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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Book To Movie Adaptations Coming Soon
It seems that Hollywood is on an adaptation bender these days. With the upcoming Dune film to the To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix franchise, there is a lot of money to be made in book to screen adaptations. And there are a ton of them in the works. Here’s 15 book to movie adaptations that will soon be coming to a screen near you.
1. The House of Gucci – November 24th, 2021
You don’t have to wait long to watch this true story unfold. Written by Sara Gay Forden, the book goes into the real-life whodunnit of the murder of Maurizio Gucci. Starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, this film is coming out this November.
2. Where the Crawdads Sing – June 24, 2022
This bestseller is going to premiere next summer on Netflix. The book, written by Delia Owens follows Kya; a young woman with a turbulent life, who becomes the prime suspect in a mysterious murder. Daisy Edgar-Jones is set to play Kya.
3. The Nightingale – December 23, 2022
The Nightingale, written by Kristin Hannah, follows the lives of two French sisters after their lives are torn apart by World War Two. The film stars sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning and is set to be released on 23 December 2022.
4. The School for Good and Evil – 2022
Written by Soman Chianani, The School for Good and Evil is a middle-grade standout. It takes place at twin schools that kidnap two children every year. Alongside the children of famous fairy-tale heroes and villains, these children are then trained at either the School for Good or the School for Evil. Eventually becoming the next generation of fairy tales. This film has big names in the cast, such as Charlize Theron, Laurence Fishburne, and Kerry Washington. The main characters Sophie and Agatha will be played by Sophia Ann Caruso and Holly Sturton. Shadow and Bone mainstay Kit Young will also be in this adaptation. It has wrapped filming and will come out sometime in 2022.
5. All Quiet on the Western Front – 2022
Who else remembers reading this in school? The classic was written by Erich Maria Remarque and chronicles the horrors of World War One. The book is being adapted as a film by Netflix. It’s going to be directed by Edward Berger and will star Daniel Bruhl. This is actually the third time the book has been adapted for the screen and will premier in 2022.
6. House of the Dragon/ Fire and Blood – 2022
Rejoice Game of Thrones fans, there’s more coming your way. Based on the book Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin, this Game of Thrones spin-off follows the Targaryens 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It’s being produced by HBO and will be a ten-part limited series. It’s set to premiere in 2022.
7. Bridgerton (Season 2) – 2022
The pandemic hit Bridgerton has also been renewed for season two. The second season will cover The Viscount Who Loved Me, by Julia Quinn. This love story will centre around Anthony Bridgerton. There’s no official release date, but speculation puts it at 2022.
8. A Discovery of Witches (Season 3) – 2022
AMC +’s Discovery of Witches has been renewed for season three. The show is based on Deborah Harkness’All Souls Trilogy. It centres around actors Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer as a vampire and witch who fall in love. It’s set to premiere sometime in 2022.
9. Shadow and Bone (Season 2) – 2022/2023
Netflix’s Shadow and Bone has been confirmed for a second season. It will cover the events of the second book, Siege and Storm. It’s also unclear if it will dip into the Six of Crows duology. You can read more of our coverage of season two of Shadow and Bone here.
10. Ninth House – TBD
Written by the same author of Shadow and Bone, Ninth House is Leigh Bardugo’s adult fiction series. It follows Yale freshman Alex Stern, who has the ability to see ghosts. She is hired to oversee the dark magical dealings of Yale’s secret societies and gets caught up in forces beyond her imagination. Picked up less than two days after its release in 2019, Ninth House is in the works for an Amazon series adaptation. The show does not have a release date yet and is still in pre-production. Leigh Bardugo is currently writing both the sequel and the show, according to her Instagram.
11. They Both Die at the End – TBD
When Mateo and Rufus are told that they will die, they befriend each other to enjoy their last day. After the project fizzled out at HBO, They Both Die at the End has now been picked up for a tv show by Entertainment One. The show will also be written by the author of the book, Adam Silvera. There is no release date yet.
12. The Selection – TBD
A staple of 2010s dystopian fiction, The Selection by Kiera Kass is right up there with Divergent and the Maze Runner. The Selection follows America Singer, who is selected to compete in a Bachelor-like competition to select the next Queen. What feels frivolous quickly becomes a high-stakes competition for the fate of the country. The Selection is set to premiere on Netflix as a movie. Haifaa Al-Mansour is attached to direct. You can expect to be able to watch The Selection in mid-2021.
13. The Red Queen – TBD
Another mainstay of mid-2010’s dystopia is the Red Queen series, by Victoria Aveyard. The Red Queen is set in a world divided by blood colour. The silver-blooded have superpowers and rule over the kingdom. The red-blooded are powerless; living in poverty and serving as cannon fodder to the war. But when red-blooded Mare Barrow reveals the power to manipulate lightning, everything changes. Elizabeth Banks is executive producing and directing The Red Queen for a TV series at Peacock. She will also play a key role. We’re still waiting on a release date, but Aveyard has co-written the pilot.
14. Blackout – TBD
Blackout is a collection of short stories following black teenagers who stumble upon love in the middle of a blackout in New York City. Authors include Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Nicola Yoon, and Ashley Woodfolk. The collection is going to be adapted into a six-part anthology on Netflix. The Obamas are actually producing Blackout under their flagship Higher Ground banner and Temple Hill. There is no release date yet.
15. Long Way Down – TBD
Written by Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down takes place in the sixty seconds the main character decides whether or not to murder the man who killed his brother. It’s being adapted into a feature film by Universal and is produced by John Legend and Michael De Luca. There is no release date yet.
That’s our list of 15 book to movie adaptations coming out soon. Which one are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below.
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