New Books

Hooray, It’s Time for New Books!

Welcome to the last Tuesday of September, aka bonus new book Tuesday! We’ve got some excellent new books to round out your month, and I can’t wait to read them all. In addition to these three books, I also have a copy of The Nesting by C.J. Cooke that I’m excited to dive into, and I’ve got my eye on Becoming Muhammed Ali, a novel for young readers by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander.

Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo

Azere is a young Nigerian-Canadian woman who feels trapped by a promise she made to her dying father to marry a Nigerian man one day and preserve her culture. Her mom tries to help–but when a dating disaster sends Azere running, she meets Rafael, who is very handsome, very into her, and very white. As their fling turns into something serious, Azere has to decide if keeping her promise is something she can or is willing to do, and if she breaks it, how will it affect how she sees herself and her culture?

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Head back to magic school in this dark and funny new fantasy from Naomi Novik! El is a student at Scholomance, a magical school where students either learn their lessons and graduate, or literally die trying. El is uniquely prepared for this educational experience, but her dark powers also come with a caveat: she might kill everyone in the school if she unleashes them. Fortunately, she doesn’t want that. Unfortunately, there is one particular student named Orion Lake that she wouldn’t mind taking down with her. This is the first in what’s sure to be a funny and deadly series.

Backlist bump: If the combination of dark humor and magic in this book appeals to you, you might want to check out Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, a Book Riot favorite.

The Talented Miss Farwell by Emily Gray Tedrowe

In this homage to Patricia Highsmith, Rebecca Farwell is living a double life in the late 1990s: in New York, Miss Farwell is known as Reba, a successful, stylish, and cutthroat art dealer who has made a killing in recent years. In a small town in Illinois, Becky is the town treasurer and controller, living in a farmhouse and dressing in sensible clothing, the type of person no one would suspect of fraud of money laundering–yet that’s exactly what Becky is doing. This is a taut novel about a brilliant con artist.

Backlist bump: Want more Patricia Highsmith readalikes? Pick up Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart.

This will be the last New Books newsletter from me–Liberty will be back next week with more new book fun, and knowing her I’m sure she’s bursting with loads of new book excitement to share with you!

Happy reading!

New Books

Hooray, It’s Time for New Books!

Happy Tuesday, book nerds! It’s time for another round up of great new books, and if you thought last week was awesome, wait until you get a load of this week’s releases! I’m also extra excited to get my hands on copies of Miss Meteor by Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Kay Mejia, Well Played by Jen DeLuca, and White Fox by Sara Faring.

Be sure to catch Liberty and Patricia on today’s episode of All the Books! They discuss the new book by Allie Brosh, Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots, and more!

And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall

This is a novel about a woman gone missing, and the woman tasked with tracking her down. Isabel Lincoln disappears, and it’s up to Grayson to find her. But as Grayson is going to find out, Isabel doesn’t want to be found–she has some dark secrets that have sent her running, and if Grayson continues to look for her, both women are going to have to face the consequences.

Backlist bump: Want to try Rachel Howzell Hall in paperback? Pick up her thriller They All Fall Down, an And Then There Were None style mystery!

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

In an alternate 1983 London, Susan is looking for her missing father. She’s never met him, but she thinks that talking to a crime boss can lead to answers. Instead, it leads her to the booksellers of London, magical beings who protect the Old World ways of magic in addition to selling books. Booksellers Merlin and Vivien are looking for the person responsible for their mother’s murder, and they find their search overlapping with Susan’s.

Backlist bump: I’m also a huge fan of Nix’s lesser known and under appreciated book, Newt’s Emerald! It’s a magical Regency-era mystery!

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

This is the story of Dawn, who is on a plane when the flight attendant tells them to prepare for a crash landing. What goes through her mind immediately isn’t thoughts of her family at home, but of Wyatt, a man she loved two decades ago. Dawn survives the crash, and then is given a choice: return to Boston, or head to Egypt where she last saw Wyatt when she was studying archaeology. This is a book that explores both of her choices, and the meaning of life and how the choices we make that can shape our lives in profound ways.

Happy reading!

