Happy Tuesday, Savvy Readers! It’s been a crazy news cycle, and if you’re fortunate enough to be able to practice social distancing, chances are you’re in need of some entertainment during these trying times! Keep reading, because we’ve put together a list of books sure to help you stay busy (and entertained!) even while practicing your social distancing.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
If you haven’t already had the chance to pick up one of this year’s buzziest books, now is your chance! Weaving between Vanessa’s past and present relationship with an enigmatic teacher, My Dark Vanessa juxtaposes memory and trauma in a thought-provoking and impossible to put down portrayal of troubled adolescence and its repercussions. Ripe for binging, this is one book you don’t want to miss!
Wine Girl by Victoria James
At just twenty-one, Victoria James became the country’s youngest sommelier working at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Wine Girl is the memoir of a young woman breaking free from an abusive and traumatic childhood on her own terms; an ethnography of the glittering, high-octane, but notoriously corrosive restaurant industry; and above all, a love letter to the restorative and life-changing effects of good wine and good hospitality.
Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
Ripe for binge-reading, Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson is a chilling tale of psychological suspense and an homage to the thriller genre tailor-made for fans! Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie’s A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, and Donna Tartt’s A Secret History. But no one is more surprised than Mal, when an FBI agent comes looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal’s old list. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead—and the noose around Mal’s begins to fear he might never escape.
The Birth Yard by Mallory Tater
Perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale, The Birth Yard is a gripping story of a young woman’s rebellion against the rules that control her body. An intricate narrative, equal parts suspense and action, while twisting contemporary social anxieties to dizzying extremes, this is a startling and important debut novel. But this is no dystopian world; there is no totalitarian government. The Den exists now.
The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel
We like big books, we’re not going to lie, and we love that now we actually have time to read them! With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.
Part Dickens, part dystopia, and totally immersive, Dan Vyleta’s Smoke series is perfect for escaping your reality. Set over a century ago in England, the laws of Smoke are complex. Not every lie will trigger it. A fleeting thought of evil may pass unseen; a fib, an excuse, a piece of flattery. Next thing you know its smell is in your nose. There is no more hateful smell in the world than the smell of Smoke. With Vyleta’s electrifying sequel Soot, now on sale, what better time to get into this incredible series?
The Woman in Apartment 49 by Ross Armstrong
Perfect for readers currently stuck in their apartment, Lily Gullick lives with her husband, Aiden, in a brand-new apartment opposite a building that has been marked for demolition. A keen bird-watcher, she can’t help spying on her neighbours. Until one day Lily sees something suspicious through her binoculars, and soon her elderly neighbour Jean is found dead. Convinced of foul play, she knows she has to act. But her interference is not going unnoticed, and as she starts to get close to the truth, her own life comes under threat. But can Lily really trust everything she sees?
The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica
Perfect for your page-turning needs, The Other Mrs. is an addictive and twisty new thriller from Mary Kubica, the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl. Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbour Morgan Baines is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie. But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. And as the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of what really happened that dark and deadly night. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.
Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls
Looking for something a little lighter? Owen Nicholls has you covered! For film projectionist Nick, love should mirror what he sees on the big screen. And when he falls for Ellie on the eve of the 2008 presidential election, it finally does. For four blissful years, Nick loved Ellie as much as he loved his job splicing film reels together in the local cinema. Life seemed . . . picture-perfect. But now it’s 2012, Ellie has moved out and Nick’s trying to figure out where it all went wrong. With Ellie gone and his life far from the happy ending he imagined, Nick wonders if their romance could ever again be as perfect as it was the night they met.
The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz
We could all use a light-hearted, fun read right about now, correct? Enter The Grace Kelly Dress. Two years after Grace Kelly’s royal wedding, her iconic dress is still all the rage in Paris—and one replica, and the secrets it carries, will inspire three generations of women to forge their own paths in life and in love.
The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
If you’re looking for a little historical fiction to get you out of the constant anxiety of the current news cycle, look no further than Alka Joshi‘s The Henna Artist. Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist opens a door into a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel.
Writers & Lovers by Lily King
Writers & Lovers follows Casey—a smart and achingly vulnerable protagonist—in the last days of a long youth, a time when every element of her life comes to a crisis.Written with King’s trademark humour, heart and intelligence, Writers & Lovers is a transfixing novel that explores the terrifying and exhilarating leap between the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another.
Well, that’s all we have for you today Savvy Readers! We hope this list of reads helps you stay busy during your social distancing. Comment below or tweet us @SavvyReader and tell me which of these titles you’re adding to your TBR!
Happy reading, and stay safe!