6 Great Books Hitting Shelves This Week

Posted by Cybil on August 25, 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: Historical fiction, books set in 19th century Australia, tales of disgraced women being sent to live in penal colonies, Orphan Train


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You should read this book if you like: Contemporary fiction, books by Booker Prize finalists, darkly riveting sibling relationships, Everything Under


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You should read this book if you like: Young adult fantasy, romance, science fiction, dark magic, sinister conspiracies, competing magicians, deadly stakes, disturbing showmanship


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You should read this book if you like: Science fiction, dark visions, alarmingly plausible premises, man-versus-machine narratives, sublimated cultural anxiety concerning artificial intelligence


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You should read this book if you like: Contemporary fiction, international literary fiction, resilient heroines, refugee stories, subversive humor, moral ambiguity, Mornings in Jenin, Her Body and Other Parties.


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You should read this book if you like: Romance, mystery, suspense, crime fiction, heist stories, missing fortunes, wily criminals, crooked district attorneys, Mean Streak, Friction


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

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message 1: by Melissa (new)

Melissa The blurb for The Exiles is so weirdly specific. I can't stop laughing. Like, yes, I *do* like tales of disgraced women sent to live in penal colonies. It's my very favorite genre!


message 2: by Arianna (new)

Arianna Melissa wrote: "The blurb for The Exiles is so weirdly specific. I can't stop laughing. Like, yes, I *do* like tales of disgraced women sent to live in penal colonies. It's my very favorite genre!"

Hahahaha I laughed so hard with this because I thought the same thing when I read it


message 3: by S.Z. (new)

S.Z. Attwell Melissa wrote: "The blurb for The Exiles is so weirdly specific. I can't stop laughing. Like, yes, I *do* like tales of disgraced women sent to live in penal colonies. It's my very favorite genre!"

I clicked due to the cover, and now sort of want to read it specifically because of that description!


message 4: by Mary (new)

Mary S.Z. wrote: "Melissa wrote: "The blurb for The Exiles is so weirdly specific. I can't stop laughing. Like, yes, I *do* like tales of disgraced women sent to live in penal colonies. It's my very favorite genre!"..."

My take away as well!


message 5: by Kate (new)

Kate Melissa wrote: "The blurb for The Exiles is so weirdly specific. I can't stop laughing. Like, yes, I *do* like tales of disgraced women sent to live in penal colonies. It's my very favorite genre!"

Thanks for the laugh. I had to go back and reread the blurb, and now I giggle whenever I think of it.


message 6: by Jim (new)

Jim Maria Dahvana Headley - Beowulf: A New Translation


message 7: by ClaraBelle (new)

ClaraBelle All of them except the mother’s code


Virginja ↢ 99% imp Why is there is weird hype for ‘the mother code’? I keep seeing that book in every GR article but... like... really no one has it in TBR?


kittykat (Jo Tortitude) Melissa wrote: "The blurb for The Exiles is so weirdly specific. I can't stop laughing. Like, yes, I *do* like tales of disgraced women sent to live in penal colonies. It's my very favorite genre!"

Love it! Thanks for the laugh 🤣.


message 10: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Melissa wrote: "The blurb for The Exiles is so weirdly specific. I can't stop laughing. Like, yes, I *do* like tales of disgraced women sent to live in penal colonies. It's my very favorite genre!"


Thank you for the laugh! LMAO


Nicole Leigh Reads I’m going to second all the laughter at the blurb for the exiles. Because it really made me chuckle and also... I really do have an interest in this specific thing. *adds to TBR* LOL 😂


message 12: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Hope Melissa wrote: "The blurb for The Exiles is so weirdly specific. I can't stop laughing. Like, yes, I *do* like tales of disgraced women sent to live in penal colonies. It's my very favorite genre!"

:) Hilarious and true.


message 13: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Hope Nicole Leigh Reads wrote: "I’m going to second all the laughter at the blurb for the exiles. Because it really made me chuckle and also... I really do have an interest in this specific thing. *adds to TBR* LOL 😂"

I am very excited about "sublimated cultural anxiety concerning artificial intelligence"


message 14: by Tanja (new)

Tanja The Exiles sounds amazing.


message 15: by april (new)

april Melissa wrote: "The blurb for The Exiles is so weirdly specific. I can't stop laughing. Like, yes, I *do* like tales of disgraced women sent to live in penal colonies. It's my very favorite genre!"

Hilarious. I often enjoy penal colony experiences! Had no idea it was a particular genre. Hmmmmm


message 16: by Jan (last edited Aug 29, 2020 01:32AM) (new)

Jan Melissa wrote: "The blurb for The Exiles is so weirdly specific. I can't stop laughing. Like, yes, I *do* like tales of disgraced women sent to live in penal colonies. It's my very favorite genre!"

