Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the eight 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.
Pola Oloixarac’s novel was a hit when it was first published in Argentina, and based on starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, we think it’ll find readers here as well—particularly those who enjoy unconventional narratives. In Buenos Aires, a student pursues her professor, believing that she’s the only one who understands his work. At the same time, a couple makes their way through the city, partaking in drugs, music, porn, and video games. There’s also a thread that takes place in 1917 and focuses on a Dutch anthropologist. What do all of these stories have in common? Read to find out.
Men, women, and children are fleeing their homes in the Middle East and traveling to Europe in unprecedented numbers. The refugee crisis is complex and readers looking for a comprehensive understanding would do well to start with this new release. The New Odyssey explores the intricacies of why people are fleeing their homes, how they’re traveling, and where they are going. It also explores the lives of those who are helping the refugees and those who are seeking to profit off of them. Publishers Weekly writes, “Guardian migration correspondent [Patrick] Kingsley (How to Be Danish) has written a moving and timely book that presents the crisis of the subtitle in both microcosm and macrocosm.”
In a hospital in rural Argentina, a dying woman named Amanda speaks with a child named David. He asks her many questions, slowly unraveling the tale of how she came to be here. It quickly becomes clear that something isn’t quite right between the two characters. In a starred review, Kirkus called Samanta Schweblin’s book a “literary thriller of the highest order.” If you’re looking for a chilling read this winter, pick this up.
Irish singer Alanna is devastated when her husband and bandmate, Liam, is killed while they’re touring in Charleston. She is barely given a moment to grieve before her father-in-law steps in demanding custody of her and Liam’s unborn child. Desperate for help, she turns to Barry, the band’s manager. He offers her a marriage of convenience, which would grant her U.S. citizenship and allow her to stay in America rather than return to Ireland to face her father-in-law. For a moment, Alanna feels things may turn out well—until it becomes clear that someone is staging accidents that could kill her and her baby. This romantic suspense from Colleen Coble will keep readers turning pages until the thrilling conclusion.
If you’re having déjà vu looking at this cover, that’s probably because you already spotted it on our Winter SFF Preview. Inspired by Russian folklore, the story features a wild and free-spirited girl named Vasya who sees the forest spirits that surround her home and protect her village from a mysterious dark force. When a priest comes to stay and begins to convert the members of her community, Vasya notices the spirits growing weak. Vasya alone has the power to save the spirits and her village, but doing so comes at a high price. Katherine Arden’s enchanting novel is sure to be one of most-talked-about fantasy books of the season.
Adam Blake’s senior year is going to be a piece of cake. He even scored a great elective: aide to the school’s psychologist (aka—sit around and text friends for a whole period). One day he’s sent on a quick mission to track down a freshman who hasn’t been showing up for meetings with the psychologist. Adam is shocked when he learns that the student is none other than Julian, his foster brother. The two haven’t seen each other in years, not since Julian’s uncle took him in. Adam is over the moon to be reunited with Julian, but he soon realizes that Julian’s keeping a dangerous secret. We named this one of the 10 must-read YA books of the season. You don’t want to miss it.
Jeannine Atkins’ verse novel explores the life of Edmonia Lewis, a half-Native American half-African American sculptor. Edmonia studied art at Oberlin in 1862, shortly after it became racially integrated. Her stay didn’t last, however, as she was accused of attempting to poison to fellow classmates. Even though her name was cleared, she left the university. From there, she traveled to Italy, where her sculpting truly took off. Young readers are sure to be fascinated by this compelling tale of an incredible artist.
Newbery Honor winner Patricia C. McKissack teamed up with Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney to create this engaging collection of songs, poetry, games, and fables. This book has something for children of all ages. The youngest will enjoy playing the hand clapping game Eenie, Meenie, Sassafreeny, while older readers will find themselves lost in the tale of “Anansi the Spider.” This is a book that families will pull off of the shelf time and time again.