There are so many books published every year, and only just so much time to read them in (not forgetting the ones you didn’t get around to from the years before…), so it can be hard to know where to start. Here’s some of the reads that I’m most excited about getting my grubby mitts on this year. It’s in no way an exhaustive list (this is a better bet for you, if you want comprehensive!) but hopefully it’ll give you a little inspiration. One thing I’ve been noticing from my reviews and book lists, is that I’m not reading as diversely as I’d like, with very few authors of colour, LGBT and international authors making my lists. So that’s something I’ll be working on this year, for sure. But for now, these are a pretty good starting point if you want to find some good books to preorder…
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed this book on my previous ‘books I’m excited about’ lists; the publication date has been postponed a couple of times but I’m hoping that this year is the year that I finally get my mittens on it. Roxane Gay is one of my favourite writers (look out for a review of her newest work, Difficult Women, next week) and this ‘searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself’ promises to be my favourite of hers yet.
How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell
This is another book that I feel like I’ve been waiting to be published for years. I’ve actually had a little sneak peek at this one and, oh boy, was it worth the wait. Cat Marnell is an ex-beauty editor and sort-of-ex-drug addict with a witty & irreverant but emotionally honest style that will have you tearing through this memoir. Seriously, you’re gonna want to get a piece of this.
The Cows by Dawn O’Porter
If you’re not already in love with Dawn O’Porter, then make this the year that you start following her – she’s just a delight. Her podcast about fashion is particularly good (and will make you want to be her best friend). But it’s her books I’m here to talk about. Her first two YA novels surprised me (in the best way) with their frank and emotional portrayal of teenage girlhood and friendship, and The Cows is her first adult offering. The blurb reads:
It’s about friendship and being female.
It’s bold and brilliant.
It’s searingly perceptive.
It’s about never following the herd.
Yep, I’ll take three copies, please.
How to Be a Grown Up by Daisy Buchanan
I’ve heard Daisy Buchanan described as the Internet’s big sister, and I think that’s probably a very accurate description. She’s a wonderful writer, a thoughtful and empathetic agony aunt, and an excellent Twitter follow. Her first book, How To Be A Grown Up, is a ‘comforting, witty, supportive handbook for real twenty-something women’ on how to negotiate a difficult decade. I think this is a book that we might all need to read.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this YA novel is already getting people talking. Starr is torn between two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born & raised, and her posh high school in the suburbs. When she becomes the only witness to the fatal shooting of her best friend by a police officer, her whole world is turned upside down and what she says has power she can only guess at. This is going to be an important read, for sure.
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Okay, I’ll admit that this isn’t the best ever YA series, but after reading the previous two instalments, I’m dying to find out what happens to Mare and Cal in their fight against Maven. Will the rebellion succeed or, with allegiances being tested like never before, will everything crumble around them. You’ve still got time to read the first two if you’re after a bit of fantasy action this winter.