1 – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Evelyn Hugo is a recluse, ageing Hollywood star, and a reminder of the golden age of cinema, and she’s now ready to tell her story of scandal and glamour. But why has Evelyn chosen to tell her story to unknown magazine writer Monique Grant, surprising everyone, most of all Monique.
Monique herself is not happy where she finds herself in life, with her husband recently leaving her and her professional life now at a dead end, but could this interview finally be the key to getting her life back together?
At Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, she tells her story to Monique. Diving into tales from 1950s to the 80s in Los Angeles, and the identities of seven husbands along the way. But as the story is told, Monique begins to feel a real connection to this star, in more ways than she ever suspected.
2 – It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Despite a hard life, Lily has always been a determined, hard worker to achieve what she wants in life. Having come from a small town in Maine, she graduated college and moved to Boston to start her own business, whereupon she met a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid. Everything suddenly begins to set into place, and life seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and a little arrogant, but also sensitive and brilliant at what he does. Despite his soft spot for Lily, his complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. As Lily finds herself in this new relationship, her mind wanders to thoughts of Atlas Corrigan, her first love. A reminder of the life she left behind.
All seems to be well until Atlas suddenly reappears, and everything Lily has with Ryle is threatened.
3 – The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Ancient Greece holds many stories of love, tragedy and heroism. One as such is the story of Patroclus, an awkward prince, exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son, Achilles.
Despite their differences, the two befriend each other and grow into young men, skilled in the arts of war and medicine. Their bond deepens into something more, despite the displeasure of the cruel sea goddesses Thetis – Achilles’s mother.
But when Greece goes to war against Troy, over the beautiful Helen of Sparta, Achilles must go to war to fulfil his destiny. Patroclus, refusing to abandon his love travels alongside Achilles, little do they both know what lies in store for the both of them.
4 – Lukenbooth by Jenni Fagan
It’s 1910 in Edinburgh. Jessie, the Devil’s daughter, arrives at a block of flats, ordered by her father to bear a child for a wealthy couple. However, when things spiral out of control, she places a curse on the building and all those who live there for centuries to come.
Among the cursed occupants are 10 unlucky individuals of Luckenbooth Close, each with their own stories to tell. The curse continues to seep into all nine floors, and soon the truth of what happened to Jessie will finally be revealed.
5 – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Nora Seed is full of regret and sadness, her whole life is misery, she has let everyone, including herself, down. However, finding herself on the steps of the Midnight Library, Nora has a second chance.
The books in the library let Nora live her life as if she had done everything differently, she can now undo all her mistakes and set everything as she always wanted. But things are not what they seem and her choices place herself and the library in grave danger.
Prishant K Jutlla
Feature Photo Credit – Ksenia Makagonova
Prishant is a creative writer and storyteller based in London UK. She is passionate about LGBT issues, film, TV and fashion. When she is not writing, you can find her collecting notebooks too perfect to use, watching horror movies and discovering random historical facts for fun. She also has two cats who rule her life.