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 Fall Previews for the best books coming out this season.
Fans of the Kathleen Mallory series, you’re in luck! Carol O’Connell is back with the twelfth installment, and it won’t disappoint. A nun and a young boy disappear one day from a street in New York City. Then, the nun’s body is found along with three others in a very public resting place: the lawn of Gracie Mansion. Will the police be able to determine what has happened to the boy, and solve the mystery of who killed the other four victims? The answer is yes, at least, if Kathleen Mallory has anything to say about it.
If you’ve ever been close to the ocean, you’ve likely wondered at some point about the massive, dynamic force behind the waves and the tide. Why does water move the way it does, and how? Hugh Aldersey-Williams has the answers to these questions and more in his new book, The Tide: The Science and Stories Behind the Greatest Force on Earth. Readers will learn about the tide through the lens of multiple disciplines, and gain a fuller understanding of its extraordinary and far-reaching impact. For lovers of nature, science, and cultural history, it’s hard to imagine a more fascinating book.
This buzzed-about novel by Juan Gabriel Vásquez has been translated into English by Anne McLean, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Reputations tells the story of a political cartoonist named Javier who draws a cartoon that begins a media firestorm surrounding a politician. In the wake of the cartoon, the fallout proves exceptionally damaging to the congressman’s career. Javier grapples with his own role in the matter, despite his editor’s advice against it. Vásquez asks timely questions in this novel: What is a reputation, and how does one protect it?
A serial killer named Hamish Wolfe has his eye on a defense attorney named Maggie Rose who specializes in cases like his. With Rose, Wolfe is pretty sure he can join the ranks of Rose’s other success stories. Wolfe and Rose are both charming and, in their own ways, controlling, and when they work together, the results are explosive. This novel will send shivers up readers’ spines, and leave them stunned. Kirkus raves, “No detail should be missed, no nuance overlooked in Bolton’s chilling tale of a master manipulator who leaves nothing to chance.”
Since Charlotte became a mother, nothing has been the same. The life she is living is no longer one she recognizes. Charlotte used to be an artist who poured her energy and passion into painting, but not anymore. Then, she sees a brochure advertising Australia, and she knows a change of scenery could be just what she needs. Charlotte and her husband Henry decide to leave England and move to Australia, but the new surroundings don’t bring about the changes she had hoped for. Marriage and motherhood intertwine with viscerally described scenery in this thought-provoking tale.
Marc Turner’s Chronicle of the Exile trilogy comes to a thrilling close with Red Tide. Hundreds of years ago, the Erin Elalese defeated the Augerans and exiled them forever. The Augerans never forgot the defeat and have spent their time building an army that is now poised to invade. But first, their forces must navigate the Rubyholt Isles, a labyrinth of narrow watery passages overrun by pirates. Longtime readers won’t be disappointed with this action-packed finale.
Librarian Nina Redmond knows that libraries are facing hard times, but she never imagined her own would be shut down. Jobless and unsure of what to do next, she follows her dream and opens her own bookshop. Well, bookmobile, as it were. With a newly restored van and stacks of books in the back, Nina begins traveling from town to town in search of readers. She fancies herself a bit of a literary matchmaker, and prides herself on finding the perfect book for every reader. Along the way, she may just find her own love story.
Sarah Porter reimagines the Russian folktale “Vasilisa the Beautiful” in this magical young adult novel. The severed heads of shoplifters adorn the outside of Babs Yagg’s bodega, so when Vassa is accused of stealing from the old crone, she’s lucky to be alive. Instead of chopping off Vassa’s head, Babs requires her to work in the shop for three nights. It’s during those nights that Vassa discovers that Babs’ magic is responsible for the curse on their Brooklyn neighborhood. With the help of Erg, a talking wooden doll, Vassa sets out to break the curse and free her home from Babs’ clutches.
Princess Sadie is tired of princes. They’re constantly attempting to rescue her from her tower, even though she’s never asked them to. Then one day a fellow princess appears, but she’s not like any princess that Sadie’s ever seen before. Amira’s dark hair is shaved into a mohawk-mullet and she’s riding a pink unicorn. Overcoming her fears of leaving her safe tower, Sadie decides to journey with Amira to defeat the sorceress who locked her away to begin with. Along the way, the girls define for themselves what being a princess means. Middle grade readers looking for a body-positive LGBT fairy tale are in for a treat.
Children are our future. One day they’ll be the ones in charge of laws, policies, and justice—so it’s important that they have good role models. And who better than the Notorious RBG to guide them? Debbie Levy’s latest picture book features Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Throughout her childhood and early years, Ginsburg faced prejudice and sexism that inspired her to stand up for her rights and the rights of those around her. She relentlessly pursued her dreams and achieved a coveted position on the American Supreme Court, becoming the first Jewish woman to do so. Paired with Elizabeth Baddeley’s bold illustrations, Ginsburg’s story is sure to resonate with young readers who want to grow up and make the world a better place.