New Books

Hooray, It’s Time for New Books!

Hey, welcome to the best day of the week, aka New Book Tuesday! This week has a load of amazing new releases that I’m super excited for, and I know I won’t be able to even begin to name them all. But I’m excited to get my hands on copies of Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez and The Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah (the new authorized Poirot novel).

Make sure you catch me and Liberty squealing about some new books, such as Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour and Piranesi by Susannah Clarke on today’s episode of All the Books!

And now, here are three more great books to get on your radars!

Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro’s second novel is here! This is a fantasy about Xochitl, a young woman who is destined to wander through the arid desert and tell stories about her people. She’s painfully alone, and she wishes more than anything for a companion, but she’s surprised when she gets her wish in Emilia, the daughter of the man who conquered Xochitl’s village. They must undertake a perilous journey through the desert, and along the way they must just find that they’re meant to be together.

Agent Sonya: Moscow’s Most Daring Wartime Spy by Ben Macintyre

Calling all spy fans! This is a nonfiction account of Agent Sonya, a woman who worked as a Soviet spy throughout the West during WWII and beyond. She spent time undercover in the English Cotswolds while runny a sophisticated spy ring across the country, and then went on to evade multiple intelligence agencies and foreign entities bent on tracking her down. This book not only explores her life and movements, but how she represented ideals of the time, and the clash of those ideals.

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

The Eragon author has turned his hand to sci-fi! In this new book for adults, Paolini explores first contact and colonization. Kira is a surveyor in deep space, and she’s elated when she discovers an alien artifact on an uncolonized planet. But then the dust around her begins to move, and she realizes that she’s set off a chain of events that will lead to all out war in her galaxy–and Kira can either doom or save humanity.

Happy reading!

New Books

Hooray, It’s Time for New Books!

Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a fantastic (and socially distant) holiday weekend, and that you’re ready to dive into the week with new book releases! I’m extra excited about this bunch of new books! I especially can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe and The Dare Sisters by Jess Rinker!

Don’t forget to catch Liberty and Vanessa on this week’s episode of All the Books, where they discuss some of their most anticipated releases of the week!

And without further ado, here we go!

What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez

In this new novel from National Book Award winner Sigrid Nunez, a woman recounts six times she encountered other people–strangers, people from her past, casual acquaintances–and how her interaction with them prompted them to pour their hearts out to her. This is a novel about human connection and the need to share our stories with other people, and it sounds like the perfect follow up for readers who loved The Friend.

The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess

Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian genocide in 1992, this is the story of Amra’s family and how their lives change drastically and seemingly overnight when the Serbs take control of the army and her hometown is surrounded by bigotry and hate. Soon her family faces danger and starvation on all sides, but through it all a stray cat appears and acts as a guardian to the family.

Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney

As a kid, I inhaled Caroline B. Cooney’s mysteries and thrillers for kids and teens (who here also read and was horrified by The Face on the Milk Carton?), so it’s exciting to see that her newest book is a mystery for adults! Clemmie is checking up on a neighbor when she stumbles across something remarkable—and so she takes a photo on her phone and sends it to a few people. When the photo goes viral, and it turns out that her neighbor’s house is a crime scene, Clemmie is suddenly facing intense scrutiny—which is bad for her, because she’s got some big secrets that are nearly half a century old that she doesn’t want getting out.

Happy reading!

New Books

Hooray, It’s Time for September’s Giant List of New Books!

Hey there, book nerds! I hope you’re ready to read, because September is going to be packed with new releases! Aside from being the biggest release season of the year, September also boasts FIVE Tuesdays, and even includes a bunch of bumped releases from the spring. Those TBR piles are going to be towering!

