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 are young at heart, this tale narrated by 11-year-old Donal Cameron might be just what you’re looking for. Donal travels from Montana to Wisconsin in 1951 when his grandmother, who has been caring for him, develops health problems. But when disagreements with his Aunt Kate in Wisconsin lead to trouble at home, his aunt puts him on a bus and sends him right back to Montana. Donal won’t be traveling alone, though: His uncle Herman the German decides to make the trek with him, because he, too, is struggling with Aunt Kate. Of course, adventures ensue. You won’t want to miss the final novel from the beloved author Ivan Doig, who died earlier this year.
Oh, anthologies, the cure for even the worst reading slumps—especially when they’re filled with brand new stories by Leigh Bardugo and Nova Ren Suma. The stories are all inspired by classic tales, though with terrifying new twists that readers won’t see coming. This horror collection is filled to the brim with enough thrills and chills that you won’t want to put it down… and even if you do, you won’t be able to sleep, so you might as well just read on through the night.
When the rise of an empire coincides with the awakening of ancient magic, chaos ensues. Leaving behind the nonfiction she’s known for, Eleanor Herman is using her background in history to pen a new fiction series based on the life of Alexander the Great. But leave behind everything you think you know about Alex. This conqueror is living in a land where dormant magic is becoming active, a complication in a world already rife with murder and political betrayals. A never-ending quest for greatest awaits readers ready to pick up this title.
How much do you know about World War I and the Russian Revolution? If you’re like a lot of people, you may have a general grasp on these wars as separate events, but you might not have thought about how, taken together, they made an indelible mark on European and world history. Author and prominent scholar Dominic Lieven is here to change that. Lieven has visited the archives, and thought hard about these events as historical forces, and here presents his exciting and original analysis. History buffs, don’t miss this one.
Still shaken by the murder of his wife two years prior, private investigator Mark Novak isn’t performing well at work. When he’s handed a cold case, it’s clear that it may be his last if he can’t focus. Novak specializes in exonerating death-row inmates and is asked to look into the murder of 17-year-old Sarah Martin by Ridley Barnes, the man who found her body in Indiana’s Trapdoor Caverns and continues to be the prime suspect. Claustrophobic readers beware: The scenes where Novak ventures into the dark caverns are by far the most suspenseful in the book.
For those of you who love short stories, this is our gift to you. Often compared to Raymond Carver, Lucia Berlin “may just be the best writer you’ve never heard of.” This collection contains 43 of her 76 short stories and takes readers across two continents, and through Berlin’s alcoholism, as well as pink- and blue-collar jobs. There’s fiction mixed in, too, though what readers should really expect are fascinating stories about everyday life.
It’s August; how’s your New Year’s resolution going? Many people drop their resolutions before the end of February, but when Janice Kaplan resolved to spend a year showing more appreciation, she stuck to it and it transformed her life. After learning that most people do not express gratitude on a daily basis, Kaplan made it a daily goal to be more appreciative of her husband, children, career, and health. Turns out, little positive thoughts and comments every day added up big time. If you need a little more happiness in your life, Kaplan is your girl.
Catherine Bybee concludes her Weekday Brides series with a modern take on the popular marriage of convenience plot. In need of a temporary wife, stat, billionaire Hunter Blackwell strolls into Alliance, a matchmaking company, assuming he’ll get exactly what he’s asking for. What he gets instead is Gabi Masini, elite matchmaker, who is not interested in taking Hunter on as a client. Once denied, Hunter changes his original plan and gives Gabi an offer she can’t refuse: Pretend to be his wife or he lets slip some dark secrets from her past that his P.I. dug up. But playing pretend only lasts so long, especially when criminals from Gabi’s past resurface.
An ideal tale for readers who loved Charlotte’s Web, Firefly Hollow explores the friendship that blossoms between a firefly, a cricket, a vole, and a human boy named Peter. Both Firefly and Cricket have big dreams: Firefly dreams of spreading her wings in outer space and Cricket wants to be a part of America’s favorite pastime, baseball. But when those dreams aren’t encouraged by their respective nations, the two set out to leave Firefly Hollow and follow their hearts. It’s out in the wild that they meet Vole, the last of his kind, and come face to face with a Miniature Giant.
Homeless pup Pepe thinks his dreams have come true when a movie director spots him wearing a sombrero and casts him in a movie. Pepe quickly rises to stardom, much to the chagrin of El Gato, a feline rival animal star. He’s got enough bones to last a lifetime, but after a wild chase with El Gato (who hat-napped his sombrero), he realizes that what he really wants more than anything is a family. Told in both English and Spanish, this bilingual tale of pet adoption is sure to be a hit with young animal lovers.