Here’s a quick list of some of the books I’m really hoping I’ll get to read in 2015 (no long descriptions for each but I’ve linked them all to Goodreads so you can read more about them on there)!
Moving house has meant quite a few books I thought I’d be reading at the moment are still tucked away somewhere in various boxes, so hopefully I’ll get round to reading these in 2015 and many others too! Obviously there’s bound to be some great reads that come out as the year goes on so I’ll be adding those to my ‘to read’ list too!
- Currently reading: The Monogram Murders – Sophie Hannah: the new Hercule Poirot novel, written by Sophie Hannah! She came to Norwich to talk about the novel during the ‘Noirwich’ Crime-writing festival in 2014 and I was so gutted I couldn’t go, but I have bought it in hardback now and am currently reading it- review to follow soon!
- The Girl With All The Gifts– M.R. Carey: A reading group book so I’ll definitely be reading this, and soon! It looks brilliant and has had some great reviews both online and according to friends too!
- Middlesex– Jeffrey Euginides: I posted this before as a ‘to read’ but it got packed away somewhere in the move so it’s STILL on my to-read list!
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves– Karen Joy Fowler: Again, great reviews of this novel which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014.
- The Shock of the Fall– Nathan Filer: described as ‘an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness’, this novel won the Costa Book of the Year 2013 accolade and the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year 2014, and I’m really looking forward to getting around to reading it.
- A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing– Eimear McBride: This is described as the ‘story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. It is a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist’. Sounds intriguing! It’s won a tonne of awards too, not that awards are everything of course! 😉
- Burial Rites– Hannah Kent: This novel is apparently based on a true story and set in northern Iceland, 1829. It tells the story of a lady condemned to death for the brutal murder of her husband and sounds very atmospheric!
- Green and Pleasant Land: A Fran Harman mystery – Judith Cutler: To be released in April 2015, this is a novel about a “retired police detective, Fran Harman, who discovers that someone doesn’t like her digging up the past when she re-opens a 20-year-old cold case”. This has been rated very highly on Goodreads and I do love a good crime novel, so it will be interesting to see if it lives up to expectations!
- The Sudden Departure of the Frasers– Louise Candlish: This sounds like a really intriguing novel that caught my attention on Netgalley from the first line of the blurb: “They were the life and soul of the street. So why did they disappear overnight?”
- The Miniaturist– Jesse Burton: Described as “beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth”. I was bought this for Christmas and can’t wait to start reading it!
- We Were Liars – E. Lockhart: I thought the blurb for this novel was pretty interesting: “We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE”. Sounds intriguing!
- The Murder Bag – Tony Parsons: My mum and a few other people recommended this as a crime novel, and apparently it’s really good and enjoyable!
- Amber Fury – Natalie Haynes: Alex has lost her fiance and feels lost, so takes a job teaching troubled children. This has had really positive reviews so I am looking forward to hopefully getting my hands on a copy!
- The Girl Who Just Appeared – Jonathan Harvey: About two characters, one- Holly- in the present day and another called Darren in 1980’s Liverpool. I love stories with narratives in different eras!
- Red Rising -Pierce Brown: This is the first in a series and book bloggers have been raving about this book! I don’t usually read that many YA books, particularly sci-fi, but this sounds really interesting; check it out on Goodreads!
- Moriarty – Anthony Horowitz: I really enjoyed Horowitz’s first Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk, so I hope this one is just as enjoyable- it looks great.
There’s bound to be loads of other books throughout the year but this is just a selection! I’ll post updated lists throughout the year.
I am setting a new Goodreads Reading Challenge again, think I’ll make the target 65 this year. I would set it higher but I know I’ll have to really make an effort to set aside time to read what with decorating the house etc so will see how I go; hopefully I will increase it if I’ve got more time than I think!
What’s on your ‘to-read’ list for 2015- do any of the above feature, or do you have a completely different list?