It has been a year for reading, with many of us spending a lot more time at home than we had perhaps envisioned in January. Fortunately, there have been some incredible new releases this year. Here are the books I’ve read and the books I’m most looking forward to this year…
1. My Dark Vanessa
You may be familiar with My Dark Vanessa, a tale about a college student and her relationship with her professor. It is an interesting investigation into the manipulation and balance of power involved.
You may already have read my review of Hamnet, but suffice to say any fan of Shakespeare should read this story.
3. The Mirror And The Light
Another epic from Hilary Mantel, this is the final book in the trilogy about Thomas Cromwell and depicts his downfall.
Out in August, this is a disturbing tale from the author of Everything Under.
5. A Long Petal of the Sea
A riveting new historic saga by Isabel Allende, looking at love in exile.
6. Such A Fun Age
A funny, fast-paced social satire about privilege in America.
7. Long Bright River
A page turning thriller with murder and missing persons, based in Philadelphia.
8. A Thousand Ships
Although technically released in 2019, this features on my list because it is the next book I’m going to read (just waiting for it to arrive!) and it has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize this year. Feminist retelling of myths are usually a winner, so I can’t wait to start this one.
9. The Mercies
This book has been EVERYWHERE this year, and with good reason. It is based on the 1621 witch trials in Finland so of course I like it (my own book is based on the 1612 witch trials in Pendle), and this is beautifully crafted.
10. Topics of Conversation
Another that I’m eagerly anticipating- Topics of Conversation is an exploration of women’s lives through the medium of conversation.
Which books are you most looking forward to this year? Let me know in the comments!
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