I can hardly believe that I got to the end of this list without even thinking of Harry Potter once!
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
Emotionally harrowing tale of an alcoholic mother and her devoted son in 80’s Glasgow. Full review here…
Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
On the TBR: a suspensful drama about the disappearance of a young woman in a Chinese immigrant family.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
My favourite Victorian heroine and a must-read Classic.
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
Also on the TBR: an emotional, literary family drama set in Nigeria, narrated by a dead protagonist.
Olive by Emma Gannon
A fresh look at the decision about whether or not to have children, told with empathy and nuance. Full review here…
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
One of my top reads of 2020 – a woman looks back to her time as a girl at a prestigious boarding school and the “relationship” with her predatory English teacher. Full review here…
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
A Jamaican British woman navigates relationships, racism and identity in a dark book which isn’t the ‘Black British Jones’ it’s billed as, but a fresh voice none the less. Full review here…
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Hard to say much about one of my favourite books of all time, just read it if you are interested in any of the following: modernism, feminism, the inter-war period, London, LGBTQ voices, trauma, history, memory, social class and beautiful writing.
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
12-year-old Eddie is the only person to survive a plane crash, and tries to rebuild his life in the aftermath. Full review here…
Verity by Colleen Hoover
Creepy and fun pyschological thriller about a writer who finds herself in a deeply disturbing situation. Full review here…
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