It's that time of year! Ben and his brilliant team at Shepherd asked me for my 3 favourite reads of the year, and here they are. These three are very different but they encapsulate a lot about the kind of books I love to read: exciting, thought-provoking, original stories that highlight and celebrate women's lives. Dying to Know by @raecairnswrites is an action-packed thriller, and I've recommended it to lots of people this year. Rae has a wonderful sense of pace and great characters, and this is one you can't put down. Wifedom by @annafunderauthor is a genre-bending (part fiction, part memoir, part biography) look at the forgotten story of Eileen O'Shaughnessy, George Orwell's wife, and the significant impact she had on his creativity. It also challenges us to think about our own stories and approaches to Wifedom. Finally, Lessons in Chemistry by @bonnie_garmus_author is a wonderful story of the challenges of being a female scientist/cooking show host in a 1960s man's world, told with great humour and a wholly unique narrative voice (who could ever forget Six Thirty the dog once you've read this one).
You can visit shepherd.com for more great reads and recommendations, including my own celebration of female-focused dystopias. And I'll be highlighting more of my reads of the year in my Christmas newsletter in a couple of weeks, which will also feature a couple more great giveaways just in time for the holiday reading season! If you don't receive this newsletter already (quarterly and packed with book news and giveaways), sign up in my bio.
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