A monthly feature where I do a round up of the books I’m most excited to read (or have already read and think you should be excited for). Fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books are all included.
- The Spirit of Science Fiction (9781509851928) by Roberto Bolano
An interesting premise from the author of 2666.
- The Dreamers (9781471173561) by Karen Thompson Walker
People start sleeping, but not waking up. A catastrophe seen from personal perspectives.
- The Familiars (9781785766114) by Stacey Halls
Historical fiction set in the North of England during early-17th century Witch Trials.
- Black Leopard Red Wolf (9780241315545) by Marlon James
I just received this through the post and want to read it now, but have to finish seven other books first
- Blood Orange (9781472252753) by Harriet Tyce
Everyone else has this at the moment and I’m so jealous
- The Beauty of the Wolf (9780008217358) by Wray Delaney
Beauty and the Beast in Elizabethan England, with a twist.
- The Priory of the Orange Tree (9781408883464) by Samantha Shannon
High Fantasy with dragons and a gorgeous cover
- Ban Sithe (9781911129363) by Sara Bain
Myth-based psychological horror.
- Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia (9781786892553) by Tracey Thorn
I don’t read biographies, but this is Tracey Thorn, one of the best musicians of the 80s/90s
- The Discrete Charm of the Machine: Why the World Became Digital (9780691179438) by Ken Steiglitz
A history/philosophy of the development of our digital age.
- Crumb (9780857835062) by Richard Bertinet
Always up for a new bread book
- The Map of Knowledge: How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found: A History of Seven Cities (9781509829606) by Violet Moller
A history of ideas and the growth of civilisation.
- Forest: Walking Among Trees (9781911595267) by Matt Collins & Roo Lewis
I love nature books that have quite a narrow focus and this is focused on 10 tree families.
- The Handbook of Bird Families (9780565093785) by Jonathan Elphic
Advertised as the definitive guide to the world’s birds.
- The Truth About Old People (9781509882267) by Elina Ellis
It might actually explain me to me…
- A Pinch of Magic (9781471124297) by Michelle Harrison
Eerie marshes, prisons, cruel curses, this is really my cup of tea.
- On the Origins of the Species (9780141388502) by Sabina Radeva
I remember this when it came out on Kickstarter, lovely to see it hitting shops this year.
- The Light in the Night (9781471173264) by Marie Voigt
Loved ‘Red and the City’ so well inclined to get this sight unseen
- Sam Wu is Not Afraid of the Dark (9781405287531) by Katie and Kevin Tsang, Nathan Reed (illus)
The third in a great, fun series. Sam is not afraid of anything, even Werewolves!
- Against All Gods (9781911077008) by Maz Evans
The last in Elliot’s adventures with the Greek Gods, the darkest of all, with Maz’s characteristic humour.
- Enchantee (9781509895977) by Gita Trelease
Historic fiction with a dark magic twist, Paris and revolution.