This week, I’m especially excited to pick up A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore, Mad & Bad by Bea Koch, and Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson. But there’s so much more to get excited about, as well–here we go!

cover of A Rogue of One's Own by Evie DunmoreA Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Daddy: Stories by Emma Cline

Gold Wings Rising by Alex London

Don’t Turn Out the Lights edited by Jonathan Maberry

His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

Mad & Bad: The Real Heroines of the Regency by Bea Koch

Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera

No Vacancy by Tziporah Cohen

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Recommended for You by Laura Silverman

The Book of Hidden Wonders by Polly Crosby

Road Out of Winter by Allison Stine

The 2084 Report by James Lawrence Powell

The Art of Drag by Jake Hall and Sophie Birkin

The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman

The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure by Gerald Easter and Mara Vorhees

This Old Dog by Martha Brockenbrough and Gabriel Alborozo

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney

Coffee Days, Whiskey Nights by Cyrus Parker

Just Us by Claudia Rankin

Good Blood by Julian Guthrie

One by One by Ruth Ware

Prime Deceptions by Valerie Valdes

The Cat I Never Named by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess

The Dare Sisters by Jess Rinker

The Invention of Sound by Chuck Palahniuk

The Folk Singers and the Bureau by Aaron J. Leonard

What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez

Vanguard by Martha S. Jones

Agent Sonya by Ben Macintyre

Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

Grown cover imageGrown by Tiffany D. Jackson

If Then by Jill Lepore

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

More Than a Woman by Caitlin Moran

My Life in the Fish Tank by Barbara Dee

The Awkward Black Man by Walter Mosely

The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett

The VanderBeekers: Lost and Found by Karina Yan Glaser

Three Keys by Kelly Yang

Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour

The Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophia Hannah

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall

How to Fly by Barbara Kingsolver

Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds

Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey

Total Meditation by Deepak Chopra

Vampires Never Get Old edited by Zoraida Cordova and Natalie C. Parker

Well Played by Jen DeLuca

White Fox by Sara Faring

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez

Jack by Marilynne Robinson

Just Like You by Nick Hornby

Skyhunter by Marie Lu

Sleep Donation by Karen Russell

The Talented Miss Farwell by Emily Gray Tedrowe

Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo

Whale Day by Billy Collins

Yay, you made it to the bottom of the list! Happy reading!

New Books

Hooray, It’s Time For New Books!

Welcome to your weekly round of new books! This is the last week of an abnormally packed August full of new books, and it’s so hard to narrow it down to just a few picks! I’m really excited to get my hands on a copy of Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale, Killer Kung Pao by Vivien Chien (love the Noodle Shop Mysteries!), and Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig.

Make sure you catch this week’s episode of All the Books! with Liberty and Patricia! They discuss The Great Offshore Grounds, Don’t Tell Me to Relax, and more!

Now onto some new releases!

Winter Counts cover imageWinter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

I am so pumped for this mystery/thriller, which stars Virgil, who lives on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Virgil works as a kind of last resort for justice in his community–when something goes wrong and the American legal system or the tribal council can’t get justice, people come to him. And when heroin begins entering the reservation, Virgil has his work cut out for him. He investigates the source of the heroin, uncovering secrets that force him to reckon with his identity and his place in his community.

Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram

In this sequel to Darius the Great is Not Okay, we find Darius back home in the U.S., playing soccer, dating his first boyfriend, and keeping up a long distance friendship with Sohrab. But when both of Darius’s grandmothers arrive in town and his new internship at a tea shop doesn’t go quite as planned, plus Sohrab begins ghosting him and his dad is away on business, Darius’s life begins to scramble once again. And he has to decide if he wants to accept it, or that he deserves better.

Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley

Can you believe it is 2020 and this is the first time that Beowulf has been translated into English by a woman? Maria Dahvana Headley, who is a fantastic writer in her own right, has breathed new life into this old tale with her new verse translation about ambitious men, a woman seeking vengeance for her child, and monsters that walk among us. I haven’t read Beowulf since college, but I can’t wait for this new translation, which promises to give readers new context and nuance to one of our oldest surviving tales.

Happy reading!

New Books

Hooray, It’s Time for New Books!

Happy Tuesday and welcome to new book day, aka the best day of the week. I admit, I totally have been dreaming of a t-shirt that says, “On Tuesdays, we go to the bookstore,” a la Mean Girls, and if someone makes that happen, I would buy one in every color.

