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.
Sure, some plays have intermissions. But marriages? Not so much. Elyssa Friedland’s novel explores this unconventional idea through the story of Cass and Jonathan Coyne. Cass and Jonathan appear happy to those who know them: They’re financially well-off, and their future seems bright. Things are a little rockier than the rest of the world knows, however, and before long, Cass and Jonathan decide to take a six-month break from one another. At the end of that time, they’ll decide to get back together or to stay apart.
Do you struggle to choose between historical fiction and a great mystery when it comes to selecting your next read? If so, we’ve got great news: With M. J. Tjia’s She Be Damned, you need not choose. This novel will transport you to London in 1863 where a serial killer is at work and targeting sex workers. Enter: Heloise Chancey. Heloise will work with her maid, Amah Li Leen, to track down the killer before the murderer claims any more victims. We are so excited about this book that we named it one of summer’s must-read mysteries and thrillers.
Patient Care by Paul Seward
Paul Seward has spent years working as a doctor specializing in emergency medicine, and here, he recounts his experiences in the harrowing and high-stakes field. Readers will meet a variety of Seward’s patients, but also get inside Seward’s head: What questions and cases haunt him? How does he see his role? What is it like to have someone else’s life in your hands? For readers with an interest in nonfiction or the medical field in particular, Patient Care is a can’t-miss new release.
Do you need a vacation? How does southern Italy sound? That’s what we thought. In this novel (which is the first of Francesco Dimitri’s to be translated into English), four friends meet up every year in accordance with a promise they made when they were young. But one of them—a man named Art—doesn’t show up one year, and immediately, his friends begin to worry. The three remaining friends begin to search for Art, and what they find is stranger than anything they could have imagined. Elements of fantasy will keep you enthralled until the last page.
If you’ve read through our guide to this summer’s must-read books, you may have already spotted this title in our romance section. This is the third book in Galen’s Survivors series and it introduces readers to Rafe Beaumont, an English spy, and Collette Fortier, the daughter of a French assassin. Rafe’s mission is to seduce Collette and gain as much information as he can about her father. He’s never failed to complete an assignment in the past, but he’s also never before met a woman like Collette.
Here at Bookish, we typically think of librarians as superheroes, but in Caine’s Great Library series these literary gatekeepers are the villains. The series is set a world where books are kept locked away in the Great Library, only able to be accessed by a privileged few. Jess Brightwell grew up helping smuggle books to readers and he’s prepared to fight the Archivist Magister of the Great Library and create a future where everyone has access the wealth of knowledge found in the library. New readers will want to start with Ink and Bone, while fans can dive right into this thrilling new installment.
This middle grade fantasy transports readers to the land of Talhaven. A portal once existed between Talhaven and a world called Vora, but one day a mysterious explosion occurred and the portal closed. In the aftermath, a Voran ship was discovered bearing children who possess magic but no memory of what happened to their world. Instead of sheltering and helping the children, the Talhaven people respond with fear and lock them away. Rook and Drift must use all of their bravery, intelligence, and magic to escape and find a way to return home to Vora.
Picture book readers won’t want to miss this colorful story about love, acceptance, and hope. The story is set in a world populated by three colors: red, blue, and yellow. They together live harmoniously until the day a Red declares Reds to be the best color. Blues and Yellows argue back, and soon they’ve divided their world. But then something amazing happens: A Blue and a Yellow marry, and their love brings a new color into the world—Green! The other colors realize that the world is more beautiful when they celebrate their differences, and slowly but surely, the barriers between them begin to break down.