Turn the Page - Your 2021 Reading List!
There’s few things nicer than curling up with a Kindle and diving into a red-hot read – and if your New Year’s resolution involves letting your literary side loose a little more, then you’re going to need some suggestions on what’s going to get you through 2021! Well, in the latest issue of PLAY Magazine – which you can check out right here – we took a stab at laying out twelve terrific reads for the twelve months ahead!
So grab your e-reader and treat yourself to some sensational thrillers, heart-warming romance, eye-opening non-fiction, and loads more besides; here’s a selection for the shelves of your digital library...
DEACON KING KONG
James McBride We’ve all spent a lot of time at home of late, so how about kicking January off with a novel to transport you straight to the heart of New York City?! This story of attempted murder – and the witnesses who saw it – is rampantly paced and relentlessly stylish.
OK, LET’S DO YOUR STUPID IDEA
Patrick Freyne For the short month of February, some bite-sized brilliance is in order! Whether tugging on heart-strings or tickling funnybones, these essays are a loud-and-clear signal that this debutant is headed for very big things in the future!
Graham Norton Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with one of Ireland’s most famous sons – who, for all of his telly exploits, is a dab hand with a pen in hand too! His latest is a tender portrait of small-town Ireland, and a right emotional gutpunch. THE BEST OF ME David Sedaris The legendary humourist’s best bits are gathered in one side-splitting collection, and one particular vignette stands out; if you’re not howling at his account of learning about Easter in French class, then you might need to check your pulse!
THE VANISHING HALF
Brit Bennett There’s a stretch in the evenings when May rolls around – which is handy, as this majestic melodrama is one you’ll find hard to put down! Following the lives of identical twin sisters who live in very different worlds, issues of race and identity fuel an engrossing read…
Stephenie Meyer OK, so it’s not bright all night by the summer solstice – but it’s close! This Twilight companion was paused for more than a decade; now, it’s here to be devoured! Switching perspectives from the original, fans of the franchise won’t be able to get enough...
Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan Ireland might not be involved in the footy this summer, but you can get your kicks with this extraordinary inside story of Irish football. If you think you’ve heard it all, then trust us when we say you don’t know the half of it!
A DUKE, THE LADY, AND A BABY
Vanessa Riley A day lounging in the August sun just wouldn’t be the same without a romantic read to go with! With intrigue, suspense, and a whole lot of history, it’s a warm and witty transatlantic tale that ticks all the boxes!
THE GLORIOUS GUINNESS GIRLS
Emily Hourican Arthur’s Day might be gone, but you can still spend September with the famous family! A 1920s period piece dealing with family ties, fortune and fate, if you were a Downton devotee, then this is one you’ll simply love!
THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB
Richard Osman The spookiest month of the year deserves a bit of a spine-tingler – and the Pointless star’s taut and thrilling debut is guaranteed to have you on tenterhooks for October! The crime caper is the first in a series, so get on board at the beginning...
THE MIRROR & THE LIGHT
Hilary Mantel November sees the Booker Prize awarded – so who better to celebrate with than one of the few authors to win it twice?! Bringing her Thomas Cromwell trilogy to a triumphant conclusion, this is an extraordinary work by a peerless author.
GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER
Bernardine Evaristo The perfect choice for the twelfth month; a novel which weaves together the inter-connecting stories of 12 characters. Each has their own tale, of course – but it’s how they combine to paint a picture of society that really takes the breath away!
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