First, the three anthologies (which are a slight cheat, as I’ve already started all three, but am not far into any of them.)
The Good Immigrant (edited by Nikesh Shukla) – I was thrilled to support this on Unbound and even more delighted to get my hands on it. It’s a stunning collection of essays by BAME authors on race and immigration. I’ve read my friend Wei Ming Kam’s piece, which is superb, already, and am looking forward to reading the rest.
Winter Magic (curated by Abi Elphinstone) – There’ve been some great MG short story collections recently – including Egmont’s Mystery and Mayhem – but this one from Simon & Schuster looks especially fabulous. It’s a gorgeous hardback and contains lots of fabulous authors, including Abi herself, Lauren St John and Katherine Woodfine. I’ve dipped into a few stories and really loved Amy Alward’s – perfect whether or not you’ve read the rest of her Potion Diaries series.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas – The other big anthology at the moment, Stripes are donating some of the proceeds from this one to homelessness charity Crisis, so it’s a way to check out lots of fantastic authors AND do some good. I’ve read a few more from this and Non Pratt’s and Cat Clarke’s, especially, stand out as amazing.
Now the ones I haven’t started…
Uprooted by Naomi Novak – My timeline recently has been FULL of people loving this fantasy novel! Intrigued to see what all the hype is about.
Ink by Alice Broadway – One of the most stunning proofs I’ve ever been sent, I don’t actually know much about this one but it looks breathtaking.
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson – Debut mystery about a boy with OCD trying to solve the disappearance of a toddler staying next door sounds completely intriguing.
One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva – Recommended by both Peter Bunzl and my friend Debbie – who kindly lent it to me – this sounds like a super-cute m/m romance.
Chasing Danger by Sara Grant – Fab to go to the launch of Mystery at the Ice Hotel last week, at London’s Ice Bar, but I feel really guilty that I’ve not quite got around to reading the first book in the series yet. I’ll definitely change that soon as it sounds like a fun adventure.
Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen – I’ve seen lots of people talking about how great this one is already, and as a big fan of Susin’s – I especially love We Are All Made Of Molecules – I’m excited to read it!
I Kill The Mockingbird by Paul Acompora – An impulse buy at Queen’s Park Books a few weeks ago, this book about children launching a reverse psychology campaign to ‘ban’ To Kill A Mockingbird so that their class gets more excited to read it for school sounds really wonderful!