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.
Get the tissues ready. Long before John Green was making us sob incoherently, Mitch Albom was plucking at our delicate heartstrings. Here, he tells the story of a man named Frankie whose guitar possesses the power to change people’s lives. Frankie’s life is filled with trials (he’s born in a burning church and things get worse from there for a few years) and joys (he meets characters readers will know and love such as Duke Ellington and Tony Bennett). Over the course of his miraculous life, he uses his guitar to touch and change the lives of six people forever. Albom himself is a musician, making this tale of the power of music even more compelling.
Fans of the Lunar Chronicles series have been eagerly awaiting this release. They’ve spent years following cyborg Cinder (a reimagined Cinderella) as she discovered the secrets of her past and started a revolution to reclaim her throne from the vain and sinister Queen Levana. The final book in the series, Winter has a lot of loose ends to tie up. Thankfully, it’s a hefty 823 pages, so readers’ burning questions will certainly be answered. If you’ve already got your copy, then you’ll want to join us for our Week of Winter celebration where we’re recapping this book (and our reactions to it) through GIFs.
Fact: Office fans will love this book. Before he was charming viewers with his love of mustard-colored shirts and beets as Dwight Schrute, Rainn Wilson was a humble drama geek who dreamed of success. In this memoir, he shares stories of growing up nerdy, the challenges of being a young actor in New York City, the TV show that changed his life, and how living spiritually has helped him on his journey.
Some villainous heathen has stolen a wine collection! Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is on the case with Constance Greene to ensure that glasses do not go unfilled, when they discover something even more pressing in the wine cellar: a skeleton. The case only grows more mysterious when two corpses turn up with the word “TYBANE” carved into them. Readers mustn’t fear, however: It’s only a matter of time before Pendergast and Greene discover the truth. (Note: This title was incorrectly featured in the November 3 new releases article.)
Did you know that it’s Jewish Book Month? Each year, throughout the month preceding Hanukkah, readers take time to celebrate books written by Jewish authors and that feature Judaism. This makes it the perfect time of year to pick up this new title. The 613 is a graphic novel that depicts the 613 commandments of the Torah. But you’ve never seen commandments depicted this way before. The book opens with the commandment “To know there is a God” and the image of an astronaut floating through space. This book can be enjoyed in a single sitting or picked up whenever you need a dose of spiritual guidance. Either way, the images’ links to the scripture will have you thinking seriously about the connections between your world and your faith.
As 2015 comes to a close, it is easy to look back on the last few months and think about things that you wish you had done differently. Hindsight is helpful, but what’s better is a new plan for the new year. Shonda Rhimes (you may have heard of her: She’s the woman behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder) shares her secrets to living a great life in this memoir/self-help book. It all started when her sister challenged her to say “yes” for one year. This meant going to parties she would’ve said no to, giving speeches she would’ve turned down, and attending media events when she’d rather be home and in her pajamas. As it turns out, saying yes was one of the best things Rhimes ever did and she thinks other people should give it a try.
Just her luck, Fallon would meet a great guy on her very last day in L.A. Aspiring novelist Ben spends the rest of the afternoon with Fallon after helping her out of a tricky situation, Their attraction to each other is undeniable and they make a pact to meet again in the future, exactly one year from the date they met. Each year on November 9, they reconnect and rekindle the passion between them. For a romance reader like Fallon, it’s a set-up worthy of a novel. Ben seems to agree, and begins to use Fallon as his muse. But things turn rocky when Fallon begins to wonder if he’s been faking their relationship for the sake of his fiction. (Note: This title was incorrectly featured in the November 3 new releases article.)
Elijah loves to play basketball, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s known for being great at it. That’s why when his friend Michael offers him a pair of $400 Kobe 10 sneakers, he isn’t inclined to question where the shoes came from. He’s happier just to throw out his old ones and get back to playing. Accepting the shoes has a cost, though, and it’s one that one he, Michael, and their friend Dylan aren’t willing to pay. When a street gang starts to threaten the group of friends, Elijah teams up with former military man Banks to deal with the situation.
Cisley’s mother disappeared in the most mysterious way: A magician made her vanish as a part of his act, and she never returned. Cisley has powers of her own, though, and must use them if she has any hope of seeing her mother again. But she’ll need a little help. Armed with a pet lobster and a new friend named Cole, Cisley sets out to find the truth and possibly save her mother. Middle grade readers will be enchanted by Cisley’s world, her talking pet lobster, and the dangerous glass castle that she lives in.