Finally, a tangible pay-off for colour-coding my bookshelves! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a showcase of yellow/green/purple book covers in celebration of Mardi Gras, a festival I knew nothing about before moving to the US (we call it Shrove Tuesday in the UK, and it just involves eating as many pancakes as possible in one sitting). In normal times, thousands of people flock to New Orleans each year to celebrate the festival, with much merriment, elaborate costumes, and alcohol consumption.
A 2020 Christmas gift and one I’m very much looking forward to.
One of the most powerful books I read in 2020, spanning generations of African-American and Ghanaian history. Click here for my full review.
A refreshing exploration of the decision not to to have children, written with levity, humour and self-awareness. More thoughts in my review here.
Ava is an Irish millennial adrift in Hong Kong, and beyond that exposition, this is a hard one to describe in a sentence. Click here to see my full review.
Dolly Alderton’s debut novel is full of her trademark charm and wit, chronicling Nina’s experience dating in her 30s and maintaining friendships admist huge life changes. Full review here.
Gripping and immersive, I enjoyed this thriller-like exploration of Gilead and the fall of the monstrous regime made famous in The Handmaid’s Tale. Read my full review.
A coming-of-age story told in a lyrical and fragmentary style, I’ve not yet picked up Saltwater but I’ve had my eye on it for a while now. Plus, that cover is my kind of thing.
I’ve still not read this classic piece of American literature, heralded as one of Toni Morrison’s most affecting and powerful novels, but it’s on my list.
Published a few weeks ago, this novel is described as having the ’emotional power of Normal People and the reflective haze of The Girls’ – and that’s enough to pique my interest.