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.
Andrea Bern is, as the title of Jami Attenberg’s latest novel suggests, all grown up. Officially, anyway. Somehow, though, it doesn’t feel the way that Andrea, a New Yorker, thought it would. She has a good life, but it isn’t necessarily what society expects of women entering their forties. She isn’t married, hasn’t had children, and sometimes wonders if she’s doing it right. For anyone who has ever wondered what being an adult really means, or anyone who has struggled with the feeling that they’re not living up to society’s expectations, All Grown Up will be a satisfying read.
We all feel emotions, but how many of us know where they come from? If you’re interested in what’s going on in your brain as your feelings are created, then this is the perfect book to pick up this week. Author and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett takes readers inside cutting-edge work on how emotions form, and how they are connected to other functions in the brain. This isn’t just a brain book (although, of course, we love those!): How Emotions are Made also shows readers how an understanding of emotions can be applied to various other areas of their lives.
Readers, rejoice! Finally, you can read Swedish author Malin Persson Giolito in translation. In this tense novel, 18-year-old Maja is involved in a school shooting at a prep school near Stockholm. The shooter is her boyfriend, and it isn’t clear how involved Maja was in the tragedy. The story begins with Maja waiting for her trial in jail following months of media frenzy, confusion, and grief. Kirkus raved, “Giolito gives us the unsettling monologue of a teenage girl as she works her way through her role in murder. It is a splendid work of fiction.”
For readers who have been awaiting the third installment in Samantha Shannon’s Bone Season series, today is your lucky today. Paige Mahoney is back, and she is now the Underqueen.This makes her responsible for any and all criminals in the city of London. But her tricky job takes an even more difficult turn when she learns of Senshield. Senshield is a technology with the power to destroy London’s clairvoyants, who have suddenly been deemed enemies of Scion. We suggest that new readers begin with the first installment, but existing fans will want to clear their schedules.
Katrina Meyers is willing to do anything to make sure her wine bar succeeds, even conquer her worst fear: flying. Thankfully, the airline gods have sat her next to the hunky Ryan MacKenzie, owner of a wine touring company. It’s no surprise when these two end up at the same Napa Valley wine conference, or when the sparks start to fly between them.
Carver Briggs’ life changed over seven words. “Where are you guys? Text me back.” Carver shot the text off without thinking, without realizing that it would cause a car accident that left his three best friends dead. Mars took his eyes off the road and a hand off the wheel for a single second to respond, but that was all it took. Now, 17-year-old Carver is struggling to live with thought that he’s responsible for what happened. Family members and friends attempt to comfort him, but others in the town want to see him held responsible, and in Tennessee Carver can be held as “criminally negligent” because he knew Mars was driving. Jeff Zentner delivers a moving tale that will stick with readers long after they’ve turned the final page.
Mira is the star of Neptune’s boardwalk show, but her life is far from glamorous. As a mermaid, she’s kept confined to the aquarium, though she longs for a life beyond its walls. The profit-hungry Neptune does whatever he can to keep her trapped, including telling her horror stories of what scientists would do to her if she were discovered. Mira assumes her dream won’t ever come true, until she meets Livia, a human girl who offers her friendship. With Livia’s help, Mira starts to believe in a different future for herself and a plan for escape begins to form. This graphic novel is a must for middle school mermaid lovers.
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Lucía! Lucía loves nothing more than donning her bright cape and zooming around her school’s playground. Her only weakness? Cruel words from her classmates, Mighty Mick and Ninja Nick: “Girls can’t be superheroes!” She seeks comfort from her abuela, who decides that Lucía is finally old enough to learn an important family secret. Cynthia Leonor Garza’s debut picture book is a blast, and little readers are sure to want to make luchadora costumes of their own after finishing.