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.
Whether you love him or hate him, if you follow news in the book world, you definitely know who Jonathan Franzen is. In this novel, Franzen tells the story of Purity (Pip) Tyler, who has a boatload of student loans and no idea who her father is. The ensuing plot twists take the reader to far corners of the earth, and into the web of a Wikileaks-like organization and its distinctively Julian Assange-y founder. If you’re a fan of Franzen’s massive, meticulously-plotted novels about complicated families, then you won’t want to miss this.
Ferrante fans, rejoice! The fourth and final installment in the the Neapolitan novels is here. This buzzed-about tome continues to tell the stories of two friends, Elena and Lila, living in Naples. Ferrante (whoever she is) has a sharp eye for the intricacies, challenges, and triumphs of female friendship, and this series is a celebration and an examination of precisely that force. If you’re Knausgaarded out, this series might be just what the doctor ordered.
Want to know what happened to The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest? Wonder no longer. Author Stieg Larsson died in 2004, before the Millennium series had even been published. Taking up the mantle with book four is David Lagercrantz, the ghostwriter of the bestselling book in Swedish history. Does he bring that same skill to Lisbeth and Mikael? Read to find out.
Goodbye, Celaena. Hello, Aelin. The lost Queen of Terrasen has returned to Rifthold and isn’t taking prisoners. The king must fall, magic must return, and all hell must break loose before the day is done. Huge fan questions are answered (Can Dorian be saved?! What has Chaol been up to? What’s happening with Rowan?) and Aelin proves just why she is destined to rule.
The fifth and final adventure of the witch Tiffany Aching also closes out Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. Though marked with his trademark humor, this final installment is far more about beginnings and endings, the purpose of life, the meaning of death, and the importance of standing together. Pratchett died earlier this year, though this last book proves that he had one last gift to give to his readers. Fans, enjoy.
The sixth book in Mary Balogh’s Survivors’ Club series follows Imogen, a woman still reeling from witnessing the death of her husband during the Napoleonic Wars. She’s taken herself to Hardford Hall, a home that technically no longer belongs to her. But when the new owner, Percival Hayes, arrives, they’re both surprised at the attraction they feel. A sweet tale of healing, this is the perfect read for the end of the season.
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe… Will isn’t good at making decisions. For years he’s bounced between the homes of his divorced parents, never feeling like he truly belonged with either one. Things get more complicated when he makes out with his best friend Angus. Will likes girls, which is why he finds himself quickly falling for Brandy. But then why does he keep hooking up with Angus? Straight, gay, bisexual—Will isn’t sure about his identity, but he knows that he can’t keep seeing them both, just like he can’t keep shuttling between two broken homes. When he can’t choose between one or the other, Will risks losing both and ending up with nothing.
Madeline is allergic to everything. Yes, everything. She’s half-Japanese, half-African-American, and 100% vulnerable. For the last 18 years, she’s lived with her mother in a sterile, sealed house to protect her from the outside world. She’s learned how to pass the time: taking classes online, writing book reviews on Tumblr, playing games. She’s resigned to a life spent indoors until Olly moves in next door and changes everything. Yes, everything.
D.J. has been feeling pretty low lately. His siblings outshine him in every way, he can’t find anything he’s good at, and his only friend Gina moved away. But everything changes when a strange boy named Hilo crashes to Earth. D.J. has to help Hilo save the planet from invading robots and along the way he learns that he is brave, loyal, and a great friend.
Who doesn’t love bacon? Turns out, all of the fame has gone to this breakfast food’s head. In this silly book, we see the beloved Bacon shun his friends and lean into the attention that the world is giving to him. But don’t worry, his arrogance comes back to bite him in the end. You’ll smile, you’ll laugh, you’ll want to heat up the griddle and get cooking.