A monthly feature where I do a round up of the books I’m most excited to read (or have already read and think you should be excited for). Fiction, non-fiction and children’s books are all included.
- XX by Angela Chadwick (9780349700243)
Another look at near-future possibilities, reproduction rights and gender. An interesting take.
- Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak (9780857525956)
Markus Zusah returns, this is one of my most anticipated books of the year.
- Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker (9781936932375)
Another area where short stories is a strong vehicle is fictional biographies and this should be a good compilation.
- Thin Air by Richard Morgan (9780575075146)
Really loved Altered Carbon, this is a science fiction crime thriller and Morgan is a great exponent of the type.
- The Book of Magic Edited by Gardner Dozois (9780008295806)
Another collection of short stories and novellas, George R R Martin and Robin Hobb are contributors.
- New Scientist: The Origin of (Almost) Everything by New Scientist (9781473670167)
The HB has been out for a while but I will be getting this, love these books that collect lots of facts.
- Children Draw: A Guide to Why, When and How Children Make Art by Marilyn J S Goodman (9781780239897)
This sounds like a thoroughly researched book that will help adults and children with understanding their drawing and desire to draw.
- The Landscape by Don McCullin (9781787330429)
Don McCullin’s gritty reportage photography from the Vietnam War still stands out as some of the most mesmerising photographs I’ve ever seen and I’m looking forward to seeing his way of working with landscapes.
- National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy by Roger Eatwell & Matthew Goodwin (9780241312018)
This will be as fascinating as watching a snake coming toward you, but hopefully with practical answers to the rise of populism and with it the far right.
- Feast: Food of the Islamic World by Annisa Helou (9781526602862)
This just sounds so delicious, we’ve been making Persian, Moroccan, Turkish food for a while now and this would really add to that.
- The Borough Market Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Year at the Market by Ed Smith (978147367882)
Borough Market is one of our favourite places in London, we always visit at least once when we get down there, really looking forward to this.
- Flora: The Definitive Guide to the Plant Kingdom DK (9780241254806)
I love DK books, they get ideas across so elegantly and this would be a good addition to my Natural History selection.
- A Supernatural War: Magic Divination and Faith During the First World War by Owen Davies (9780198794554)
This just sounds so interesting, we’ve heard a lot about the supernatural in WWII but I’ve never heard of this much at all.
- Scotland: The Nation’s History by the Women Who Lived It by Rosemary Goring (9781780275314)
Scotland seen through the experiences of women through Herstory, this is going to be really interesting.
- A Short History of Europe: From Ancient Greece to Churchill and Brexit by Simon Jenkins (9780241352502)
I have always had a fascination for histories that race through their subject and this looks as though it will be a race of a book.
- Sleeping With the Lights On: The Unsettling Story of Horror by Darryl Jones (9780198826484)
An exploration of the history of horror as a literary movement including a look at the tropes and monsters at its core.
- Europe: A Natural History by Tim Flannery (9780141989037)
This sounds really interesting, looking at the pressures on species on a continent in constant flux.
- Green Noise by Jean Sprackland (9781787330924)
Hopefully another great collection of poems from the 2007 Costa Poetry Award winner.
- The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (9781911077930)
This is a wonderfully, magical, wintry book, perfect for the season coming up. Another brilliant book from KMH.
- A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs (9780141385907)
I’m so looking forward to reading about the further adventures of the Peculiar Children.
- Skycircus by Peter Bunzl (9781474940658)
Loved the first two in this series, so looking forward to this.
- My Mum Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt (illustrations) (9780857535221)
Jacquiline Wilson and Tracy Beaker, perfect Christmas treat.
- Death in the Spotlight by Robin Stevens (9780141373829)
Robin’s books are such a treat, well-written and wonderful main duo I wouldn’t miss one, ever.
- The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (illustrations) (9781406379761)
Jon Klassen is one of my favourite illustrators and I have this in hard back but it is a great time for everyone to get it as a perfect gift.
- Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (illustrations) (9781419733604)
Rosie Revere is wonderful and this should be a good extension of her story.
- Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief by Laura Ellen Anderson (9781405287074)
About bloody time, I have hordes of young people clambering for this (not to say I will complain either), wonderful fun story and great illustrations.
- The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher (9781910080849)
Enchantments and snowglobes sold it to me, really enjoy this kind of magic novel.
- Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies) Scarlett Curtis (ed) (9780241357187)
Another book that will, hopefully, become and essential read for teens.
- Snowglobe by Amy Wilson (9781509885800)
Snowglobes, love winter magic books.
- The Chaos of Now by Erin Lange (9780571317479)
Absolutely pertinent to now, an area that needs examining closely and regularly.
- Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman (9781406386851)
Neal Shusterman is writing the Scythe arc and I’m loving that, so always willing to give a good, depressing, environmental dystopian novel a chance.
- Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan, Karen Vaughan (illustrations) (9781912417117)
Another I already have in hardback, this is a stunning collection of retold fairytales from a feminist stand, excellent and dark.
- Dictionary of Dinosaurs by Matthew G. Baron, Dieter Braun (illustrations) (9781786033284)
Dictionary of Dinosaurs… I’m six again!
- An Anthology of Intriguing Animals by Ben Hoare, Various (illustrations) (9780241334393)
I’m a nature nut and so is my nephew, we will be reading this one together.
- Forgotten Beasts by Matt Sewell (9781843653936)
Neohew time is really going to be covered this Christmas!
- Timelines of Everything DK (9780241302323)
I’m also a bit of a history buff, OK I like facts, and lists, and DK.