Book Club: 10 New releases to read this January

From uplifting outlooks to story sequels, these new releases will keep you busy throughout lockdown, and give you inspiration for your 2021 reading list.

Faye’s picks:

1. Beginners

Tom Vanderbilt

Beginners asks the question: “why are children the only ones allowed to experience the inherent fun of facing daily challenges? And could we benefit from embracing new skills, even if we’re initially hopeless?” Tasking himself with several new skills including drawing, juggling and surfing, Tom seeks the answer. This sounds like a great uplifting read.

2. Winterkeep

Kristin Cashore

For the past five years, Bitterblue has reigned as Queen of Monsea. After learning about the land of Torla in the east, she sends envoys to the closest nation there: Winterkeep – a place where telepathic foxes bond with humans, and people fly across the sky. On the way, tragedy strikes.

3. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

George Saunders

In A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, George guides us through seven classic Russian short stories he’s been teaching for 20 years. We’re taken on a journey and offered an escape from lockdown into fiction.

4. Chatter

Ethan Kross

This book tackles how we can take back control of our inner voice. Ethan interweaves cutting-edge science with real-world case studies to explain how these inner conversations shape our work and relationships, and how by taking control we could be a little happier.

5. Concrete Rose

Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas brings us a hard-hitting return to Garden Heights with the story of Maverick Carter, Starr’s father, set 17 years before the events of the award-winning story The Hate U Give.

Candice’s picks:

6. Our Darkest Night

Jennifer Robson

To survive the Holocaust, a young Jewish woman must pose as a Christian farmer’s wife in this novel from USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Robson. A story of terror, hope, love, and sacrifice, inspired by true events, that will take you back to the most perilous days of World War II.

7. People Like Her

Ellery Lloyd

In this deeply addictive tale of psychological suspense, Ellery Lloyd raises important questions about technology, social media celebrity, and the way we live today. Probing the dark side of influencer culture and the perils of parenting online, People Like Her explores our desperate need to be seen and the lengths we’ll go to be liked by strangers.

8. The Divines

Ellie Eaton

The Divines is an examination of the power of adolescent sexuality, female identity, and the destructive class divide. Exposing the tension between the lives we lead as adults and the experiences that form us.

9. Crown Of Bones

A.K. Wilder

In a world on the brink of the next Great Dying, no amount of training can prepare them for what is to come. A dangerous High Savant will do anything to control the nine realms and a mysterious and deadly Mar race will steal children into the sea. For fans of epic fantasies and sweeping adventures, this novel will immerse you in a world of unique magic, breathtaking action and unforgettable characters.

10. The Girls I’ve Been

Tess Sharpe

A slick, twisty page-turner about the daughter of a con artist who is taken hostage in a bank heist.

Faye Dixon

Lifestyle Journalist and Blogger from the North East.

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