I might not know what the future holds, and that might scare me a little bit, but I know the books I want to read, and thinking about them makes me very happy. The list grows almost everyday, with new releases and old books I’d never heard of, and I thought I could share a few of them with you.
Most of these are pretty recent, and some are very hyped on Youtube and Instagram. Proceed with caution, because you might end up wanting to read all of them, too.
The Farm, by Joanne Ramos
Nestled in the Hudson Valley is a sumptuous retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, private fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, you get paid big money—more than you’ve ever dreamed of—to spend a few seasons in this luxurious locale. The catch? For nine months, you belong to the Farm. You cannot leave the grounds; your every move is monitored. Your former life will seem a world away as you dedicate yourself to the all-consuming task of producing the perfect baby for your überwealthy clients.
I saw a signed copy of this book at a bookshop in London, and I didn’t buy it. At the time it was a little too expensive for my taste (it was a hardcover, and I usually prefer paperbacks because they’re cheaper and easier to carry around), so I didn’t bring it with me and yes, I might have regretted that a little bit. Oh well.
Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch
Jason Dessen is walking home through the chilly Chicago streets one night, looking forward to a quiet evening in front of the fireplace with his wife, Daniela, and their son, Charlie—when his reality shatters. It starts with a man in a mask kidnapping him at gunpoint, for reasons Jason can’t begin to fathom—what would anyone want with an ordinary physics professor?—and grows even more terrifying from there, as Jason’s abductor injects him with some unknown drug and watches while he loses consciousness.
When Jason awakes, he’s in a lab, strapped to a gurney—and a man he’s never seen before is cheerily telling him “welcome back!” Jason soon learns that in this world he’s woken up to, his house is not his house. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And someone is hunting him.
I first heard of this book on Emily Fox’s Youtube channel (my favorite for fantasy and sci-fi books), and I immediately added it to my wishlist because the story sounds super intriguing! I’m not a big sci-fi fan, but I suspect I’ll love this one.
Mistress of the Ritz, by Melanie Benjamin
A captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II–while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hotel Ritz in Paris–from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue.
Well you know, put historical fiction and the Hotel Ritz in Paris together, and I’m in. This book sounds like a glamorous, decadent, heartbreaking delight, and I can’t wait to read it.
Before She Knew Him, by Peter Swanson
Hen and her husband Lloyd have settled into a quiet life in a new house outside of Boston, Massachusetts. (…) But when they meet the neighbors next door, that calm begins to erode as she spots a familiar object displayed on the husband’s office shelf. The sports trophy looks exactly like one that went missing from the home of a young man who was killed two years ago. Hen knows because she’s long had a fascination with this unsolved murder—an obsession she doesn’t talk about anymore, but can’t fully shake either. (…) Could her neighbor, Matthew, be a killer?
Domestic thriller, here I come! I love that this sounds creepy and Fox-life-movie cheesy in equal measure, and I want to read it. That’s it.
A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride.
Everybody seems to love this book with such intensity, I know I have to read it. Plus it appears to be super depressing, which I love, and the cover is simply stunning!