7 Buzzy Books Hitting Shelves Today

Posted by Hayley on May 08, 2018
Need another excuse to go to the bookstore this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day.

To create our list, we focused on the top books Goodreads members can't wait to read, which we measure by how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves. All these highly anticipated titles are now available! Which ones catch your eye?


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You should read this book if you like: YA fiction, Puddin', fighting for your dreams, dance teams, inspiring female friendships, kissing your secret crush



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You should read this book if you like: Thrillers, the Jane Hawk series, rogue FBI agents, one-woman wars against shadowy organizations, Lake Tahoe, cabals with bad intentions



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You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, history, Their Eyes Were Watching God, incredible true stories, poignant and powerful reflections on the tragedy of slavery



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You should read this book if you like: Science fiction, All Systems Red, murderous robots experiencing an existential crises, outer space mining facilities


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You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction, The English Patient, World War II, orphans and enigmatic strangers, London, explorations of intrigue and desire

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You should read this book if you like: Beach reads, Summer Rental, private islands, eccentric millionaires, renewed friendships, skinny dipping



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You should read this book if you like: Literary fiction, Rich and Pretty, juggling the demands of motherhood with personal aspirations, confronting the blind spots of privilege



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message 1: by Katsuro (last edited May 08, 2018 07:12AM) (new)

Katsuro Ricksand Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this, but "beach read" always felt a bit unintentionally derogatory. It feels to me like how you describe a book that you don't need to give your full attention.

When reviewers describe a book as "a good beach read," they seem to mean that the book is something you read, enjoy, and then put aside to never think of again.


message 2: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Puddin' was good. :)


message 3: by Nichole (new)

Nichole Katsuro wrote: "Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this, but "beach read" always felt a bit unintentionally derogatory. It feels to me like how you describe a book that you don't need to give your full attention.

..."

Personally "Beach read has always meant, to me, a book that you would be able to really get into because you have the time to. As a person who is so busy that I have to sneak reading in on breaks, I look forward to a beach read.


message 4: by Bridget (new)

Bridget Nichole wrote: "Katsuro wrote: "Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this, but "beach read" always felt a bit unintentionally derogatory. It feels to me like how you describe a book that you don't need to give your f..."
Exactly! I always saw it as a book that you can just relax and enjoy. Whatever just helps you unwind and smile. For me personally, that just means a light easy read (usually a romance/chick lit type book), nothing too thought provoking, just, fun! But I know everyone's idea of a beach read may be a bit different. :)


message 5: by Nicko (new)

Nicko (The Cover Hoarder) Nothing of note.
Moving on.


message 6: by Tami (new)

Tami Lowe Zora’s book I’m excited about. The woman is genius.


message 7: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Why do people comment when they have nothing to add to the conversation? Is your life so boring that you need to hear yourself talk? Those of us who read the posts and comments are looking for other recommendations or to read what people have to say. If your comment is "Nothing of note. Moving on." you are adding absolutely nothing to the conversation. Maybe you don't see something, but there are millions of other people who may see something great. So move on all you wish, but there is no need to announce it. I see this all the time on Goodreads posts and it is beyond annoying.


message 8: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Katsuro wrote: "Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this, but "beach read" always felt a bit unintentionally derogatory. It feels to me like how you describe a book that you don't need to give your full attention.

..."

I agree, it seems derogatory to me as well. It seems that women's fiction is often given terms that are derogatory in nature whether that is intentional or not.


message 9: by James (new)

James Cindy wrote: "Why do people comment when they have nothing to add to the conversation? Is your life so boring that you need to hear yourself talk? Those of us who read the posts and comments are looking for othe..."

Thank you for this, Cindy! Seriously, if you don't have a positive comment, why bother putting more negative into the world? Seems the most popular aspect of social media is being somehow awful, and sharing it. ugh.
i got the Wells book TBR... Murderbot? How can this not be good?!?!?


message 10: by James (new)

James Cindy wrote: "Katsuro wrote: "Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this, but "beach read" always felt a bit unintentionally derogatory. It feels to me like how you describe a book that you don't need to give your f..."

Agree on both counts. Books written by men aren't called "men's fiction", just "Fiction". also wish books would stopped being plugged as "for fans of___ " or "the next ____"... can't a book/author just stand on its own?


message 11: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael Cindy wrote: "Why do people comment when they have nothing to add to the conversation? Is your life so boring that you need to hear yourself talk? Those of us who read the posts and comments are looking for othe..."

I so agree with you Cindy, why bother??


message 12: by Kenya (new)

Kenya Starflight Oooh, I didn't realize All Systems Red had a sequel! Guess I need to bump that one up on my TBR list...


message 13: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Baker I keep hearing great things about Martha Wells. I'm adding The Murderbot Diaries series to my TBR.

Also releasing today:

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed


message 14: by Gina (new)

Gina Kristen wrote: "Puddin' was good. :)"

All her books have been great so far! Did you read Dumplin' first?


