It’s February. That’s a whole month closer to Spring! Our book trees are already in full blossom as we continue to scour the literary landscape for the right recommendations to keep you enthralled, in fact or fiction, until February finally turns its frosty face and flies south.
But enough of our poetic ramblings, you don’t want to listen to that! You want to see what’s hot on the bookshelves this month but not necessarily the more obvious bestsellers. Alright then. Read on for more.
Feb’s bookshelf is filled with fantastic flights of fancy to float the most discerning of boats! Don’t miss:
The Faithful Couple by A.D. Miller – Confirms Miller as one of the most exciting and sophisticated novelists – someone who can tell a great story, with a sense of serious moral complexity. Here we have a truly compelling story of friendship through an intensely strange filter. It is literary human drama of the highest calibre.
Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty – A complex, intense and truly dark 5th case for Irish sleuth Sean Duffy. A palpable hit with crime guru, Maxim Jakubowski.
Exposure by Helen Dunmore, previous winner of the Orange Book Prize – Evocative, thrilling and suspenseful tale of truth and lies in a world of intrigue and danger.
All the Rage by Courtney Summers. A controversial YA novel revolving around rape and its life-blighting consequences that our editorial expert and our YA and adult Reader Review panel members cannot stop talking about. Check out their views here and join the conversation @lovereadinguk and #tothegirls2016.
Being a Beast by Charles Foster – Non-Fiction B.O.M ! – Humorous, insightful, beautiful and, ultimately, educational journey into the psyche of animals.
A country girl with a host of professions under her belt, Katie Fforde’s novels offer the fantasy of romance with a searing dose of realism. Strong heroes and complex, likeable, relatable heroines in a world that is vividly familiar yet also an escape for her readers. A Summer at Sea, for instance, is a cosy, comforting and delightful book about taking chances, valuing friendships and finding love. A Vintage Wedding, takes a beautiful setting and a deliciously cobbled path to true love. Full of feel-good factor, her stories are a pick-me-up anytime of year but especially during these short dreary days. See all Katie’s titles here and have the chance to WIN signed copies!
Hungry for new writing? Quench your thirst with a first! We’ve gathered the brightest and best first time novelists, all vying to be your next favourite! Check out:
Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins – One of the most talked about debuts this year. Reader Reviewers called it: “hauntingly strange”, “lyrically written” and “A dystopian drama that echoes … the great American writers”.
For the Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser – Homer’s Iliad reimagined. Reader Reviewers said: “A sheer delight to read”, “… beautifully written and enchanting”. Mythology paradise!
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon – A sweltering human life story with real heart. “A wonderful, wonderful read” (Reader Reviewer).
All You Read is Love … Valentine’s Day Reading
Call us hopeless romantics, but we love love! Of course, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. But, we’d rather be curled up with a good book, frankly. Conveniently, we found these:
Our top recommendation for this month is an exquisitely written and touching novel. The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee was universally lauded by our Reader Reviewers for its immersive and spine-tinglingly beautiful storytelling. As profound as it is intriguing, exotic and prosaic, this is a very human story of identity, grief and possibility. Your heart will fill, your brain will whir and your senses tingle at the vibrant backdrop of this wonderful book. It’s one of our February Books of the Month and deserves a place on your bedside table! See more.
Coming at the end of the month are five cracking novels that we have managed to persuade the publisher to part with an exclusive Opening Extract from, so you can start reading them now. Enjoy…
Written by an ex-CIA agent and fiercely endorsed in a major way by our own Maxim Jakubowski, Palace of Treason is a must read for fans of the genre. With all the pulp and sexiness of a James Bond adventure, yet the edgy realism you’d expect from a field agent, this is a thoroughly absorbing, high octane and chilli-hot dish, best served in one sitting! Find out more.
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P.S. Don’t miss the chance to read the overall winner of the Costa Book of the Year (announced on 26 January); only the second time the Children’s Book Award category winner has done so, the first was Philip Pullman who won with The Amber Spyglass! The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge is a spellbinding, hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller that readers both young and older will love. So don’t miss out.
P.P.S. Fancy a Quickie? – Quick Reads 2016 – Brilliantly conceived and taking great strides in making reading more and more accessible, the Galaxy Quick Reads initiative has announced its title list. See our blog article and take a look at the short and sweet stars on the list, available from early February!
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