1 | THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
Hazel and her boyfriend Augustus are in love. They also have cancer, which means they have to face up to the prospect of death on a daily basis. While it's technically a young-adult novel, this is one of the most genuine and moving love stories in recent American fiction, literary or otherwise, and an existential tragedy of towering intelligence, sadness and integrity.
2 | BRING UP THE BODIES
In the second book in her two-for-two Booker-winning series, Mantel deepens her portrait of master Tudor puppeteer Thomas Cromwell as he...