This Week’s Hottest Releases: October 29 — November 4

This Week’s Hottest Releases: October 29 — November 4

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.

The King Is Always Above the People

Looking for a collection of short stories to jump into this week? We recommend this book from Daniel Alarcón, whose work readers may remember from At Night We Walk in Circles. In this collection, readers will meet characters grappling with their own identities. The people in these pages are starting over, crossing boundaries, and dealing with the unknown. For anyone looking for a thought-provoking and entertaining book, this is a great one to pick up. Plus, the bright orange cover is perfect for Halloween.  


Get excited: The second volume of Stephen Kotkin’s biography of Joseph Stalin is here. Kotkin, who is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, begins this book in 1929 and follows Stalin through 1941.  In those years, Stalin wrought massive changes on the Soviet Union via his policy of collectivization. This policy had a huge impact on the lives of roughly 120 million peasants living in the country at the time, and staggering number of them starved to death as a result. Readers will learn about Stalin the man, and the context surrounding this era in the Soviet Union and the lead-up to WWII.

Knit to Kill

Join the ladies of the Black Sheep Knitters in this murder mystery by Anne Canadeo. Black Sheep member Lucy Binger is getting married soon, so the knitters take a weekend to go to Osprey Island to take in the sea breeze and the amazing views of the ocean. The ladies settle in, but soon after, a body is found at the bottom of the island’s famous cliffs. It doesn’t seem like an accident, either. Soon, the Black Sheep Knitters have more to unravel than the knots in their yarn. Will the ladies be able to solve the mystery? You’ll have to read to find out.

The Sea King

Readers, meet Dilys Merimydion. He’s a prince who is on a mission to find a wife. He falls for Gabriella Coruscate, who also goes by the name Summer. She is powerful, kind, and beautiful. She wasn’t looking for love, but the moment that she met Dilys, everything changed. When Summer is kidnapped by pirates, Dilys will find himself in a frenzy to rescue the woman who has captivated him so completely. Readers who love princes, pirates, and the high seas will be hard-pressed to find a better novel to pick up this week.

Malice of Crows

In Malice of Crows, the third novel in Lila Bowen’s Shadow series and the sequel to Conspiracy of Ravens, Rhett, a Ranger, has a band of friends who want him to help them find their friend Meimei, whose body has been stolen by the magician, Trevisan. Instead, Rhett must go wherever the Shadow leads him, even if that is into peril, because that is his destiny. The high stakes and high adventure found within these pages are sure to please the thrill-seeking reader.  

The Empress

S.J. Kincaid wows in The Empress, sequel to The Diabolic, where the new day brings change which isn’t necessarily welcome to all. The Grandiloquy, used to being in power, scheme to stop emperor, Tyrus, and his future empress, Nemesis, from taking over. While Nemesis is determined to protect her beloved Tyrus, she must also keep hold of her sense of humanity in order to win over the faithful and become the empress. While Tyrus and Nemesis move toward their shared goals, each step forward sets them a step back as well, for rivals are everywhere seeking the same advantages.

The Tea Dragon Society

Katie O’Neill, award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After, delights with her latest book, The Tea Dragon Society. Here, blacksmith apprentice Greta finds a lost tea dragon at the market. Befriending tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik, Greta learns from them how to care for the tea dragon and how fulfilling this is to them, and, ultimately, to herself as well.

You Hold Me Up

What the world needs now is more empathy, a message central to Monique Gray Smith’s lovely picture book You Hold Me Up. The children in this book learn about foundational relationships and respect for one another. The story also shows how we need not make grand gestures in order to show caring for each other. Instead, it is within our everyday actions that we raise each other up instead of pushing each other down.


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