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’ve been hankering for a good work of historical fiction, then Naomi J. Williams is here to answer your prayers. This debut, which Kirkus is calling “Literary art of the first order,” fictionalizes France’s attempt to sail around the world in the 1780s. Adventure and danger abound in this gripping novel about man’s attempt to understand the dimensions of the world that he lives in. See the world from aboard the Boussole and Astrolabe: Once you’ve got your sea legs, we think this is an expedition you won’t want to miss.
You may remember Sophie Hannah as the author of The Monogram Murders, the new-ish Hercule Poirot novel that came out last year. Now, she’s back with Woman with a Secret, in which an online columnist is murdered, and the authorities turn up a longer list of suspects than they expected or necessarily wanted. The murder scene is very strange: The columnist is found with a knife taped to his face, and the words, “HE IS NO LESS DEAD” written on his wall in what initially appears to be blood. The plot thickens significantly as a prime suspect emerges, and Hannah demonstrates she doesn’t need to be writing Agatha Christie’s characters: She’s a considerable talent of her own.
Odds are pretty good that you don’t know any serial killers that well (at least, we hope that’s the case). But if, like a lot of people, you’re morbidly curious about the inner lives of these brutal individuals, then this is the book for you. Martha Elliott takes her readers into the mind of Michael Ross, who was put to death for the crime of raping and murdering eight women in the early 1980s. Elliot spent a decade getting acquainted with Ross, and documents the seeming disconnect between the man she got to know and the ugly reality of his heinous crimes. The results are troubling and insightful.
In this heartfelt, multigenerational tale of mothers and daughters, author Adrienne Celt explores a curse that haunts a family. The curse strains relationships between generations of women in the family, because each daughter must in some way weaken her mother in order to become stronger herself. Touches of opera and jazz give this novel a musical quality, guaranteeing the reader won’t be able to shake Celt’s story easily. If you loved A Reunion of Ghosts, out this spring, and are hankering for another dark tale about the ties that bind female family members together, than today is your lucky day.
Runes carved into bones, icebergs floating through the sky, a crack in a wall that’s so much more—would you expect anything less from the masterful China Miéville? As is typical of Miéville’s work, it is impossible to categorize this novel as merely fantasy or science fiction, especially with elements of satire, noir, and horror filling the pages. It’s tough to explain exactly what you’ll find inside these 28 stories, but we promise it’s worth it.
With the 2016 presidential race on the horizon and new candidates popping up in our newsfeeds daily, now is the perfect time to take a real and honest look at the history of the voting rights in America. But don’t think all you’re getting is a history lesson. Ari Berman, a writer for the Nation and investigative journalism fellow at the Nation Institute, takes readers from the Jim Crow laws to modern day America, and proves that the fight isn’t completely over. Starred by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal, you can bet this book has our vote!
Tremaine St. Michael is in the market for sheep and only sheep. He certainly isn’t looking for a wife, but he can’t help but wonder if he might take one after setting his eyes on Lady Nita Haddonfield. Nita is the definition of selfless—exposing herself to illness on a daily basis so that she can spend time caring for the sick in her village. But she’s also incredibly lonely, something Tremaine recognizes in her immediately. Now if only he could convince her that he needs her attentions as much as the village does…
Tyler Blackwell was on top of the world the summer before his senior year. He had a scholarship to Stanford, a beautiful girlfriend, and a prime spot in the high school food chain as a popular jock. This was all before his mother’s suicide. Kirkus called this read “raw and unforgettable,” and we have to agree. This novel about Tyler’s struggle to come to terms with his mother’s death and the blame his father places on him is a tough read, but an important one that is worth the journey.
Reesie cannot wait for her 13th birthday and the huge party that is being planned to celebrate her reaching this pivotal age. But nothing goes according to plan when her New Orleans home is struck by Hurricane Katrina. Stranded without her family, Reesie and her elderly neighbor must find a way to get to safety as the world around them is destroyed. Reesie is asked to grow up as quickly as she can when disaster strikes, but she rises to the occasion and leaves readers with a character they can admire.
Moving is never easy and children especially hate to leave the world they know and love to travel somewhere new. Thankfully, Gracie and Jake don’t have to go through it alone. Told in verse, this story follows these two siblings as they fill two “happiness boxes” with memories to remind them of San Francisco when they move across the country. The title is a reference to a traditional wish for Chinese newlyweds, though in this case it serves as a sweet nod to the ways that life is made easier and more enjoyable with a sibling at your side.