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 Fall Previews for the best books coming out this season.
Readers, you’re in for a treat. If you don’t already know who Carmen Maria Machado is, then you will soon. This collection of stories has already been met with great critical acclaim, and is on the list of finalists for the 2017 Kirkus Prize (in addition to winning stars, accolades, and raves from a range of other publications). There are eight stories in this volume, and they range from a reimagining of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit to a worldwide plague, all while retaining a focus on what it is like to be female. These are utterly captivating, strange tales that you won’t forget for a long time.
Jonathan Eig’s biography of Muhammad Ali is certainly one of the most buzzed-about biographies to come out this season. Ali began his life as Cassius Clay in Kentucky, and from there, Eig traces Ali’s fascinating life story to the point where Ali was one of the most famous men in the world. In a starred review, Kirkus raved: “Muhammad Ali (1942-2016), the recently departed, self-styled greatest, gets an appropriately outsized—and first-rate—biography.” Readers, we think you’ll agree.
Most of us aren’t at our sharpest, mentally, when we fall ill. But in David Walton’s new thriller, a fungus makes people sick and much, much smarter. Scientist Paul Johns is determined to learn more about the mechanism of the disease. His brother Neil, on the other hand, works for the NSA and can think of nothing but stopping the plague in its tracks. For readers who love scientific thrillers, this book will be entertaining, horrifying, and pretty impossible to put down. Mycology nerds and adrenaline junkies alike: This one is for you.
Sometimes, instead of diving into one long story, it can be a lot of fun to sample a lot of shorter works from one author that span many subgenres. For readers in the mood for this kind of experience, Machine Learning is the perfect book to pick up this week. Existing fans of author Hugh Howey will be thrilled to learn that several of these tales are set in the same world as his bestselling novel, Wool. This collection of stories is guaranteed to keep science fiction and fantasy fans up into the wee hours of the morning.
Julie Ann Walker is back with a new suspenseful Black Knights Inc. romance. After losing her job at the FBI, Emily Scott becomes BKI’s office manager—a job that comes with the perk of endless banter with Christian Watson, an ex-Special Air Service officer from England. Despite their attraction, Emily has been hurt before and is determined to keep Christian at arm’s length. But all of that changes when they end up stuck in England and on the run from two men determined to take Christian down. Series readers will quickly fall for Christian and Emily, and they’ll love getting a glimpse at the growing romantic tension between Ace and Rusty.
E.K. Johnston transports readers to a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and Queen Victoria’s descendants rule. Victoria-Margaret, the Crown Princess, is spending her summer in Canada disguised as Margaret Sandwich. It’s there that she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of geneticists who match couples who are biologically compatible. Margaret always believed that her future spouse would be chosen through this DNA-matchmaking tool, but all of that changes when she begins to develop feelings for Helena. Johnston’s latest has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal. Young adult fans won’t want to miss out on this one.
Thirteen-year-old Sunny Nwazue’s entire life changed when her parents decided to move their family from New York to Nigeria. She started at a new school, made new friends, and joined the Leopard Society, an exclusive group open only to those who possess magic. She’s trained for a year and now will face her toughest test yet: stopping an apocalypse. New readers will definitely want to start with the first installment in Nnedi Okorafor’s series, while fans of Akata Witch will be eager to get their hands on this new title.
This delightful picture book fictionalizes the night that nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis went to the Academy Awards after being nominated for best actress. The evening begins with glamour: A stylist comes to the girl’s family home to do her hair, a stunning blue dress is put on, and a limo arrives to whisk the girl and her mom off to the show. Though a trip on the red carpet threatens to shake her confidence, the girl gets up and proudly walks inside. Readers will enjoy imagining themselves as Hollywood stars, and they’re sure to be inspired by all that Wallis has accomplished at such a young age.