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 hankering for a great new murder mystery, then we’ve got you covered. This much-anticipated follow-up to Death in Brittany features a triple murder and Commissaire Georges Dupin. Dupin is enjoying taking in his beautiful surroundings by the sea in Brittany until three men are murdered. The crime shatters Dupin’s idealized vision of his new home, and sends him on a quest for answers that will reveal unexpected things about the community of Glénan. If you fancy a trip to Brittany, and also feel like elevating your blood pressure for a few hours, Murder on Brittany Shores is sure to deliver.
If you are waiting with bated breath for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to begin, then this book just might help you stay sane until the opening ceremony. David Goldblatt gives readers a thorough and exciting history of the Olympic Games, starting all the way back in ancient Greece. Readers will gain a nuanced understanding of the fascinating politics underlying every aspect of this long-running event, and see the complicated interplay between political power and athletics. The Games has been the recipient of much critical acclaim, and will likely be remembered as one of the best books about the Olympics to date.
Fans of short stories: This one is for you. We Come to Our Senses is the debut collection from Odie Lindsey, and its major theme is war. What does violence do to those who experience it directly? How does gender play into various individuals’ experiences during and after combat? What drives us to fight one another? These questions and more float through this collection of stories. Mostly set in the South, the tales in this volume are dark and, as Kirkus wrote: “wouldn’t displease Flannery O’Connor.” If that isn’t high praise, we don’t know what is.
It’s the 1980s in Boston, and even as a young teenager, Ada knows something is not quite right with her computer scientist father, David. Ada is startlingly intelligent, and spends a lot of time with David, who is responsible for homeschooling her. But David’s memory begins to go, and soon, he is unable to care for his daughter at all. As Ada grows and matures, she finds herself wondering about David’s life before she was born. It seems as though she may never get the answers to these questions, until she realizes that the software program he wrote, ELIXIR, may contain some hints after all.
If you don’t already know about The Atavist Magazine, then you are in for a real treat. This volume collects some of the best longform nonfiction writing to come out of the magazine in the five years since its founding. Love and Ruin contains ten works of nonfiction from the magazine from authors including Leslie Jamison and Cris Beam. Readers will travel underwater to meet a whale with a most unusual song, learn about the history of hippo farming, and so much more. If you consider yourself even a casual fan of narrative nonfiction, you won’t want to miss this collection. It’s sure to be very talked-about in the coming weeks and months.
A single decision can shape an entire life. For Jason, that decision was the moment he decided to leave his job as a quantum physicist to work at a college after he learned that his girlfriend was pregnant. He’s never looked back on the life he could’ve led, and is happy spending his time with his family. But when he’s abducted and taken to a different world, he sees what his life could’ve been like if he hadn’t gotten married or had a son. He experiences his life as it would have been like. Jason is desperate to get back to the world he came from, but the journey back is fraught with danger. Blake Crouch’s book is ideal for readers wanting a fun science fiction thriller.
Megan Frampton fans, rejoice! The fourth installment in the Dukes Behaving Badly series is here, and it’s the most scandalous yet. When Michael, Duke of Hadlow, hires the widow Edwina Cheltam to be his secretary, he expects her to be efficient and professional. The last thing he expects is to fall in love. Edwina can’t deny her attraction to Michael either, but he’s her boss! Will the two give in to the passion between them? We think they just might.
Feeling a bit of déja vu? You’ve probably spotted this on our must-read YA picks for the summer. While we think it makes an ideal beach read, perhaps it’s better to read it a safe distance away from the ocean. You see, Martin Stewart’s fantasy novel features a river called the Danék. It’s filled with monsters, dark spirits, and the corpses of those who lost their lives in its depths. Creepy, we know. Wulliam Fobisher’s father is the Riverkeep, in charge of tending to the water and keeping it clear for passing ships. But when he’s pulled beneath the waves and possessed by an evil creature, the job is passed to Wulliam. After hearing of a mysterious cure for his father’s condition, Wull sets out on a dangerous journey to find it.
Middle grade readers looking for a laugh can’t go wrong with this hilarious adventure from Norm Feuti. After a strange explosion rocks Mount Kazoo, King Cornelius and his aspiring-magician daughter Bing decide to investigate. At the top of the mountain, tucked away in a cave, they find Kazoo’s long-lost alchemist, Quaf. What should be a joyous moment quickly turns into a horrifying one when they learn that Quaf plans on destroying the kingdom! With the help of her father’s mechanic, Torq, Bing sets out with Cornelius to save their home.
There are certain books that children carry with them for years—through their toddlerhood and into adolescence and eventually into adulthood. This is one of those books that will sit on a shelf for years to come, pulled down for the sake of turning the pages to relive the classic story and gazing upon the intricate and stunning artwork. Though the story is familiar, Mahlon F. Craft’s lyrical retelling and Kinuko Y. Craft’s breathtaking illustrations make this a must-have book for fairy tale readers. It’s a delight to read through, and a gem to have on a bookshelf. Lovers of princesses and true love should pick it up immediately.