7 Great Books Hitting Shelves This Week

Posted by Cybil on April 28, 2020
Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day.

To create our list, we focused on the 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 top titles are now available in the United States! Which ones catch your eye?


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You should read this book if you like: Memoirs told through essays, LGBTQIA+ stories, exploration of issues including gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, and black joy.
 

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You should read this book if you like: Contemporary fiction, missing half-sisters, questions of paternity, Irish wakes, the sins of our fathers, Helen of Pasadena, Elizabeth the First Wife


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You should read this book if you like: Mystery thrillers, psychological suspense, secrets and lies, revealing diaries, family intrigue, investigative journalists, enigmatic clients


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You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction, Cold War Poland, forbidden love in repressive societies, political divides, LGBT issues, Andre Aciman, Garth Greenwell


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You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction, haunting love stories, pioneering women, stalwart frontiersmen, What the Wind KnowsFrom Sand and Ashlove on the Oregon Trail


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You should read this book if you like: Contemporary fiction, young adult themes, LGBT issues, girls with Olympic ambitions, boys with septum piercings, unlikely friendships, The Girls from Corona del Mar


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You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, self-help and psychology, abiding wisdom, good advice, tips and tricks for healthier living, Ask Science Mike, The Liturgists Podcast


Which new releases are you looking forward to reading? Let's talk books in the comments!

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message 1: by Extinction (new)

Extinction I have been waiting for Swimming In The Dark!! Looking forward to reading it!!


message 2: by strategian (new)

strategian wow looks awful thanks


message 3: by Rai (new)

Rai FG As if my TBR wasn't overflowing already; I've added 4 of the above too XD


message 4: by Jim (new)

Jim awaiting May's arrival, which has many books I am excited about...


message 5: by Holly (new)

Holly strategian wrote: "wow looks awful thanks"

Thanks for saying it, and making me laugh.


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

I just received "A Match Made for Murder (Lane Winslow #7) by Iona Whishaw" and I'm starting it tonight


message 7: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Holly wrote: "strategian wrote: "wow looks awful thanks"

Thanks for saying it, and making me laugh."

Me too, thanks!


message 8: by TRE (new)

TRE strategian wrote: "wow looks awful thanks"

+1


message 9: by Marta (new)

Marta strategian wrote: "wow looks awful thanks"

I thought I was the only one...


Your Local Zannie I 𝑐𝑎𝑛𝑛𝑜𝑡 wait for the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes!


message 11: by Doug (new)

Doug Like Strategian said, this looks terrible.


message 12: by Ben (new)

Ben Howard Swimming in the Dark is amazing!


message 13: by Astrid Pizarro (new)

Astrid Pizarro (Book Lover's Book Reviews) Incediary by Zoraida Cordova!


message 14: by Jo (last edited Apr 28, 2020 03:12PM) (new)

Jo March Elizæ wrote: "I 𝑐𝑎𝑛𝑛𝑜𝑡 wait for the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes!"
And who not? I don't want it, I need it!


message 15: by Your Local Zannie (last edited Apr 29, 2020 05:16AM) (new)

Your Local Zannie JoMarch wrote: "Elizæ wrote: "I 𝑐𝑎𝑛𝑛𝑜𝑡 wait for the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes!"

quien nooo aagggg lo quiero lo necesito"


Ha, same. I hope it isn’t changed by COVID-19.


message 16: by Magdelanye (new)

Magdelanye a new Rufi Thorpe!
some of the others look interesting too


message 17: by Doug (new)

Doug Swimming in the Dark is terrific ... five stars from me! Can be read in only a few hours too!


message 18: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Do they never put Christian books out there?
Why does everything have to be so sinful?!


message 19: by Brigid (new)

Brigid Hannah wrote: "Do they never put Christian books out there?
Why does everything have to be so sinful?!"


I'm confused. What's sinful about a list of books?


message 20: by Dina (new)

Dina Hannah wrote: "Do they never put Christian books out there?
Why does everything have to be so sinful?!"


WHAT?


message 21: by Meli (new)

Meli Woohoo! Great list. Can't Wait


message 22: by Meli (new)

Meli Hannah wrote: "Do they never put Christian books out there?
Why does everything have to be so sinful?!"


