30 Books to Read Now

30 ideas to help you answer the question of what to read next .... click here to see a list of our most eagerly anticipated books of the season.

Last updated May 6, 2022.

While Justice Sleeps: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593310939
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Published: Anchor - April 12th, 2022

Edible North Carolina: A Journey Across a State of Flavor Cover Image
By Marcie Cohen Ferris (Editor), Baxter Miller (Photographer), Vivian Howard (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781469667799
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - May 3rd, 2022

Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin's Wrath Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982153281
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 12th, 2022

Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063204157
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Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2022

You'll fall in love with all the creatures who live in Sowell Bay. Easy to read yet rich with themes of loss & grief, this charming book offers hope for all those feeling trapped & lonely in their lives. --Maggie


The Dictionary of Lost Words: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984820747
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 3rd, 2022

Reese's May Book Club selection.


Book Lovers Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593334836
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Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2022

Book Lovers is Emily Henry's best yet. As a New York transplant from North Carolina who wants to work in publishing, this book spoke to me deeply. Follow Nora Stephens, a by-the-book literary agent who agrees to take a month-long vacation in rural North Carolina with her sister. Book Lovers is a love letter to the romance genre, to North Carolina, and to family. With a sizzling romance that made my heart skip a beat, Book Lovers is one of my favorite romance novels of all-time. --Genni


South Writ Large: Stories from the Global South Cover Image
By Amanda B. Bellows (Editor), Katherine Doss (Editor), Robin Miura (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781469668567
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Published: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill C - May 15th, 2022

Join us for an in-person event with contributors to South Writ Large on Wednesday, May 18.


Once There Were Wolves: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250244154
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 3rd, 2022

The reintroduction of wolves to the Scottish highlands and the consequences for the surrounding community is the backbone of this gripping and beautifully written novel. But at its heart are the richly-flawed characters, with whom you'll want to go get lost in the snowy woods in spite of the murderer on the loose. --Maggie


What a Mushroom Lives for: Matsutake and the Worlds They Make Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780691225883
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Published: Princeton University Press - April 26th, 2022

Velvet Was the Night Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593356845
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Published: Del Rey - May 3rd, 2022

Wow what a great ride on the noir train! A seductive and agonizing tale winding through 1970's Mexico City, complete with an amazing soundtrack (there really is a playlist in the back of the book). A very satisfying read, a true page-turner with characters you'll fall for regardless of their morals. --Jamie


Dance Among the Flames Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781955062084
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Published: Running Wild Press - May 24th, 2022

Join us for an in-person event with Tori Eldridge on Monday, June 6.


Sea of Tranquility: A novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593321447
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Published: Knopf - April 5th, 2022

Things We Lost to the Water: A novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593311035
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Published: Vintage - April 26th, 2022

Wish You Were Here: A Murdered Girl, a Brother's Quest and the Hunt for a Canadian Serial Killer Cover Image
$13.00
ISBN: 9781039003262
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Published: Vintage Canada - May 3rd, 2022

Join us for an in-person event with John Allore on Thursday, May 26.


The Candy House: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476716763
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Published: Scribner - April 5th, 2022

The matrix of characters from A Visit from the Goon Squad is back! (And while it's not necessary to have read Jennifer Egan's prior Pulitzer prize winning novel, it certainly wouldn't hurt ...) In the Candy House, Egan offers sketches of life in a society hurtling toward inexorability, where increasingly elaborate manifestations of reality are fueled by new technology. It's the near future, it's the past, it's the present, it's the search for the authentic -- it's more of Jennifer Egan's magnificent storytelling. --Elese


Time Shelter: A Novel Cover Image
By Georgi Gospodinov, Angela Rodel (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9781324090953
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Published: Liveright - May 10th, 2022

Queerly Beloved: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593243978
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - May 3rd, 2022

Surfing the South: The Search for Waves and the People Who Ride Them Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781469667775
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - May 24th, 2022

How to Prevent the Next Pandemic Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593534489
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Published: Knopf - May 3rd, 2022

Great Circle: A novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984897701
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Published: Vintage - April 5th, 2022

Join us for a virtual event with Maggie Shipstead on Thursday, May 24.

What an absolute stunner. If you love a saga -- one that spans decades, locations and world events -- this is the novel for you. I only wished it were longer so I could luxuriate in the story a few chapters more. --Elese


The Sweetness of Water (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316461245
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 3rd, 2022

Georgia in the days immediately following the Emancipation Proclamation, Harris’ characters display the best and the worst responses to the new order. Brutal yet hopeful, this one’s a slow burn until you realize you’re so caught up in the story you can’t possibly stop reading. --Jamie


Book of Night Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250812193
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Published: Tor Books - May 3rd, 2022

I'll Be You: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525479185
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Published: Random House - April 26th, 2022

Another twisty & unpredictable thriller from Brown that kept me reading late into the night. It features twin child stars trying to navigate adulthood after fame has receded. Their troubled backstories are revealed slowly, throwing doubts on their reliability as narrators. I found myself completely engrossed in their personal redemptive journeys. Bonus points to the author for creating a believable cult!! --Maggie


Antipodes: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781609388294
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Published: University Of Iowa Press - May 10th, 2022

Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250203229
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - May 3rd, 2022

Simultaneously heartbreaking & heart-healing, Ashley Ford's memoir recalls The Glass Castle and Educated in its delicate exploration of familial love & trauma. This is one of those books that hurts to read but that you can't put it down, even for a moment. The painful parts make the ending--the author's strength and growth and incredible bravery--feel all the more powerful. Such a moving read. --Talia


The Hawk's Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781668001967
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Published: Atria Books - May 3rd, 2022

The Book Woman's Daughter: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781728242590
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 3rd, 2022

Love Marriage: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982181475
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2022

Nettle & Bone Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250244048
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Published: Tor Books - April 26th, 2022

Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250787323
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Published: Picador - May 3rd, 2022