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.
For those of you who have been living under a rock, Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, has a new book. Without spoiling the novel for anyone who plans on reading it, we’re comfortable telling you that its release has been met with some controversy. Atticus and Scout Finch are back, but before you get too excited, this is a significantly different book from its predecessor. If you want a sneak peak, the first chapter has already been published online. If you forgot to preorder it, you’re in luck, we’ve got it right here for you, and it’s 13% off.
Translated from Portuguese, this surreal novel tells the tale of a young woman named Mariamar living in Mozambique, whose sister has just been eaten by a lion. The village’s lion problem is serious but also mystifying: The reader is encouraged to consider whether the lions are literal or, in some way, more ephemeral than that. This is stunning fiction with a healthy dose of magical realism. Questions of humanity, myth, reality, and identity swirl through this complex and beautiful novel.
The year is 1884, and the place is London, England. Thaniel Steepleton is confused when someone leaves a watch on his pillow with no explanation. He is more confused still when, in an improbable series of events, the timepiece ends up saving his life. When he goes in search of the watch’s original owner, however, he makes the acquaintance of Keita Mori, who knows things about the future that turn Thaniel’s world upside down. British steampunk glamour meets an unusual tale of time in this exciting new novel by Natasha Pulley. This book has it all: time travel, historical flair, and a seriously beautiful love story. Don’t miss it.
Kate Burkholder left the Amish community years ago, though her job as Chief of Police keeps her in close contact. After a tornado devastates the town of Painters Mill, the body parts of a Mennonite man who vanished 30 years prior are found in a barn. The clues lead back to a group known as the Swartzentruber. They’re among the most conservative of Amish groups and are completely unwilling to share information with Kate. But she’s a woman on a mission and nothing will stop her from getting her man.
One of the most anticipated releases out this week is Armada. Fans of Ernest Cline’s video game-themed hit Ready Player One are sure to love this new venture into a world where a top video game player is called upon to fight invading aliens straight out of his favorite game. If there’s a single summer read worthy of setting down the controller and turning off the console for, this is it.
Here comes the bride but… wait, where’s the groom? In this comedy of manners, girls between the ages of 12 and 19 are sent to the Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy to learn all there is to know about womanhood and to prepare for marriage. With five girls of marriageable age, the year promises to be quite interesting. The only problem? The school is smack dab in a town without a single eligible man. A companion to Keeping the Castle, it’s the ideal read for anyone looking for something charming and romantic.
The latest from Caroline B. Cooney (The Face on the Milk Carton) will have readers racing to the end to uncover the truth behind this murder mystery. Sisters Miranda and Lander have always harbored a bit of standard sibling rivalry, and with Lander starting med school in the fall, Miranda is feeling completely overshadowed by her older sister. But when Miranda is the witness to an accident that looks like a murder, she’s thrown front and center into the middle of the investigation.
Many children who are adopted grow up without knowing who their birth parents are, but this was not the case for a young boy named Jonathan. This moving true story follows Amy Seek as she becomes pregnant at 22 and makes the difficult and life-changing decision to not only give her child up for adoption, but also leave the adoption open. This means that she remained in contact with her son and his family throughout his life. The decision is one that brings up challenges Seek never could’ve imagined, though ultimately she would never go back on her choice.
Young readers looking for adventure (or older readers who miss Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series), will devour this sequel to The Glass Sentence. After rewriting the map of the world with her friend Theo, Sophia is back home in Boston and searching for clues that might lead her to finding her missing parents. But the answers she seeks are in a place ravaged by a plague, a place that can’t be found on any map. Ideal for summer travel, this book will suck readers into the mystery and not let them go until they’ve turned the final page.
In our fast moving world, this may be the type of book that parents need more than their children. On their way to catch a train, a mother rushes her son along with reminding cries of “Hurry!” Though as they cross the street and walk through the park, the son encourages her to “Wait” and appreciate the world around her.