Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the 10 titles that our editors are most excited to add to their TBR shelves. For even more hot new releases, check out our Fall Previews for the best books coming out this season.
A new title for you, my pretty. What better time than October to pick up a history of witches in America? Author Alex Mar leaves the myths and stereotypes behind as she explores modern-day Paganism—a nature-worshipping religion. Mar takes readers on a journey through the origins of magical societies, intimate rituals, and belief. There are no Sanderson sisters to be found here, but anyone who has ever found themselves fascinated by witchcraft will surely find this book to be a treat.
We can’t get enough of this delightfully creepy cover. This is the start of a new series that brings Lovecraft’s works into our modern world. Daniel Carter is a former homicide detective who has inherited a bookstore and, as a result, an employee. Emily Lovecraft, a descendant of H.P. Lovecraft, mans the store and isn’t fond of her new boss. She’s been running the store solo for years and would be happy to keep it that way. But when a local man drowns in his car (without any water in sight), the two must team up to solve the case. This one is being optioned for television, but we recommend you pick this title up now.
It’s 1792 and Edward Savill is working in London when he gets word that his estranged wife has been killed in France, a country in the midst of a bloody revolution. She has left behind a 10-year-old fatherless boy, Charles, who is brought to England and left in the care of a group of refugees. Retrieving Charles, who doesn’t speak a word after witnessing unspeakable terrors in France, seems simple, but then Edward learns that the boy has been kidnapped. Is the child to be merely a pawn for a man in need of an heir, or does someone want to ensure that the secrets Charles holds are never told? Edward must do everything to ensure the young boy is safe from those who wish to do him harm.
Not to be confused with the Keanu Reeves/Sandra Bullock film of the same name, this novel unspools a decades-old mystery. Alice Edevane has made a successful career for herself as a mystery writer in London, but there is one unsolved case that still haunts her thoughts: her brother Theo’s. The night he went missing felt magical. Her family was throwing a huge party at their beautiful Cornwall estate and hundreds of guests had come out to celebrate. Alice would never would have guessed that that would be the night that her baby brother Theo would go missing and her family would be torn apart. Years later, detective Sadie Sparrow has come across the abandoned Cornwall estate and is determined to solve the mystery hidden inside its walls.
Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk (The Museum of Innocence) worked on this novel for six years. It tells the story of Mevlut Karataş, an everyman who travels to Istanbul. His life is, in some ways, a series of mishaps. He never becomes rich like he dreamed, never makes it as far in school as he hopes, he marries the sister of the girl he loves. But he never quite gives up hope that things will turn out in his favor. This book explores Istanbul’s history and culture in fascinating ways, all through the eyes of a relatable and flawed character.
Transgender stories are finally becoming more mainstream, and readers have real families like the Maines family to thank for that. Twin boys Jonas and Wyatt were adopted into the Maines family, and at age three Wyatt began expressing that he was a she. These assertions shook up everything parents Wayne (a Republican, Air Force veteran) and Kelly thought they knew about gender and identity. But the two put Wyatt’s needs before their own and helped her to begin transitioning into Nicole. And when Nicole was banned from the girls’ bathroom at her school, her family fought tirelessly for her and eventually changed the law in their home state of Maine. This account follows the case, but also shows a real family coming together and standing beside one another.
Everything you need to know about this book is right on the cover. Alice Clayton’s books are sexy, funny, and very cheeky. This title kicks off her Hudson Valley romance series with Roxie and Leo. She’s a down-on-her-luck former private chef and he’s an organic farmer. While he’s in love with the fresh air found upstate, she is only back in town to help run her family’s diner before jet setting back to Hollywood. Leo shows Roxie a thing or two about taking things deliciously slow, but is what they’re cooking up enough to make her stay?
It’s bad enough when your father is the president of the United States and you’re trailed by the Secret Service everywhere you go. It’s worse when you’re obsessed with robotics and your father, the president, is preaching about the dangers of technology. It’s impossibly awful when you’re keeping your sexuality hidden because your father is doing all he can to move the country in a more conservative direction. Welcome to Lee Fisher’s life—it’s a bit of a nightmare. And did we mention he’s being hunted by a killer robot? Young adult readers are in for a wild ride in this near-future thriller.
Preteen spies are required to be one thing, first and foremost: unremarkable. You’d think middle grade spies would need to be talented, strong, and stealthy—but you’d be wrong. Regular children blend in better than extraordinary ones, making Shelley and Jonathan the perfect recruits to help find the dastardly villain who kidnapped the vice president of the United States. Hilarious hijinks ensue as the kids explore their new headquarters and learn how to protect national security.
Any parent can tell you that the loss of a child’s favorite toy is enough to set off a meltdown, but one little boy’s grandfather has a special way of calming down his grandson. After Raspberry, a stuffed rabbit, goes missing, Henry asks everyone in his family to help him locate his beloved bunny. They turn the house upside down and yet Raspberry doesn’t appear. Henry’s grandfather, who gave Henry the rabbit when he was born, encourages Henry to use his imagination to find his stuffed friend. Will it work? Read and see.