Books & Reviews

5 Books to read in 2016

Happy New Year everybody!! As you get over your hangover from last night, or revel in the smug satisfaction of knowing you were one of the clever ones who stayed in and woke up to 2016 feeling rested and relaxed, have a look at some of the books I’m looking forward to reading in the coming year and see if you find anything you can add to your own list.

Gregory Maguire, After Alice

I’m a massive Gregory Maguire fan. I adored the Wicked series and even as a kid Six Haunted Hairdos was one of my favourite books. I’m also a fan of books that take an existing story and twist it or re-write it, which Maguire is basically the king of. So when After Alice came out a couple of months ago I was very excited. Of course, Christmas got in the way of me actually being able to afford to buy it, but now that it’s January I can actually use my money to selfishly buy all the books I want. Yay! So I’m very much looking forward to seeing what Maguire has done with the story of Alice in Wonderland.

CL Taylor, The Lie

As you’ve probably guessed, I’m a fan of a good mystery book and this sounds like it won’t disappoint. Jane Hughes has a good life, with a good job and a good partner. But it’s all a lie and Jane Hughes doesn’t actually exist. Five years before, Jane went away with her then best friends on what should have been a dream holiday but it turned into a nightmare that ended the lives of two of the women. Now, someone knows Jane’s secret, and will stop at nothing to ruin Jane’s perfect life. I have a couple of CL Taylor’s books on my ‘to read’ list, but this is the one I’m looking forward to reading the most. It sounds interesting and intriguing, with the possibility of some twists and turns along the way. What more could you ask for?

Gillian Flynn, The Grown Up

Okay so this is only a short story, but you didn’t think you were going to find a list without Gillian Flynn on it, did you? I’m not entirely sure what to expect from this. Flynn’s novels are amazing for their capability to build suspense around compelling characters, and I’m not doubting that she can do the same in a short story, but there’s always a little bit of worry. She seems to have a similar kind of protagonist in this than in her novels, someone who isn’t particularly nice, who we’re probably supposed to not like very much, but who we will probably end up rooting for anyway. The unnamed narrator is a con artist, posing as a psychic. Susan Burke, her newest client, is convinced that the house she has just moved into is haunted, and although the narrator doesn’t believe in anything like that, she does start to feel it when she is in the house. I’m looking forward to reading this because it’s Gillian Flynn, the woman is a word-genius. She has yet to write something that doesn’t captivate me from page one and I’m hopeful that this will be no different.

Paula Hawkins, The Girl On The Train

I know I’m probably the last person left who hasn’t read this book yet so it’s about time I got started on it. If you read my list of 5 books I loved reading in 2015 you’ll know that I got myself a bit mixed up when I attempted to find this book first. It all ended well but I still haven’t found out what all the fuss is about with this one, so 2016 is definitely the year for finding out. Rachel takes the same train every morning, stops at the same signal every morning, and sees the same couple every morning, ‘Jess and Jason’ she has named them. She watches them have breakfast and enjoy their perfect life every morning. When one morning, in the minute that the train is stopped, she sees something shocking and it all changes. She becomes entwined in the events as she goes to the police with what she knows. But is she doing more harm than good? I’ve heard so many good things about this book that I can’t help but have my hopes up for it. It definitely seems like the kind of book that I would love so I’m positive that my hopes won’t be dashed.

Jonas Jonasson, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared

This is another book that I’m a bit behind on reading. It’s been on my bookshelf for a while and I blame my book club for me not being able to read it yet. I’ve started it twice, but  both times the book club book has been picked and I’ve had to stop reading it. We’ve had a couple of fairly substantially-sized books chosen for our book club recently (White Teeth by Zadie Smith and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to name a couple) and as much as I love reading I unfortunately don’t have the time to read all 400 pages of the book club pick as well as the 400 pages of The Hundred-Year-Old-Man in a month. So I’m hoping for some lighter book club reads this year so I can finally find out where the Hundred-Year-Old man goes after he escapes from his birthday party and steals a stranger’s suitcase (that’s as far as I’ve gotten in the book). I hope it’s worth the wait.


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