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 Spring Previews for the best books coming out this season.
Tyler and Amber are just friends. They always have been, and since Amber is newly engaged, it seems like that is all they are ever destined to be. At least, that’s what Amber thinks. Tyler has always felt more than friendly towards Amber, but he has kept it to himself. But then, one summer night at home after college, everything changes. Tyler and Amber’s long-standing friendship instantly grows more complicated, and there is no turning back. This book will trouble readers and raise difficult questions about consent and power.
How many of us have ever picked up a wine glass, swirled it around cautiously, and then nodded as someone else talked about detecting notes of oak, or cherry, or grass? Yeah, us too. But in this new book from Bianca Bosker, readers can delve into the world of wine in an accessible and fascinating way. Readers will hang on Bosker’s every word as she samples unique vintages, travels far and wide to meet with experts, and becomes a serious wine nerd. Whether you’re a wine lover or you just want to be, this book is sure to delight.
Readers: You probably already know author Howard Norman. He’s a National Book Award finalist, and here, he’s taking on noir. Everyone knows you’re supposed to be careful around big, expensive works of art. That’s why Jacob Rigolet and his peers are so shocked when, in the middle of an art auction, Jacob’s mother throws ink all over a famous photograph. Why would she deface a famous piece of art? Readers will join Jacob’s fiancée Martha Crauchet in the hunt for answer in this entertaining noir.
If you’ve been waiting breathlessly for the second installment in the Luna series by Ian McDonald, then you can finally exhale. Luna: Wolf Moon is here. Lucas Corta is missing, and pretty much everyone thinks he is dead. Everyone, that is, except for Lady Sun. Lucas is a member of the Corta Helio, a now-defunct family-run entity that was once known for its wealth and success. All Lucas wants is to try to restore Corta Helio to its former glory, but that is easier said than done. This sci-fi series will keep readers on the edge of their seats, clamoring for the next installment.
Cassandra Miller survived the tragedy that took the lives of her husband and unborn child, but she wishes that she didn’t. A year later, she’s deeply depressed and can’t find the strength to pull herself out. In an act of desperation, her mother reaches out to Wylie Everett—Cass’s childhood best friend and ex-lover. Wylie left Cass heartbroken years ago, but he’s never stopped loving her and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to help her heal. Though Cass struggles to trust the man who walked out on her, she can’t deny the spark that still exists between them. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly predicts that “Readers will root for and demand more of this enchanting couple.”
While many 17-year-olds attempt to juggle friends, a love life, and school, Frances Janvier has dedicated all of her time to getting accepted to Cambridge University. The one outlet she gives herself is Universe City, a fantasy podcast she’s obsessed with. She’s shocked when she learns that Aled Last, her next door neighbor, is the creator. And that isn’t all they have in common: They’re also both queer. The two teens bond quickly, but when Aled’s identity as the creator of Universe City is leaked, he cuts all ties with Frances. Suddenly her old, solitary life doesn’t feel so fulfilling anymore, and Frances decides to do whatever it takes to win Aled’s friendship back.
Rachel Brooks is excited to start seventh grade, until she learns that her scoliosis has worsened and now she must wear a brace 23 hours a day. In an instant Rachel feels her confidence and her dreams of being a star on the soccer team disappear. Author Alyson Gerber wore a brace herself and uses that experience to craft a realistic story of a young girl adapting to challenges and learning to accept herself. Middle grade readers will love Rachel’s honesty and strength. And we bet older readers (who remember Judy Blume’s Deenie) won’t be able to stop themselves from picking this one up.
Sam is ready for a rainy day adventure, but his granddad is busy writing a letter. The young boy imagines all of the fun that he could have outside: catching raindrops on his tongue, creating giant splashes by jumping in puddles, and looking into the water’s reflection to find an upside down world. When granddad is ready to mail his letter, Sam is prepared for anything in his bright blue jacket and red boots. Together, they set off and have quite the adventure indeed.