This Week’s Hottest Releases: May 7 — May 13

This Week’s Hottest Releases: May 7 — May 13

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.


Woman No. 17

Readers, you likely remember Edan Lepucki from her chilling near-future novel California. Now, she’s back, with another story set in the Golden State. Lady Daniels live in Hollywood, and is working on her memoir. She and her husband are on the outs, and she needs a hand with her young son. She finds S, an artist who moves into her guest cottage and agrees to help out. First S and Lady grow close, but slowly, the relationship becomes stranger and darker. We predict that readers won’t be able to put this one down.


Miracle Cure

If you’ve ever taken antibiotics (and odds are, you have) you know just how effective and important they are. In this exciting new book, author William Rosen gives a fascinating and informative history of antibiotics (including their development) and gestures at what their future might hold given rising rates of antibiotic resistance. Whether you’re in the medical field and hankering for a good read, or you just love to learn and are in the mood for a great scientific tale, Rosen’s book won’t disappoint.

Babylon Berlin

This book is the first installment in a series that is already all the rage across the Atlantic in Germany. Detective Inspector Gereon Rath had a great job on the homicide squad in Cologne. But all of that goes up in smoke when he accidentally kills someone, and he has to leave the force. He follows a lead in Berlin, and soon gets drawn into a twisty case that could cost him everything. We are so glad that Niall Sellar has translated Volker Kutscher’s work for an English audience, and we can’t wait for more.

Deadmen Walking

Dive into the new Deadman’s Cross fantasy series by Sherrilyn Kenyon! The year is 1716, and the place is Jamaica. There is nothing ordinary about Captain Devyl Bane, who is in charge of a ship where the crew are dead (hence, Deadmen) and bent on destroying demons in order to redeem themselves. You won’t want to miss out on this exciting new novel, which will plunge readers into a fast-paced and dynamic tale that promises to be one hell of a ride. This book has it all: demons, danger, and even a romantic subplot.

The Beloved Hope Chest

Readers looking for a clean heartfelt romance will want to pick up Amy Clipston’s latest. It’s the final installment in her Amish Heirloom series, but it can also be read as a standalone. This novel tells the story of Mattie, the matriarch of the Fisher family. When her three daughters discover baby clothes and a birth and death certificate in her hope chest, Mattie decides to finally share the story of her first marriage and how she came to be with their father, Leroy. It’s a tale of grief, loss, and healing that will move fans of the series and newcomers alike.

It’s Not Like It’s a Secret

Sana Kiyohara is tired of keeping secrets. She’s zipped her lips about her father’s affair and her attraction to women, but no more. When her family moves to California, Sana decides that she wants to start being more open and honest. Her new philosophy is put to the test when she meets Jamie Ramirez, who is stunning, intelligent, and obsessed with poetry. Misa Sugiura’s young adult novel thoughtfully explores the ups and downs of being young, queer, and falling in love, while also tackling issues of racism, harmful stereotypes, and infidelity.

Funny Girl

Betsy Bird’s middle grade collection is perfect for readers looking for a good laugh. The book includes work from 25 female authors, including Raina Telgemeier, Shannon Hale, and Libba Bray. There are stories, comics, Mad Libs, and endless laughs in store for readers who decide to dive in. Bonus: A portion of the proceeds is being donated to WriteGirl, a creative writing organization for teens.


There Might Be Lobsters

An adorable pup faces her fears and anxieties head on in this picture book, written by Carolyn Crimi and illustrated by Laurel Molk. Sukie is small, and the beach is massive. The sand dunes are huge, the waves are gigantic, and the beach balls are way too big. When her human, Eleanor, tries to get her in the water—because the beach is scary, but the ocean is the home of terrifying lobsters. Sukie prefers to take her chances on the shoreline, but when Eleanor is in danger, Sukie may just have to face her fears to save her friend’s life.    


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