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.
We have been dying to read Sloane Crosley’s debut novel since we first saw Amanda Seyfried in the book trailer. Now that it’s finally out, we can pour ourselves a glass of red and dive in. The book tells the story of three college friends (Kezia, Nathaniel, and Victor) who reunite at a wedding. There’s the usual awkwardness of seeing each other again: the quick spark of old crushes being reignited, and the desire to prove how far they’ve each come. But things really kick off when Victor has a run-in with the mother of the groom and learns of a valuable necklace that went missing during the Nazi occupation of France. And like that, the three are off on a wild hunt to find the priceless heirloom.
She was distracted. It was only for a split second. But it was long enough for Margaret Holloway to get rear-ended… badly. Trapped, she’s pulled from the wrecked car by a stranger moments before the entire vehicle goes up in flames. Her hero disappears quickly, though the lingering trauma from the accident stays with her. Slowly, repressed memories from her past begin rising to the surface. Margaret isn’t immediately sure how it all fits together, but she has a sneaking suspicion that it has something to do with the man who saved her life.
Retellings are popular these days, and they cover everything from fairy tales to classic works of literature. In this novel, Geraldine Brooks (Year of Wonders) reimagines the story of David—biblical king, conqueror of Goliath—through the eyes of a shepherd boy named Natan. David is shown to be a man of both charms and faults, who attempts to find faith and reason in a world that is not always kind or easy to live in. Readers who are familiar with David’s stories in the Bible will love this take on the inner workings of a faithful man.
Who doesn’t love sitting back and quietly enjoying a Broadway show? Well, maybe not Shia LaBeouf… or this guy. But for the rest of us, nothing is nicer than turning off our phones, settling into a cushioned seat, and letting live actors whisk you away. If you think onstage action was captivating, you won’t believe the drama, lies, and scandal that take place behind closed curtains. Michael Riedel, New York Post theater columnist and co-host of PBS’s Theater Talk, is the perfect narrator in this true tale of the men who commandeered a company, reinvented Times Square, and gave the world the gift of Broadway.
We can all agree that it is too early for stores to begin putting out holiday displays, but we think sneaking in some Christmas-themed reading is perfect any time of the year. This particular tale takes readers overseas to Ireland, where Jessica is staying with her boyfriend’s family. She had dreams of hitting it off perfectly with his relatives, but things aren’t exactly going according to plan. The only person who seems to want her around is Grady, a local farmhand. Jessica knows she should just try harder to win over Brennan’s family, but with each passing moment she finds that there is someone else she’d rather be with instead.
First things first: This is the fifth book in a series. So if you are an intrigued newbie, I suggest hightailing it to your local library or bookstore to pick up the first four. For series regulars, you’re in for one action-packed ride in this fantasy novel about a world similar to our own on the brink of an industrial revolution. There’s a killer on the streets of Elendel and it is up to Waxillium, Wayne, and Marasi to ensure that no one else gets hurt—especially when it becomes clear that the governor is being targeted.
Grace knows that she isn’t crazy, but it’s hard to remember that when she’s trapped within the walls of an asylum. The sound of other patients screaming grates her ears, though nothing is as awful as remembering that her own father committed her after she became pregnant. When Dr. Thornhollow visits her, she begs to be put out of her misery, but he has something different in mind. He enlists her to help him catch murderers: The only catch is that she must feign madness so that he can move her from Boston to a safer asylum in Ohio. It’s not too hard to fake, not when her family secrets haunt her thoughts, though Grace will have to hold it together so she and Thornhollow can catch a serial killer targeting young women.
Joseph and Jackson aren’t like regular brothers. For one thing, Joseph is a foster child taken in by Jack’s family. For another, 14-year-old Joseph cares less about bonding with the Hurd family and more about finding his daughter Jupiter. He isn’t allowed to see her, though he thought of her every day he spent in juvie. Having grown up abused by his father, love isn’t a common word in Joseph’s vocabulary, but he’s determined to give his baby girl what he never had. Joseph has judgement coming at him from all sides—people think he’s a screw-up and definitely too young to take care of a child. But then there’s Jack. Jack doesn’t listen to the kids who call Joseph “psycho” or the teacher telling him that Joseph is a bad influence. Slowly but surely, the two begin to form a bond that looks a lot like brotherhood. Fair warning: This one will tug at your heartstrings, so pack tissues if you’re a crier.
There isn’t much to do in Falls River, Texas, but that’s where Kai is stuck living with her great-aunt while her mother hunts for a job. Across the world, Leila arrives in Pakistan to visit with her family. Each girl is searching for a summer adventure, though neither could imagine that it would come in the form of a book. Leila and Kai both come across a blank book bearing the title The Exquisite Corpse. When Kai starts to write in it, the words show up in Leila’s book. Then other words begin appearing, telling the story of Ralph and Edwina, two lovers who once lived in Falls River. Lisa Papademetriou weaves a middle grade tale that connects two girls across the world with romance from the past.
If your heart has not yet been stolen by Little Elliot and Mouse, prepare yourself. Little Elliot is a pint-sized elephant living in Manhattan with his best friend Mouse. If you think it can’t get any sweeter, you’re wrong: They love walking through the park and eating cupcakes. In this second outing, Mouse leaves to attend a family reunion. Little Elliot decides to spend the day exploring the city, but soon finds that he’s pretty lonely. Thankfully, Mouse’s family isn’t shy about welcoming in a brand new member.