Sometimes finding a good book to read can be hard, because there are so many books in the world! So what if you limit yourself to just new books, so those released in the last year or so? That can be tricky too. Every Tuesday is special because it’s book release day, which means a bunch of new books are released to the world. Well, let me make it a little easier for you: here’s a list of recently released popular fiction to give you something to sink your teeth into and enjoy.
In what starts out as a kind of sad story turns into something beautiful and unique in Kristan Higgins’s Pack Up the Moon. Joshua and Lauren are happily married and love each other very deeply and cannot imagine life apart until Lauren is diagnosed with a terminal illness, but she has a plan after she is gone. A series of letters and instructions, one for every month of the year after her death, which Joshua has to carry out. The stories, adventures, and experiences make him miss her all the more, but also love her in a whole new way.
Hailed as one of the best summer reads of 2021, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur is a story of intrigue and mystery. It is the summer of 1969 and Malik has just earned himself an internship at the Facilities Office of the Jaipur Royal Palace. Their most recent project is an impressive cinema, but on opening night tragedy strikes as the brand new balcony collapses and obvious blame is assigned, but Malik has suspicions something else is going on here and decides to investigate. He grew up in this city and knows its hidden alleys and secrets well.
The Mitchell triplets live in the quaint and idyllic town of Bourne where nothing ever really interesting happens. Mirabel is smart and likes making things, like a cool voice app; Monday knows everything about books, even that one you didn’t know you were looking for; and Mab just wants to get good grades, head to college, and most importantly, get out of Bourne. But there is a dark history with the town, from an event that occurred seventeen years ago, and a new student has enrolled at Bourne Memorial High who happens to be the nemesis of the Mitchell family. Now things are about to become anything but boring.
It is the fall of 1919 and young Tristan Sadler is traveling to Norwich to deliver a collection of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, an incredible man whom he fought beside in the Great War and who he has immense respect for. In addition to the letters, Tristan must tell the story of himself and Will and the war, starting from the beginning with their meeting at Aldershot to the end of their friendship in the trenches of France. A moving tale that is also filled with jealousy and betrayal.
Get lost in the warm waters of Hawaii with Under the Wave at Waimea by Paul Theroux. Joe Sharkey, a renowned surfer known of course as “the Shark,” is now in his sixties and losing his popularity and sponsors, but is still respected by young surfers. In a freak accident, Joe kills a stranger and finds his life forever changed. But his girlfriend Olive helps in learning the identity of the victim and discovering the dead man’s life, and in so doing, helps Joe get his life back together again.
Stewart Beasley, a rising TV star, dies suddenly of an aneurysm. To Wren, Steward was her rock and her anchor, so now she must live her life without him and move on. But first, she must plan the funeral to end all funerals. She is also surprisingly assigned the duty of disseminating Stewart’s possessions, and in so doing finds herself investigating his life and learning things she never knew about him. With a healthy balance of both laughter and tears, Competitive Grieving casts a new light on the tragedy and grief that so many must go through.