Although New Year’s Resolutions feel like a bit of bullshit in my book, one thing I’m solemnly swearing to do in 2019 is make more time to read. Reading has always been one of my most favourite things to do, but these days, with kids and work and life in general, it’s rare that I carve out time in my life to do it. So I’m Marie Kondo-ing the new year and looking to do more of the stuff that ‘sparks joy’ in me.
When it comes to deciding on exactly what book to pick up, it can feel overwhelming trying to choose one that is worthy of your precious time – ‘cos there’s nothing more annoying than a disappointing read. So, I’ve done the hard work for you and found seven excellent sounding books that are either super newly released or are due for release in 2019. You’re welcome…
Sugar Run by Mesha Maren – Available now
Sugar Run follows the story of Jodi, a seventeen year old who was sentenced to life behind bars for manslaughter back in 1989. Eighteen years after her sentencing, Jodi is given a bus ticket and released back into the big wide world, but unable to return home yet, she goes in search of someone from her past who she believes needs saving. Along the way, Jodi meets and falls in love with a young mum named Miranda and together, they try to build a life together with a heap of heartbreaking obstacles along the way.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – Feb 2019
Alicia Berenson is a successful painter who lives in a beautiful home in a gorgeous, neighbourhood with her high profile fashion photographer husband. Her life looks beyond perfect. Then one day, as her husband arrives home late from work, she shoots him in the face five times and never speaks again. Alicia is sent to a forensic unit where criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber becomes consumed with getting Alicia to talk and discover the truth about why she killed her husband.
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker – Feb 2019
Panic takes over when a small college town finds itself in the grip of a strange illness that causes people to fall into a never-ending sleep. As more people become infected, a psychiatrist visits the town in order to figure out what is causing the mystery illness and why those who have it are showing the highest levels of brain activity ever recorded via heightened dreams.
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams – March 2019
25-year-old Queenie Jenkins is a Jamaican British woman living in London and working for a national newspaper. After the ugly breakdown of her long-term relationship, Queenie finds herself falling into the trap of some shitty men who do nothing much but give her self-esteem a bit of a knock. Throughout the book, Queenie navigates the world of friendships, cultural differences, mental health, complex family relationships, career and faces the same questions all modern women do -“What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?”
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray – Feb 2019
Of the three Butler sisters, Althea, the eldest, has always been top dog. No one could have ever imagined the shocking moment that Althea and her husband are arrested for a reason her younger sisters, Lillian and Viola, are still unclear about, but which ultimately forces them to return to the family home they grew up in to raise Althea’s teenage daughters while she awaits sentencing.
The Suspect by Fiona Barton – Late Jan 2019
When 18-year-old women Alex and Rosie go missing during a gap year holiday in Thailand, journalist Kate Waters is hell-bent on finding out what happened to them. As the mystery of their disappearance unravels, Kate finds herself not only entwined in the lives of the missing girls’ parents, but desperately trying to make contact with her own son who she hasn’t seen for two years.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood – September 2019
The long-awaited follow-up to The Handmaid’s Tale picks up 15 years after we last saw Offred and her fate is told through the testimonies of three women from Gilead. While there isn’t a heap of info on this book yet, author Margaret Atwood says: “Dear Readers: Everything you’ve asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.”
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