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.
For readers who’ve been hankering for another book from Paul Yoon since Snow Hunters, this is your lucky week. In Yoon’s new volume, The Mountain, readers will find six masterful and melancholy short stories. In a starred review, Kirkus wrote: “Despite his literary austerity, Yoon’s dazzling use of wordplay, pacing, and the quiet authenticity of his characters to instill emotion in his audience makes him one of the most evocative writers working today.” We just know you’ll agree.
John Bateson’s latest is not for the faint of heart. In it, he writes about the life of Ken Holmes, a now-retired coroner with decades of experience in a job most of us know little about. Readers will learn about many of Holmes’ cases, including the fact that some of his cases have concerned celebrities, and feel like they are right there in the room as Holmes discovers details about the deaths of various individuals. These accounts are up close and personal, and Bateson will open readers’ eyes to a line of work that is often shrouded in mystery.
The fifth installment in Lisa Scottoline’s Rosato & DiNunzio series is here, and it’s a standout. In Exposed, Mary DiNunzio finds herself very much in the middle of a wrongful termination case where her friend has potentially been fired because of the health care costs associated with his daughter’s leukemia. To make matters more complicated, DiNunzio’s partner, Bennie Rosato, works for the parent company. The case quickly becomes uglier and more complicated, and soon, the stakes are truly life or death.
For readers of the Hugo Award-winning Broken Earth series by N. K. Jemisin, the big day is here: The third book of the trilogy has finally arrived. For the uninitiated, it’s worth knowing that this series has won accolades and critical acclaim from the start. Mother and daughter Essun and Nassun are back. Essun is on a quest to find Nassun, and to establish a safer future for the orogene children. Meanwhile, the Moon is coming back, which means the destinies of Essun, Nassun, and the rest of the world are in jeopardy. If you haven’t already picked this one up, what are you waiting for?
After he died, Emilia’s father left her two things: his beloved Nightingale bookshop and a mountain of debt. Emilia vowed that she would keep the business running, which means she has to quickly find a way to pay off the store’s debts or face the possibility of having to sell it to the property developers who keep hounding her. The more time she spends in the bookstore, the more Emilia comes to realize how valued it is in the local community. Nightingale is an escape, a haven, and maybe the perfect place to fall in love.
On a trip to Devon, England, 13-year-old Elliot Schafter finds himself whisked away to the Borderlands, a magical world populated by elves, mermaids, and other fantastical creatures. Though Elliot firmly believes that he’s more intelligent than everyone he comes across, he enrolls in school and there meets Luke Sunborn and Serene. Over the course of four years, Elliot transforms from a pretentious kid into someone far more thoughtful and understanding. In a starred review Publishers Weekly raves, “Smart explorations of gender stereotypes, fluid sexuality, and awkward romance only add to the depth and delight of this glittering contemporary fantasy.”
Seventeen—that’s the number of dark hairs that have sprouted on Karma Khullar’s upper lip. They may not be enough to form a proper mustache, but that doesn’t stop Karma’s middle grade classmates from taunting her about it. To make matters worse, her best friend seems more interested in hanging out with the new girl who just moved to their own from California. Karma’s insecurities and journey to finding confidence within herself will be completely relatable to middle grade readers.
Little Amy Scott isn’t impressed when she receives a goldfish for her birthday, so she throws it into the sea. When the intrepid Sadie hears of this, she knows that she cannot stand by and decides to save Ellsworth (for “every fish deserves a proper name”). She sets sail with her friend Sherman and a gang of monkeys—who readers may recognize from Sadie’s first adventure, Special Delivery. Young readers will love this delightful adventure, and they’ll find themselves rooting for Sadie every step of the way.