I have recently bought and been gifted a few novels from my wishlist, so I thought I should update you on some of the newest editions to my book collection.
I am currently reading Girl, Woman, Other but as I have not finished this yet I thought I would do a little post on the books that I have added to my TBR recently. At this point I think I will I will forever be fighting a losing battle against my TBR.
Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo
I know I said I am currently reading this one so I am kind of cheating by saying it is on my TBR. However, I only got this one recently and feel it needs more of a mention than just a review post. This novel tells the story of twelve very different woman around Britain. Although they all have their own sections in the book all of the characters are intertwined to produce a story of Britain like it has never been told before.
I am hoping that I will finish this book soon but what I can say for now is that this is unlike any book I have read before and is refreshingly eye-opening.
The Doll Factory – Elizabeth Macneal
This was a “bookstagram made me read” novel. It had so many amazing reviews through bookstagram so I knew that I had to try it out for myself because I love historical fiction. The novel is set in London in 1850 and follows the story of Iris as her world expands beyond just being a dollmaker. It is the story of a woman’s dream of freedom and a man’s obsession that threatens to destroy them.
I can’t wait to get stuck into this one. It has been a while since I have read any historical fiction so this will be a nice change to some of the contemporary novels that I have been reading at the moment.
The Hypnotist’s Love Story – Liane Moriarty
I loved the series Big Little Lies (I know, I’m sorry I didn’t read the book) and so have been dying to read a novel by Liane Moriarty since. Of all of her novels, I was drawn to this one the most and I loved that it was quite a substantial read at around 500 pages. This story is based around Ellen, a therapist, whose new boyfriend has confessed to having a stalker. Ellen decides she would like to meet said stalker but it turns out she already has…
This seems to be a book I will really be able to get my teeth into and I am really hoping that I enjoy this author’s work as much as I think I will.
The Binding – Bridget Collins
I can’t lie, what initially drew me to this novel was this stunning cover, it really is something else. However, it would seem that this novel isn’t just a pretty cover. Emmett is binder’s apprentice where he can bind memories into the books so that you can hide your memories and secrets. Yet, one day Emmett finds that one of the volumes has his name on it…
Although I say I like fantasy novels, I hardly ever end up reading them, which I am trying to change. The historical and fantasy elements in this novel really appeal to me and I can’t wait to read it.
Atonement – Ian McEwan
I watched the film based on this novel a few years ago and remembered it being on a list of possible books for our English Literature controlled assessment. It was only recently that the book was brought to my attention again and I realised that it was time that I read it. At 13 Briony sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her too is Robbie who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever, as Briony commits a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.
This novel has such high praise and I can’t wait to get into it. Seeing the movie adaptation has not put me off reading Atonement as I would really like to see how this plot works as a novel.
Have you read any of these novels? What did you think to them?
Do you have a suggestion for the next book to add to my bookshelf? Let me know in comments.