

These 19 stories have just a pinch of magic that will enthrall readers. In the title story, children are able to fly before the reality of adulthood weighs them down and renders them earthbound. In another story, the moon falls in love. In another still, a man struggles to fix his relationship with his beloved: a lightbulb. We think these stories from Zach Powers will delight you with their off-kilter surrealism. If you generally prefer realism, but want to dip your toes into fantasy, this is a great place to start.

Secrets in Summer

Thirty-year-old Darcy Cotterill usually doesn’t mind the vacationers who travel to Nantucket, where she lives year round, for Memorial Day weekend. But this particular year her ex-husband has decided to rent the house directly behind hers, bringing his new wife and her 14-year-old daughter, Willow, with him. The close proximity means that Darcy notices when Willow begins hanging out with a suspected drug dealer. Unable to stop herself, Darcy inserts herself into Willow’s life to prevent the young girl from getting further involved with criminal activity. Readers looking for a tale about friendship and love should definitely pick this up.

Thick as Thieves

This young adult novel takes place in the world of Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series, though newcomers can dive in without needing background knowledge. The tale follows Kamet, head slave and secretary to the nephew of the emperor, Nahuseresh. When Nahuseresh is poisoned, the blame falls on Kamet, who decides to flee rather than stay to risk punishment and death for a crime he didn’t commit. While escaping, he runs into an enemy soldier and the two set off on a journey that will change both of their lives forever.


York: The Shadow Cipher

If you’re craving a middle grade novel infused with fantasy, we’ve got the perfect book for you. Three friends (Tess and Theo Biedermann and Jaime Cruz) are stunned when they hear that their apartment complex is being bought by a real estate developer. To save their home, they decide to attempt to solve the Old York Cipher, a puzzle spread throughout the city that is rumored to end in treasure. The puzzle was created by the Morningstarr twins in 1798, but after 57 years, the two disappeared and have never been heard from again. Can these three friends solve the cipher and save their home? You’ll have to read to find out.


My Daddy Rules the World

Hope Anita Smith, two-time Coretta Scott King Honor-winning poet, celebrates the special bond between fathers and their children in this heartwarming poetry collection for young readers. The book’s fifteen poems capture small but important moments: playing catch, dancing, learning to ride a bike, eating breakfast on a lazy weekend morning. Paper collage images perfectly portray a father and his daughter dancing, and a son gazing up at his dad. With Father’s Day on the horizon, now is the perfect time to pick up this new release.


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