Cyn (semi-hiatus) Surface Tension by Mike Mullin is also out today!


message 16: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Katsuro wrote: "Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this, but "beach read" always felt a bit unintentionally derogatory. It feels to me like how you describe a book that you don't need to give your full attention.

..."


Exactly!! I’ve always thought something about the words “beach read”, but never said anything and couldn’t quite explain how I felt about. Glad I’m not the only one who feels that way. Well said.


message 17: by Melissa (last edited May 08, 2018 06:20PM) (new)

Melissa Crap!!! I just started reading The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk, #3) by Dean Koontz , then had to help family with things due to my dads cancer (Always on standby for needed rides and terrified every time the phone rings. Prayers and/or good thoughts needed desperately....sorry for the personal info, but I’m scared) and also my own health matters.

I love love love Koontz!! Beyond thrilled to have this one with a million thanks to Random House! ‘That’ was a, squeal like a complete book nerd and embarrassingly/repeatedly saying ‘thank you thank you thank you’ to the air as though RH might hear me, mailbox day, lol. Sorry for rambling about this. Feeling lost, alone and scared so I’m going to read now :-/ :)

~*Happy reading everyone *~


message 18: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Pam wrote: "Cindy wrote: "Why do people comment when they have nothing to add to the conversation? Is your life so boring that you need to hear yourself talk? Those of us who read the posts and comments are lo..."

James wrote: "Cindy wrote: "Katsuro wrote: "Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this, but "beach read" always felt a bit unintentionally derogatory. It feels to me like how you describe a book that you don't need ..."

James wrote: "Cindy wrote: "Why do people comment when they have nothing to add to the conversation? Is your life so boring that you need to hear yourself talk? Those of us who read the posts and comments are lo..."

Cindy wrote: "Katsuro wrote: "Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this, but "beach read" always felt a bit unintentionally derogatory. It feels to me like how you describe a book that you don't need to give your f..."

Cindy wrote: "Why do people comment when they have nothing to add to the conversation? Is your life so boring that you need to hear yourself talk? Those of us who read the posts and comments are looking for othe..."

Fantastic conversation! Agree on all said. Although, I’m guilty of putting TMI in my post above, but it’s not hateful so hopefully I can have a pass. Definitely agree your comments. Nice seeing it said!

~*Happy Reading, everyone*~


message 19: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Melissa wrote: "Crap!!! I just started reading The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk, #3) by Dean Koontz , then had to help family with things due to my dads cancer (Always on standby for needed rides and terrified every time th..."

Take care Melissa and just take each day as it comes.
The beauty of reading a book, it shuts the world out.


message 20: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Caroline wrote: "Melissa wrote: "Crap!!! I just started reading The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk, #3) by Dean Koontz , then had to help family with things due to my dads cancer (Always on standby for needed rides and terrifi..."

Thank you so much, Caroline. I’ve come back to this page a bunch of times debating whether I should have deleted that comment because I’m was afraid of being judged for putting it there, but my dad and my girls (whom I’ve barely seen in two years.....long ugly story from a DV and the abusive ex issue), are all I have left and sooooo being alone 24/7 keeping all the pain circling my thoughts non-stop, I just say it somewhere, anywhere, because it all hurts to where I feel like I’m suffocating. I just have to let it out sometimes, even if it’s the wrong place. Without my girls (my reason) and my dad (my hero and best friend), I’ve barely read in 2 years and now I’m trying to get back there because I’m dying here and need to force myself to stop thinking because if I don’t my health is going to just keep plummeting.

I’m glad I didn’t delete the comment because you didn’t judge me. Your comment just helped immensely and I cannot express that sufficiently enough in words, but it’s those little things sprinkled into some days that keep me hanging on. I’m crying now and it’s a thank you cry for taking your time to say that. Not to sound creepy, but much love your way. Thank you with all my heart. I’m sitting here reading a couple chapters, then a break, then a couple more. How does a mother smile or do anything enjoyable without her babies (who aren’t so little anymore). Long story which I don’t want to post publicly. Just wish I knew what to do, knew whom to turn to. I’ve tried, but it’s painfully complicated.

Hugs and love. Thank you so so very much, Caroline. Going to dry the eyes and pick my book back up.


message 21: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Melissa wrote: "Caroline wrote: "Melissa wrote: "Crap!!! I just started reading The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk, #3) by Dean Koontz , then had to help family with things due to my dads cancer (Always on standby for needed ..."

I'm glad I helped in some small way Melissa.
Take care.


Ivana - Diary of Difference I think I might enjoy Warlight and The High Tide Club! :)


message 23: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Ricksand Nichole wrote: "Katsuro wrote: "Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this, but "beach read" always felt a bit unintentionally derogatory. It feels to me like how you describe a book that you don't need to give your f..."
That's an interesting view of it, but not the one I usually see. I read lots of book reviews, and the books I see described as good beach reads are always chick lit novels that the reviewer liked but didn't love. I never see things like War and Peace or Infinite Jest described as good beach reads. It's alays women's fiction, and not of the Virginia Woolf or Margaret Atwood kind.


message 24: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Nicoleta wrote: "Nothing of note.
Moving on."


