I have a real book buying habit. I have a pile of books next to my bed and plenty of unread books on my Kindle, but I can't seem to stop picking up new titles. It's tough when there are so many good-looking books coming out this year! Here's 8 books that will definitely be coming home with me soon...
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
Reader, I murdered him...
A re-telling of Jane Eyre with a sinister twist. Jane Steele identifies strongly with the heroine of her favourite novel, Jane Eyre; she, too, is an orphan who has suffered cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. But this Jane is just a little bit more badass - she's a vigilante serial killer righting wrongs on behalf of London's have-nots. Basically, you just have to say 'vigilante serial killer Jane Eyre' to me and I am so there.
Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti
Jessica Valenti was the woman that introduced me to feminism - when I read her book, Full Frontal Feminism, my life was changed forever. This is her memoir, exploring the very real toll that sexism has played in Valenti's life. I'm expecting her signature mix of shock, humour and self-recognition in this, and I can't wait to get my hands on it.
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
I love Megan Abbott's work - particularly Dare Me which I read at the beginning of last year. In her latest book, she tells the tale of Katie and Eric Knox, who have dedicated their life to the burgeoning Olympic career of their daughter Devon. When a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community just before a crucial competition, their world is rocked and Katie finds herself drawn to the crime... Abbott writes so well, her books are all-consuming and I'm excited to read her latest.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
There's no doubt in my mind that Roxane Gay is one of our greatest writers - she is thoughtful, empathic, and incredibly astute. Everything I read by her moves me to tears. I think that will be doubly true of her latest book, described as 'a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself'.
Paradise Lodge by Nina Stibbe
There is something so cosy about Nina Stibbe's books. Her first, Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life, is one of my favourite books of all time and one I keep coming back to when I need something to warm my heart. Her characters are vivid, interesting and very, very British. Her newest book tells the story of Lizzie, a 15 year old who finds herself working in a chaotic old people's home in the 1970s. I just know it's going to be wonderful.
Becoming: Sex, Second Chances, and Figuring Out Who the Hell I am by Laura Jane Williams
If you hang out on the internet, you've probably come across Laura's blog - Superlatively Rude. She's achingly honest, and committed to sharing her stories, however painful, embarrassing or uplifting. This true life memoir is sure to hit you right in the feels, as she charts how she came to really figure out who the hell she is via sexual excess, a vow of celibacy in an Italian convent and everything in between.
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
I'm a big fan of Amy Schumer's comedy - she's smart, satirical and completely unapologetic. Her first book promises to leave you 'nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably'. Sign me up.
Bad Boy: A Novel by Elliot Wake
A story about a trans boy written by a trans boy. Formerly writing under 'Leah Raeder', his previous books have been intense and provocative (I loved Black Iris) and this is billed as the most groundbreaking yet. Sexual fluidity, drugs and revenge - in a romance novel? Yes, please.
P.S. You might also want to check out the books I was excited about at the beginning of the year - some of these are out now (and out soon!).