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Wth the new year comes amazing new stories for us to read! Even if you didn’t make any new year’s resolutions, reading more is always a good goal to have! We’ve picked out our favourite new books that we can’t wait for you to read! 

Yellowface by R.F. Kuang

Release Date: May 25, 2023

What It’s About: June Hayward has been living in the shadow of his Author friend Athena Liu despite the fact they were both meant to be rising stars. They were both published in the same year. But Athen is a cross-genre literary darling, and June didn’t even get a paperback release.

After June witnesses Athena’s death, she does something drastic; she steals Athena’s just-finished masterpiece about the unsung contributions of Chinese laborers to the British and French war efforts during World War I.

She edits it as her own and submits it to her publisher. Rebranded as Juniper Song, she hits the New York Time’s bestseller list. But as evidence emerges that threathen to destroy everything June has built, she races to protect her secret and everything she thinks she derserves. 

What We Think: Dealing with racism, diversity, and cultural appropriation, Yellowface is a well written dark satire on the publishing industry with elements of social media meta and an unreliable narrator that will drive you mad with anxiety! A must read! 

Bellies by Nicola Dinan

Release Date: July 6, 2023

What It’s About: Tom and Ming have been dating since an instant connnection at their university’s drag night. Enthralled by Ming, Tom has already planned out their future together. But shortly after they move to London, Ming annouces her intention to transition. 

The novel follows their relationship from London to Malaysia, New York to Cologne, through tectonic shifts in their relationship and friend circle in the wake of Ming’s transition, as they try to answer if it is worth losing a part of yourself to become who you are. 

What We Think: Bellies is a beautiful story told with a wry humour that captures the magic of youth, love and intimacy. Both completely new and starkly familiar, it easily shows us at our most vunerable. 

Lady McBethad by Isabelle Schuler

Release Date:  March 2, 2023

What It’s About: Gruoch will be queen of Alba. Even if there wasn’t prophecy foretelling it, she knows it would be true. And when she is betrothed to the heir elect, Duncan, all it does is confirm the prophecy. 

When she arrives in the royal court, after leaving her family and dear friend MacBethad, nothing is as she anticipated. With no friendly faces and too many women who would be happy to steal her position from her, Grouch must use all her wits to survive. 

When a deadly turn of events force her to flee Duncan, she is left alone and vunerable. With the hope of becoming Queen seeming like an unlikely dream, she vows to survive, and one day, take back the destiny owed to her.  

What We Think: Unapologetically ambitious, Grouch is a tenacious, brave and clever character. A sweeping historical tale that is epic, suspenseful and riveting, Schuler has made Lady McBethad come to life long after Shakespeare’s classic story.  

The Guest by Emma Cline

Release Date: May 9, 2023

What It’s About: Kicked out by the older man she has been living with on Long Island, alone, broke and with no working phone, Alex decides to stay anyway. With the gift to navigate the desires of others, she drifts through the worlds of the rich leaving destruction in her wake. 

What We Think: Unconventional, unique, and tense, Cline has written another incredible story that is impossible to look away from. With twists and turns that are unpredictable and brilliant, this novel is a hugely enjoyable and definitely worth a read! 

Arthur and Teddy Are Coming Out by Ryan Love

Release Date: April 13, 2023

What It’s About: 79-year-old, Arthur Edwards has decided he’s finally ready to come out. Teddy is Arthur’s 21-year-old grandson. He’s also gay but he isn’t ready to come out. Not yet. Not after Arthur’s annoucement has send shockwaves through the family. 

Together they must navigate their new community, their new loves and their new heartbreaks. But mostly they must navigate their family, and see if they will ever accept who Arthur and Teddy really are.

What We Think: With a dual narrative spilt between Arthur and Teddy, this novel becomes something unique in a genre that can sometimes feel repetitive. Instead of the two love interests, the reader gets to explore the relationship between grandfather and grandson which is interesting and new. Being poignant, emotional and realistic doesn’t stop this book from being a feel good story that is going to be a fan favourite! 

Shy by Max Porter

Release Date: April 4, 2023

What It’s About:  Shy is a troubled teenage boy who just escaped Last Chance, a home for distrubed young men. He is wandering the night, thinking about the people he has hurt, the people trying to love him, his parents, his teachers. Set over a few hours, Shy is a story about a young man’s past, and the questions surrounding his future.

What We Think: Written by Max Porter, the author of Grief is a Thing with Feathers, Shy is another wonderfully strange book that allows you to get inside the characters head and discover all the pain, complexities and emotions there. Highly recommend! 

Maame by Jessica George

Release Date: January 31, 2023

What It’s About: Maddie’s life in London is not what she wanted. Even though her mother spends most of her time in Ghana, she still manages to be overbearing. Maddie is also primary caretaker for her sick father, and her boss is a nightmare. 

When her mum finally returns, Maddie decides it’s time to live her life. She moves into a flat, learns the trials of internet dating, and tries to get some career recognition. But with a family tradegy, Maddie has to face up to the truth of her family, and the perils of putting her heart on the line. 

What We Think: Maame is a wonderfully told story that deals with themes of racism, complicated family relationship, love and female pleasure. It also explores what it means to be torn between two cultures, and how wonderful it is to finally be able to find where your belong. 

BFFs: The Radical Potential of Female Friendship by Anahit Behrooz

Release Date: March 9, 2023

What It’s About: BFFs examines female friendship as a site of radical intimacy, as told through the cultural touchstones around us. From Elena Ferrante to Booksmart, Little Women to Insecure, and beyond, the book considers how female friendships can offer a more expansive and emancipatory understanding of female intimacy.

What We Think: Radical, interesting and well researched, BFF’s is a non fiction novel that is well worth the read! 

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