6 Captivating New Books for a 3-Day Weekend

One of my favorite things about Memorial Day Weekend is that I get extra time to READ! Whether you’ll be on the road or you’re just taking a staycation, check out some of the best new books of the spring to dive into this weekend.

Seveneves – Neal Stephenson

Are you looking forward to spending your entire Memorial Day at home, curled up on the couch, reading a book? Pick up a copy of Seveneves to last you the entire weekend! After the moon explodes, the world is actually coming to an end. Seveneves follows different people as they prepare for the end of the world. But the book doesn’t actually end at the end of the world. Fast forward 5,000 years and find out what happens when humanity re-emerges.

An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

Laia and her family live under the Martial Empire when her brother is suddenly arrested for treason. Laia knows what happens to traitors in this devastatingly brutal world they are living in and decides to go undercover as a slave to rescue him. Elias is the top soldier in the Empire. Soon, their paths cross and they start a journey together. Beware, once you start this book, you won’t be able to put it down!

Memory Man – David Baldacci

After an accident, Amos Decker is left with the ability to remember everything. Years later, his family is murdered, his life is turned upside down and he starts to take small jobs as a private investigator. Then, a man shows up and confesses to the murder of his family, but Decker isn’t quite so sure that he’s the perpetrator. What ensues is a wild chase through Decker’s memories to find out what really happened that night. With over 30 novels published, Baldacci’s books just keep getting better and better.

The Wright Brothers – David McCullough

McCullough, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, tells the real story behind a tale that most American children hear from a very young age. The Wright Brothers delves into the lives of the brothers themselves. Wilbur was a genius and Orville had incredible mechanical skills. Together, they were unstoppable and changed the future forever. This book proves yet again that McCullough is a “master of the art of narrative history.”

A God in Ruins – Kate Atkinson

A God in Ruins is a companion to one of the most renowned novels of 2013, Life After Life, which follows the story of Ursula as she re-lives her life over and over again. A God in Ruins follows the story of Ursula’s younger brother, Teddy, as he navigates life in the 20th century. Atkinson has yet again proved that she is one of the best authors of literature in our time.

The Knockoff – Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Imogen Tate comes back to her job as the long time editor of Glossy magazine after a leave of absence to find that everything has changed. Offices are no longer for working, her once-print magazine is now becoming an app and her former assistant is now *gasp* her boss. Imogen must discover how she fits in to survive in this new world and if she even wants to survive at all. The Knockoff is a really fun book that will have you both laughing and crying with Imogen through her struggles.  

Kristen B. is Assistant Buyer at Half Price Books Distribution Center.
You can follow her on Twitter at @kbev302.

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