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Recent Releases to Fill Your to Be Read Pile

By Bianca Smith • February 27, 2018

Did you race into 2018 and read all your to-be-read pile? We can refill that with amazing reads released this month. We have a romance with last-minute wedding dates, shark school vacations, and cooking the perfect roast. There's something for every reader.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Valentine's Day may have passed, but the romance continues with The Wedding Date. It's one of the most talked about novels of 2018 (already!), and a sweet story to boot. The Wedding Date is predictably comforting, like a loving hug. But you'll be wanting to know how Alexa and Drew make their long-distance work, or if people will discover they only met the day before his ex-girlfriend's wedding to his close friend. And in the wedding hotel's elevator at that.

How to Roast Everything by America's Test Kitchen

The weather may be getting warmer, but roasts are year-round. How to Roast Everything has more than 170 recipes roasting meat, vegetables, and even fruits. Techniques are included, so you can perfectly tie a tenderloin and impress your parents with much more than eggs on toast.

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

Elena Mendoza thought she was as normal as her classmates, except being from a virgin birth. That was until she discovered she could heal Freddie, the girl she's had a crush on for years, from a gunshot wound in a Starbucks parking lot. And inexplicably the shooter disappeared into the clouds moments later. Other unusual things keep happening, and Elena's only conclusion is that the world is coming to an end, and she's the only one who can do anything.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

We suspect everyone has An American Marriage on their wish list. Oprah Winfrey has already added it to her book club selections for 2018. It's a complicated and impactful story. Let's leave it to the blurb: "Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together."

Petra by Marianna Coppo

Life as a rock should be simple, boring even. That wasn't the case for Petra. She thought she was a mighty mountain until a dog carried her to its owner and she was tossed into a bird's nest. Maybe she's an egg? But now she's in a pond. Is she an island? Petra becomes many things, more than just a rock, and that's how she likes it. Petra is a delightful story for children to see that change isn't bad and to roll with it (pun intended).

Long Fin Silver by Aaron Blecha and Davy Ocean

School's out. Shark school that is. And Harry Hammer is going on vacation to Treasure Reef, home of The Lost Treasure of that dastardly, long-ago pirate Long Fin Silver. Along with cousin Harvey, Harry is determined to find treasure. This is the ninth Shark School book in the series, and we know by now that things never go as planned.

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