Milk Fed deals with an unexpected love story alongside the sharp edge of body image, considering what it means to break the calorie-counting habit and an obsession with food as a means of maintaining control. This is a novel that is described as ‘scathingly funny’ and a ‘heart-breaking story of self-discovery.’
Release Date: 4th March
2: Friends and Dark Shapes by Kavita Bedford
A group of young housemates navigate relationships, work and loss and are confronted with their own privileges in the process. This is a debut novel that is thoroughly modern through its exploration of burnout and what it means to be young today.
Release Date: 2nd March
3: Women of a Certain Rage by Liz Byrski
This book is collection of writings about rage by 20 different Australian women from varying backgrounds, races, beliefs and identites. This is set to be a deeply insightful look at the relationship women have anger.
Release Date: 2nd February
4: Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Melinda Lo
In the midst of the Red Scare, Lily is falling for a girl in her class while her immigrant dad comes under scrutiny by the government over suspected ties to the communist party.
Release Date: 19th January
5: The Wife Upstairsby Rachel Hawkins
When Jane meets Eddie she can’t believe her luck; he’s rich, handsome and recently widowed, whereas she’s a broke dog-walker who’s new in town. Eddie can give her everything she’s ever wanted, but there’s a mystery around his wife’s death that just won’t stay buried. This novel sounds like a perfect mix of dark humour, twisted love and suspenseful murder.
The 2020 Reading Rush starts next week (20th-26th July) and so I decided to write a post of my plans for it. I have chosen a different book for all seven challenges, but I highly doubt I will read seven books so take this with a pinch of salt and don’t be surprised if I’ve combined some of the challenges in next week’s post.
Challenge 1: Read a book where the cover matches your birthstone.
Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan
My birthstone is garnet for January, which can be several different colours, including red or orange so I picked Exciting Times for this one as it’s one I’ve wanted to read for a while.
Challenge 2: Read a book that starts with the word ‘The’.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet
It turns out I have surprisingly few books starting with ‘the’ on my bookcase, fortunately this was a recent purchase that I’ve been looking forward to.
Challenge 3: Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
This might have been the hardest challenge to find a book for. If I know a film is based on a book I usually try to read the book first but after a quick google search I settled for Crazy Rich Asians, a fun film that will hopefully be a fairly easy read.
Challenge 4: Read the first book you touch.
Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay
After picking several unread books off my shelf I closed my eyes and my hand landed on this collection of short stories.
Challenge 5: Read a book completely outside your house.
Almost Love by Louise O’Neill
Louise O’Neill is one of my favourite authors so I knew that if I could include this then I would and I had a gap for this challenge.
Challenge 6: Read a genre you don’t normally read.
The War of Worlds by HG Wells
I’m not generally a fan of SciFi but my girlfriend has left her copy of this book with me and it’s a really lovely copy so I thought I’d give it a go.
Challenge 7: Read a book that takes place on a different continent.
Before the Coffee gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
A book I recently bought on a whim that happens to fit this challenge perfectly.
So that’s my impossibly ambitious selection of books, keep an eye out for my post-Reading Rush update to find out how many I get through and what I thought of the ones I actually manage to read. And if you’re interested in taking part in the Reading Rush then simply visit their website to find out more about it.