We’ve always been of the opinion that reading is awesome, and an ever more important habit to hold onto as people become ever more glued to their tablets and iPhones. Those who are well-read have a richer, more sophisticated vocabulary and more interesting, complex ideas about life, relationships and the world. Sound good? Time to start loading up that Kindle! You’ll never be short of a sparkling discussion topic at social events either, if you’ve always got a good read on the go.
We challenge you to read more than you did in 2014, either by setting yourself a monthly book target or simply by promising yourself to try and read for half an hour a day before bedtime, on your commute, over lunch, when you stop for your morning coffee – whenever! And with so many big names publishing new works in 2015 we want you to be ahead of the curve, so here’s what to get your heads into this year…
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro: March 3
He wrote the chilling and heartbreaking bestseller ‘Never Let me Go’ almost ten years ago, which went on to be made into a film starring Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley. Now the Booker Prize winner is releasing his latest masterpiece, a tale of love, family ties and memories, of war, hurt and revenge – the story of a couple who set out to find their lost son. Sure to be a tearjerker.
Find Me by Laura van den Berg: Feb 17
Apocalyptic fiction shows no sign of letting up this year, as more authors take inspiration from the popularity of The Hunger Games trilogy and the complex experiences of its characters. In this offering, America is in the grip of a deadly pandemic that causes sufferers to lose their memories. Our heroine, Joy, finds herself trapped in a research hospital being studied for her immunity to the disease – but she needs to get out.
Set in New York City, this novel centres on the lives of a group of bohemian artists and the personal struggles they all encounter in some way with modern notions of beauty – and how this is all interconnected with the pursuit of love. Throw a murderer into the mix and this modern-day fairytale becomes altogether darker and more chilling.
Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman: January 6
As feminism and equality become ever more a talking point among young women across the globe, this is a wonderful and thought-provoking collection telling tales of women who nearly made it into the history books – until now. Girl power!
The Sellout by Paul Beatty: March 3
A provocative novel that explores and challenges the civil rights movement alongside a gritty depiction of urban life in the USA. The Sellout follows the story of a boy born on the outskirts of LA and the race trial that sees his liberty and reputation called into question.
What’s on your must-read list for 2015? Tweet us your recommendations @SloaneRanger!