This Week’s Hottest Releases: 5/17 – 5/23

This Week’s Hottest Releases: 5/17 – 5/23

Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the 12 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.


When a novel mysteriously appears on her bedside table, Catherine Ravenscroft does what most of us would: She reads it. But cracking the cover of The Perfect Stranger may have just sealed her fate. The book tells a story Catherine knows all too well, about a secret in her past that she had once hoped to forget forever. After 20 years it’s come back to haunt her, but the question is, who left her the book? And what do they want? Start this read early, we doubt you’ll want to put it down once you begin.

The Jesus Cow

Infused with his trademark humor, Michael Perry’s fiction debut is exactly the kind of fun read summer demands. Harley Jackson has enough of his own problems to deal with, the last thing he needs is to go viral on the internet, but that’s exactly what happens when word gets out that his cow Tina Turner birthed a calf bearing the image of Jesus Christ on its flank. Harley needs money to save his land and this calf could be the perfect opportunity to do just that, or it could bring in even more trouble.

Beach Town

Mary Kay Andrews’ latest is hitting shelves just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend, so if you have plans to get away, don’t leave without tossing this in the beach bag. Greer Hennessy is being given one last chance to find the perfect location for a movie shoot. When she stumbles upon the tiny beach town of Cypress Key, she knows she’s found the perfect location. If only it weren’t for the town’s environmentalist mayor who is hell-bent on bringing the town back to its former glory and won’t risk anything getting in the way. But maybe the potential for true love will help change his mind.

Irrationally Yours

Wall Street Journal advice columnist Dan Ariely teams up with New Yorker cartoonist William Haefeli in this expanded collection of his popular column. From staying calm while playing the ever-changing stock market to the price of a human soul, Ariely tackles everything from scholarly queries to the straight up strange in this thoughtful and clever anthology.


No More Worlds to Conquer

What now? This isn’t simply the question college graduates are asking themselves. Journalist Chris Wright asks it of people who have walked on the moon, broken the sound barrier, scored a perfect 10 in the Olympics. Did these sixteen individuals define their time? Or were their lives instead defined by one single moment? Wright looks at what they’re doing now.



The sky is falling! No, really. Neal Stephenson’s latest opens with the moon exploding and debris falling down on the Earth. The nations of the world must act quickly if they hope to successfully get off the planet and set up colonies in space. Flash forward a couple thousand years and the human race is now divided into seven races who have begun their journey back to Earth.

The Hanged Man

A Reader in the queen’s Psychic Service, Alexandrina is called upon to help police investigate suspicious murders. But when she’s called to a home on Christmas Eve 1879, the last thing she expects to find is the body of her long-lost father. Though the scene looks like a suicide, Alexandria knows that it’s murder and quickly sets out onto the streets of London to solve the case herself.


Once every ten years, a powerful wizard called the Dragon comes into the village and takes a maiden. It is his price for keeping the evil of the Wood at bay and ensuring that the village is safe. As the day approaches, Agnieszka is panicking. Her best friend, Kasia, is beautiful and bold. The Dragon is sure to choose her and there’s nothing to be done to save her friend. But then, the Dragon doesn’t choose Kasia, he takes Agnieszka instead.

Three Day Summer

Woodstock comes alive in this novel of two teenagers who meet amidst the mud and music. Cora struggles to feel free while being held back by the culturally defined roles for women in the 1960s, not helped by her conservative father’s strict parenting. Meanwhile, Michael is using the music festival as a way to avoid the big decisions in his life: Should he enlist? What about college? Capturing a well-remembered moment in American history, this is an excellent book to help kick off your summer reading.

Off the Page

For the second installment of Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer’s Between the Lines series, the once-fictional prince Oliver swaps places with his author’s son Edgar for a chance to experience the real world with his true love Delilah. But real-life fairy tales aren’t scripted to guarantee happily ever after. Can this star-crossed couple survive off the page and in high school?


From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess

Meg Cabot welcomes new fans into her Princess Diaries series with this charming middle grade introduction to Princess Olivia. When her story begins, Olivia doesn’t think she’s anything special at all, but everything changes when a limo pulls up outside of her school and out steps Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia! Turns out, Mia is Olivia’s half sister, meaning that Olivia is far more than just your average 12-year-old.


A Chicken Followed Me Home!

With a cluck, cluck here and a cluck, cluck there, chickens can provide a lot for a family willing to care for them. For kids who don’t know the first thing about taking care of a bird, this is the perfect introductory guide. If you’re not intending on introducing fowl into the family, however, this read can still take little readers on an educational journey to learn where eggs come from.


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