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’re anything like us, you are totally addicted to Serial. If you’ve been experiencing withdrawal symptoms since listening to the final installment of season one, then we’ve got just the thing to lift your spirits. This new book from Rabia Chaudry tells the rest of the story of Adnan Syed and his conviction for the murder of Hae Min Lee, an ex-girlfriend of his. Adnan has always said that he is innocent, and this book digs into the case with new intensity. Readers will gain new insight into the criminal justice system, and will surely appreciate Chaudry’s careful reporting and analysis.
This debut collection of short stories from Leopoldine Core will take readers to the New York City metropolitan area, and show it to them as they’ve never seen it before. As is the case with most great fiction, When Watched gets at something absolutely true about human nature—in this case, loneliness and pain. Quirky but emotionally resonant, this collection will introduce readers to couples, sex workers, and creative individuals, all of whom are struggling to find an ever-elusive happiness. If you love literary short stories, you won’t want to miss this.
Most of us don’t really like to think about microbes. They seem creepy and crawly, and honestly, kind of gross. But in Ed Yong’s new book on microbes within the human body, readers will see these bacteria in an entirely new light. Bacteria, it turns out, don’t just exist to make us sick. Bacteria serve all kinds of vital biological functions, and have all sorts of amazing roles in animal and plant life. This is science writing that could completely change the way you see the world. So grab a kombucha, and pull up a comfy chair.
Travel to 20th-century Cork, Ireland in this novel from Lisa McInerney. A murder rocks a community, and no one’s lives will never be the same. A murderer, a prostitute, a drug dealer, and a gangster’s lives collide around the killing, and their intersecting relationships form the backbone of this buzzed-about and critically acclaimed novel. This story probably doesn’t sound like a comedy, but an undercurrent of biting humor runs through this tale. If you long for Ireland and love realism—even when it’s dark—then this novel will be just up your alley.
If you’ve been hankering for a mystery featuring famous historical figures, then your search is over. A young Abraham Lincoln costars in this new novel from Jonathan F. Putnam, alongside Joshua Speed. Lincoln and Speed will work to piece together the truth when a young girl is murdered a few towns over. Putnam incorporates real events on the frontier into this thrilling novel, and readers will feel completely immersed in the time and place. For lovers of history, mysteries, and top hats, it’s hard to imagine a better read.
Are you in the mood for a romance, a mystery, or a generational family novel? All of the above? We’ve got you covered. Annie Harlow’s life was perfect: She was the producer of a popular TV show, married to a handsome man, and expecting her first child. Then an accident left her in a year-long coma. When she awakens, weak and lost, she travels to her family’s farm in Vermont to recover her memories and her strength. Surrounded by her family and old friends (including her high school boyfriend), Annie begins to uncover who she used to be and shape who she wants to become.
Fantasy fans, rejoice! Jay Kristoff is back with a brand new series. Mia Corvere is the only member of her family to escape after her father’s attempted political rebellion. Her mother and baby brother were locked away, and her father was executed as a traitor. Swearing to avenge his death, Mia becomes an apprentice of the Red Church, the deadliest assassins in the Republic. She practices constant vigilance, always looking out for enemies of her father who seek to kill her, and dedicating every other thought to the relentless training she must endure if she hopes to fulfill her promise of retribution.
Readers know better than anyone that books can bring clarity, solace, and healing. Those prepared to revisit the events of 9/11 nearly 15 years later are sure to find much to think about in Wendy Mills’ sensitive and touching novel. The story is told from the perspectives of two teenage girls: Jessie and Alia. Jessie’s chapters take place in the present day and focus on the community service she’s doing after spray painting an Islamophobic slur on the wall of the Islam Peace Center. Alia’s chapters reveal that she’s trapped in one of the twin towers with Jessie’s 19-year-old brother Travis. This is a story about grief, compassion, and understanding.
Karen Romano Young’s middle grade novel is perfect for readers looking for a sensitive and honest portrayal of friendship and growing up. Tink and Jackie have been best friends for years. Sixth grade won’t change that… right? As it turns out sixth grade is a lot different from fifth, and Tink wants her name to reflect that. She starts to call herself Chris, a more mature version of her full name (Christine) than Tink, but she isn’t sure if “Chris” really fits who she is. Meanwhile, Jackie is trying out new identities as well—specifically ones that will get her in with the popular crowd. Growing up means figuring out who you are and who you want to be, tasks made better when good friends are at your side.
Picture book readers can’t go wrong with this joyous adventure from Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Carey Sookocheff. Buddy the dog and Earl the hedgehog are back, and this time they’re facing their greatest adventure yet: babysitting. Technically, no one asked them to watch the baby. But when they notice that the toddler has escaped from his cage (aka: playpen), it’s up to them to ensure the baby doesn’t wreak havoc on their home.