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 Summer Previews for the best books coming out this season.
If you’re having trouble pinning down which genre you want to pick up next, Emily Mitchell’s short story collection is perfect for you. Her fiction travels from the reality that we all recognize to surreal worlds imbued with magical realism. With a cover that calls to mind the Fourth of July, this may just be the ideal week to pick up this title.
If you’ve ever sat back and wondered what Plato’s Republic would look like in practice, have we got the book for you. The goddess Pallas Athene has realized Plato’s dream and built a city on the island of Atlantis. But, as readers of the first book in this series know, things don’t go according to plan. This sequel follows Apollo as he sets sail in search of vengeance.
Gabriel Allon is back and on the hunt for Eamon Quinn, a bomb maker and mercenary who killed a member of the British royal family. But her death may have only been a diversion. As Allon gets closer to Quinn, he realizes that he may have been the true target all along.
The title alone is sure to spark nostalgia for any who died of dysentery while playing the video game. But anyone who picks it up for the sake of sentimentality will surely stick around to hear the tale of Rinker Buck’s modern trek across the historical trail. Traveling in a covered wagon pulled by a team of mules, Buck explores the rich history of the 2,000 mile trail while chronicling his own journey through thunderstorms and the Rockies.
Featured on our Summer Nonfiction Preview, this book is ideal for anyone interested in foreign policy. Author Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s former chief of staff, argues for negotiations with terrorists, a stance that has been supported by families who seek to do more when they have loved ones held captive. Powell stays practical in his advice and offers insight that’s sure to have readers thinking about this issue long after they turn the final page.
Megan Frampton is back with a new installment in her Dukes Behaving Badly series. The Duke in question is none other than Nicholas Smithfield, who is quite unhappy that his new title comes with an engagement to Lady Isabella Sawford. Neither one of them is happy about entering into an arranged marriage, though their resolve begins to melt with each passing moment they spend together.
Scarlett commands attention wherever she goes, and her sister Sarah… well she doesn’t. Sarah prefers to spend her time alone tracking Comet Jolie with her telescope. She’s perfectly content with the way her life is set up, until her boyfriend dumps her. His reason? She separates herself from the world. Unable to argue with the facts, Sarah thinks that maybe reinventing herself in the image of her popular sister might not be so bad. Everything is smooth sailing until she begins to fall for a boy who has only ever seen the persona she puts on, not the real Sarah.
Originally intended to be a weapon of war, John T. Thompson was devastated that his deadly creation instead became the gun of choice for gangsters like Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson. This book is a fascinating history for high schoolers or any readers who have an interest in the Prohibition era, gangsters, or the Second Amendment.
Unlike the delicious chocolatey treats we’re familiar with, the brownie in this tale is a creature out of Scottish mythology who helps a family by performing tasks around their home during the night in exchange for treats. This brownie in particular, Angus Cairns, was featured in Bruce Coville’s short story “Clean as a Whistle” and is sure to please readers who like hijinks and enjoy the charming humor of bad poetry.
If there’s one thing we absolutely love here at Bookish, it’s a good pun. So a book titled Jampires (about jam-loving vampires) is right up our alley. This adorable read is perfect for little doughnut lovers who wouldn’t mind an adventure to a vampire land of sherbert and blueberry pie. But parents beware: best have snacks on hand, you’ll need them after this delicious read.