Let’s continue with this list to discover all the new books you should read this new year, be prepared for some amazing titles…
Resistance by Val McDermid and Kathryn Briggs (Wellcome Collection) – 20 May 2021
It’s the summer solstice weekend, and 150,000 people descend on a farm in the northeast of England for an open-air music festival. At first, a spot of rain seems to be the only thing dampening the fun – until a mystery bug appears. Before long, the illness is spreading at an electrifying speed and seems resistant to all antibiotics. Can journalist Zoe Meadows track the outbreak to its source, and will a cure be found before the disease becomes a pandemic?
A heart-racing thriller, Resistance imagines a nightmare pandemic that seems only too credible in the wake of Covid-19. Number one bestseller and queen of crime Val McDermid has teamed up with illustrator Kathryn Briggs to create a masterful graphic novel, the first of its kind.
I know that living in a Pandemic makes anyone to be afraid, but remember that we’ve just started a new year, so hope and new dreams are ready to fit our minds and a pandemic is only a nightmare you can live in a book like the one from Val McDermid! 😉
A Cheesemonger’s Compendium of British & Irish Cheese by Ned Palmer (Profile Books) – 7 Oct. 2021
A Cheesemonger’s Compendium is a must-have for cheese lovers – introducing the finest 150 cheeses from across the British Isles. It is a perfect companion for readers of Ned Palmer’s acclaimed Cheesemonger’s History of The British Isles, whether you’re pondering the deli counter or ordering cheese from gourmet sites online.
Each exceptional cheese on Palmer’s cheeseboard is given a deliciously readable flavour profile and accompanied by a morsel of history or a dash of folklore. Palmer adds stories of eccentric and colourful cheesemakers past and present as he celebrates both traditional farmhouse and modern artisanal cheeses.
The Compendium is also an education, with its entries arranged by the key groups of fresh, mould-ripened, washed-rind, blue and hard, as well as by their milk – goat, sheep and cow. Palmer explains the production and character of each group and adds pithy and practical guides on how to buy your cheese like a monger, how to cut and store it, and how to match cheese with a wide variety of drinks.
Oh yes, there are some very interesting cooking/food books for this new year, this one is perfect for cheese lovers! You’ll only need this book and your favourite cheese shop to make you happy!
Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters (Serpent’s Tail) – 7 Jan. 2021
Reese nearly had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York, a job she didn’t hate. She’d scraped together a life previous generations of trans women could only dream of; the only thing missing was a child. Then everything fell apart and three years on Reese is still in self-destruct mode, avoiding her loneliness by sleeping with married men.
When her ex calls to ask if she wants to be a mother, Reese finds herself intrigued. After being attacked in the street, Amy de-transitioned to become Ames, changed jobs and, thinking he was infertile, started an affair with his boss Katrina. Now Katrina’s pregnant. Could the three of them form an unconventional family – and raise the baby together?
This seems a really complex and different book, but I really can’t wait to read it. I think this is a book to think and change your way to see family and couples.
Being a book lover makes me want to read any story that has a bookshop or a book related plot, this one seems bittersweet but a very interesting read, don’t you think?
A Bookshop in Algiers by Kaouther Adimi (Serpent’s Tail) – 27 May 2021
In 1936, a young dreamer named Edmond Charlot opened a modest bookshop in Algiers. Oncethe heart of Algerian cultural life, where Camus launched his first book and the Free French printed propaganda during the war, Charlot’s beloved bookshop has been closed for decades, living onas a government lending library. Now it is to be shuttered forever. But as a young man named Ryad empties it of its books, he begins to understand that a bookshop can be much more than just a shop that sells books.
This is one of my top books to read for this year, I am really intrigued with the plot and all the good reviews I’ve read about the book. Luckily, the wait will be over soon! 😉
The Appeal by Janice Hallett (Viper) – 14 Jan. 2021
In a town full of secrets, someone was murdered. Someone went to prison. And everyone’s a suspect. Can you uncover the truth?
Enclosed are documents relating to the events surrounding the Fairway Players’ staging of All My Sons, and the tragic death of one of its members. Another member is currently in prison for the crime. We have reason to suspect that they are innocent, and that there were far darker secrets that have yet to be revealed. We believe that the killer has given themselves away. It’s there in writing, hidden in
the emails, texts and letters. Will you accept the challenge? Can you uncover the truth? Do you dare?
If I could only choose one book to read this year I think it would be this one, I love the cover and the mysterious world that wants to share with the reader, it seems to twisted and scary and I can’t wait to dig in!
The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward (Viper) – 18 Mar. 2021
YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT’S INSIDE … THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET
Ted lives in the last house on Needless Street,
at the edge of a wild forest, his only company a disapproving cat and his eleven-year-old daughter, Lauren. When Ted gets confused he calls them both ‘kitten’.
Ted has always been strange, but he’s becoming stranger. He sets up false online dating profiles, comes home late with the scents of bone and
fear on his hands. He spends nights in the forest, digging. Then a mysterious woman, who believes Ted had something to do with her younger sister’s disappearance many years before, moves into the abandoned house next door. And when Lauren goes missing, suspicion turns to terror.
In the dark forests at the end of Needless Street, lies something buried. But it’s not what you think …
Would you save the life of someone you hate? This is the plot of this twisted story, the dilemma of having the hands of someone you hate and deciding to help them or let them die… What will Megan choose?
You Had It Coming B. M. Carroll (Viper) – 13 May 2021
WOULD YOU SAVE THE MAN WHO DESTROYED YOUR LIFE?
When paramedic Megan Lowe is called to the scene of an attempted murder, all she can do is try to save the victim. But as the man is lifted onto a stretcher, she realises she knows this man. She hates him. Why should she save his life when he did everything in his power to ruin hers?
Jess Foster is on her way home when she receivesa text from Megan. Someone else must hate himas much as we do. The two women haven’t spoken in years, and yet this man will bring them together once again. But what terrible secrets are they hiding, and what traumatic events will be revealed?