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.
YZ Chin won the 2017 Louise Meriwether First Book Prize with her collection of linked stories, Though I Get Home, which explores identity on a both a cultural and personal level. A woman named Isabella Sin is the central force in these 14 tales focused on Malaysia, its landscapes, and its people. Sin is a writer turned protester who ends up imprisoned in a detention camp. After her release, Sin must find a way to define who she is as she returns to the outside world. In a starred review, Kirkus calls the book, “A haunting, surprising, and rebellious collection that contains multitudes.”
Under the auspices of Hogarth Shakespeare project, acclaimed authors retell the works of William Shakespeare. Jo Nesbø is the latest author to participate in the series, bringing his fresh take on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Nesbø’s book is set in 1970s Scotland in a run-down and drug-plagued city called Capitol. Recovering addict Inspector Macbeth is promoted to head of organized crime by his police chief, Duncan. This promotion is not nearly enough for Macbeth and his partner, Lady, and they are convinced he won’t get all he deserves so long as Duncan stands in his way. Nesbø’s version of Macbeth will both delight fans of his own noir fiction and please fans of the Bard.
Fatherhood is at the core of this gorgeous new memoir. Gregory Sr. is an air traffic controller and labor organizer who was fired during the 1981 air traffic controllers strike. With few options open to him, Gregory Sr. became embittered, addicted to painkillers and cocaine, and loose with cash. Not wanting to follow the same path as his father, Gregory Jr. joins the Marines, falls in love, travels to Europe and home again. Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo shines in this portrait of the poet as a young man.
Readers of Madeline Miller’s first book The Song of Achilles will rejoice as she returns with her highly anticipated second novel starring Circe, daughter of the sun god Helios. Though lacking godlike abilities, Circe does possess the power of witchcraft. When Zeus banishes her to live alone on a deserted island after transforming a rival into a monster, Circe strengthens her powers and begins to understand her true calling as a sorceress. In this retelling of The Odyssey, Circe is a feminist who has conflicted feelings about her status as a demigod. Unlike the original goddess, this Circe is merciful, and she proves she is capable of empathy and love.
Opposites don’t always attract but when they do in Mia Sosa’s latest romance, sparks fly. Julian Hart is killing it as a Hollywood agent. He works hard for his clients, especially his best friend, Carter Williamson. Things get sticky when Carter’s bohemian sister Ashley temporarily moves in with Julian because she needs a place to stay. When the two attend Carter’s wedding as a pretend couple to thwart the anxiety Ashley’s family feels at her singledom, their chemistry is undeniable. Will they keep pretending or admit that this love is real?
This book-length poem written as a letter to every young person was first performed at the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. Filled with failure and success, joy and sadness, and dreams and dreaming, the book is a call to action by Jason Reynolds for everyone to keep believing in themselves especially when life gets hard. Teens will be inspired to follow their dreams no matter how difficult it might seem to achieve them. For Every One would make the perfect gift for graduates of all ages.
Charlotte Lockard lives in Pennsylvania and Ben Boxer lives in Louisiana, but that doesn’t stop them from being friends. It’s not your average middle school friendship, however. They are connected through their online Scrabble game. While they are each gifted and nerdy in their own distinct ways, their lives are more similar than they think. Both are facing rocky times at home, as Charlotte’s dad is sick and Ben’s parents are divorcing, and they are both having a hard time finding their place in middle school. Through their friendship, they learn that they are not quite as alone as they sometimes feel. Erin Entrada Kelly delights in this novel for young readers that tugs at the heartstrings.
Caroline wakes up one day and it doesn’t quite feel like the day before. In fact, it’s a day unlike like any other: This is the day that Caroline becomes a big sister. Caroline is worried and doesn’t feel like herself. She even forgets some of her things at home and is distracted at school. At the end of the day her parents come to pick her up and introduce her to the new baby who came from far away. While it is never overtly said that Caroline and the new baby are adopted, the subtle clues from debut author Sydra Mallery, who is an adoptive parent herself, and thoughtful illustrations from E. B. Goodale allow readers to interpret as much and provide an opportunity for a learning moment.