Some books I’m excited about this week include Body Talk, edited by Book Riot Editor Kelly Jensen and containing some essays from fellow Rioters Eric Smith and Patricia Elzie-Tuttle, Betty by Veronica McDonald, and Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho. Make sure you check out today’s episode of All the Books, where Liberty and I chat about tons of new releases this week!

The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan

This is a post-World War II book about a married couple who have found that their respective war years have done a number on their marriage, for a variety of reasons. Diana Somerville’s expertise in London architecture and her work as a codebreaker at Bletchley Park separated her from her husband, and thanks to the Official Secrets Act, she can’t tell Brent, a professor as Kings College, about her war years. Brent is dealing with his own trauma from working as a stretcher bearer in the war, and he’s frustrated at Diana’s obvious lies and evasion. If the two are going to save their marriage, they must find a way to rebuild trust and their lives.

Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn

Winnie is a high schooler whose very strict Thai parents never let her older sisters date before graduation–but when those sisters turn the tables on their parents and refuse to entertain getting engaged for a long time, her parents come up with a fake dating scenario for Winnie to “practice” dating, all in the hopes that she’ll be more likely to find a husband quickly after graduation. Winnie isn’t pleased at the meddling–and she’s even more annoyed when the guy her parents pick for her to practice being in a relationship with is none other than her arch nemesis, Mat Songsomboon.

Stealing Mt. Rushmore by Daphne Kalmar

Nellie is a thirteen-year-old with some big shoes to fill. First off, she’s the only girl in a family of three boys, and she knows her dad is disappointed that he wasn’t able to have four sons named after the presidents on Mt. Rushmore. Second, her mom has left the family without a word, and as the girl, Nellie is expected to cook, clean, and take care of her little brother. But when financial problems put a strain on the family, Nellie is determined to figure out a way to help the family stay afloat, and bring them together–even if it is unfair that she’s the one everyone relies on. This is a great nostalgic book about the 1970s and a family in crisis against the backdrop of the Watergate scandal.

Happy reading!

New Books

Hooray, It’s Time for New Books!

Happy Tuesday, book nerds! I hope you’re having a fantastic start of the week, and that you’re ready for another batch of amazing new releases. I’m still catching up on last week’s new releases (my copy of A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong arrived and it’s gorgeous and so colorful!), but I’ve got Sia Martinez and the Moonlight Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland on my radar, along with Chasing Starlight by Terri Bailey Black!

Here are three new releases that you should check out!

No Offense by Meg Cabot

Molly is nursing a broken heart when she takes a job as children’s librarian in Little Bridge Island, FL. She’s settling into her new life when a baby is abandoned in the library’s bathroom, and she finds herself working with Sheriff John Hartwell, who is intent on “catching” whoever left the baby. Molly takes offense at that perspective, and she decides to change his mind. As the two work together to sort out the case, John finds himself swayed by her arguments, and her smile.

Backlist bump: No Judgements by Meg Cabot is the first book in the Little Bridge Island romance series, and it’s a delight.

Twenty After Midnight by Daniel Galera

This new literary work in translation is about four young people, all friends, who were groundbreaking in the 1990’s digital scene, only to find one of their own murdered 15 years later. The three remaining friends reunite in order to piece together what happened, and who is responsible for the death of their one-time friend–and if they can look to the future now that he’s gone.

The Daughters of Ys by M.T. Anderson and Jo Rioux

This graphic novel draws upon Celtic legend to tell the story of Ys, a city protected by a magical wall from the sea. When the queen dies, her two daughters find themselves drifting apart and at odds, until dark secrets about their beloved Ys are exposed, forcing them to come together in order to save their home.

Happy reading!

New Books

Hooray, It’s Time for August’s Giant List of New Books!

Hey there book nerds! Happy Tuesday and welcome to August already! Normally, I think of summer as the time where there aren’t a whole heck of a lot of new books hitting shelves (spring and fall tend to be the big new release seasons) but thanks to COVID-19 we’ve seen a lot of shuffled release dates and this month is packed with amazing new books.

I’m particularly excited about the new Denise Mina thriller, The Less Dead, which is my current read. I’m also eager to dive into Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner, and the graphic novel A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong, which I already have on preorder. I also am excited about Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden and the first female translation of Beowulf!