Me too, its my go to genre (together with "unreliable Victorian wives committed to asylums by vile husbands")
Oh and I added it to my tbr then started reading it yesterday. It holds great promise!


message 17: by ~Teresa (new)

 ~Teresa april wrote: "Melissa wrote: "The blurb for The Exiles is so weirdly specific. I can't stop laughing. Like, yes, I *do* like tales of disgraced women sent to live in penal colonies. It's my very favorite genre!"..."

Best laugh I’ve had!


message 18: by Rain (new)

Rain Melissa wrote: "The blurb for The Exiles is so weirdly specific. I can't stop laughing. Like, yes, I *do* like tales of disgraced women sent to live in penal colonies. It's my very favorite genre!"

I agree! And it's scary 'cuz it's true lol!


message 19: by Christina (last edited Aug 29, 2020 12:24PM) (new)

Christina Kline I'm the author of THE EXILES and I can't stop laughing either! 😂


message 20: by Joan (new)

Joan Concilio Melissa wrote: "The blurb for The Exiles is so weirdly specific. I can't stop laughing. Like, yes, I *do* like tales of disgraced women sent to live in penal colonies. It's my very favorite genre!"

I also found this hilarious and was just coming to comment on it!


message 21: by Joan (new)

Joan Concilio Christina wrote: "I'm the author of THE EXILES and I can't stop laughing either! 😂"

OK, now that is even funnier!! (Also: Can't wait to read it, though not because I have a deep abiding love for stories about women sent to penal colonies.)


message 22: by Tolkien (new)

Tolkien InMySleep Oh no ... not another "disgraced woman sent to live in penal colony" story. That genre has become such a cliché now.


message 23: by Susan (new)

Susan Christina wrote: "I'm the author of THE EXILES and I can't stop laughing either! 😂"

OMG I am sitting in my office in the library and I am dying!!
BTW I got to read it a touch early and I loved it!! Especially good on audiobook. Thank you Christina! I have recommended it to a bunch of my patrons already.


message 24: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Bwahahaha!


message 25: by Christina (new)

Christina Kline Susan wrote: "Christina wrote: "I'm the author of THE EXILES and I can't stop laughing either! 😂"

OMG I am sitting in my office in the library and I am dying!!
BTW I got to read it a touch early and I loved it!..."


Thank you so much. I feel especially proud of the audiobook because I went out and found Caroline Lee myself, and she just won an Audiofile Earphones Award for Outstanding Narration for The Exiles!


message 26: by Susan (last edited Aug 29, 2020 03:14PM) (new)

Susan Christina wrote: "Susan wrote: "Christina wrote: "I'm the author of THE EXILES and I can't stop laughing either! 😂"

OMG I am sitting in my office in the library and I am dying!!
BTW I got to read it a touch early a..."


I’m so happy for both of you! You made an excellent choice. I think this will be a book club book for sure. We still have Orphan Train on our staff picks display and it has been done as a book club by all 7 of our locations! Congratulations again!


message 27: by Robert (new)

Robert Cook Arianna wrote: "Melissa wrote: "The blurb for The Exiles is so weirdly specific. I can't stop laughing. Like, yes, I *do* like tales of disgraced women sent to live in penal colonies. It's my very favorite genre!"..."

Duh! Who doesn't like tales of disgraced women sent to live in penal colonies? C'mon on! Your comment was great-it made my day.


message 28: by Paulina (new)

Paulina Odeth Arianna wrote: "Melissa wrote: "The blurb for The Exiles is so weirdly specific. I can't stop laughing. Like, yes, I *do* like tales of disgraced women sent to live in penal colonies. It's my very favorite genre!"..."


OMG, we all thought the very same thing. Can't stop laughing.


message 29: by Ted (new)

Ted McNicol Okay, these comments seem to almost all be from women and therefore I likely don't get the joke. Penal colony stories have never impressed me as sex palaces but I imagine being dropped off in a country where they send their convicts would have it's opportunities for "adventures".


message 30: by TinySalutations (new)

TinySalutations Melissa - I had that same thought when I read if you like you “disturbing showmanship” for Where Dreams Descend. I was trying to imagine this genre, but what I conjured in my imagination was more hilarious than disturbing.


message 31: by Janice (last edited Aug 30, 2020 01:36AM) (new)

Janice Tanja wrote: "The Exiles sounds amazing."

"Thumbs Up" It does, doesn't it!? 👍🏼


message 32: by JD (new)

JD Virginja ↢ 99% imp wrote: "Why is there is weird hype for ‘the mother code’? I keep seeing that book in every GR article but... like... really no one has it in TBR?"
I have it in my TBR.


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