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.
When Filipino immigrant Hero de Vera moves to California to live with her aunt, uncle, and their daughter, she’s not quite able to leave her troubled past behind. The scars on her hands are a daily reminder of her life in Philippines where she was a rebel who was imprisoned, tortured, and disowned by her parents. Hero struggles to understand who she is in this new country, and along the way she falls for a woman named Rosalyn and their love takes flight. Elaine Castillo’s debut explores the unique challenges of being a member of a diaspora where the idea of home seems elusive. For Hero this means that she may find that home is not something outside of herself, but within.
It’s 1957 and Detective Bernie Gunther is back and on a case that could have ties to Nazi Germany. Using the new identity he assumed while living in Munich, Bernie travels to Athens where he investigates a sunken vessel that may have held the items taken from thousands of Jewish people who were sent to Auschwitz. When the ship’s owner is murdered, the prime suspect is a highly-connected former S.S. officer. In a starred review Kirkus, writes: “Inspired by real people and events, the latest novel by the celebrated author of the Berlin Noir trilogy is a deep but breezy work in which even the most trustworthy characters can harbor dark secrets.” Though series author Philip Kerr recently passed away, he will live on in his engaging and beloved character Bernie Gunther.
Scotsman Eric Liddell won gold for running in the 1924 Paris Olympics. He did not win by competing in his best event (the 100 meters) because the heats were held on Sunday, which conflicted with his Protestant beliefs. Instead, he went on to compete and win gold in the 400 meters. His victory later became the subject of the Academy Award winning film Chariots of Fire. But what happened to Liddell after his Olympic success? In this new biography, Eric T. Eichinger and Eva Marie Everson address this question. Specifically, they focus on Liddell’s faith and his life post-Olympic stardom as a missionary in China during World War II, once again proving that Liddell’s life makes for inspiring subject matter.
If you’re like us here at Bookish, you’ve already read all of the Song of Ice and Fire books and rewatched seasons one through seven of Game of Thrones in anticipation of season eight. Sadly, we all have to wait until 2019 to satisfy our GoT hunger. Until then, we’re quenching our thirst with brilliant historical fantasies such as Leo Carew’s debut, which follows the story of 19-year-old Roper. When his father is killed in battle, Roper is thrust into power, ruling over the Black Kingdom. He will need to keep a human army from invading his northern homeland and learn how to navigate a world of political intrigue. We’re so excited about this book that we included it in our list of must-read books for spring. Brace yourselves. The Wolf is coming.
Bestselling author Nancy Thayer takes readers to the island of Nantucket in her latest novel. Six years a widow, Alison has found love again. She and her beloved David are happily preparing for their Nantucket wedding. However, their grown children aren’t getting along as well as Alison and David had hoped. Alison’s daughters, Felicity and Jane bond over their dislike of David’s daughter, Poppy, but Jane finds herself warming to the charms of David’s son, Ethan. On top of this, Felicity’s marriage threatens to implode when she learns that her husband is cheating on her. As the summer heat rises, so do the tensions in this newly minted family and it’s up to Alison and David to find a way to bring them all together, for better or for worse.
In Amy Spalding’s latest young adult novel 17-year-old Abby Ives, a plus-size fashion blogger with dreams of a career in the fashion industry, has a perfect internship lined up for the summer at a cool boutique. Things get even better when she meets photographer and fellow intern Jordi Perez, and the two fall in love. Abby’s new girlfriend is much more interested in living in full view of the world and she documents her daily life in photographs, whereas Abby would prefer to be behind the scenes. This works out fine until one of Jordi’s pictures of Abby puts her in a place where she’s never been comfortable… the spotlight.
Kwame Alexander’s Newbery Award-winning novel The Crossover featured brothers Jordan and Josh Bell. In his latest, Alexander looks back to when Charlie Bell—Jordan and Josh’s father—was a boy. After Charlie’s dad dies, his mother sends him to live with his grandparents. There, his cousin Roxie teaches him to love basketball. The more time he spends with his grandparents, the more he learns about his father’s past and childhood. This coming-of-age novel in verse about grief, family, and finding your path will keep middle grade readers turning pages.
Young children love to wear their parents’ clothing, and the little Muslim girl in Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow’s debut is no different. She likes to wear her mother’s head scarf, or khimar. Wearing her mother’s khimar helps the girl feel like her mother is with her all day long, protecting and loving her. When she wears the scarf and plays with her baby brother, she almost feels as if she is her mother. The khimar is just that special. Illustrated by Ebony Glenn, Mommy’s Khimar will lift up young readers with its affirming tone and friendly illustrations.