Are you ready for this? Here we go!

12 Second of Silence: How a Team of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Spies Took Down a Nazi Superweapon by Jamie Holmes

Auntie Poldi and the Handsome Antonio by Mario Giordano

All Together Now by Hope Larson

A Furious Sky: A Five-Hundred Year History of America’s Hurricanes by Eric Jay Dolin

Being Lolita by Alisson Wood

Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud

Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

Creating Anna Karenina by Bob Blaisdell

Death of a Telenovela Star by Teresa Dovalpage

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Imperfect Women by Araminta Hall

Eliot Ness and the Mad Butcher by Max Alan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz

lobizonaLobizona by Romina Garber

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

The Death of Vivek Oji by Awkaeke Emezi

The Eight Detective by Alex Pavesi

The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

The Daughters of Ys by M.T. Anderson and Jo Rioux

Iron Empires by Michael Hiltzik

No Offense by Meg Cabot

Kiss My Cupcake by Helena Hunting

The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman

Twenty After Midnight by Daniel Galera

Zo by Xander Miller

The Monsters We Make by Kali White

Betty by Tiffany McDaniel

Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy edited by Kelly Jenson

Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn

Many People Die Like You by Lina Wolff

Northernmost by Peter Geye

Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner

Soul Full of Coal Dust by Chris Hamby

The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan

Stealing Mt. Rushmore by Daphne Kalmar

The Less Dead by Denise Mina

The New American by Micheline Aharonian Marcom

The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls by Ursula Hegi

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho

The Search Party by Simon Lelic

Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahavan Headley

Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram

Dear Girl by Aija Mayrock

Killer Kung Pao by Vivien Chien

Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale

Sisters by Daisy Johnson

Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Rebekah Taussig

Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest

Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen

The Growing Season by Sarah Frey

The Wrong Mr. Darcy by Evelyn Lozada

Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

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New Books

Hooray, It’s Time for New Books!

Yay, it’s New Book Tuesday, aka the best day of the week! We’ve got a lot of great new books to look forward to. If you’re a Zadie Smith fan, make sure you pick up her new essay collection Intimations, which is about the pandemic and is out today. Another book at the top of my wishlist that’s out today is Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings.

Make sure that you hop on over to All the Books! and hear more about the new releases that Liberty and Patricia are excited about. In the meantime, stay safe and wear a mask when you venture out!

It Is Wood, It Is Stone by Gabriella Burnham

This book immediately leapt on my radar because look! At! That! Cover! So gorgeous. This novel is about Linda, an American woman who moves to Sao Paulo for a year for her husband’s job and finds herself aimless and isolated. Her life intersects with Marta, the maid she hires who is grappling with her own history and racial tensions. When Linda makes a rash decision, she and Marta find themselves tied by a unique bond.

Backlist bump: Goodnight Stranger by Miciah Bay Gault is out in paperback today, and it’s a compelling literary novel about two adult siblings who must face the mystery of their past when a stranger shows up on their island home.

His & Hers by Alice Feeney

Summer is for twisty psychological thrillers, and this new book from Feeney looks like it’ll fit the bill perfectly! It’s about a gruesome murder set in a small British town. Anna Andrews is a newsreader who doesn’t want to cover the murder for her own secretive reasons. Jack Harper is a detective who is suspicious of Anna until the tables turn on him, and he becomes a suspect.

Backlist bump: They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall is a And Then There Were None style mystery, and it’s out in mass market paperback today!

I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch

This is a fun f/f romantic novel about two sworn competitors, Rhodes and Iliana, who are students at Alabama’s Conservatory of the Arts. They’re both in the running for a significant scholarship, and the pressure is on. To let off steam, both girls participate on a popular fan fiction site under anonymous usernames. Unbeknownst to each other, they end up teaming up on a webcomic. As their online friendship flourishes, their IRL rivalry heats up–but when all is revealed, they might find that they actually be falling for each other.

More backlist bump: Today is the release day for a number of great paperbacks, including Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha, Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit, and Obsession by Sarah Weinman, The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen, and Until It’s Over by Nicci French!

Happy reading!