Unless I’ve been impatiently and fervently expecting a book for years, I always tend to wait for the release in paperback. They are cheaper, much easier to hold and carry around. This also means that I tend to read the majority of books when the hype has already subsided. There are four books that I have been seeing mentioned around a lot lately and that I’m planning to read as soon as the editions in paperback are released.
The Confession by Jessie Burton
Since I loved both The Miniaturist and The Muse, I obviously want to read The Confession, Jessie Burton’s new novel. My expectations are not as high as they could have been, though, as part of the book takes place in LA, a location that usually doesn’t appeal to me.
On the other hand, it is set in different time periods, something I tend to enjoy. In the 1980s, Elise Morceau falls in love with Constance Holden, a successful writer whose book is about to be adapted into a Hollywood film. Thirty years later, Rose Simmons is looking for answers about her mother, whom she has never met. The last person to see her was Constance.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
The release of The Testaments has been without a doubt the book event of the year. It’s everywhere! Set 15 years after The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s told from the perspectives of three women from Gilead. It explores the inner workings of the totalitarian and repressive state. The only reason why I didn’t unreservedly love The Handmaid’s Tale was that I wanted to know more about that society from other points of view. Apparently, I’ll have that opportunity now!
Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson
Inspired by Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Frankissstein (wonderful play on words) is about a young transgender doctor, Ry, who falls in love with Victor Stein, a famous professor. It also delves into Brexit and artificial intelligence.
Lanny by Max Porter
This short book has been lauded by its original prose. I can’t really explain what it’s about, so I’ll have to resort to the blurb.
“Not far from London, there is a village. This village belongs to the people who live in it and to those who lived in it hundreds of years ago. It belongs to England’s mysterious past and its confounding present. It belongs to Mad Pete, the grizzled artist. To ancient Peggy, gossiping at her gate. To families dead for generations, and to those who have only recently moved here. But it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort who has woken from his slumber in the woods. Dead Papa Toothwort, who is listening to them all.”
Have you read or want to read any of these books? Tell me in the comments!