January is finally over, which means there are loads of upcoming book releases to get excited about!
I thought I’d share five of the books I’m most looking forward to getting my hands on in the next few months, so without further ado…
The Foundling – Stacey Halls
(UK release date: 6 Feb 2010)
I bought Stacey Halls’s The Familiars last year, mainly because of its gorgeous cover — typical me — but it was also, thankfully, a gorgeous story. The cover of The Foundling is equally as gorgeous, and I’m looking forward to delving into more of Halls’s rich historic detail and compelling storytelling. Zaffre Books recently posted a snippet of The Foundling audiobook on their Instagram, and will be posting an additional snippet every day at 6pm until the book’s release!
The Mercies – Kiran Millwood Hargrave
(UK release date: 6 Feb 2020)
I still have yet to read The Deathless Girls by Hargrave, which is a YA feminist novel about the brides of Dracula, but it sounds right up my street, just like Hargrave’s latest novel. The Mercies is based on a real-life witch hunt in 17th-century Norway, and I’m hoping it’s as dark and intriguing as it sounds. Its release is creating quite a buzz so I’ve got high hopes.
The Mirror and the Light – Hilary Mantel
(UK release date: 5 March 2020)
I’ll try not to make this sound dramatic but reading Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies CHANGED MY LIFE. I’m obsessed with the Tudor period, and I’ve never read such a stunning and raw portrayal of Tudor life. Mantel’s majestic writing style cannot be beaten, and I’m so excited for the final instalment in this trilogy.
Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell
(UK release date: 31 March 2020)
Funnily enough, I found out about this book thanks to Stacey Halls’s Instagram post in November last year! Hamnet has been described by reviewers as an immersive tale of grief and loss. O’Farrell portrays the real heart-wrenching story that influenced Shakespeare’s most famous play. I get shivers just reading the synopsis of this book! I have a feeling it’s going to be very special. I’ll get my tissues ready.
Q – Christina Dalcher
(UK release date: 30 April 2020)
I read Christina Dalcher’s Vox on holiday last year and sped through it greedily. I think I finished it in less than two days (alright, I was just lounging on the beach to be fair, but still). I loved the Handmaid’s Tale vibes throughout Vox. Q promises a similar dystopian tale of survival, bravery and defiance. The striking cover was revealed last Wednesday by the publisher, HQ, and I’m hoping to get my hands on a proof after entering their draw!
I do pretty much read anything, but I think this list makes it quite transparent what my favourite go-to genres of books are… historical, mystery, and feminist!
Which book releases are you most excited about this year? Let me know in the comments!