Being alone in the current COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown, has never felt so lonely before. Many people's mental health has been severely affected by the lockdown, even those who believed they would be able to stay strong throughout the lockdown.
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Just before Christmas I did what I usually do. Scour Amazon (UK) for new books, DVDs, Signed CDs, or whatever takes my fancy. This year was difficult. Having already spent what felt like a small fortune on books; hardbacks, limited editions signed copies, self published, traditionally published and secondhand. I was looking to pick up a few on the cheap. (Greatest achievement was a hardback at £0.88, and a very well reviewed crime thriller from J.D Robb for £1.30).
2019 treated us to some fantastic books. From Thrillers to Fantasies, Space Operas to Biographies, there was something for everyone this year. But looking forward into 2020, what can we expect to be reading when the new decade starts? Below you'll find a few of the novels I'm personally looking forward to, and please remember this is what I'm personally looking forward to, and what the biggest authors are bringing to the table in 2020. In no particular order...
Magpie marks author Sophie Draper's second novel. Her first novel (Cuckoo) being a critical success and a worthy addition to any psychological thriller genre fan. Following on in those footsteps, Magpie marks a return to the psychological genre, but with a focus on suspense rather than being a thriller. This marks a nice distinction between the two books (as both being named after birds with a similar font and cover, I wouldn't blame you if you thought they were part of a series).
Despite being released to largely positive reception in late November 2018, I only came across this book by accident. Scrolling through AmazonUK looking for new books, or anything that took my fancy. Down to £2 for the paperback delivered to my door, I thought why the hell not.
Garth Nix is well known as being a frontrunner in the fantasy genre. His previous works include; The Old Kingdom Series, The Seventh Tower, The Keys to the Kingdom, alongside many other adult series, children's series, including several standalone novels. These standalone novels is where Angel Mage fits in.
Adam Savage. Many know him from his time as one of the hosts of the hit Discovery Channel show Mythbusters alongside Jamie Hyneman. Mythbusters ran for 14 years and in that time Adam became a firm favourite due to his passion for building, innovating and all around nice guy persona. Since the show ended, Adam went on to run another science and invention based show on YouTube called Tested (there is also Tested.com which I recommend checking out if you have a spare 10,000 hours). Tested continued to grow with people loving Adam's 'One Day Builds' series, where he has 24 hours to complete a project. This passion for making, building, tinkering and curiosity of finding solutions to problems had to come from somewhere.