This Week’s Hottest Releases: 9/20 – 9/26

This Week’s Hottest Releases: 9/20 – 9/26

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 Fall Previews for the best books coming out this season.


Under the Udala Trees

Ijeoma is only 11 when civil war breaks out in Nigeria. Her mother sends her away to protect her, but summons her back once it is discovered that Ijeoma has fallen in love with another girl. Ijeoma’s childhood is filled with the kind of suffering and fear that no one should ever experience, and her challenges to find herself mirror the struggles of her torn country. Readers bear witness as a child, whose mother did all that she could to protect her from violence, grows into a woman who knows that her feelings for other women are punishable by death. This journey to adulthood is tragic, moving, and unforgettable.


Mycroft Holmes

Everyone knows the great Sherlock Holmes, but have you ever wondered about his brother Mycroft? After graduating from Cambridge University, Mycroft lands a government job and envisions a fairly cushy future for himself and his fiancee Georgiana. But when rumors of trouble in Trinidad reach England, Georgiana flees the country to return to the island where she was raised. Grabbing his best friend Cyrus Douglas, Mycroft follows in her footsteps and falls headfirst into a dangerous world of secrets, disappearances, and spirits.


Big Magic

Elizabeth Gilbert taught readers how to eat, pray, and love, and this time around she’s sharing the secret to being fearlessly creative. Whether you’re an artist, a writer, or simply someone who needs to apply innovative solutions to workplace problems, you’re sure to find what you need in this book. Gilbert tackles finding inspiration, meeting challenges head on, and how to embrace your gifts. Some people wait for inspiration to strike them, and others create their own. If you’re ready to stop waiting, pick up this book and get creative.


Come Rain or Come Shine

Dooley Kavanagh has grown up a lot since readers first met him in At Home in Mitford. He’s graduated from veterinary school and has opened up his own animal clinic. The cost of fulfilling his dreams is an expensive one though, meaning that his wedding to Lace Harper needs to be kept on a tight budget. Thankfully, they’ve got more than enough friends and family willing to pitch in. Fans of Jan Karon’s Mitford series have been waiting a long time for this book, and should be ecstatic to finally have received their invitation to this very special wedding.



What is it that really makes the world go ‘round? Stretching from the 1890s to the present day, this massive tome explores the men behind American diplomacy. David Milne provides readers with a fascinating look at the connections between great leaders and how their relationships, practices, and beliefs shaped the world that we live in today. History junkies won’t want to miss out on this title.


When Love Returns

If you’ve never picked up an Amish romance before, this might be the perfect place to start. Suzy and Paul haven’t seen each other since they were teenagers. When a passionate, forbidden night resulted in a pregnancy, Suzy was sent away. Twenty years later, she’s returned to the Old Order Mennonite community to care for her mother. Suzy and Paul immediately realize that they still have feelings for each other, but is it too late? This is a book that explores not only romance, but one character’s search for her birth parents and the challenges faced by women who give up their children.


The Scorpion Rules

As fans of The Hunger Games know, one of the surest ways to keep people in line is to threaten the lives of children. In the dystopian realm of The Scorpion Rules, the sons and daughters of world leaders are kept as hostages in isolated schools. Called the Children of Peace, they’re raised with the knowledge that, should their home country declare war, they’ll be executed. This is something Greta, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan-Polar Confederation, accepts willingly. Then Elián Palnik arrives at her school and begins to question the U.N.’s right to keep children as bargaining chips.  



Miyole has long dreamed of flying through the stars and far away from Mumbai, a city that makes her feel like an outsider because she’s Haitian. Desperate to escape, she forges work papers to claim that she’s 18, not 16, and lands a job on the research ship Ranganathan. Working as a research assistant puts her one step closer to her goal of conducting independent experiments and operating her own lab. But her dreams are put on hold when pirates attack the ship and she meets Cassia, a girl searching for her kidnapped brother. Turns out, Miyole can’t resist a damsel in distress. She agrees to help Cassia, and the two go off on a wild and dangerous adventure. This is a stand-alone companion book to Alexandra Duncan’s Salvage, so new readers can pick it up easily.



Fans of William Alexander’s Ambassador will eagerly gobble up this second entry in the duology, while new readers will want to catch up soon just to get to this thrilling conclusion. Preteen Gabe is the ambassador to Earth and he might be in over his head. There’s a group of aliens ready to invade his home planet, someone is trying to assassinate him, and back home his undocumented parents are in danger of being deported to Mexico. With the help of Nadia, a former ambassador of Earth, he needs to grow up fast and save the world before his entire planet is taken over.


Nerdy Birdy

This tale of friendship comes with an unexpected twist. Poor Nerdy Birdy doesn’t fit in with the cool birdies: eagles, cardinals, and robins. His glasses are too big, his wings are too small, and try as he might to impress them with his video game accomplishments, they simply turn tail and fly away. Finally, he meets a flock of fandom birds who like Star Wars and Doctor Who (as evidenced by their little lightsabers and fezzes). They wisely point out that he shouldn’t worry about fitting in with birds who don’t like him. Nerdy Birdy happily joins this new group, but something changes when a vulture comes to town.


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