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 Spring Previews for the best books coming out this season.
If you love listening to people tell stories, you probably already know about The Moth. It’s a group that sponsors live storytelling events and a popular podcast. This volume celebrates the 20th anniversary of The Moth by collecting some of the series’ most memorable moments and committing them to the page. The theme here is broad: confronting the unknown. Storytellers from all walks of life tell incredible tales that will leave readers (as the title suggests) full of wonder. With a foreword by Neil Gaiman, this book is guaranteed to captivate and delight.
Short story lovers, this one is for you. Deb Olin Unferth’s new collection features nearly 40 stories in it, and will transport readers into the lives of characters grappling with their relationships and the changing world around them. In a starred review, Kirkus raved: “Chock-full of emotional insight and comic verve, Unferth’s beguiling stories are not to be missed.” Existing Unferth fans will be overjoyed to see “Likeable,” which won the prestigious Pushcart Prize, is the first tale in these pages.
This novel is based on the true story of Kate Warne, who history remembers as the first woman detective. Author Greer Macallister invites readers into the Pinkerton Detective Agency, where Kate first applies for a job, despite the fact that the role of “detective” had been traditionally male. Kate will tackle numerous challenging and exciting cases, but she will also make some enemies. For those who love historical fiction with its roots in factual events, this will be an engrossing and inspiring read.
Foodies, we don’t need to tell you who Jim Harrison is. He’s a legend in the food-writing community, and throughout his career he gave readers access to some of the most fascinating culinary experiences out there. A year after Harrison’s death, here is a collection of his most famous food writing. Whether you’re a casual foodie or you’ve had a 37-course lunch yourself, and want to compare notes, there’s something here for everyone.
Cora Kelly has tracked her birth mother to the New Horizons Boys Ranch. She isn’t sure how to tell Aiyana that she’s her long-lost daughter, so Cora decides to apply for an open position at the ranch and work alongside her mom until she figures out how to break the news. The one person who might be able to help her is the attractive ranch manager, Elijah Turner. Brenda Novak fans won’t want to miss this heartwarming romance.
An asteroid, and murder, and mystery—oh my! Brendan Reichs’ young adult novel has all of that and more. An asteroid called the Anvil is hurtling towards the Earth and endangering every living thing on the planet, but that isn’t the only thing high schooler Min is worried about. Every year on her birthday she’s brutally murdered by the same man, and then she wakes up alone and safe on the edge of her Idaho town. With the end of the world looming overhead, Min decides that she’ll spend the time she has left uncovering what really happens every year on her birthday.
Alien abduction is the best thing that’s happened to Avani Patel since her family moved. Her dad signed her up for the Flower Scouts troop, but Avani found most of the girls just wanted to talk about boys and makeup. When she’s abducted by Mabel, an alien who is a member of the Star Scouts, Avani finds the adventure she’s seeking. The Star Scouts are the kind of troop she’d love to join, and if she can prove her worth at Camp Andromeda, she might just find a place with them. Mike Lawrence’s graphic novel is ideal for young readers who are looking for laughs, endless fun, and an out-of-this-world journey.
Emily Gravett’s latest picture book delivers a subtle environmental message alongside a charming story about a badger who likes things clean. Pete does everything he can to keep the forest tidy. He gives a sponge bath to an owl, he combs out a fox’s fur, and he picks up leaves as they fall from the trees. It’s only after the forest is left unrecognizable (replaced by a neat but cold concrete) that Pete realizes that his quest to remove the mess also rid the forest of its charm, wonder, and warmth. Pete learns that nature, like life, is sometimes a bit messy, and that’s okay.