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.
Kara Thomas delivers a chilling psychological thriller for readers willing to lose a few hours of sleep. Tessa and her best friend Callie helped put a serial killer behind bars when they were eight years old, but not before Callie’s cousin Lori was killed. The next year, Tessa moved far away and hoped to forget everything that had happened. Years later, she’s lured back to the town of Fayette, Pennsylvania where she has to confront the horrible memories she left behind. Even worse, some residents believe that she and Callie put away the wrong man and that the killer is still out there. Early reviews guarantee readers will be surprised by the ending, so if you love mysteries with shocking endings, this is perfect.
Amanda Quick returns with a historical gothic novel that mixes thrills and Victorian romance. Calista Langley doesn’t believe that romance is in her future. She’s in her late 20s and is considered a spinster. But that doesn’t stop her from helping other people to find their happily ever after. In secret, Calista runs a matchmaking service and helps to bring single people together. Not everyone approves of her services though, including Trent Hastings, a crime novelist and the brother of a client. When a stalker begins sending her threatening gifts, Calista hopes that Trent will put aside his distaste for her business and help her solve the mystery of who is following her. Starred by both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, this is a book you don’t want to miss.
It should come as no surprise that we consider this a must-read book. Journalist Joshua Hammer recounts the incredible, true story of Abdel Kader Haidara, a historian who became a smuggler when Al Qaeda militants threatened to destroy invaluable manuscripts in Mali. Haidara worked as an archivist during the 1980s, spending his days collecting documents for a government library in Timbuktu. When Al Qaeda militants invaded Mali in 2012, they brought a reign of terrifying destruction and condemned all forms of expression. Art, music, and literature were all at risk of being wiped out completely. Haidara put his own life in danger to smuggle 350,000 volumes out of Timbuktu.
Booker Award-winner Graham Swift takes readers back to 1924 to visit a woman spending one last day with her lover who is engaged to another woman. Jane Fairchild, a 22-year-old maid, began sleeping with Paul Sheringham years ago. He’s to be married in two weeks, and their last afternoon together passes slowly and luxuriously. Even after he departs, Jane (who Kirkus compares to Molly Bloom) allows her mind to wander to her orphan past and the road that led her into his arms and bed.
This essay collection from journalist and National Book Award-winner Andrew Solomon takes readers on an unforgettable trip around the world. Solomon recounts historic moments that he bore witness to, such as the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2002, and his time on the barricades in Moscow in 1991. He also explores cultural issues such as sexual identity in Ghana and the high suicide rate in Greenland. These are real stories about the fight for freedom, the desire for acceptance, and the connections between people and their government.
Mary Frances adores her family’s apple orchard. As her brother and cousin contemplate college and fuss over the challenges of operating a family farm at the turn of the 21st century, Mary Frances simply believes that the farm will continue to thrive under her father’s hand, as it has for three generations before him. She’s always know that she’d take over the place when he retired, and it would be where she raised her own children. But as she grows older, Mary Frances’ beliefs become less staunch. Change is coming quickly, and she isn’t sure if she’ll be ready to accept it when it arrives. Jane Hamilton’s coming-of-age novel explores the life of a girl entering maturity and learning to reconcile the world as she wants it to be with the world as it is.
Erotic romance author Eric Jerome Dickey truly shines in this novel featuring four inseparable friends. Indigo feels pressure from her Nigerian parents to make a smart match and marry, though she finds herself trapped in an on-and-off relationship with a football player. Kwanzaa breaks free of her cheating fiancé and enjoys her new freedom by indulging in a one-night stand. Destiny struggles to keep the secrets of her past hidden from her new lover. And she isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Ericka, the oldest of the group, is slowly taking her life back after her cancer goes into remission. She wants love, but is afraid of her growing feelings for her friend Destiny’s father. Life is filled with curveballs, but these friends know that at the end of the day they can always rely on each other.
Sixteen-year-old Monty is used to not fitting in. Her Californian classmates make fun of her for not liking celebrities, for being obsessed with the supernatural, and for being raised by two moms. Monty’s found a way of dealing though. Together with her two best friends Thomas and Naoki, she’s formed the Mystery Club. During those blissful meetings they can talk about super powers, ESP, and the Eye of Know (a mystical amulet Monty bought online). The year seems to be progressing normally, until a well-known homophobic evangelist moves into town and his son enrolls in Monty’s high school. Mariko Tamaki’s young adult novel features a girl learning to cope with fear and anger as those she loves most are singled out for not representing a sole idea of family.
Something dangerous lurks in the bog. Dark-skinned Princess Jeniah has been told her entire life to stay out of Dreadwillow Carse. It’s been said that if any monarch enters, then the monarchy will fall. Jeniah doesn’t want to end her family’s peaceful rule (1,000 years strong), but she can’t help but feel drawn to the dark and mysterious bog. When her friend Aon, a commoner, enters Dreadwillow Carse and doesn’t return. Jeniah has no choice but to go in to rescue her. Brian Farrey’s middle grade adventure delivers a royal heroine truly worthy of being a role model to young readers.
Midnight snackers, this one is for you. In Darren Farrell’s latest picture book, Bear is craving some late night treats. Berries, honey, marshmallows—Bear isn’t picky as he swipes treats from fellow animals and humans throughout the forest. He thinks he’s being pretty stealthy, but then he notices that he’s being followed. Try as Bear might, he can’t escape from the moon.