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.
Some say that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. But there’s also one more: jury duty. Reggie and Nigel Heath find this out firsthand in this new installment in the Baker Street Letters series by Michael Robertson, when a letter arrives at their office for Sherlock Holmes (which happens frequently when you occupy 221 Baker Street) summoning him to serve on a jury of his peers. Holmes isn’t there, of course, but Nigel soon finds himself on the jury for the same murder case, and learns he might be in grave danger. Lovers of Sherlock Holmes won’t want to miss Robertson’s new novel, which Kirkus calls: “the most effervescent of his five Baker Street cocktails to date.”
Fans of historical fiction: This one is for you. In Lindsay Hatton’s new novel Monterey Bay, a relationship between a young girl, Margot Fiske, and marine biologist Ed Ricketts spans decades. Margot meets Ed when she is just 15 years old (although she tells him she is older), and from then on, their lives are intertwined. The two will share a romance, and also a professional relationship that will impact Monterey Bay and its aquatic community. For readers who are fascinated by underwater creatures, and the strains and rewards of bonds that stretch across more than 50 years, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect book to dive into this summer.
Sam Polk is rich. For the Love of Money is the story of how he made his millions on Wall Street, but also the story of how that wealth didn’t necessarily make him happy. In this memoir, Polk writes about the allure of big paychecks, but also the ways in which those victories can feel empty. Step inside Polk’s head, and watch his attitudes about money and success change over the course of his young adult life. This book will be perfect for readers who are curious about the culture of Wall Street hedge funds but also appreciate healthy skepticism about wealth’s power to buy contentment.
Maggie O’Farrell’s newest novel keenly describes the complicated relationships that constitute the family unit. Daniel Sullivan has a wife and kids, but things with them are complicated. His wife, Claudette, is a movie star who leads a very private and reclusive life. Their family life together is happy but full of nuances: There are children from prior relationships, exes, and parents. Each one of these characters has his or her own unique motivations, struggles, hopes, and fears. O’Farrell weaves their stories together with warmth, humor, and love. Kirkus predicts “Juicy and cool, this could be O’Farrell’s U.S. breakthrough book.”
The second installment in M.J. Rose’s Daughters of La Lune series takes readers back to Paris where Opaline Duplessi is working as a jeweler. She’s very skilled at her trade, but perhaps not in the way that most would expect. You see, Opaline uses stones to speak with the dead. As World War I continues to ravage Europe, mourners begin to seek Opaline out in the hopes of receiving a message from their lost loved ones. While attempting to help a mother reach her son, Opaline begins receiving messages meant for her instead, messages that take Opaline into the dark underbelly of Paris in search of the Romanov dowager empress.
Julia Greenfield is a 26-year-old virgin, and she isn’t happy about it. At personal and professional crossroads, Julia decides to move to North Carolina for the summer to live with her aunt Vivienne. When it comes out that Vivienne, at the age of 58, is also a virgin, Julia is perplexed and begins obsessing over how this could have happened. Losing It tells the story of that summer, the complicated relationship between niece and aunt, and the universal human desire for love and companionship. Readers will undoubtedly be charmed by this new novel from Emma Rathbone.
Kirkus calls this book a blend of The Princess Bride, Lord of the Rings, and 1500s Germanic history, so we’re pretty confident when we say that this is a must-read for fans of historical fiction. Oliver Pötzsch’s novel centers around Agnes, the daughter of an aristocrat who wants nothing more than the freedom to pursue Mathis, her childhood friend who she’s forbidden to love due to his low birth status. The tensions between the peasants and aristocrats are high, and when Mathis saves Agnes from an attack, the two are forced to flee in hopes of finding a new land where they might be safe from the coming war. Together, they journey through the countryside for two years, narrowly escaping death and danger at every turn. Along the way, Agnes discovers a strange ring that hints at long-hidden secrets. Forbidden love, rebellion, and unrelenting danger—what more could you ask for?
YA readers, you’re in for a treat this week. Carrie Jones’ new SFF series kicks off with a cheerleader-turned-alien-hunter. Seventeen-year-old Mana’s life has always seemed pretty normal, but things turn completely upside down when her mom is kidnapped by aliens. It turns out that her mom is an alien hunter and has a piece of technology that the aliens would do anything to get their hands on. Meanwhile, Mana doesn’t care about anything but getting her mom back. Thankfully, she has help on her rescue mission: her best friend Lyle and her mom’s alien-hunting partner. Hilarious and action-packed, this novel is sure to be the perfect summer read.
Middle grade readers addicted to Pokémon GO will devour this story about a boy whose real life begins to resemble the video games that he loves to play. Ted Gerson is obsessed with locked-room games, and he’s pretty good at solving them too. These skills come in handy when his great-uncle dies and leaves Ted the contents of his apartment, including a hidden treasure. When Ted arrives at the house, he finds the rooms are set up in the style of the games that he loves. With the help of two friends, he starts to work to solve the puzzles left behind, moving from room to room and find the hidden fortune! But they better act fast, because they aren’t the only ones hunting for what Ted’s great-uncle left behind.
Maria Gianferrari introduces young readers to the mysterious and nocturnal coyotes in this picture book illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Readers follow along as a mother coyote leaves the safety of her cozy den to hunt for food. She wanders through a suburban town; her bright eyes wide and searching for a meal that will feed her and her pups. After a few failed attempts at catching prey, the coyote finds an unsuspecting turkey and pounces. Readers fascinated by wild animals and the circle of life are sure to adore this remarkable and educational book.