Happy St. Patrick's Day! Channeling the good luck of the occasion, here are 10 books that it will be your good fortune to add to your TBR list.
LIA PARK AND THE MISSING JEWEL by Jenna Yoon
Aladdin / Simon & Schuster, 6/28/2022
When Lia Park gets invited to the biggest birthday party of the year—her parents say she can’t go. So she sneaks out. But in doing that Lia breaks not only her parents’ rules, but also an ancient protection spell, allowing an evil diviner spirit to kidnap and ransom her parents for a powerful jewel that her family has guarded for years. Soon, Lia finds herself chasing mysterious clues that take her around the world from her grandmother’s home in Korea to the undersea kingdom of the Dragon King. Along with her friend, Joon, Lia must dig deep and find courage to stand up for those who are weak—and become the hero her parents need.
THE FINALIST by Joan Long
Level Best Books, 3/15/2022
Five authors are chosen to compete for the chance to finish a deceased novelist’s unfinished manuscript. At stake is a million dollars and a contract to continue the famous novelist’s bestselling thriller series. For single mom Risa Marr, it's the opportunity of a lifetime. Transported to tropical Key Island, the finalists are cut off from the world and given seven days to draft their best ending for the book. But when one of them turns up dead, theories and accusations abound. To what lengths exactly are these competitors willing go to win?
BEING MARY BENNET by JC Peterson
Being Mary Bennet is named in honor of the forgotten middle sister of Pride and Prejudice. Like Mary, Marnie Barnes wants to be the main character in her own life and love story. Determined to reinvent herself, Marnie enlists the help of her bubbly roommate and opens herself up to the world—leading lady style.
CASINO QUEEN by Cara Bertoia
Wild Rose Press, 3/16/2022
Caroline Popov, alone, heartbroken, and deeply in debt ends up in glamorous Palm Springs, California working in a Native casino. She lands a job at the Palm Oasis, being mentored by the charismatic tribal chairman, John Tovar. Embraced by casino culture, Caroline works her way up to casino manager of the Night Hawk, in the High Desert town of Joshua Tree. And in the process of rediscovering her inner strength, she learns, you have to gamble like your life depends on it. Because it often does.
AS SEEN ON TV by Meredith Schorr
Forever/Grand Central Publishing, 6/7/2022
In As Seen On TV, New York journalist Adina Gellar realizes that she's more likely to find love in a small town than the big city, at least according to romantic movies. So, when she pursues a story in a small town called Pleasant Hollow, she thinks this might be her opportunity to improve her love life. That is until she gets there and finds it's without many redeeming qualities...except possibly a single one, named Finn.
LONG PAST SUMMER by Noué Kirwan
HQN/Harper Collins, 8/2/2022
Mikaela Marchand is a successful New York lawyer with a promotion in her sights when an old photograph of her and her former best friend, Julie, lands on the cover of a high-profile fashion magazine. Julie files a lawsuit, leaving Mikaela caught in the middle as defense lawyer for the photographer: the former love of her life--and Julie’s ex-husband--Cameron Murphy.
THE BOOK EATERS by Sunyi Dean
The Book Eaters concerns The Family, a secret line of people who eat books for food. And among them, a young woman named Devon who learns that her son desires not books, but human minds. A contemporary fantasy. It's a story of motherhood, sacrifice, and hope, of queer identity and learning to accept who you are; of gilded lies and the danger of believing the narratives others create for you.
THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF HOODIE ROSEN by Isaac Blum
The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen is a story of a Romeo and his Juliet. Hoodie Rosen has only just moved to his new Orthodox Jewish community when he meets Anna-Marie Diaz-O'Leary, whose mother is the town mayor leading a charge against his community. Stuck between two worlds and wants, Hoodie has to find out where he belongs.
THE SURVIVING SKY by Kritika H Rao
DAW/PRH, Fall 2022
In living, plant-made cities of a jungle-planet, the last refuges of humanity float high above devastating earthrage storms below. And architects are revered above anyone else in their society for their ability to psychically manipulate the architecture. Iravan is one such architect. In his city, his word is nearly law. His abilities are his identity, but to Ahilya, his wife, they are a way for survival to be reliant on the elite few. Like most others, she cannot manipulate the plants. And she desperately seeks change and wants him to use his privilege to tip the balance of rule in their society.
JASMINE ZUMIDEH NEEDS A WIN by Susan Azim Boyer
Wednesday Books, 11/1/22
Jasmine Zumideh is an ambitious high school senior living in suburban Southern California in 1979. Only a measly year from escaping to her dream school in New York, Jasmine tells a little white lie to pad her college application. She claims to be the Senior Class President-Elect. She's got the election in the bag anyway against an aggressive wet-blanket named Gerald Thomas. That is, until the Iran Hostage Crisis shines an unkind light on Jasmine's Iranian heritage. And now she's faced with the dilemma of claiming her heritage or hiding it, standing by outspoken family members or turning her back on them, winning the election or abandoning her dreams.
List curated by: Noué Kirwan
Posted to the blog by: Ren Hutchings