Hi guys! How are you? I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend! I’ve seen a lot of people do this type of post and I always enjoy reading them. I think it’s really fun to see what books people think they’ll love and why, and of course: whether or not their predictions turn out to be accurate. So today I’m going to channel my inner Trelawney and attempt some 5-star reads predictions of my own.
Milkman by Anna Burns
There are many reason I think I’ll love this novel about a young Irish woman during the troubles. It’s set in Ireland, one of my favorite places to read about. It’s told through a stream of consciousness narrative. It won the Man Booker this year. Rachel’s rave review. And It’s got one of the most interesting first sentences I’ve ever read: “The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the milkman died.”
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Pride was one of my most anticipated releases this year. I loved Ibi Zoboi’s debut novel, American Street and I think her writing style is wonderful. The fact that this is a retelling of one my favorite classics only makes me more excited to read it. Who wouldn’t want to read a diverse Pride and Prejudice set in Bushwick?
The Word for Woman is Wilderness by Abi Andrews
Alaska’s one of my favorite places to read about and I’ve often been frustrated by the lack of female focused narratives about living in the wilderness. So when I heard about this book, I honestly couldn’t believe my luck. It’s about a young woman who’s frustrated by the lack of female focused narrative about living in the wilderness, and decides to go on an Alaskan adventure and write about it. Nature and feminism! I’m so here for that.
Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland
Like most readers I have a soft spot for books about books, books with protagonists who read, books set in bookstore… Lost for Words is one of those books. It’s protagonist Loveday Cardew sounds like the kind of protagonist I adore: she prefers books to people, has the first lines of her favorite books as tattoos and works in a bookshop. I’m so excited to get to know her.
Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women by Kate Forsyth
Kate Forsyth obviously knows and loves fairytales, so I obviously love her. I’ve only read one of her books so far, but I want to read them all and I have a couple on my shelf. The one I’m most intrigued by is this beautifully illustrated collection of fairytale retelling. All the stories have been chosen because of their brave, wise female protagonists, who are the heroes of their own stories. Fairytales and feminism! I’m so here for that too.