New year, new reading list.
From the black comedy and Asian nuances in Kevin Kwan’s best-selling Crazy Rich Asians trilogy to the chart-topping tales of what it’s really like to work at the NHS, a la This is Going to Hurt, here are four books to read in 2019…
Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
A story that delves into race, class, privilege, motherhood and morals, Little Fires Everywhere came highly recommended, and whilst it was good, it didn’t totally blow me away. Perhaps it’s because I can’t really empathise will the major themes (particularly parenting), or that I don’t know what it’s really like to live in a microcosm of American society, which made it slightly less relatable and gripping. It was still an interesting read, and I jumped straight onto Richard & Judy’s Book Club podcast (my fave) after to listen to an interview with the author, which I strongly suggest because she answers a lot of questions I’m sure you’ll have.
China Rich Girlfriend, Kevin Kwan
The sequel to best-selling book (and movie) Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend was just as funny, silly, opulent and cheesy as its’ predecessor. Rife with black comedy and Asian nuances, the book continues to follow newly-engaged Nick Young and Rachel Chu as they navigate through Nick’s wealthy and demanding family. Will definitely be picking up the closing book in the trilogy.
This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor, Adam Kay
This non-fiction novel, which is a collection of diary entires written during author, comedian and doctor Adam Kay’s medical training from 2004 to 2010 and published seven years later, is easily the best book I’ve read since Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Hilarious, heartbreaking and incredibly well written, the book chronicles a first-hand account of what it’s really like for a junior doctor working for the NHS, from the shortcomings of the system to the 100-plus hours a week they work. Blood, guts and everything in between, if you’re even slightly squeamish, I recommend you read this book lying down.
The Break, Marian Keyes
If I’m being totally truthful, this is was a bit of a panic buy at the airport. I was grabbing a bunch of different genres ahead of a girls’ holiday, and I tried to pick something that (I thought) would suit everyone. I’ve only read one other Marian Keyes novel and it was quite an enjoyable little beach read, but this was about 200 pages too long. The pace of this 700-page book ebbs and flows, so half the time it’s an irresistible page-turner, and the other half makes you realise how thin and predictable the plot is. An easy read, nonetheless.
Do you have any recommendations of any books to read in 2019? Drop a comment below and let us know!