As if my to-read pile isn’t already big enough, there are lots more books I plan on reading in 2019. Some of these are books coming out this year and some of these are books that came out last year and that I missed reading, but intend to get to before long. Here’s my list:

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

I first read The Handmaid’s Tale about fifteen years ago, when I was in a voracious Margaret Atwood phase, reading every book she’d ever written, including all her poetry. So it goes without saying that the minute this book is released, a follow up to The Handmaid’s Tale, I’ll be buying it!

The Huntress by Kate Quinn

I loved The Alice Network, Quinn’s runaway bestseller of a couple of years ago. And we all know how much I love historical fiction, so of course this is a must-read.

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game was smart, funny and sexy. I’m expecting more of the same brilliance from her second novel.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

The whole world is talking about this book and I need to read it to see what all the fuss is about.

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

This book is about extraordinary photojournalist, Lee Miller, who inspired the main character in my forthcoming book, The French Photographer. Whitney follows Miller’s life more closely than I do, focussing specifically on the late 1920s and 1930s when Miller was Man Ray’s lover.

The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller

Miller’s Circe was my favourite book last year. I am very eager to see if she has equally extraordinary writing and storytelling in this, her first novel.

The Last Collection by Jeanne Mackin

This historical novel focusses on the rivalry between Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli. You all know ho much I love fashion and history so of course this one is eagerly anticipated.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

I adored Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things. And City of Girls is set in New York, it’s historical and it sounds like a blast. A highlight of my reading year, I expect.

What have I forgotten? And what’s on your must-read list for this year. Please share your recommendations!

Diary