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.
Even after skyrocketing to stardom, Alison Moore still struggles to get her love life in order. Stars: They’re just like us! Alison makes the choice to leave Cincinnati and her high school boyfriend, Kyle Wallace, behind when she decides to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. She hoped, but never could’ve truly imagined how one small part on a TV drama would lead to her own TV series and the starring role in a movie! Meanwhile, Kyle finds himself on the conventional path: stable and respected job in his hometown, marriage, kids possibly on the way. The two run into each other every time Alison visits Cincinnati, and they can’t deny that a spark is still there. But do they really want to be together, and what would they have to give up to make it work? Theresa Rebeck, a television and film writer who is no stranger to Hollywood, delivers an impressive novel about deciding what you want from your career, relationships, and life.
Journalist Tom Wainwright noticed something interesting while working as a correspondent in Mexico City for the Economist. He could see that the war on drugs was not succeeding and that drug cartels were more powerful than ever. He began to notice that the cartels were thriving because the dealers who ran them understood how to run and manage a business. There were mergers, brand loyalty, and strategies for how to handle competition. In this book, Wainwright investigates the billion dollar drug business and uncovers surprising revelations about how one illegal industry is run.
Over the course of connected vignettes, Lizzie goes from an overweight high schooler to a skinny, married woman named Elizabeth. But while her eating habits and dress sizes change, one thing remains the same: She’s trapped. She was unhappy in the body of her youth. She was mocked and she lacked confidence. In her adult body, she worries about maintaining her slim form and drives herself to extreme measures to keep it. The weight loss isn’t an accomplishment; it’s a burden. In Mona Awad’s witty and sharp debut, Lizzie trades her beloved McFlurrys for gym dates and carefully portioned calories. Along the way readers are given a poignant look at the effects of the societal pressures that women face to fit into a certain size to measure their worth.
According to Publishers Weekly, Dexter Palmer’s second novel is “more brilliant than his debut,” but we invite you to judge this ambitious novel for yourself. Set in the near future, the book follows Rebecca Wright, a customer service representative for the dating website where she met her husband, Philip. After suffering a great tragedy, Rebecca struggles to deal with her grief. But she can’t shake the feeling that something is wrong. Could it have something to do with the causality-violation device that her physicist husband has spent more than a decade building? Science fiction and literary fiction meet in this complex novel.
More than anything else, Joe Goldberg wants love. His obsession with attaining it and making things work with his last girlfriend drove him to commit multiple murders, but he’s determined to turn over a new leaf when he meets Amy. So when she takes off for California, he follows after her, ready to prove that he wants to be with her forever. Once in Hollywood, his dark thoughts start to resurface and Joe isn’t sure if he can contain them. Serial killer Joe Goldberg is back at it again in the thrilling sequel to Caroline Kepnes’ You.
Susan Mallery delivers another sweet tale of friendship and love in The Friends We Keep. Nicole, Gabby, and Haley are all dealing with different challenges. Gabby is at odds with her husband over returning to work now that their twins are in kindergarten. Haley, who wants nothing more than to be a mother, is struggling to conceive after miscarriages. And recent divorcée Nicole is falling for a man who her son idolizes. Life may not be simple, but these three prove that solid friendships can help get you through anything.
The final volume in Karen Ranney’s Civil War trilogy introduces readers to Rose MacIain, a New Yorker and abolitionist who finds herself down South on a failing Charleston plantation where her sister lives. Rose is willing to do anything to save her sister and family from starvation. To make money, she travels to Scotland and pretends to be the widow of Duncan Maclain’s cousin. Duncan quickly welcomes her into his home (and, yes, later into his heart). Along the way, there’s danger and drama, but what will stick with readers most is Ranney’s sensitive portrayal of a dark period in American history.
The first in Gena Showalter’s new dystopian series, Firstlife explores a world where people are given a choice of two afterworlds when they die: Troika or Myriad. The two sides have been at war for years, and the rulers of both sides believe that possessing the soul of one particular girl (seventeen-year-old Ten) could end the fighting. The catch is Ten refuses to pledge allegiance to either side. Cue an epic battle for one girl’s soul. There’s romance, of course, but readers will find the connected themes of religious extremism and individuality refreshing and engaging.
Jenny Downham explores how the past and present intertwine between three generations of women. High schooler Katie struggles to meet her controlling mother’s high standards. But volunteering to be a caretaker for her grandmother, Mary, isn’t to please her mom, it’s to satisfy her own curiosity. For years, Mary was estranged, but she moves in with Katie’s family after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Katie is passionate about finding out what she can about her mysterious grandmother’s past before it’s too late. The novel alternates between Mary’s and Kate’s points of view, giving the reader a detailed look at how similar and different the women in this family truly are.
Is one truly the loneliest number? Seventh grader Jeremy Miner is the one and only boy at a school of 475 girls, and he hates it. The formerly coed school lets him stay for free because his mom works there, and she can’t afford to transfer him anywhere else. Fed up and looking for a way out, Jeremy decides that the only thing he can do is try to get himself expelled. Together with his friend Claudia, he sets out to prank his way to permanent relocation in this hilarious tale from Lee Gjertsen Malone.