We can’t wait to read them all (and you can see the full list by downloading the magazine’s app here, iTunes, Google Play, Kindle), but for your instant gratification here are a few of our top picks from five of the ten categories…
The Essential New Releases
Looking for a holiday read or simply want to stay on track with what's hot in books? These are the most talked about new releases to tuck into, from the hotly-anticipated Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee (a long awaited follow-up to her classic To Kill A Mockingbird) to family drama in Among The Ten Thousand Things (a must-read for those who love Jonathan Franzen or Jennifer Egan's style of writing) and even a captivating debut by cool new author Fausto Brizzi (ex film-director turned novelist) called 100 Days of Happiness. Also on our to-read list are Scarlett Thomas' The Seed Collectors and the escapist Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase. Download now and you’re sorted.
Addictive, dark, clever and sometimes surprising, these edge-of-your-seat thrillers range from the most-talked-about Girl On The Train (now set to be a major film starring Emily Blunt) to Everything I Never Told You (a mystery destined to stay with you long after the last page) and the super scary and claustrophobic Disclaimer. Other titles worth a look in this category are The Secret Place (if you have previously read a Donna Tartt book) and The Bat by Jo Nesbo for lovers of a crime series.
Life Stories That Need To Be Told
Rock ’n’ roll stories, real-life tales and inimitable spirits can all be found in the likes of Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - an account of growing up as an African-American woman in the early twentieth century – as well as the exhilarating Girl In A Band (Sonic Youth bass guitarist Kim Gordon's autobiography) and the hilarious Bossypants by Tina Fey. The heartbreaking I Am Malala is an additional standout read, or for something lighter try the hilariously matter-of-fact Love, Nina.
The Discerning Readers’ Chick Lit
No longer a derogatory term, new authors are rewriting the chick lit genre. Need further proof? Just pick up a copy of A Fortunate Age by Joanna Rakoff - a modern tale that every 20-something who's recently graduated will relate to, the Mad Men-esque The Innocents by Francesca Segal, or The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh – a sun-lounging favourite that’s both witty and stylish. We'll be stifling hearty laughs on the train whilst reading Getting Rid of Matthew and falling back in love with The Virgin Suicides after reading author Jeffery Eugenides' new offering - The Marriage Plot.
Based in reality, these non-fiction tomes may be even more gripping than their fictional counterparts. Top of our list is Jon Ronson’ stranger-than-fiction tale Shamed, Lynn Barber’s An Education and the amazing real events based around Hurricane Katrina in Zeitoun. Netflix fan? Then you should also make note of Orange Is The New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison for a real-life take on the famed show, while Cathy Rentzenbrink's The Last Act of Love is a devastating, but ultimately profound read.