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 Winter Previews for the best books coming out this season.
Sari Wilson explores the hypercompetitive world of professional ballet through the eyes of two dancers in her latest novel. The first is an 11-year-old girl named Mira whose passion for dance is unparalleled. During the summer of 1977, her parents are too wrapped up in their divorce to support her blossoming dreams, but 47-year-old Maurice DuPont believes she can achieve great things if she allows him to mentor her. The other half of the narrative takes place during the present day and features Kate, a dance professor who recently started having an affair with one of her students. Obsession, desire, and self-destruction all take center stage in this engrossing novel.
Stephen King called this thriller by Jonathan Moore “terrifying,” so consider yourself warned. Toxicologist Caleb Maddox is not having a good night. His girlfriend threw a glass tumbler at his head during a fight that effectively ended their relationship. He’s nursing his wounds (literally and figuratively) at a bar when he catches sight of a mysterious woman named Emmeline. They talk in hushed and seductive tones, but she leaves before he can find out more about her. But when he goes to search for her the next day, he gets caught up in the hunt for a murderer who is using poison to kill. As he hunts for both the serial killer and the seductress, Caleb’s world begins to unravel.
New York Times bestselling author Melanie Benjamin’s latest novel is inspired by the real friendship between writer Truman Capote and Babe Paley, an Upper East Side style icon. Reality TV addicts will devour the scandal and drama found on these pages as Truman and Babe go from being thick as thieves to complete strangers over the course of three decades. What went wrong? Some readers may be familiar with the tale already, but those who aren’t are in for a sordid tale.
This historical account explores the period of Adolf Hitler’s life that, author Peter Ross Range argues, cemented his horrific reign. In November of 1923, Hitler attempted a coup and was sentenced to five years in prison for trying to overthrow the government. The sentence was eventually reduced, and instead, Hitler only spent only a few months during 1924 in prison. During his time behind bars, Hitler dedicated his days to writing Mein Kampf. He immersed himself completely in his beliefs, and exited prison with renewed anger, conviction, and hatred. A lot can happen in a year, and history buffs will definitely want to analyze what happened in 1924.
Author Reed Farrel Coleman leaves the Hamptons behind to focus on the dark underbelly of Long Island in his new crime series. Gus Murphy once had it all: a job he loved with the Suffolk County PD, a wonderful marriage to a great woman, and two beautiful kids. But after the sudden death of his son, it all fell apart. These days, he works as a van driver at a hotel and does what he can to forget about the life he used to lead. But the past isn’t done with him just yet. Gus is approached by Tommy, an ex-con he knew from his cop days. Tommy’s son T.J. was murdered and Tommy’s convinced that the police aren’t doing all that they can to stop it. Reluctantly, Gus agrees to investigate and finds himself drawn into a dark world of drugs, sex, and danger.
Venetia Stratham is bold, like, walks-into-a-gentleman’s-club-wielding-a-gun bold. She’s there to threaten talk to the devilish Quinn Wilde and convince him to stop courting her sister. Venetia’s reputation was sullied by an adulterous groom-to-be and she’s determined to not let the same thing happen to her sister. Unfortunately while she’s with Quinn (and brandishing her weapon) he’s shot by an unknown assailant! Quinn survives, but the would-be killer gets away free and leaves Venetia to take the blame. To save her from further scandal and to clear her name, Quinn proposes that they marry. Their marriage of convenience quickly turns steamy when they realize the chemistry they have, and Quinn becomes determined to protect her from his enemies. If you’re looking for romance, mystery, and a dash of adventure this week, Nicole Jordan’s latest is your ideal choice.
Vicky Cruz didn’t expect to wake up in the hospital. In fact, Vicky Cruz didn’t expect to wake up at all after swallowing a bottle of sleeping pills. But her failed suicide attempt could save her in more ways than one. It’s at the hospital that she meets Mona, Gabriel, and E.M. They’re all members of Dr. Desai’s group therapy on the hospital’s mental disorders ward, and as they share their stories, they help Vicky feel less alone. Her new friends help her to recognize her strengths, but Vicky worries she can’t sustain the progress being made when she’s sent back to a world where she isn’t supported by her family. Author Francisco X. Stork doesn’t shy away from heavy topics in this YA novel and, in an afterword, shares how his own battle with depression inspired this story.
Three young women enlist in the army in this alternate history YA novel from Michael Grant. The year is 1942 and World War II is raging on. A court decision opens the draft for women and many volunteer to serve their country. Rio Richlin, a California farmer’s daughter, volunteers after her sister dies while serving. Frangie Marr, an African-American girl with dreams of becoming a doctor, enlists so she can send money home to her family. And Jewish teen Rainy Schulterman joins to kill some Nazis. Told in alternating perspectives, the girls face the brutal challenges of basic training and struggle to prove themselves in the face of sexism, racism, and antisemitism. This is the first book in a planned series, and readers will certainly want to pick up the next volume to see how the girls continue to combat both Nazis and ignorance. This novel does an excellent job of showcasing the challenges women face in military situations, though readers should note that nearly 400,000 American women did in fact serve with the armed forces during WWII, and their involvement is seen as a major turning point for women’s role in the military.
After playing in the snow all day, the best way to kick off your night is to make a warm cup of cocoa and to curl up with a good book. For middle grade snow bunnies, this is the perfect read for winter nights. Shen and Sika enter the Race to the Top of the World for the chance to win a wish from the Snowfather. Blocking their road to victory are monsters and trolls and yetis (oh my!), but Shen and Sika are confident that the key to their success is the tiny army of 66 pugs pulling their sled.
When little readers open this picture book, they’ll be greeted with a bright red notice telling them that the book has been canceled. But when the crayons inside realize that a reader is out there turning the pages, they insist on sharing the story of how their production of Frankencrayon was sabotaged by a rogue scribble. This is a layered story, ideal for perceptive readers. Fans of Michael Hall and the growing subgenre of crayon fiction will be happy to have this on their shelves.