By sinful do you mean empowering and life-affirming? ☺️


message 23: by ilbooks❤ (new)

ilbooks❤ i can't wait to read two of these! My TBR is already overflowing but whatever. (^x^)


message 24: by AℳYⒾ ♔♚♛Cofounder of Teens against YA books♛♚♔ (last edited May 01, 2020 01:59PM) (new)

AℳYⒾ ♔♚♛Cofounder of Teens against YA books♛♚♔ My most anticipated book of April and that I'm reading now is Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon I'm so glad to see Amy Harmon here. Anyone who doesn't know Harmon has been following the wrong blogs/youtube channels. Her writing is amazing and it should be text book for people in pursue of a writing career. Her books always reach the top bestselling spots of the amazon ebooks lists. Something difficult, becajuse some ebooks by good writers never reach the top 100. I wish there was more of Kindle Unlimited authors like Harmon in Goodreads posts and less of Fantasy and YA. Overrated, overpriced genres that sometimes feel rehashed and lifeless.

EDIT: I'M ON THE FINAL CHAPTERS OF WHERE THE LOST WANDER. Amy Harmon isn't a coward writer, she doesn't take prisoners. I love her.


message 25: by Yvette (new)

Yvette Madelaine strategian wrote: "wow looks awful thanks"

HAHA love it


message 26: by David (new)

David Hannah wrote: "Do they never put Christian books out there?
Why does everything have to be so sinful?!"


christian fiction has a very specific demographic, wouldn't exactly expect it to appear on general lists like this. Might as well ask where the shinto books are, or the buddhist ones. Not everybody cares about your religion and its incredibly arbitrary morality. Crazy, I know. Might I suggest, idk, actually looking for the books you want to read yourself? Ya know, what goodreads is actually for? Just a suggestion.


message 27: by strategian (new)

strategian GoldenDragonfly wrote: "Hannah wrote: "Do they never put Christian books out there?
Why does everything have to be so sinful?!"

Dina wrote: "Hannah wrote: "Do they never put Christian books out there?
Why does everything..."
I don't even think it's an agenda or moral crusade. I just think most people read very boring, shallow books with very transient contemporary topics, sadly. This is what sells.


message 28: by Doug (new)

Doug strategian wrote: "I don't even think it's an agenda or moral crusade. I just think most people read very boring, shallow books with very transient contemporary topics, sadly. This is what sells. "

+1 Absolutely.


message 29: by Your Local Zannie (last edited Apr 29, 2020 05:21AM) (new)

Your Local Zannie Hannah wrote: "Do they never put Christian books out there?
Why does everything have to be so sinful?!"


Uh, what in this list is sinful? If you are referring to the LGBTQ+ themes, I’m not listening anymore. And the reason they don’t list Christian books is the same reason they don’t list Jewish books, Islamic books, Buhddist books, or any other religious writing. The lists are for everyone.


message 30: by Dina (new)

Dina David wrote: "Hannah wrote: "Do they never put Christian books out there?
Why does everything have to be so sinful?!"

christian fiction has a very specific demographic, wouldn't exactly expect it to appear on g..."


exactly! but some people love to be dramatic..


message 31: by Dina (new)

Dina strategian wrote: "GoldenDragonfly wrote: "Hannah wrote: "Do they never put Christian books out there?
Why does everything have to be so sinful?!"

Dina wrote: "Hannah wrote: "Do they never put Christian books out th..."

these books are boring and swallow but Christian books aren't?? LOL


Your Local Zannie Dina wrote: "strategian wrote: "GoldenDragonfly wrote: "Hannah wrote: "Do they never put Christian books out there?
Why does everything have to be so sinful?!"

Dina wrote: "Hannah wrote: "Do they never put Chr..."


Shots have been fired


message 33: by strategian (new)

strategian Dina wrote: "strategian wrote: "GoldenDragonfly wrote: "Hannah wrote: "Do they never put Christian books out there?
Why does everything have to be so sinful?!"

Dina wrote: "Hannah wrote: "Do they never put Chr..."


Well obviously a lot of them are but if you think people will be reading this crap in 100 years but we won't be reading someone like Dostoyevsky, lol.


message 34: by Doug (new)

Doug Elizæ wrote: "Hannah wrote: "Do they never put Christian books out there?
Why does everything have to be so sinful?!"

Uh, what in this list is sinful? If you are referring to the LGBTQ+ themes, I’m not listenin..."


Except Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist people are a part of everyone...if you list "books for everyone" that list would be zero books because nobody can 100% agree on a list of books that they "agree" with....


Your Local Zannie Doug wrote: "Elizæ wrote: "Hannah wrote: "Do they never put Christian books out there?
Why does everything have to be so sinful?!"

