We’re going to look at six current bestselling fiction novels that should read. If 2020 was a book, Stephen King would have most definitely authored it. The world seems to have transported itself into a universe only found within the plot to King’s “The Stand” (1978). A deadly virus is released, taking hold of the world country by country – a little too close for comfort if you ask me.
Yet, in the world of literature, emerging from the damaging ashes of the COVID-19 outbreak is a resurgence of marvellous written works. All possible to read with extra time because of the international lockdown.
In such an unprecedented period in history, what better time to delve into a good book? Escaping to a fictive universe full of romance, fantasy, history, or horror.
So, get comfortable and settle into your next book with this complied list of some of the most recent bestselling fiction novels to read.
1. The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh.
Rosie Walsh isn’t completely new to the literature scene. Though her critically acclaimed book The Man Who Didn’t Call (titled Ghosted in the US) is the first in her own name. She had previously written four other titles under the pseudonym, Lucy Robinson.
The Man Who Didn’t Call has been hailed as the “OMG love story of the year”. With over a million copies sold worldwide, and the reviews are spectacular.
The story as a whole is well written and keeps on giving as it progresses. The plot centres around Sarah, a woman who falls deeply in love with Eddie. After a week-long whirlwind romance only to find herself ghosted after many attempts of reaching out. Not all is as it seems though, and the tangled web slowly begins to unravel throughout.
The book gives a whole new feel to the term “ghosted”. Stylistically, it’s a very easy read, allowing you time to wipe the tears and embrace the giggles as you breeze through.
2. The Guardians by Josh Grishman
A popular author next on our list of current fiction novels to read. Once again, Grisham provides everything you could possibly want from a crime-thriller. A great plot, plenty of suspense, engaging characters and shocking twists that will leave you seeking more.
John Grisham is known for his superbly written legal thrillers. But after a couple of novels that failed to live up to the hype, it was questionable about whether his time as a novice in the field was over.
Yet, this novel proves his worth not only by providing a great storyline but also through its emotional components.
The Guardians explore inmates living on death row who feel they have been wronged by the justice system. Enter The Guardians, who seek to serve those facing the ultimate penalty for a crime they did not commit.
It’s a compelling fact-based fiction with a poignant aspect. One that will have you questioning the seemingly black and white binaries of justice.
3. The Secret Messenger by Mandy Robotham
Generally, history-fiction has a habit of veering one of two ways. It can be beautifully haunting, detailed and embracing, or it can be lacking, a tad too daring. Often too distant from the truths of the past to be classed as anything close to historical.
This novel is most definitely the former. Melanie Hudson praised it as “unique, emotional and life-affirming,” and I have to agree.
Mandy Robotham focuses on Stella, a young woman living in 1943 Venice. Leading a double life as both a typist for the Reich and secret messenger for the Italian resistance.
The story has a dual-timeline, flitting between Stella’s story and 2017 Luisa Belmont. Who, many years later, finds Stella’s beloved typewriter and begins to uncover a past filled with passion, sacrifice, and betrayal.
The leads are captivating, so much so that you feel you are walking beside them as they tell their stories. It’s most definitely a page-turner and stylistically its outstandingly emotional.
4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Delia Owens has produced a mutli-million-dollar bestseller with this enthralling escapism novel. Set in North Carolina, the storyline focuses on “Marsh Girl” Kya Clark. Kya defies the local hearsay through her intellect and ability to adapt to the nature which surrounds her.
After a tragedy in the town, Kya seeks solace in two intriguing men who fall for her wild beauty, but the story takes an unsuspecting turn.
The novel has been hailed for its style in the description of both characters and landscape. Transcending you back to 1969 to walk along the marshes with Kya herself.
5. Ties that Tether by Jane Igharo
Although Ties that Tether isn’t available for order until September, it’s worth adding to your read list.
Identity lays the foundations for this exceptional debut novel. Jane Igharo’s leading lady is strong, audacious and beautifully empowering.
Azere battles between her head and heart as she falls for a handsome white man. Going against her father’s last dying wish for Azere to preserve her Nigerian heritage and marry a Nigerian man.
The plot is captivating and moving as the story follows Azere’s emotional turmoil. Both protagonists were enjoyable to read, and the chemistry between the two was simply scorching.
This book most certainly pays homage to the Black Lives Matter movement that has swept through the world. It provides a great insight into the culture, traditions and perspectives of Nigerian women.
6. Kingdoms of Hell by Stephanie Hudson
I have to admit, I’m not exactly one for the paranormal romance genre but Stephanie Hudson has a way of ensnaring you. Before you delve into this book, I must warn you, it is part of a saga that begins six books back. It continues from another of Hudson’s exceptional epics Afterlife Saga. Still, it is completely possible to read the Transfusion books separately from their predecessors.
If you’re reeling from the likes of Twilight and Black Dagger Brotherhood but would love a read that gives an alternative dynamic, then this could be your next go-to saga. Transfusion transports you into a world that is familiar yet oh-so-different from the one you know.
The characters are fantastically scripted. The style is very evocative, and the cliff-hangers are positively agonising. As far as lead characters go, Amelia isn’t your run-of-the-mill “damsel in distress”, she is witty, fiery and completely able. As for Lucius, he is all Alpha and will have your jaw dropping from the instant you meet him.
