Studio 5: 5 Novels You Should Read This Year

Put all of these recently released or upcoming must-read books on your to-read list.

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invention of wings

1. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (publication date: Jan. 7, 2014)

In her first novel in over seven years, the beloved author of THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES gives us a magnificent story of women destined for greatest and struggling to find a voice. Set in the American South in the early nineteenth century, the narrative spans over thirty-five years touching on everything from hardship, loss, romance, social class and women’s rights.

lost lake

2. Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen (Jan. 21, 2014)

Sarah Addison Allen is one of my favorite authors. Her writing is so atmospheric and her stories magical and romantic in so many ways. This is her fifth book (sorry I said fourth on air!) and just came out last week. Set in a tiny town in Georgia, at a forgotten resort called Lost Lake Cottages, this is a lovely story about the heartbroken finding hope. The main character is recently windowed and she and her daughter come to Lost Lake because it was once a place for dreaming and healing.

circle of wives

3. A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante (March 4, 2014)

This is award-winning author Alice LaPlante’s second novel. The first, TURN OF MIND, is an incredible psychological thriller, truly a unique read and this one is hailed as another thrilling triumph. With gripping storytelling, Alice gives the reader a story about  a high profile doctor’s murder, a small town female detective and a dizzying story of passion, obsession and jealousy.

midnight witch

4. The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston (March 25, 2014)

Historic fiction fans who like a little supernatural twist must read, Paula Brackston’s books. This is her third, THE MIDNIGHT WITCH. It’s set in Edwardian London, same time period as Downton Abbey, and is the story of Lillith, one of the most beautiful and eligible women in London. But Lillith is also a witch with a special talent for dealing with the dead. Romantic, magical and just fabulous.

rosie project

5. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (October 1, 2013)

If you want to laugh, again and again, and out loud, than this is the book to pick up. THE ROSIE PROJECT is a tale of finding love despite life’s obstacles. The narrator, Professor Don Tillman, sees the world in practical, orderly ways. If it’s not a genetics research project, he doesn’t understand it. So dating hasn’t been an easy thing for him, which is why he decides to turn the search for a wife into a research project, which seems perfectly logical until he meets Rosie.


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