Mid-January and we hope your New Year’s resolutions are going well, especially any to do with reading more. Read on for many more recommendations.
And with Valentine’s Day peeking over the horizon we are enjoying Love Makes the World Stand Still by Cath Tate. A devastatingly funny book that is bursting with romantic sentiment, insightful wisdom and a tiny touch of cynicism.
Unmissable January Highlights
Here, all in one place, are the highlights of this month’s top recommendations. Books you won’t want to miss. Books like:
|The Bone Field by Simon Kernick – A January Book of the Month: ‘A fast-paced thriller which I would heartily recommend.’ (Rachael Anderson, Reader Reviewer).||Everything You Told Me by Lucy Dawson – Fast-paced, intense and gripping psychological thriller.||The Affair by Amanda Brooke – ‘Unpredictable and compelling‘ (Reader Review). A stand-out family drama and a captivating and thought-provoking read.|
|A Family Secret by Josephine Cox – Master storytelling: the secrets and love at the heart of family life and how truth can disrupt.||My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon – A bittersweet tale of high passions, infidelity and revenge. Watch your back…|
OK, by now a lot of the New Year’s resolutions you made may well have fallen by the wayside so why not make some more. What about a creative hobby? If so, take a look at our Arts and Crafts category. A real favourite in the office and new this month is The Great Pottery Throw Down by Liz Wilhide and Susie Hodge, a complement to the TV series and a celebration of the unpredictability, history, usefulness, and the tactile and visual beauty of pottery.
Did you know we have a dedicated group of fervent readers and reviewers across the country who give us their honest opinion and experience of current books? Not only can you use their reviews to help you choose your next read, but they have proven so popular that we have decided to share their feedback with you on the titles they are really raving about. We hope you enjoy.
|Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson – ‘an engrossing … story’; ‘a super read’; ‘fabulously immersive’; ‘should be on everyone’s reading list‘ (Reader Review).||Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land – The author doesn’t hold back in this uncomfortable, powerful, provocative read – it’s an absolute knockout.||Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird – The lives of a Syrian refugee family are brought vividly and sympathetically to life for young readers but we believe it is a must read for everyone.|
2016 as well as being a year of turbulent change was also a bumper year for brilliance on the bookshelf. We have compiled our favourites in one easy to browse category so that you won’t miss out on the literary gold-dust of 2016. Enjoy!
The only thing better than getting a great new book as soon as it’s published is sneaking a peak before it hits the shelves. This is where you can!
|The Moment She Left – A completely captivating and tension-filled dramatic tale. Emotional and yet terrifically readable.||You Said Forever – Tugs at your heartstrings, pushes you to face your disbelief, and yet is filled with warmth and hope too.||Who’s That Girl by Mhairi McFarlane – ‘A funny, sad, entertaining and really enjoyable read – another winner from this fabulous author.’ Caroline Mathews|
Browse our New Year, New You category to get some help and support with your New Year’s Resolutions to make positive change in your life. And don’t miss:
Clean and Lean for Life from wellness guru James Duigan where he brings his clean and lean philosophy to a cookbook with 150 recipes that refreshes your whole approach to food whilst providing the advice you need to live a cleaner, healthier existence.
Frank Gardner is the BBC’s Security Correspondent and he has used his in-depth knowledge and experience to craft a nerve-shreddingly plausible international thriller called Crisis. Ex-Special Boat Service commando turned MI6 operative Luke Carlton fights to save his country from catastrophic attack. This is terrifying, edge-of-your-seat stuff and we loved it!
It’s very hard to write a book that has real appeal to teens and adults but when it works it is sublimely brilliant and we think we have found one in The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr.
An accident aged ten has left Flora with no short term memory. Then a secret kiss on the beach – with her only friend’s boyfriend – lodges in her mind. Inspired, she sets off alone to follow him. It’s a unique mix, part coming-of-age, and part psychological thriller, with an almost fairy-tale setting that we think will be one of the books of 2017.
Combining Golden Age crime writing and Nordic Noir there is, quite simply, nothing like them and if you have yet to read him, you are missing a treat. The 4th in his Dark Iceland series, Rupture, has just been published. Set in a small fishing village in Northern Iceland accessible only by a tunnel this is first class classic detection with a frozen twist. See the shelf below and enjoy.
And that’s all from us this month. Happy New Year and best wishes for a prosperous, page-turning 2017!
P.S. We loved Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty when it was published in 2013 and were very excited to hear it has been made into a TV series. So, from 22 January, we will be turning off the phone on Sunday nights at 9pm to make sure we don’t miss a second. We recommend you do the same.