As usual I’ve read a lot of books this year, but there are three that clearly stand out from the crowd. These are the ones to buy your friends for Christmas, that are worth getting in physical form and that I would love to talk about with you. If you’re looking for a book to buy, look no further!
1686, Amsterdam. Nella Oortman arrives at her husband’s doorstep only to step into a bizarre household of tension and secrets. Her handsome, successful husband Johannes does not come to her at night, and his sister Marin seems determined to make her life miserable. But it’s the mystery of her wedding present: the dolls house replica of the house the tiny dolls and furniture that begin to arrive from an elusive Miniaturist that seem to foretell the future that Nella is determined to decipher.
There was a lot of hype about this book. And I really wanted to read it for ages, and a lot of it was great. I loved the setting: I’ve never read anything set in Amsterdam in that time, and was fascinated to find out just what was going on. The various plot lines were fascinating and compelling – for the most part.
Picking books for someone else is difficult! Usually I don’t give someone a book I’ve not read myself unless it’s my Mum and I really want to read it after her. But these are some of the books that look great that came out this year that I want to read, and that I don’t think you could go far wrong with. You’ll at least look like you know what’s going on with books.