Between the New Year celebrations, days spent basking in the sunshine by the water, and the endless binge sessions courtesy of Netflix, our reading habits have certainly taken a hit so far in 2018.
To get ourselves (and, maybe you) back on-track we've compiled a list of essential reads in February. With a few essay collections, one book-turned-Oscar-nominee, and a novel touted by the Oprah Book Club, we'd say there's more than enough inspiration for your reading list below.
Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith
From the best-selling author of Swing Time and White Teeth comes an insightful collection of essays, exploring everything from racial politics, to social media, to pop-culture, in her signature approachable tone.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
This month's pick for Oprah's Book Club, An American Journey tells the story of newlyweds Celestial and Roy, whose relationship and lives are turned upside down when Roy is wrongly imprisoned for rape.
Four Respectable Ladies Seeking A Part-Time Husband by Barbara Toner
This hilarious novel shares a unique twist on husband-hunting in 1919. After WWI and the Spanish Flu has wiped out potential husbands, four women in the southern New South Wales town of Prospect devise a plan to "share" a part-time husband between them all. Strange, but perfectly entertaining.
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
This #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize is a moving father and son tale, starring Abraham Lincoln and other historical (and invented) figures. Set over the course of one night in a graveyard, Lincoln's recently-deceased grandson Willie (in 1862) sits in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle.
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
Mailhot's memoir reflects on her life growing up on a reservation in British Columbia, and the shameful legacy of Canada's marginalisation. The heart-wrenching piece takes readers through the abuse that ran through her house and ultimately led to her mental breakdown.