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 Spring Previews for the best books coming out this season.
In case you missed it, Edna O’Brien’s latest novel made our list of the top fiction books coming out this spring. This tale kicks off with a strange man named Vlad moving into the little village of Cloonoila in western Ireland. The locals learn that he’s a healer and flock to him with their ailments. Fidelma McBride hopes he can fulfill another need. She’s completely taken with the handsome foreigner, and arranges to meet with him privately in the hopes of conceiving a child. The illusion Vlad cultivates is shattered when the police arrive and reveal his true identity.
Augusten Burroughs’ seventh autobiographical book focuses on the all-too-relatable struggle to find love. Readers don’t need to be familiar with Burroughs’ other works to find their footing here, though we do highly recommend picking up Running with Scissors if you’re looking for a place to start. In this memoir, Burroughs recounts the days when he was newly sober and living in New York City, a place notorious for its large single population. Tales follow that range from witty to moving, chronicling Burroughs’ challenges to find someone he can connect with both physically and emotionally. Still on the fence? We also named it as a must-read nonfiction book for spring 2016.
Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and named one of the best novels of the year by The Guardian, Sunjeev Sahota’s novel is one that you’re sure to hear people talking about. The story follows the lives of three men and one woman, bound together by secrets. Sikh Narinder is a British-Indian woman who marries Randeep so he can attain a visa to remain in England and help support his struggling family back in India. Randeep doesn’t live with her though; instead he shares a house with Avtar Nijjar (who is dating Randeep’s sister and accompanied him from India) and Dalit Tochi Kumar (who fled to England after his family was killed by radical Hindu nationalists). In the year ahead, they all must learn to rely on one another as they navigate the challenges of immigrant life in England.
Monique W. Morris, the co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, takes readers into schools and behind jail bars to look at the systems that fail to help young black girls in need. The school-to-prison pipeline has been documented before, but mostly concerning male students. Here, Morris provides both statistics and personal stories from girls across the country to show that this problem is widespread and growing. The tales are heartbreaking, including one of a 15-year-old being trafficked for sex, and readers will leave this book wanting to action. Anticipating this, Morris equips readers with the information they need to enact change and help black girls across America. Kirkus calls the book “powerful and thought-provoking,” and we have to agree. This will stay with you long after you turn the final page.
Romily and Ben have been best friends for years. So when Ben confides that he and his wife Claire haven’t been able to successfully conceive a child, Romily makes a selfless offer: She’ll be their surrogate. Claire and Ben agree, and before they know it, Romily is successfully inseminated and with child. Already a mother herself, Romily thinks she knows what to expect from pregnancy. But she never could’ve predicted that as the baby grew inside of her so would her romantic feelings for Ben. Julie Cohen’s novel is a tale of love, longing, and the sacrifices we make for the people we care about.
John Hayes and Thomas Byrne once fought side by side, but not anymore. Byrne gave up life as a combat medic to work as a surgeon. He travels the country trying to help as many people as he can while suppressing the memories of his military history. But the past isn’t done with him yet. He’s called back into action to track down Hayes. Rumor has it that Hayes, a Special Operations soldier, betrayed his fellow men and country. Does Byrne have what it takes to go after his old friend? What happened to make Hayes turn on his team? Publishers Weekly calls the battle scenes some of “the best in the business,” so action fans will not want to miss out on this new title from Matthew Quirk.
Julia Quinn’s latest historical romance made the list of our must-read spring romance books, and it isn’t hard to see why. Who doesn’t love when two people are thrown together only to realize that their incessant bickering is a mask for their feelings of attraction? The duo in this tale is Billie Bridgerton and George Rokesby. Having grown up on neighboring estates, they’ve been getting on each other’s nerves since they were kids. But if there’s one thing that can bring them together, it’s a love of family. When George’s brother Edward goes missing, the two drop everything and decide to team up to find him.
It’s finally here: The thrilling conclusion to Marie Rutkoski’s Winner’s Trilogy. In this tale of deception and war, star-crossed lovers Kestrel and Arin are forced to choose between their love for each other and their loyalty to their own people. Kestrel comes from a country of warriors and conquerors; Arin is one of the Herrani, former slaves of Kestrel’s people. In the last book, Kestrel committed treason against the emperor to warn Arin that the Herrani were in danger. But to spare Arin’s life, Kestrel had to convince him that she no longer cared for him. In this final volume, Kestrel’s being sent to a war camp for her crimes while Arin attempts to pull together an army to save the Herrani from invasion. Drama, lies, and hopefully love lie in store for young adult readers.
Author Ally Condie explores grief and loss through the eyes of a Chinese-American girl in this middle grade novel. After her father and brother are killed by a drunk driver, 12-year-old Cedar moves to Iron Creek, Utah with her mom and other brother, Miles. To pass the summer, Cedar starts to work at Summerlost, a yearly Shakespeare festival held in the town. It’s there that she becomes friends with Leo and first hears the story of Lisette Chamberlain, an actress from the town who died under mysterious circumstances. Together, Cedar and Leo begin to research Lisette’s life to learn more about her and how she died. Along the way, Cedar begins to think about the legacies people leave behind after they die.
Hector the bear enjoys living deep in the mountains of Peru. But he can’t enjoy any of the natural beauty or solitude thanks to his friend Hummingbird. Everything Hector does, Hummingbird copies. And if he isn’t copying, Hummingbird is peppering Hector with questions. At the end of his rope, Hector comes up with a plan: convince Hummingbird to copy him being “really, really quiet.” Siblings in particular will love this tale from Nicholas John Frith, though all readers will relate to Hector’s struggles with his sometimes-annoying friend.