2015 has already been a good year for bookworms, but things are set to get even better over the coming months, with Loose Women launching their own book club Loose Books and plenty of new book releases on the horizon. To get the low-down on some of the best books set for release, the team here at tombola bingo asked our expert book reviewers what they’re most excited about.
Whether you’re looking for some gift inspiration, or you want to get lost between the pages yourself, take a look at our top ten:
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Suggested by: Serendipity Reviews
Release date: January 1st
This book, which has already hit the shelves, tells the story of two boys struggling through a world of secrets, bullies and the pressure to be ‘normal’ – a world otherwise known as high school. The book deals with some traditional issues faced by teenagers, as well as some lesser-known topics like gender conformity.
Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Suggested by: Rachel Cotterill
Release date: February 10th
Moreno-Garcia‘s is another book that’s available to buy straight away. Set in 1980’s Mexico City, three teenage friends – Meche, Sebastian and Daniela – find magic in the most unusual of places: music. Using this newfound power to cast spells, the trio try to improve their family lives, their school lives and their love lives… but two decades on, how have things changed?
A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
Suggested by: Big Book Little Book
Release date: February 24th
As one of the last ‘travellers’ alive, Kell has the power to move between parallel universes. Whether in ‘Grey London’ – the world most akin to what we know – or in one of the more magical alternatives, this tale of magic, trickery and, ultimately, survival, is sure to leave you spellbound. The best bit? It’s just been released, so if you’re buying as a gift, they’re unlikely to have already read it!
Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
Suggested by: Bookwitch
Release date: March 31st
Em and Teo are the children of Rhoda and Delia, two female stunt pilots that perform courageous acrobatics atop bi-planes, but when Delia dies in a tragic accident, Rhoda ups and moves her daughter and Delia’s son to Ethiopia, where their lives change forever. This moving story explores themes of race, gender and love.
London War Notes by Mollie Panter-Downes
Suggested by: Stuck in a Book
Republished: April 23rd
Mollie Panter-Downes wrote a Letter from London for The New Yorker every two weeks between 1939 and 1945, sharing the details of her day-to-day experiences. Originally published in 1971, this book is a wonderfully vivid account of the First World War, and has been described as one of the most perfectly observed portraits of wartime England in existence.
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
Suggested by: Plastic Rosaries
Release date: May 7th
The award-winning Kate Atkinson tells the story of Ursula Todd and her younger brother Teddy, following his return from the war, where he served as an RAF pilot. Amongst Teddy’s challenges, he’s forced to come to terms with, and function in a now-unfamiliar world.
Remix by Non Pratt
Suggested by: The Overflowing Library
Release date: June 9th
Having both split up from their boyfriends, best friends Kaz and Ruby go to a music festival to help them forget their exes. When the girls discover that Kaz’s ex is going too, however, we’re left wondering whether the pair’s friendship can survive the drama that ensues.
Go Set A Watchman, the ‘missing’ novel by Harper Lee
Suggested by: Just William’s Luck
Release date: August 13th
To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee’s first novel, published in 1960, sold more than 40 million copies around the world, so imagine fans’ joy when they discovered that there was a long lost sequel! Harper Lee had written the sequel to the book, Go Set A Watchman, before she had even written its predecessor, and thought it had been lost years ago. Set 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird, it follows Scout Finch as she journeys from New York to the place she grew up in Alabama, where she’s forced to wrestle with her feelings surrounding the place she was raised, and more importantly, the attitudes of its people.
Nowhere Train by Allie Burke
Suggested by: Social Bookshelves
Release date: April 30th
When surviving a zombie attack is the least of your worries, it’s clear that you have a lot on your plate… and for Jetilyn Fournier, this is the reality. The story follows Jett as she fights to save relationships, as well as herself, in one of the first zombie novels of its kind.
Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb
Suggtested by: Fantasy Book Review
Release date: August 11th
As the second book in the Fits and the Fool trilogy, this book is set to have Robin Hobb’s merry band of fantasy fanatics glued to its pages. In the second book of the series, trouble’s afoot as FitzChivalry Farseer sets out to put his assassination skills to the ultimate test.
Do you have a book release you’re looking forward to this year? Perhaps you’ve read one that you just couldn’t put down? If so, let us know what it is!