Do you know any other great current fiction novels to read we should be recommending? Do you agree or disagree with our list or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
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Harry Potter: The Questions You Keep Asking, Answered
It’s been over 24 years since the first instalment of the Harry Potter series was published. But regardless of the length of time passed, many questions are still left unanswered. Fansites still tear apart page upon page looking for the key to unlock J. K. Rowling’s extraordinary mind. Interviewers have fired question after question at the infamous author. Yet, when one question is answered, it seems to open the flood gates for many more.
J. K. Rowling has now moved onto crime fiction. But she still finds the odd spare moment to grace Potter fans with her virtual presence. Using Twitter to answer some of the endless questions’ fans have conjured.
Let’s take a look at some of the most valid Harry Potter questions asked on Twitter and how J.K. Rowling answered them.
What happened to Fluffy the three-headed dog?
Poor Fluffy wasn’t mentioned again after being set free in the Forbidden Forest. Never fear! Rowling is here to tell us of Fluffy’s fate.
Back in February 2015, Rowling replied to the question on Twitter. stating that ‘He was repatriated to Greece. Dumbledore liked to put Hagrid’s more foolish acquisitions back where they belong.’
Beyond the happily ever after
A snapshot of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s Happily Ever After is presented at the end of the final book. The three (and Ginny) complete the circle by walking their own children to the Hogwarts train.
But, their lives developed much more than having children. As Rowling revealed back in 2007. Hermione began her career within the Ministry of Magic. She worked in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. Here, she became instrumental in the improvements for the treatment of house-elves. After this, she moved to the Dept. of Magical Law Enforcement, where she ensured the eradication of pro-pureblood laws.
Harry and Ron took different paths. Harry became an aura, a highly trained law enforcement officer. Ron went into the family business, helping his brother run Weasley’s Wizarding Wheels.
Did Harry, Ron and Hermione return to their schooling?
There’s a huge gap at the end of The Deathly Hallows. The pages seem to jump from the defeat of Voldemort to 19 years later. So did the famous trio return to school?
Rowling stated that Hermione returned to Hogwarts to complete her NEWT’s. But Harry and Ron did not, instead, they followed their career paths straight away. Although, I’m pretty sure defeating the source of all evil scores big points on a C.V.
Harry’s scar shape is important, right?
Well, no. Unfortunately, Rowling just thought ‘it looked cool’.
Potter super-fans have other ideas, though. One Tweet back in 2019 revealed that the scar could symbolise much more. @TodayYearsOld Tweeted:
‘Did you know Harry Potter’s scar isn’t a lightning bolt, but the hand motion to cast Avada Kedavra.’
Avada Kedavra is a killing curse used within the Dark Arts. The hand movement looks like a lightning bolt, but much softer. Not surprisingly, the Tweet went viral and caused shock waves through the Potter community.
What does Hufflepuff’s common room look like?
We are taken on a trip to Slytherin and Ravenclaw’s common room, and we spend a lot of time in Gryffindor’s. So, when fans asked Rowling for a description, she was only too happy to oblige.
‘The Hufflepuff common room is accessed through a portrait near the kitchens, as I am sure you have deduced. Sorry – I should say ‘painting’ rather than portrait because it is a still-life. It is a very cosy and welcoming place, as dissimilar as possible from Snape’s dungeon. Lots of yellow hangings, fat armchairs, and underground tunnels leading to the dormitories. All of which have perfectly round doors, like barrel tops.’
Is there more than one Wizarding school?
If you are one of those people who watch the films before the books. You’ll have probably asked ‘Is Hogwarts the only school for wizards?’. In this instance, it’s the books that hold the key, and if you take notes in ‘The Goblet of Fire.’ Students from other schools arrive at Hogwarts to attend the Tri-Wizard Tournament.
The books reveal more about a couple of schools, such as the Palace of Beauxbatons. Beauxbatons is a beautiful chateau situated in the Pyrenees mountains of Southern France. Durmstrang is another, and one of the three largest in Europe. Durmstrang is situated in the northmost regions of Norway or Sweden and is known for its Dark Arts.
Rowling has since revealed more schools, including Castelobruxo, Mahoutokoro, Uagadou and Ilverymorny.
Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood end up together?
It’s a no, which has disappointed fans. But the two remained close friends as Luna followed a career in Wizarding Naturalism. She became famous for tracking rare creatures before marrying Rolf Scamander.
Neville married fellow Hogwarts student Hannah Abbot. Surprisingly, Neville became an aura before returning to Hogwarts as a Herbology Professor.
Did Draco Malfoy get his just desserts?
This is a big one for Potter fans who wished to see Draco pay for everything he subjugated Harry to. But, as The Deathly Hallows hints, it appears he went through a huge transformation.
Draco was a complex character, not only a member of Slytherin, but he was also a bully. But much of his behaviour came from his upbringing.
Draco tried to prove himself to the Dark Lord, only to be rescued by the three he often tormented. This caused him and his mother to neglect Voldemort once it was believed Harry was dead. The two avoided Azkaban, and he went into a very dark place, emotionally. But he emerged a changed man. He had a wife and a son, and a simple nod to the trio 29 years on seemed to solidify that he had changed.
Thanks for reading our article on unanswered Harry Potter questions now answered. Did you already know these? Did we miss any big ones? Let us know in the comments below.
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