Looking for a good book? Here’s what to read next These are the nominations for the top prize at the British Book Awards. If you’ve suddenly found yourself with a bit more time on your hands, now’s perfect for sinking your teeth into a new book. There’s so much choice it’s often hard to know where to begin, which is why prizes like The British Book Awards – or Nibbies – are ideal inspiration. The awards ceremony is now set for June 29. Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller and chair of the judges, said: “This year’s varied and diverse crop of shortlisted titles show publishing at its absolute best, launching debuts, building brands, seeking out new audiences and, perhaps most importantly, driving sales.” There are various categories – including children’s fiction and audiobook of the year – but the big one is undoubtedly the fiction book of the year award. These novels are nominated for the top prize… The Testaments – Margaret Atwood View this post on Instagram So technically this is week 9 but unfortunately you may have noticed that I'm lagging behind and have some catchup to do! ? Context: I've been travelling in the US (luckily got back just before the restrictions came in place) so no time for #bookaweek plans ? On the bright side, I finished #TheTestaments today and it's BRILLIANT. I'd advise reading The Handmaid's Tale first (it's the sequel) – but I promise, you won't regret it. It's a true tale of hope amongst all this nearly-dystopian madness. Any recommendations for reading during these self isolation times? PS. Stay safe out there everyone! . . . . . . . #reading #readmore #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #selfisolation #books #reading #booklover #booklife A post shared by 2020 Reading Challenge (@newweek.newbook) on Mar 16, 2020 at 11:56am PDT What’s it about? The Testaments is a sequel to Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Set 15 years later in the totalitarian state of Gilead, it follows the stories of three women: Aunt Lydia (who you’ll remember from the first book), Agnes (who’s training to be an Aunt) and Nicole (who lives in Toronto, outside of Gilead). Why should you read it? The anticipation for Atwood’s follow-up was high, and it lived up to expectations. The Testaments is well worth a read, not only for Atwood’s captivating storytelling, but also for the eerie similarities between her dystopian landscape and current political events. Bernardine Evaristo – Girl, Woman, Other View this post on Instagram Finished Girl, Woman, Other today. What a great book, the stories of 12 women living in England, as they find there own paths in life and deal with the often harsh realities of the world. I loved each story in this and loved how the different characters stories often crossed with one another. This book is filled with so much emotion and so many amazing subjects are touched on, love, sadness, sexuality, friendship, careers, abuse, race, culture. Each story was amazingly written to the point that I couldn’t believe what I was reading and got so attached to each character. A definite worthy joint winner of the booker prize I’d recommend this book to anyone but also felt it really hit home with me as so much of it is based in modern day England with references that felt so real to me. An absolute 5/5 ⭐️ book for me a masterpiece by Bernadine Evaristo. A post shared by Aaron – Brighton, UK (@readbyaaron) on Nov 9, 2019 at 7:33am PST What’s it about? Girl, Woman, Other tracks the interlinking experiences of various black British women. Each chapter is dedicated to the lives and stories of different characters – including Amma the lesbian playwright and her daughter Jazz – and as the novel progresses you see how they’re all individual, and yet subtly interwoven. Why should you read it? Evaristo has already been given a major seal of approval: she won the Booker Prize last year (sharing it with The Testaments). Girl, Woman, Other is beautifully written, and shines a light on the black British perspective in a way that is moving and reveals a rich tapestry of experience. The Giver of Stars – Jojo Moyes View this post on Instagram We're so excited to announce that our November pick for #ReesesBookClub is… #TheGiverOfStars by @jojomoyesofficial! ✨Set in Depression-era America, this book tells the story of a group of librarians who travel across rural Kentucky to deliver books to all parts of the state. At the center of this story are five amazing women who will have you hooked from the first paragraph. Click the ?in bio to listen to the story unfold on @audible! #ReadWithReese A post shared by Reese’s Book Club (@reesesbookclub) on Nov 1, 2019 at 8:23am PDT What’s it about? The Giver of Stars is based on the real-life story of the Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky, a group of women who helped bring books to rural America in the 1930s. The story follows Alice, an Englishwoman in Baileyville, Kentucky, who joins five other women to help bring together their community via reading. Why should you read it? Reese Witherspoon is a celebrity tastemaker when it comes to fiction, and at the end of last year she picked The Giver of Stars for her book club. What more of an endorsement do you need? Cilka’s Journey – Heather Morris View this post on Instagram ✨✨✨CILKA’S JOURNEY✨✨✨ “Her beauty saved her life – and condemned her. In 1942 Cilka Klein is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.” ? As a huge fan of the ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’, I’ve been waiting impatiently for my flatmate to be done with this one. I'm 7 days into self-isolation, burning through plenty of books. Let's hope it was worth the wait! A post shared by Ellie (@elliewithbooks) on Mar 19, 2020 at 2:44pm PDT What’s it about? Cilka’s Journey is a follow-up to the bestselling book The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Cilka was 16 when taken to Auschwitz, and after liberation she’s faced with further trials – this time in a Siberian gulag. Why should you read it? If you were a fan of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, you’ll definitely want to read Cilka’s Journey, where once again Morris manages to inject warmth and humanity into dire subject matter. Lies Lies Lies – Adele Parks View this post on Instagram My read for tonight ? this book has been in my TBR pile for ages so I am excited to finally get to start reading it. I have heard some good things about this book ?? has anyone else read this book? Or has it on their TBR pile? ? #liesliesliesbook A post shared by @ onepageatatime__ on Oct 23, 2019 at 2:08pm PDT What’s it about? It follows the marriage of Daisy and Simon, who have a long-awaited baby called Millie. Simon drinks too much and is hiding a secret from his childhood. Soon the cracks start to show in their relationship, and events spiral out of control. Why should you read it? Lies Lies Lies is a psychological thriller which will have you on the edge of your seat. The Secret Commonwealth – Philip Pullman https://www.instagram.com/p/B3O7UPkgJJr/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link What’s it about? This is the second instalment in Pullman’s trilogy The Book of Dust. The first book, La Belle Sauvage, was a prequel to the original trilogy His Dark Materials, and tells of protagonist Lyra’s life as a baby. Now, The Secret Commonwealth has jumped forward 20 years, following Lyra as a young adult in Oxford and beyond. Why should you read it? If you’re a fan of fantasy, you’ll want to read The Secret Commonwealth – ditto, if you grew up on Pullman’s original trilogy.