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.
Looking for the perfect novel to pick up this week? Try Liska Jacobs’ gripping and dark debut, Catalina. In it, Elsa is having a rough go of it, and decides to take off for sunny California. There, she will reconnect with old friends and try hard not to think about the job at MoMA that she just lost. The group plans a trip to Catalina Island, but Elsa is feeling pretty down and isn’t sure she wants to participate. She goes anyway, but the trip isn’t the fun jaunt it was supposed to be, and Elsa struggles to hold it together.
For readers who love nonfiction that takes them on an adventure, we recommend diving into Stephen R. Bown’s Island of the Blue Foxes. Bown tells the story of one of the most famous scientific expeditions of all time: the Great Northern Expedition. Peter the Great financed this, and sent scientists (and many others, led by Vitus Bering) into Siberia, all the way to the edge of North America. This took a decade, and brought the explorers all the way to Alaska. For those interested in history and adventure, Bown’s book will be riveting.
First, he brought you Mad Men. Now, Matthew Weiner is bringing you a creepy new novel that will keep you up late at night. Karen and Mark Breakstone are in love, and happily living in their gorgeous Manhattan apartment when this story opens. They have a beautiful daughter named Heather. As Heather grows up, however, she begins to draw attention. Some of that attention, like that from construction worker Bobby Klasky, is entirely unwelcome. Bobby has had a difficult life, and is a troubled man. When his path crosses with Heather’s, the results will be disastrous.
Readers, get ready: The first book in Fonda Lee’s Green Bone Saga is here, and you won’t want to miss it. Travel to the island of Kekon, where jade isn’t just an important currency—special warriors use it for strength. Whether you’re excited by action or interpersonal drama, this book has it all. Publishers Weekly raved, “As this ambitious and complex story unfolds, Lee skillfully juggles a huge cast. Her action scenes are flashy, brutal, and cinematic, while the family dynamics hold their own weight and significance.”
Someone to Wed, the third novel in Mary Balogh’s Westcott family series, tells the story of Alexander Westcott, the Earl of Riverdale. In order to bring his inherited estate back to its former glory, he must make more money. The one sure way to do so would be to marry a wealthy woman. Enter his reclusive neighbor Wren Heyden, who also has a plan. She has a business and wealth but not the one thing she wants, a husband. Ever the clever businesswoman, Wren sees opportunity in Alexander and so makes him the one proposal he can’t refuse: marriage.
Jasmine Warga’s Here We Are Now is a YA novel about the power of music to heal a broken heart, the damage of secrets, and how to allow your damaged heart to be vulnerable in order to let love in. Even though her secretive mother has given her no information about who her absent father might be, music-lover Taliah Sahar Abdallat begins to put two and two together when she discovers a box of letters from rock star Julian Oliver. She writes him a letter, but after not hearing back from after three years or hoping, she gives up. Then, out of the blue, he shows up on her doorstep. Poor Tal isn’t sure whether to hug him or push him away. Instead of doing either, she agrees to go on a road trip with him to meet his family.
Sisters of Glass is the first book in the Shard series by Naomi Cyprus. This middle grade novel tells the story of two girls from vastly different worlds. Nalah Bardak lives in a land where magic is forbidden, forcing her to hide her abilities. Whereas Halan, a princess, is heir to the Magi Kingdom, but has no powers of her own. It is when Nalah crosses over to the Magi Kingdom via a magical mirror that the two meet and work together to bring peace to their respective worlds.
Who doesn’t love a secret code? Xu Bing’s Look! What Do You See? has a code on each page. Together the codes create a narrative that will puzzle all readers until the pieces start to fit together. Filled with beloved songs from both America and China, all written in Bing’s unique square-word calligraphy, this book will keep even the most impatient reader turning pages and marveling at the mystery and beauty within.