My Spring To-Be-Read List 2020
I haven’t done a to-be-read post in a while and I have a lot of books currently sitting on my bedside table. So why not write one now.
These are the books I’m most looking forward to reading in the next few weeks. They vary from fiction to non-fiction, including a new cookbook, some recently released debuts, and modern classics.
If you’ve read any of these books let me know you’re thoughts, and which ones I should aim to read first in the comments below. And don’t forget to share your to-be-read lists as well!
The Secret History by Donna Tartt ✔
I’m currently about 100 pages into this book, but I’ve put it down for the time being. I really want to get back into it and see why it is called a ‘modern classic’, but the first 100 pages haven’t grabbed me. I’m not one to DNF (did not finish) a book unless I find it truly terrible. And this book is not terrible, just a tad boring right now. Nevertheless, I’ll persist!
Olive by Emma Gannon ✔
I’ve been given an ebook version of the proof of this book – perks of working at the publisher’s! – and I really can’t wait to read it. It’s at the top of my to-be-read list for 2020! I love Emma’s previous non-fiction books and her podcast is extraordinary. Fingers crossed – although I don’t think I need to – I’ll love this book as well.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
One of my best friends gave me this book, and the following one, for Christmas and I’ve heard great things about both. Where the Crawdads Sings is set in the late 1960s in North Carolina and follows a character who’s lived alone in the marshes all her life after another character is killed. It’s about to be adapted into a major movie and has received thousands of positive reviews so I’m looking forward to seeing what the hype is about.
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai ✔
Also gifted to me at Christmas, my friend, Rob, said that this was his favourite read of 2019. Quite a recommendation. Set during the Aids crisis in the 1980s, the story follows Yale and Fiona, thirty years apart. Yale was friends with Fiona’s brother, Nico, who died of Aids and Yale has recently discovered his partner has Aids and therefore he might have it as well. Thirty years later Fiona is looking for her daughter and is reflecting on how the Aids crisis and her relationship with Yale throughout it all affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. Really intriguing and a really important book.
Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Polowski
I have finally bought Antoni’s cookbook! I adore Queer Eye as anyone who knows me will know. Antoni is the food expert on the show and an all-around God. I don’t think I’ll actually like many of the recipes in the book (oh the irony!) since many are vegan-American-healthy meals, which doesn’t really translate into ‘Ellie’s lunch’. But I’ll try some of them nonetheless.
Six Weeks to Zero Waste by Kate Arnell
I was recently sent this book from the team at Octopus and I really want to get around to it but the last few weeks have been crazy! As someone who tried living zero waste for a year, I’m really interested to see what tips Kate, who was a big part of my inspiration for the challenge, has to say about the lifestyle.
Roaring Girls by Holly Kyte
I love anything to do with feminism and history, so this book is right up my street. Published by HQ at HarperCollins I was able to get a proof. Each chapter looks at a forgotten feminist woman within history from Anne Lister to Margaret Cavendish, Mary Prince to Hannah Snell.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgernstern
The Night Circus was one of my favourite reads while I was at University and I’ve been waiting for Erin’s next book. I’ve finally placed my order for the hardback edition and I cannot wait to get started on this book, which I know will be lyrical and magical, and hopefully a masterpiece.
This Happy by Niamh Campbell
At a recent Book Marketing Society meeting, I picked up a proof copy of This Happy by Niamh Campbell which I honestly know very little about. I picked it up because the proof is gorgeous. Looking at the copy though, the story focuses on Alannah who had an affair with a married man, and six years later circumstances force her to review that affair. Very intriguing.
What Have I Done by Laura Dockrill
I recently met Laura at the Trailblazer Awards, as she was the keynote speaker and bloody hilarious. This book is not so hilarious as it is a memoir that looks at her experience of postpartum psychosis after the birth of her son. A timely and poignant memoir, I’m really glad that a conversation is finally opening up about postpartum struggles that women face.
We any of these books end up on your to-be-read lists? Let me know in the comments below. Happy reading!