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.
If you’ve been preoccupied with the story of Bhima since reading Thrity Umrigar’s The Space Between Us, then this is your lucky week. Travel to India in this sequel and watch as Bhima stands up for her family, but at a cost: her job as a servant where she has worked for over two decades. After being fired, Bhima needs to pick up the pieces and figure out how to forge a life for herself and for Maya, her granddaughter. Then, Bhima meets Parvati. The two women begin selling produce together and forge a powerful bond. Readers, you won’t want to miss this tale of friendship and resilience.
Do you ever find yourself torn between wanting to read a thriller and craving a sci-fi novel? With Jeremy Finley’s latest, you don’t have to choose. The Darkest Time of Night is the story of what happens when a four-year-old named William goes missing from his yard. The only clue comes from his traumatized older brother who says “The lights took him” and then never utters another word. Lynn, the boys’ grandmother, has a theory about what may have happened, but she doesn’t want to talk about it. Readers will stay up all night to finish this one.
In Sophie Lucido Johnson’s illustrated memoir, Johnson writes about polyamory in a way that will engage readers who may not be familiar with the concept. The story begins with Johnson’s own parents, who were happily monogamous for decades and set the tone for Johnson’s perceived ideal romantic relationship. Later on, Johnson realized she was attracted to women and men, and began to seek out relationships that would allow for her to be with more than one person. In a starred review, Kirkus wrote: “Johnson’s multipronged approach not only demystifies a much-maligned and misunderstood practice; it also makes for enjoyable, accessible reading.”
Summer vacation is a great time to travel. Why not travel to space in Patrick S. Tomlinson’s new novel Gate Crashers? In it, readers will follow along as a spaceship called the Magellan (call her “Maggie” for short) ventures into the galaxy and finds something interesting to bring back home. It’s some kind of structure that could be useful on Earth, and unfortunately for Maggie, the aliens who built and maintain it aren’t too keen on letting it get away from them. Getting excited about this book? Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a chance to win a copy!
Caleb Stoltz promised his late brother that he’d raise his 16-year-old niece Hannah and 11-year-old nephew Jonah in the Amish faith, and he’s lived an Amish lifestyle ever since. But when Jonah is badly hurt, Caleb makes the decision to leave the community and seek help at a hospital in Philadelphia. It’s there that he meets medical student Reese Powell and sparks begin to fly. Fans of contemporary romances won’t want to miss this new book from Susan Wiggs.
My Lady Jane was a fan-favorite of 2016, and the sequel promises to deliver the same humor, charm, and adventure. My Plain Jane draws inspiration loosely from the classic Jane Eyre, with a few major tweaks. Like her namesake, orphan Jane becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall and begins to fall in love with her employer, but she also can see ghosts and is best friends with Charlotte Brontë. Reader, will she still marry him? You’ll have to read to find out.
Middle grade readers may have missed out on Beatlemania, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy this 1960s tale about music and friendship. Twelve-year-old Trudy Mixer is the head of her school’s Beatles fan club. The group once had 23 members, but numbers have dropped down to four. Even her best friend Michelle left, deciding to join the cheerleaders instead. Trudy believes that the Beatles final world tour could revive the club, and she sets out with her friends to catch the band in Boston.
Ta-Da! by Kathy Ellen Davis, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita
Warring imaginations battle over storytelling styles in this fun new picture book. A young girl uses playtime to pretend she’s a princess living in a crystal castle, but her friend thinks that her story needs a bit more drama and he sends a dog dragon to attack. The girl uses a bit of make-believe magic and “ta-da!” the dragon is now friendly instead of fire-breathing. The boy responds with a dramatic twist of his own and introduces pirates into their afternoon fun. Back and forth these two go—at least until it’s time to break for a snack.