We've reached that point in Winter where it's just dragging now. I would like a bit of warmth, less rain and maybe to wake up to daylight? Phwoar. However, this time of year has one positive: I hibernate and read for months, which is slow bliss. I've managed to amass quite a few new books over the past few months either as Christmas gifts, charity shop purchases or from publishers to talk about on Instagram (I'm living my very own dream). So buckle up, and maybe grab a cuppa because I think this is going to be a long one. I'm going to go straight in now so let's get cracking:
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I've heard this author recommended so many times, and I'm hoping this is a good one of their books to start with?! A family-based thriller where someone winds up dead, the story is based around the lives of three women.
A Feast for Crows by George R R Martin. This is the fourth book (or fifth volume) in the series and I'm very excited to read this after finishing book 3 last year.
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. When I read The Thirteenth Tale by the same author as a teen, it was the first time I was ever really shocked by a twist in a book. I devoured that novel and really want this one to live up to my expectations.
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, This is a book all about a boy who survives a plane crash: only one of two people who manage to do so. I read The Good Father by the same author last month so picked this up to see what it was like!
Twisted by Steve Cavanagh. Again, this is a repeat author for me - Thirteen was one of my favourite books last year, and this is in the same Eddie Flynn series. It's a crime drama all about a murderer on the loose.
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. A bildungsroman told over seven days, but displaying a man's whole life, the narrator Balram Halwai's rise to success (with a little murder thrown in) is explored.
Uglies by Scott Westerfield. This is the start of one of my favourite trilogies from when I was a teen that I'm excited to revisit. It's set in a world where everyone undergoes plastic surgery as a teen to become a 'pretty', but one girl is determined to buck the trend and remain an ugly forever.
The Defence by Steve Cavanagh. There's a bit of a theme here. This is the first book in the Eddie Flynn series. Flynn's an ex con-artist turned lawyer who is under pressure to stop a mafia boss. The pressure's coming from the bomb the boss has strapped to Eddie's back and he's only got a number of hours to escape.
The Prison Doctor by Amanda Brown is of the This is Going to Hurt ilk of books. It's loosely true, based on the author's experiences of working as a doctor in a prison. I've heard only good things and imagine it'll be a good (if somewhat shocking) look into the prison medical system.
The Liar by Steve Cavanagh is again in the Eddie Flynn book series. When Leonard Howell's daughter is kidnapped, there's only one man he trust to bring her back. Eddie Flynn knows he has to take this case on, but as he heads back into the criminal world he realises things aren't as plain as they seemed.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. The first in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, this is a re-read of one of my favourite trilogies that I borrowed from the library as a teen. Todd is the only boy in a town filled with men. They can hear his thoughts and he can hear all of theirs - when he escapes from the town he comes across the first girl he's ever met, and needs to find out why the Germ didn't kill her when all the other women died.
I'm *still* annoyed I didn't get a better photo of this stack, but now I'm going to whizz through everything pictured here that I haven't already mentioned.
Stay Sexy and Don't Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. This is a dual memoir from the hosts of the 'my favourite murder' podcast. It discusses their upbringings, struggles with substance abuse and living in LA. If you're a fan of the podcast, it really doesn't spoiler anything or ruin your impression of them, and their voices come across really well in the book.
The Familiars by Stacey Hall. Fleetwood Shuttleworth is a noble woman who is pregnant again after not managing to give birth to a live baby before. When she finds a doctors letter saying she will not survive another birth, she seeks the help of a midwife called Alice Grey who stands accused of witchcraft. This has the most beautiful cover, so I hope it's fab inside too.
The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick is a historical fiction novel my nan gave me last time I went to visit her. Set during the reign of Henry II, our heroine Queen Eleanor is pushed to the side when he takes on a younger mistress.
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena. Time away in a luxury remote cabin in New York seems an ideal getaway until the bodies start appearing. After three guests are killed, the rest realise that they're snowed in with someone that's picking them off one by one. I love Lapena's thrillers, and this claustrophobic one sounds like something I'm absolutely not going to be able to put down.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi tells the story of how two half sisters born in Ghana, Effia and Esi end up in completely different situations, following the stories of their future generations too. The cover for this is beautiful and I've heard so many people rave about this book that it's pretty high up on my TBR.
Things in Jars by Jess Kidd is about a female detective living in the Victorian era. Bridie Devine sets out to find a missing child for a wealthy family, but soon realises that the girl isn't quite as 'human' as she'd originally thought.