I had almost the same thought. None of those books piqued my interest.


message 25: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Ricksand Nicoleta wrote: "Nothing of note.
Moving on."


Thank you for your friendly and productive comment! :)


message 26: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael Melissa wrote: "Crap!!! I just started reading The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk, #3) by Dean Koontz , then had to help family with things due to my dads cancer (Always on standby for needed rides and terrified every time th..."

You are your dad and family in my prayers hon!! I just got mine by Koontz also and can't wait to read it. I bought in on Amazon and the price was great, happy reading hon!!


message 27: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael Missed spelled that, You and your Dad and family are in my prayers. I sent you a friend invite because we are pretty much in the same boat in ways, it would be nice to have you as a friend hon and never say sorry, you had to vent to someone and we are all human here, take care!!


message 28: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Pam wrote: "Melissa wrote: "Crap!!! I just started reading The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk, #3) by Dean Koontz , then had to help family with things due to my dads cancer (Always on standby for needed rides and terrifi..."

Pam, I just accepted your invite. Thank you for that and thank you for your reply to my comment. I’m always embarrassed when I do that, but it’s painfully true that I have nowhere else to let the brain unload. I’m so sorry to read that you’re also going though something similar. I’m very happy to connect with you and hopefully we can be supportive and helpful for each other as best as one can online. I’m extremely random depending on the exhaustion level, but I’ll always be here as I can. Thank you again for the invite and you take care of yourself. Somehow we’ll get through it. PM me if you need.

Caroline wrote: "Melissa wrote: "Caroline wrote: "Melissa wrote: "Crap!!! I just started reading The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk, #3) by Dean Koontz , then had to help family with things due to my dads cancer (Always on sta..."

It’s the small things and acts of kindness which are the most powerful. You helped immensely. Take care of you as well, Caroline.


message 29: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Pam wrote: "Missed spelled that, You and your Dad and family are in my prayers. I sent you a friend invite because we are pretty much in the same boat in ways, it would be nice to have you as a friend hon and ..."

Oh, and I’m ‘so’ happy you got a copy of “The Crooked Staircase”!!! I hope you enjoy it. I’m reading slower than normal. Getting my feet wet again after an almost two year break. So happy to be getting back here and reading again. Can’t wait to see what you thought of the book. As of right now, for me, it’s not seeming like a Koontz book, however I’m still enjoying it. I’m still stuck on loving “Odd Thomas”. Always will be, I believe. Book 1 of “Odd Thomas” was/is my first and favorite Koontz.


message 30: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Melissa wrote: "Pam wrote: "Melissa wrote: "Crap!!! I just started reading The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk, #3) by Dean Koontz , then had to help family with things due to my dads cancer (Always on standby for needed rides..."

Thank you Melissa .


message 31: by Rae (new)

Rae Katsuro wrote: "Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this, but "beach read" always felt a bit unintentionally derogatory. It feels to me like how you describe a book that you don't need to give your full attention.

..."


I completely agree with this. Well said.


message 32: by Samyann (new)

Samyann Personally, I like beach reads. It means, to me, a book that I can get truly absorbed in reading.

Not great literature, a book NOT intended to be a “text book", just darned good entertainment. A Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel … even a Stephen King or Dean Koontz, if I’m in the mood to be spooked. :-)


message 33: by Bridget (new)

Bridget Cindy wrote: "Why do people comment when they have nothing to add to the conversation? Is your life so boring that you need to hear yourself talk? Those of us who read the posts and comments are looking for othe..."
1 Million thumbs up for this comment! ♥


message 34: by Bridget (new)

Bridget Samyann wrote: "Personally, I like beach reads. It means, to me, a book that I can get truly absorbed in reading.

Not great literature, a book NOT intended to be a “text book", just darned good entertainment. A ..."

Yes! Whatever people can just sit, relax and enjoy on the beach. Regardless of what that genre is. For some, it may be chick lit, but for others, it may be something spooky like Koontz! Heck, even King! Maybe a killer clown, killer dead animals or even an evil demon dog trying to claw into your car is a beach read for some! lol...As long as it grips you and you enjoy it, I guess it could be a beach read. Whatever is relaxing for "you"!


message 35: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Bright Bridget wrote: "Nichole wrote: "Katsuro wrote: "Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this, but "beach read" always felt a bit unintentionally derogatory. It feels to me like how you describe a book that you don't nee..."

Bridget wrote: "Nichole wrote: "Katsuro wrote: "Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this, but "beach read" always felt a bit unintentionally derogatory. It feels to me like how you describe a book that you don't nee..."

I agree Bridget -- a book I can relax and enjoy. For me that is typically on a plane or a summer read. It isn't meant as something derogatory -- just something relaxing that doesn't demand a lot of deep thought although some books can (and do) fit in this description while also raising social issues as well.


message 36: by Pam (new)

Pam I think of a beach read as a novel that immediately grabs your attention and keeps you absorbed—

One that you don’t have to work hard at so you can relax and just be.


message 37: by Jen (new)

Jen God


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