Paperbacks should be far more appreciated! They are light and compact, fitting perfectly in our bags, which allows us, devoted readers, to take them everywhere. Very rarely do I buy the hardback editions of books, despite them being published at least a year earlier than paperbacks in the UK (publishing practices in Portugal are entirely different in this regard).
At the moment, there are seven books that I’m excited to read in paperback, although I probably won’t be able to get to them all this year.
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
I have sky-high expectations for this novel, as it has not only been highly praised by many reviewers, but it has also won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2020. In 1596, a little girl, who lives in Stratford-upon-Avon, is taken ill with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, tries to find someone to help them, since they are alone at home. Agnes, their mother, is in a garden where she plants medicinal herbs, and their father, who happens to be Shakespeare, is working in London. They still have no idea that Hamnet will not live long. It will be released in paperback on the 1st of April.
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
A long time has passed since I read Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I have been meaning to read more of her work since then, but inexplicably failed to do so. I’m now interested in reading The Glass Hotel. It seems to be set in two different time periods. Vincent is a bartender at a hotel where he meets Jonathan Alkaitis, a financier from New York. Leon Prevant, who is a shipping executive for the company Neptune-Avramidis, is also staying at that hotel. Thirteen years later, Vincent disappears from the deck of a ship owned by the aforementioned company. It’s expected to be released in paperback on the 29th of April.
The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld
Scheduled to be released in paperback on the 5th of August, The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld is set in three different time periods from what I can gather from the blurb. In the 1700s, Sarah has to leave her home after being accused of witchcraft. In the years following the Second World War, Ruth tries to get familiar with her new husband and to settle down in her new house, which is located in a place with strange waters. Sixty years later, Viv catalogues Ruth’s belongings as she mourns her father.
Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan
Only recently did I hear of Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan, but I became immediately intrigued about it. Set in Edinburgh in 1910, it’s about a woman who is sent to a tenement building to bear a child for a wealthy man and his fiancée. The subsequent events lead to the building being cursed. It’s released in paperback on the 12th of August.
The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey
The Animals at Lockwood Manor is the only novel on this list that has already been released in paperback (it has been available since yesterday, the 18th of February). However, when I thought about listing the paperbacks I was excited about, it hadn’t been released yet. In August 1939, Hetty Cartwright is given the responsibility to evacuate and keep safe the collection of mammals of the Natural History Museum. When she arrives at the Lockwood Manor, she realises that her task will be much more challenging than she first believed. As disastrous events keep on happening, she falls in love with Lucy.
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
This novel by Alix E. Harrow mixes fantasy with a tale about the suffragist movement. In 1893, witches were no more than a faint memory. But then the Eastwood sisters join forces with the suffragists of New Salem. As the three sisters dive into the oldest magics, the women’s movement is turned into the witches’ movement. The paperback edition is expected to be released on the 7th of October.
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
After liking Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, I couldn’t help but be excited about Piranesi, despite having read mixed reviews and not fully understanding what it is about. Piranesi keeps a record of all the wonders he finds in the House, the place he lives in and that seems to be infinite. This fantasy novel is set to be released in paperback on the 2nd of September.
Have you read any of these books? Which paperback releases are you excited about? Tell me in the comments!