Welcome back to Tuesday! As usual, there are great new releases being sent out into the world today. Luckily, I read some before I came down with the spring cold. (Hashtag germy niece and nephew.) All I have done is sleep the last few days. And you know how I feel about sleep. (Spoiler: WE HATES IT.) I hope everyone else is feeling well, and having a great end of March. Our pellet stove has been off here in Maine for over a week – a definite sign that spring is on the way! Below are a few of today’s amazing new releases. And you can hear about more awesome reads on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Katie and I talked about Good Talk, Guestbook: Ghost Stories, Dig, and more great books.
Sponsored by Designs on Murder by Gayle Leeson
When Amanda decides to lease a space in historic Abingdon, Virginia’s Shops On Main, she’s surprised to learn that she has a resident ghost. But soon Maxine “Max”, a young woman who died in 1930, isn’t the only dead person at the retail complex. Mark, a web designer who rented space at Shops On Main, is shot in his office. Amanda is afraid that one of her new “friends” is a killer, and Max is encouraging her to solve Mark’s murder a la Nancy Drew. Easy for Max to want to investigate–she can’t end up the killer’s next victim!
Once & Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta
This fun, imaginative book takes the King Arthur legend and flips it on its head! It’s about a teenage girl named Ari Helix. She crash-lands her spacecraft into Old Earth, and ends up pulling the sword Excalibur from its ancient resting place. Now the newest reincarnation of King Arthur, she meets the wizard Merlin. Merlin is…well, he’s a teenager now, having aged backwards over the last centuries. Together they’re going to take on the oppressive government and bring peace to the galaxy.
Backlist bump: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (Out in paperback next week!)
The Old Drift: A Novel by Namwali Serpell
The last couple years have brought some AMAZING diverse epic novels, the last being this multi-generational Zambian tale. It revolves around a colonial settlement in the banks of the Zambezi River called The Old Drift. It begins with a mistake in a hotel room in 1904, and introduces us to the families involved, who cross paths over the century. It’s a magical, original novel, and everyone should stop what they are doing and read it now.
Backlist bump: Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Aaron Bady (translator)
Sweety by Andrea Zuill
I’m so happy this book is finally out! Sweety is a mushroom-loving, headgear-wearing naked mole rat, who is looking for friends like her, some other critters who like interpretive dance and fungus identification. But being extra is lonely work. But as Sweety is going to learn, sometimes, being Sweety is also the best job. I LOVED THIS BOOK. It gave me all the feels. I wish it had been around when I was little.
Backlist bump: Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
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