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 Summer Previews for the best books coming out this season.
Adam Cohen is about to marry Eliza Barlow. They’re very much in love, and it seems like they have a happy life ahead of them. That is, if they can get through the rehearsal dinner. Both the Cohens and the Barlows are gathering in Brookline, Massachusetts, and you could say that they don’t exactly see eye to eye. The Barlow clan is made up of numerous successful lawyers, while the Cohen family has a more laid-back and artistic vibe. When they meet, the results are definitely interesting. This novel is a fascinating look at families, as well as how we behave towards those we consider different from ourselves.
The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela
Famed anti-apartheid activist and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela spent nearly three decades in prison following his arrest in 1962. This important volume collects the letters that Mandela wrote during that time. Mandela was a prolific letter writer, and wrote thousands of correspondences from his cell. These letters give readers incredible insight into Mandela’s mind and heart, and will bring this vital historical figure to life for readers.
Do you love psychological thrillers? If so, you won’t want to miss Robyn Harding’s latest, Her Pretty Face, which plumbs the dark corners of female friendship. Frances feels like an outcast in her own life–particularly at her son’s school, Forrester Academy. Her friend Kate, however, is the opposite. Kate is gorgeous and exudes a sense of self-assuredness. Unexpectedly, the two women grow close over a shared dislike of school politics, but something between them is not quite right. One of the women is hiding something big from the other, and the truth just might destroy the relationship they’ve built. This thriller about deadly secrets will keep you up all night until you’ve finished it.
Supernatural thrillers combine heartstopping suspense with otherworldly happenings, and we think that’s what makes them so much fun. Halcyon by Rio Youers is no exception. In it, people are moving to an island in Lake Ontario to escape the rest of the world. The community there, which is run by a woman named Mother Moon, is called Halcyon. Martin Lovegrove and his family move to Halcyon with a plan to start over. But what they find there is not exactly what they bargained for. Secrets and the supernatural lurk under the surface of the community.
Cat Sebastian is back with a moving historical romance. Hartley Sedgwick, former darling of the ton, lives a solitary and lonely life. After scandal marred his name, he retreated into his home to stay out of the public eye. He assumes the rest of his days may be lived out in isolation, and the last thing he expects is to fall for Sam Fox, a handsome pub owner and former boxer. Readers looking for a story of healing, acceptance, and love couldn’t ask for anything better this week.
Miranda’s heart broke when her mother walked out on their family, but she found solace and understanding in her best friend Syd, whose mother also abandoned her. They’ve stuck together through thick and thin, which is why Miranda is shocked when Syd suddenly disappears and leaves nothing but a simple note behind “I’m gone. I’m not missing.” Miranda begins to unravel the mystery of where Syd went and why, and along the way she learns to stand on her own.
Inspired by the author’s experiences growing up in Alabama, this middle grade book transports readers to the city of Red Grove in 1970, where the local governor election incites racial tensions. Sixth grader Lu Olivera, an Argentinian immigrant, feels uncertain of her place at school—where white students sit on one side of the classroom, black students sit on the opposite, and everyone else (including Lu) finds a place in the middle. As arguments over segregation and integration erupt around her, Lu learns to stand up for herself and fight for what she believes is right.
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman
Going to school can be intimidating, but this picture book will help to calm any fears new students might have. The colorful images depict a diverse group of kids engaging in fun activities like playing soccer, drawing pictures, and making music. The book’s title is a cheerful refrain throughout the book, reminding young readers that they belong.