Uh, what in this list is sinful? If you are referring to the LGBTQ+ themes, I’..."


Well, no, what I mean is that putting religious books on the GR blog posts would make everyone mad, and if GR put just Christian books on the posts people would want Hindi books, and if they added those people would want Jewish books, and eventually this would be nothing but religion, and this isn’t a religious site.


message 36: by Danny, Goodreads employee (new)

Danny This was a good week for books!


Your Local Zannie Doug wrote: "Ha. “Vapid deviancy”. Love it. So true."

Grouping up to prove me wrong on the internet. Classy.


message 38: by AℳYⒾ ♔♚♛Cofounder of Teens against YA books♛♚♔ (last edited May 01, 2020 03:04PM) (new)

AℳYⒾ ♔♚♛Cofounder of Teens against YA books♛♚♔ Hannah wrote: "Do they never put Christian books out there?
Why does everything have to be so sinful?!"


Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon Where the lost Wander isn't sinful at all!
This author is Christian, and her books aren't Christian per se but you can tell she follows Christian values: there's no profanity, no explicit sex, no LGBT agenda, it's only the power of her excellent writing and wonderful characters that drive the story.

Making Faces by Amy Harmon A Different Blue by Amy Harmon From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon The Bird and the Sword (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles, #1) by Amy Harmon What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon
Perfect books for Easter, you could read aloud to your pastor and he wouldn't find any criticism.


Psychowellnesscenter Thanks for sharing this week's hit. Any reviews for "Take Me Apart"?


Your Local Zannie AMY ♔♔Anti-Young adult Teen Queen♔♔ wrote: "Hannah wrote: "Do they never put Christian books out there?
Why does everything have to be so sinful?!"

Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon
This author is Christian, and her books aren't Ch..."


May I ask what your username means?


message 41: by Khalil (new)

Khalil Its great list of book tobe read in the desert
Desert Travel


message 42: by Konstantin (new)

Konstantin David wrote: "Hannah wrote: "christian fiction has a very specific demographic, wouldn't exactly expect it to appear on general lists like this. Might as well ask where the shinto books are, or the buddhist ones. Not everybody cares about your religion and its incredibly arbitrary morality. Crazy, I know. Might I suggest, idk, actually looking for the books you want to read yourself? Ya know, what goodreads is actually for? Just a suggestion...."

PREACH QUEEN


message 43: by TRE (new)

TRE "LGBT fiction has a very specific demographic, wouldn't exactly expect it to appear on general lists like this. Might as well ask where the furry books are, or the foot fetish ones. Not everybody cares about your sexuality and its incredibly arbitrary morality. Crazy, I know. Might I suggest, idk, actually looking for the books you want to read yourself? Ya know, what goodreads is actually for? Just a suggestion...."

PREACH QUEEN


message 44: by Doug (new)

Doug Brilliant, Tomás


message 45: by Konstantin (new)

Konstantin Tomás wrote: ""LGBT fiction has a very specific demographic, wouldn't exactly expect it to appear on general lists like this. Might as well ask where the furry books are, or the foot fetish ones. Not everybody c..."

Sexuality has no morality. Sexuality is everywhere around us, and it is something that cannot be chosen, unlike religion. Sexuality can't be "forced" upon anyone the way Christianity is forced upon those who open a book of Christian fiction and literally read any page at random. Heterosexuals and Christians both have a long history of oppressing people who don't fit their view of what a human should be. Books dealing with LGBT+ themes teach acceptance, tolerance, open-mindedness, and are very rarely didactic - unlike any book of Christian fiction ever. But then again, should I happen to be surprised by the fact that a privileged white man holds homophobic views? Grow up, both of you, or get trampled over.


message 46: by Konstantin (new)

Konstantin Also, let's not even get started on how hard it is to come out as gay in practically any part of the world, even today. Christianity is lauded and its practitioners are seen mostly as "moral" or "righteous", while homosexuality is still scorned upon by the majority. There is institutional oppression against queer people, as well as the all-pervasive social one (aptly proven by your reply).

So don't you dare compare someone not wanting to get preached to about your fucking religion in literature to the lived LGBT+ experience. As an American white male, though, I doubt you've ever lived through any oppression whatsoever...


Your Local Zannie Konstantin wrote: "Also, let's not even get started on how hard it is to come out as gay in practically any part of the world, even today. Christianity is lauded and its practitioners are seen mostly as "moral" or "r..."

I couldn’t have said it better.


message 48: by Konstantin (new)

Konstantin Thank you! :)


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