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 Winter Previews for the best books coming out this season.
On the 12th day of Christmas, Jeanette Winterson gave to me… a dozen short stories full of holiday cheer! For readers looking for that perfect book to curl up with by the fireplace (with a mug of hot cocoa with marshmallows, obviously) it’s hard to imagine a more appropriate seasonal pick. Bursting to the brim with heartwarming tales and Christmas spirit, this book will have you humming carols in no time. Plus, as an added bonus, Winterson has also included an autobiographical piece in this collection. What are you waiting for? Start reading.
A houseboat sits on the Morava River. Inside that houseboat are an aging author and his friends and acquaintances. The author is telling a story, and it is completely spellbinding—so much so, that it will last until until morning. It is the author’s story, the tale of his time spent trekking across Europe. In this novel from Peter Handke, readers can gather inside the houseboat on the river and experience this captivating mix of myth and history for themselves. We’re so glad that Krishna Winston has translated this work into English from German so that even more readers can enjoy Handke’s novel.
When Joy Enright’s body is found in the forest, it devastates her small town. Joy was only a high schooler, and had gone missing after a fight with her mother. First, it was assumed that Joy had drowned by accident in a nearby pond, but the investigation soon determines that she was, in fact, murdered. As the town scrambles to solve the mystery of Joy’s death, readers will hear from four narrators: Joy’s mother, Joy’s best friend, a rescue diver, and a local graduate student who is a suspect in the investigation. If you love a thriller set in a small town, or are a fan of multiple narrators, then don’t miss this book.
Fans of Michael Lewis: You’re in luck. Lewis is back with another piece of narrative nonfiction, this time, about the important and fortuitous friendship between psychologists Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman. Individually, these two men had fascinating personal lives and pasts that informed their work, which would go on to be seminal in the field of behavioral economics. Together, Tversky and Kahneman authored some of the most important papers on the subject of decision-making. For behavioral economics nerds, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect book to pick up.
When Jane Bell’s husband mysteriously dies, she becomes the owner of The Bell, a coaching inn in the village of Ivy Hill. She doesn’t know the first thing about running the place, and is at a loss for who to turn to for help. Her brother-in-law would rather have the place all to himself; her mother-in-law refuses to help; and she can’t tell if the handsome stranger who just arrived in town is trustworthy. When she’s told that she must pay back a massive loan or risk losing the property, Jane decides to do whatever it takes to save The Bell. This is the first in a new series by bestselling author Julie Klassen.
Marissa Meyer fans, rejoice. Though Meyer ended her popular Lunar Chronicles series last fall, readers can return to the world she created in this stunning coloring book. Favorite characters come to life in new ways on these pages, and the spreads of Earth and Luna are equally captivating. Lunartics won’t want to miss out on this. If you’re itching to get your hands on this book, head over to our Holiday Giveaway and enter for a chance to win a copy.
After his parents mysteriously disappear, 12-year-old Jed is sent to the junkyard—a steampunk-inspired world where batteries are currency and the landscape is littered with junk. This strange land is at war and Jed finds himself smack in the middle of the chaos. He bargains his way onto a flying tugboat, and starts to search for his missing parents. Steven Bohls’ action-packed middle grade debut is perfect for readers who want to escape into a thrilling sci-fi world.
After misinterpreting the meaning of friendship, a lonely hedgehog takes to the high seas in a boat of her own, hoping to find the elusive Friend Ship. She imagines an entire ship filled with other animals to play, talk, and laugh with. Hedgehog sails far and wide, asking other animals along the way if they’ve seen the Friend Ship. No one has, but they all ask if they can join Hedgehog in her search. Before she knows it, she’d built a Friend Ship of her own. Kat Yeh’s latest picture book takes young readers on a sweet and fun journey.