Book Review of 2019: Our Top Picks

By Naomi Round
So many amazing new books were published last year. If you haven’t had a chance to read them yet and are looking for your next page-turner, here is our guide for what to add to your bookshelves.
The Testaments
By Margaret Atwood

Some people might argue that this follow-up is unnecessary. I disagree. It’s been 35 years since ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ took the world by storm. The ending left many questions. What happened to June? How did Gilead fall? In The Testaments, Atwood seeks to answer many of these questions.
An Orchestra of Minorities
By Chigozie Obioma

Chinonso was feeling a bit lost after the death of his father. All of that changes when he meets Ndali on a bridge at night. They subsequently find each other again months after their meeting and fall in love. However, staying together will be no easy task. This is a heartbreaking and magical tale.
The Priory of the Orange Tree
By Samantha Shannon

In this epic fantasy novel, East and West are divided more than just physically by the Void, the deepest part of the ocean where the Nameless One, a cruel fiery dragon, has been trapped for a thousand years. In the West, they hate all dragons. In the East, water Dragons are venerated like Gods.
Troll Hunting: Inside The World Of Online Hate And Its Human Fallout
By Ginger Gorman

In this extremely well-researched book, Australian journalist and troll-target Ginger Gorman paints vivid portraits of the trolls, how their trolling affects victims and the authorities inability to to deal with the increasingly worrying issue.
Stories for South Asian Super Girls
By Raj Kaur Khaira

In this beautifully illustrated book, Raj Kaur Khaira brings together the wonderful and inspiring biographies of 50 famous South Asian women who broke the mold and defied the stereotypes pinned on them by the media, society and culture. A rare and delightful book – and, much needed in my opinion!
The Good Immigrant USA
By Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman

This collection of essays reflects the experiences of first- and second-generation immigrants in the US. Throughout the anthology, writers from all corners of the world living in the US open up about their experiences of racism, their “otherness”, their views on cultural appropriation, and their occasional feelings of isolation.