As you can probably tell from my blog, I am a bit of a bibliophile; I have just always been in love with books! I always try and squeeze in a read, whether it’s on my lunch break or when I go to bed, I find it so relaxing. A little sad fact about me, I keep a list of all the books I want to read on my phone so I don’t lose track or forget their names, so I thought why not turn that wish list into a blog post? Here are the books currently on my wish list that I am dying to read in the New Year!
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
I have always been a fan of Kinsella’s books; they always provide laughs, love and that feel-good factor that leaves you wanting more. The blurb of My Not So Perfect Life made me laugh alone, so I am expecting great things from what’s inside! I loved the Shopaholic series and I’ve Got Your Number, so I just know this will be added to my list of favourites already. If you’re interested or hearing about this book for the first time, here is the blurb (try not to spit out whatever you’re drinking!)
Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.
OK, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.
But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?
Until her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.
Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams – or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman who has everything – actually have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.
And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?
You can buy My Not So Perfect Life here.
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
John Green books have the ability to break my heart and piece it back together again by the end, they stay with you long after you have finished them. When I heard about Green’s latest release I wanted to buy it instantly, but that pesky no buying rule before Christmas got in the way. What sets Green apart for me is that he is not afraid to tackle more serious matters in his novels, whilst still providing humour and heart warming moments along the way. Turtles All the Way Down sounds no different with its theme of mental health. My other favourites from John Green are Looking for Alaska (If you haven’t read it, you really must!), and of course, The Fault in Our Stars. I can’t wait to read his latest tale and fall in love with another set of characters.
‘It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.’
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.
You can buy Turtles All the Way Down here.
Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern
No one can transport me into another world quite like Cecelia Ahern, and her worlds are magical beyond belief. I have been a fan of Ahern ever since my mum introduced me to her books when I was younger. The first book I ever read was If You Could See Me Now, which is a beautiful read if you haven’t read it. Lyrebird sounds typical of Ahern, but in a very good way, the whimsical characters, the magical settings, the plot that will take you through every emotion and really make you feel. Lyrebird is on my list because much like many of Ahern’s other novels; the stories are so unique that it really sets them apart from all the rest. My all time favourite Cecelia Ahern book is Thanks for the Memories, if you haven’t read it, you’re missing out.
In the south-west of Ireland, rugged mountains meet bright blue lakes and thick forests. Deep in the woods, a young woman lives alone, forever secluded from the world, her life a well-kept secret. She possesses an extraordinary talent, the likes of which no-one has seen before: a gift that will earn her the nickname Lyrebird.
When Solomon stumbles into Laura’s solitary existence, her life is turned on its head. Pulled from her peaceful landscape to the cacophony of Dublin, she is confronted by a world desperate to understand her.
But while Solomon knows the world will embrace Laura, will it free her to spread her wings – or will it trap her in a gilded cage? Like all wild birds, she needs to fly free…
Lyrebird is a thoughtful, deeply moving love story; a story of the wild heart in us all and the quiet that lies underneath the world’s noise.
You can buy Lyrebird here.
Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas
Douglas has had me hooked since her predecessors The Sisters and Local Girl Missing, both sensational reads which you can read reviews of on my blog here and here. Last Seen Alive looks like it has all of the qualities I loved about Douglas’ previous work, the twists, the secrets, and my favourite, the second guessing of every character. I’m not sure about you, but nothing quite makes me binge read a book when I can’t tell who is telling the truth and who is lying. Douglas always provides a brilliant twist, which will leave you reeling and re-reading to wonder how you could have been so wrong! I’m hoping Last Seen Alive makes its way into my book collection this Christmas, it looks a brilliant read.
She can run
Libby Hall needs to hide, to escape from everything for a while. Which is why the house swap is a godsend. The chance for Libby and her husband Jamie to exchange their tiny Bath flat for a beautiful haven on the wild Cornish coast.
But she can’t hide
But before they can begin to heal their fragile marriage, Libby makes some disturbing discoveries about the house. And soon the peace and isolation begin to feel threatening. How alone are they? Why does she feel watched?
Because someone knows her secret
What is Jamie hiding? Is Libby being paranoid? And why does the house bring back such terrible memories? Memories Libby’s worked hard to bury. Memories of the night she last saw her best friend alive . . . and what she did.
You can buy Last Seen Alive here.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Okay so The Girl on the Train got me good, I mean it was brilliant right? All anyone could talk about for months, and quite rightly so. If you haven’t read Hawkins The Girl on the Train, you really need to get a copy, it is chilling to the bone and you will find yourself devouring every page. If reviews are anything to go by, Hawkins latest offering is better than her previous, if so, I am super excited to read it! Described as a chilling, ghostly whodunit, alongside Hawkins ability to pull us into the minds of her characters, I think Into the Water is going to tick all the boxes for me.
In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.
Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.
But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.
And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .
You can buy Into the Water here.
What is on your book wishlist? I would love more recommendations, let me know in the comments!