Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the 9 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.
Colleen Evans is a wildly popular YouTuber, though you probably know her best as Miranda Sings. In 2008, Evans created the satirical Sings to poke fun at the many singers who post their own videos on YouTube thinking that it will lead to fame and fortune. Sings is talentless, self-obsessed, and beloved by millions of viewers. In her first ever book, Sings shares her (often very bad) advice on getting a boyfriend, dressing for a date, and performing magic.
Former Army Ranger Quinn Colson had a good run as sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. He helped the county rebuild after a tornado; he solved a slew of murders; and he helped get the streets free of drugs and gangs. Guess the citizens weren’t enamored, though, because he lost his re-election before he could take down his archnemesis, Johnny Stagg. But Colson isn’t down for the count yet. He’s got a plan to bring down Stagg and he’s sure deputy Lillie Virgil is the one to help him do it.
This is a title we’ve had our eye on for a while. It’s hard not to be intrigued by North Korea. So little is known about the country and what we do know isn’t very comforting. This is what makes Eunsun Kim’s true and harrowing account of escaping from North Korea all the more important. Using a pseudonym to protect her family left in the country, Kim shares the details of how famine ravaged North Korea and left its citizens starving and malnourished. Her mother took her and her sister across the frozen Tumen River into China, though their journey as refugees was no easier once they got there.
New Yorker staff writer William Finnegan gives readers a glimpse into his gnarly life and the hunt for the ultimate wave. His passion began in the Pacific Ocean, but it truly blossomed once his family moved from Southern California to Hawaii and found other surfers that were just as obsessed with the sport as he was. In this book, there are drugs, tales of sexual escapades, and details about the trip to South Africa that pushed him into journalism, but mostly it’s a story about a man who fell in love with the freedom, chaos, and fury of the sea.
Fantasy books are incredible things. They take us into space to touch the stars, to dystopian worlds that resemble our own, and even back in time to our own history. The fourth book in D.B. Jackson’s series about pre-Revolutionary Boston brings readers back into a universe where redcoats are storming the streets and one conjurer finds himself pulled into the chaos of a society on the brink war.
One of the sweetest reads on our list this week: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake tells the story of Lou, a woman who has dreamt of being a chef in her own kitchen and little else. Unfortunately, the worst night of her professional (and personal) life coincides with a visit from a Milwaukee food critic who tears Lou and her restaurant apart. Lou takes her troubles to the bar and the night brightens when she meets Al, an Englishman who can’t seem to get used to living in the Midwest. Fate would have it that Al is the snarky critic who shattered Lou’s dreams. Can Lou forgive him for what he’s done? We’ll bet love conquers all, but you’ll have to read to know for sure.
A dognapping turns deadly when attorney Andy Carpenter finds the missing pooch standing over the body of her nearly decapitated captor, Gerry Downey. Since the dog in question, a Shepherd mix named Cheyenne, is off the suspect list, the cops turn instead to an associate of Downey who had been seen threatening him for holding out on proceeds from a robbery. The cops think this is an open and shut case, but Andy is convinced that something shady is going on and he won’t stop until he gets his man.
Sal, a Vegas con man, is attempting to pull a fairly elaborate heist: find a child in the foster care system, train her to be the perfect criminal, and use her as a stand-in for Erica Silverman, a little girl who went missing 13 years ago. Sal’s done his part and now it is up to his foster daughter Violet to finish the job by convincing Erica’s mother that she’s her daughter, discovered after all of these years. But the further Violet goes undercover, the more she finds that she likes Erica’s normal life: high school drama, friends who care about her. Can she go through with the con after all?
Author and illustrator Rebecca Bond shares a true story passed down to her from her grandfather, Antonio. As a boy, Antonio worked in the lakeshore hotel that his mother ran. It was a job that let him look into the lives of lumberjacks and miners who worked around Ontario. Then, one night, there was a forest fire heading straight for the hotel. Antonio helped his mom rush the guests out and into the lake, wading into the waters to escape the flames. What happened next was nothing short of amazing: The forest animals followed and did the same. Wolves standing beside men, foxes waiting next to rabbits, all seeking shelter and standing together for one moment in time. Truth really is stranger than fiction.