Happy New Year everyone. I hope you had a good night last night and are able to relax and unwind today. I’m working this New Years Day, so think of me if you’re cozy at home and if you’re also working, you have all my sympathy! The final stats post of 2018 is coming tomorrow, but instead of a Book of the Week post today, I’ve got a look ahead at some of the upcoming books that I can’t wait to read in 2019.
I’m a sucker for a novel based on real events and real people when they’re done well (see my love of Gone with the Windsors) and I’ve heard a lot of good things about A Well-Behaved Woman by Theresa Anne Fowler. It follows Alva Smith – better known as Alva Vanderbilt as she navigates her way through Gilded Age society. The Kindle edition is out now in the UK with the paperback coming at the end of January and I have an advance copy sitting on my kindle waiting for a quiet afternoon in front of the fire…
Another one sitting on the Kindle waiting for me is the Sidney Chambers prequel The Road to Grantchester which comes out in March. I was sad when the series proper ended (the books, not the TV series – I gave up on that during the 3rd season), so the idea of a look at how Sidney came to be in Grantchester really appeals to me.
Also in March is Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. About the events leading up to the unexplained break-up of a hugely successful band in 1979, it’s already been optioned by Reese Witherspoon’s production company. I have a mixed record with stories about bands – but enough of them have ended up being Books of the Week that I’m optimistic about this one.
Even further into 2019 is The Doll Factory by Elizabeth MacNeal, which is being billed as being a historical novel about art, obsession and possession – when an aspiring artist become the model for a pre-Raphaelite artist. It’s out at the start of May and is getting a lot of buzz – so I’m looking forward to reading it, but I’m a little worried it might be too dark and scary for me!
I loved Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient in 2018, so I’m very excited for the follow-up The Bride Test which is also due in May and looks like a twist on the marriage of convenience/mail order bride trope with another neurodiverse leading player. I can’t wait!
And halfway through the year, in June, is Montauk by Nicola Harrison, which tells the story of a summer by the Long Island seaside in 1938. We all know that I love a rich people problems historical novel, and this looks like it could be spot on for me. According to the blurb, Beatrice is hoping that the summer at the beach will help her revitalise her marriage. But instead she’s stuck in a huge hotel with people she’s never fit in with while her husband is back in the city. Instead she’s drawn to the year-round community and a man who is very unlike her husband.
And finally, this is not quite a next year book – as it cames out here on December 27th – and I don’t really do business improvement/self-help books but after hearing about it in an email Karen Wickre’s Taking the Work Out of Networking Connections: An Introvert’s Guide to Making Connections That Count sounds like something I could really use. I am not a naturally outgoing person – I’m very bad at networking and making connections and use social media as a crutch to get over the fact that I just can’t bring myself to call people I haven’t spoken to in ages just for a chat and a catch up. Perhaps 2019 is the year to change that?
Let me know what you’re looking forward to reading in 2019 in the comments!