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.
Travel back in time to 1700s Ghana with Yaa Gyasi in this debut novel about two half-sisters and the divergent paths their lives take. Effia and Esi are born in different towns, and their lives branch out in very different directions: Effia marries a British man and begins her life as a mother, but Esi is sold as a slave. From there, this book’s plot stretches hundreds of years forward and crosses oceans to tell the story of the half-sisters and their descendants. Race and history are dominant themes in this powerful new novel, and readers will be wowed by its sweeping scope. Roxane Gay writes in her Goodreads review, “I recommend Homegoing without reservation.” She adds, “Definitely a must read for 2016.”
If you’re packing a bag for a weekend away, don’t forget to toss this novel in with your shades and SPF. Dr. Georgia Young is craving a change. Sure she’s got a great job as an optometrist and she has wonderful friends and a loving family, but she’s also bored and longing for the love that her two marriages failed to deliver. Firmly believing that love doesn’t have an age limit, this vivacious 54 year old sets out to reinvent herself and find the love she’s looking for. Longtime fans of Terry McMillan are sure to be pleased.
For readers who are fascinated by fiction about natural disasters and their consequences, Marrow Island is the perfect pick. The earthquake on Marrow Island changed everything: It took a massive environmental toll, and claimed many lives. One of those lives was Lucie Bowen’s father. Lucie has grown up in the years since the earthquake, but in that time, her friend Kate has joined a cult-like group called the Marrow Colony. Lucie has some concerns about the group, even though their mission is to lessen the impact of disasters and make the earth clean again. When Lucie follows her gut and begins to investigate the Marrow Colony, what will she find? You’ll have to read this new eco-thriller to find out.
We all know about the internet. We use it, we love it, and we hate it. But what is it? In her new book, Magic and Loss, Virginia Heffernan writes that the internet can be understood as a work of art. Are the trolls and comment sections on your favorite websites getting you down? Heffernan is here to help: She takes readers through an impressive analysis of the internet and its past, present, and future, and shows how it can be seen as artistically impressive. You’ll never see web pages the same way after reading this book, and we mean that in the best way possible.
In Mobile, Alabama, in 1981, a group of Ku Klux Klan members murdered Michael Donald. Donald was only 19. The resulting lawsuit, however, would lay groundwork for successful legal action against groups like the Klan for years and years to come. Author Laurence Leamer also tells a broader story about how the South has continued to wrestle with its own history and identity in light of such atrocities. For readers interested in history and race, as well as the complex intersection of legal action and Southern society, it is hard to imagine a more engrossing read.
Fans of WW2 thrillers: This one is for you. A large Japanese submarine is stuck in the Amazon, and it is Captain R. J. MacCready’s job to find out why it’s there in the first place. Is it holding bombs? Airplanes? Why is the submarine in that particular location? These are all questions MacCready will have to answer, and this thriller will deliver many more gory and terrifying moments than readers might expect. From vampire bats to enemy submarines, this thriller has it all. Kirkus writes, “If this book is every made into a movie, and it should be, it will have plenty of spectacular visuals and gross-out scenes. 3-D would be nice.”
Here at Bookish, we love dogs. So we were especially excited to hear about Lily and the Octopus, which combines two of our favorite things: canine friends and books. In Steven Rowley’s new novel, Lily the dachshund battles an octopus—a brain tumor that is slowly claiming her life. Both Lily and the octopus can talk in this novel, and the dynamic between Lily and her owner will be instantly recognizable to readers with their own four-legged family members. You might want to get the Kleenex ready, but we think this book will tug on your heart and light up your eyes. So grab this novel and sit. Stay.
Olympic and YA fanatics, this one’s for you. Caela Carter’s novel takes place over two days during the USA Gymnastics Women’s Olympic Trials. The novel jumps between the perspectives of five of the twelve girls competing for a spot on the team. Wilhelmina missed her shot four years earlier and is determined to make the cut at any cost, while Camille secretly considers abandoning the sport. World champ Grace strives for utter and complete perfection, though her best friend Leigh aims to blend in. Then there’s Monica who is still working up the courage to believe in herself. Unbreakable friendships, competitive drama, and butt glue await readers.
Kate Messner’s middle grade novel takes its inspiration from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Fisherman and His Wife.” Twelve-year-old Charlie comes across a magical fish when she’s out ice fishing. In exchange for freedom, the fish promises her a wish. But Charlie wants more than just a single wish. Hooked on the magic, she returns over and over to the pond to catch the fish and get a new wish—each time learning that wording is very, very important. As her wishes go awry, Charlie stops focusing on small desires (getting a boy to notice her, helping her friend pass a class) and turns her attention to a much bigger issue in her life: her older sister’s heroine addiction.
Ninja Maxwell is back in Arree Chung’s charming family-focused picture book. Maxwell loves to spend his days honing his skills, but he also loves spending time with his family. He asks his Mama to play but she’s busy; he asks his Papa but he’s too distracted, and his little sister Cassy is playing with blocks instead. By the time dinner rolls around, Maxwell is disheartened, but this little ninja is about to be taken by surprise by his sneaky and fun family.