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.
Zoe has a wealthy, attractive husband and a beautiful apartment in Tribeca full of fine, expensive things. Everything in her life appears perfect. But just a few years ago, her life looked nothing like it does now: She had a totally different identity. Of course, no one’s past ever stays a secret for long, and soon, Zoe’s old secrets are catching up with her. She can’t tell her husband what’s going on, so as strange occurrences begin to add up, she doesn’t know where to turn. Readers will be on the edge of their seats for the entirety of this gripping thriller.
Here at Bookish, we are big Shirley Jackson fans. You’ve all probably read “The Lottery” (at least, we really hope so!) but what do you know about Jackson’s life? Ruth Franklin is here to fix that with a biography of the famed author who died at the young age of 48. As you might expect from Jackson’s writing, her existence wasn’t blissfully happy. Jackson led an adult life full of anxiety and isolation, and became dependant on both tranquilizers and amphetamines, while still contributing massively important works to the American literary canon. Fans of Jackson shouldn’t miss this one.
Gustav Perle is a small boy living in Matzlingen, Switzerland a few years after World War II. His mother is preoccupied and distant, and his father is dead. As a result, Gustav’s life is a lonely one. But then, he makes a friend. Anton Zwiebel enters his life, and nothing will ever be the same. Anton is a pianist, and his bond with Gustav will change both lives irrevocably. Kirkus raves, “Like an intense, beautiful, and deeply moving piece of music, Tremain’s captivating historical novel hits all the right notes.”
When you think of major U.S. cities, trees might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But trees are, in fact, a vital part of the fabric of our urban centers. Jill Jonnes explores this phenomenon in her new book, Urban Forests. Readers will learn about the surprising roles that trees play in cities—improving air quality and helping to keep sewers from brimming over, for example—and also what trees are up against, like disease. Whether you’re obsessed with Central Park, or just happen to have named a particularly cute London planetree on your block, this book will be right up your alley.
Donald is a very content optometrist living in the suburbs of Boston with his wife and two children. His wife, Viv, works at Windy Hill stables, so when a new horse named Mercury arrives in town, she is among the first to know. Mercury inspires something in Viv: Her long-dormant love of riding and competing roars back to life. Soon, Mercury is all that Viv can think about. Donald watches these shifts take hold in his wife, and Viv’s new love will imperil the cozy, happy life he has come to cherish. If horses make your heart skip a beat, this is the thriller for you.
It may be a few months too early to trim the tree, but it’s never too soon to dive into a Christmas-themed romance novel. Willa Davis doesn’t have many happy childhood memories. She spent years being shuttled between foster homes when her alcoholic mother was too drunk to take care of her. Life outside of home wasn’t much better, and she tends to block out her high school experiences. But the past has a way of rearing its ugly head. Keane Winters walks into Willa’s pet shop and clearly doesn’t remember who she is. But she remembers him, and the role he played in one of her worst school memories. Stunned by Willa’s beauty, and more than a little embarrassed that he can’t remember her, Keane starts to go out of his way to prove to her that he isn’t the guy she remembers. Jill Shalvis‘ latest is the perfect early Christmas gift.
This is Jonathan L. Howard’s fifth novel featuring the necromancer Johannes Cabal, so new readers will want to catch up before diving into this one. Johannes has spent years searching the world for a cure for death to resurrect his beloved Berenice. He’s recently come into possession of a clue that might hold the answer he seeks, but he needs help. Aided by his brother Horst (a vampire), a criminologist, and a devil, Johannes starts out on his most dangerous adventure to date. Publishers Weekly writes, “Cabal remains an entertaining antihero whose complexities have deepened over time, and the conclusion of the narrative threads that have spanned the previous four Cabal books is both satisfying and touching.”
Sacrifice picks up exactly where Serpentine left off, immediately whisking readers back into Cindy Pon’s fantasy world. The story is split between four perspectives: Skybright, Zhen Ni, Stone, and Kai Sen. The world is still reeling from the battle between mortal and demons, and Skybright is learning to leave her mortal life behind and accept life as a serpent demon. Zhen Ni is newly married, though quickly learning that her husband, Master Bei, is a very dangerous man. Stone is no longer an immortal, while Kai Sen is working to improve his magic. The world around them is unstable and dangerous, but together they might just survive it.
Abbie Wu is a lot of things, but calm is not one of them. She’s entering Pointdexter Middle School, and as far as she’s concerned it’s the worst thing to have ever happened to her. She can’t decide on an elective (which feels too much like choosing the Thing that will define her middle grade years), she can’t live up to her perfect big brother, and she can’t even seem to figure out the lunch line. Booki Vivat’s debut novel is a hilarious illustrated adventure about a young, neurotic girl just a tad overwhelmed by life and learning to navigate it.
Deborah Freedman’s picture book features a kind-hearted giraffe who is aptly-named Shy. He spends a lot of time reading books, mostly about birds. He loves pictures of them flying and reading about their beautiful singing voices, but he’s never actually met one himself. When a bird crosses his path, Shy struggles to pluck up the courage to say hello and introduce himself. He’s just too, well, shy. This is a charming and relatable picture book that will speak to young readers who are a bit shy themselves, and show them that overcoming shyness—even for a moment—has vast rewards.