1. Sexual Chemistry: A History of the Contraceptive Pill by Lara Marks - I've been taking a course on contraceptives on Coursera and it's gotten me interested in the creation of the contraceptive pill and the way it changed women's lives forever. This looks fascinating, with chapters on religious opposition and controversies. Can't wait to read it.
2. The Marlowe Papers by Ros Wilson - What if Shakespeare's plays were actually written by Christopher Marlowe? This is a novel in verse exploring that concept. It's a beautiful hardback, I picked it up this morning and hope to have time to start it soon.
3. Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson - I was a bit 'meh' about this one when I saw the Women's Prize longlist but one of my favourite bloggers recently described it as 'Harry Potter meets Arabian Nights' so I am now officially intrigued.
4. Beauty by Robin McKinley - (Already read) I kept seeing McKinley mentioned on blogs but hadn't picked up any of her fairytale retellings for myself. Aside from the horrific cover, this retelling of the beauty and the beast fairytale was simply wonderful. I wasn't sure in the beginning but as soon as Beauty arrived at the enchanted castle, I was captivated. The best romance I've read in a long, long time.
5. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder - I am on a fantasy kick thanks to George R.R. Martin. This series is supposed to be good, so I will give it a go.
6. The Rape of the Nile by Brian Fagan (Already read). Loved this non-fiction account of the tomb robbers, treasure seekers and tourists that have looted and wrecked the Nile Valley. I've been on a run of good books lately.
All for the Women's Prize. I'm reading the Stedman now and enjoying it. I was particularly surprised to receive NW so quickly, last week I was number 11 on the list but a few days later it was waiting for me, must be some weird quirk of the library reservation system.
Have you read any of these books?