Occasionally you read a book that sticks with you.
That happened to me when I read Marian Keyes' novel Rachel's Holiday in the late 1990s. The book made me feel seen and I've often thought about Rachel and the Walsh family since.
And now, over two decades later, I get to revisit Rachel and her family in the much anticipated sequel Again, Rachel, which comes out in Australia on February 15.
I can't bloody wait.
Earlier this week, Colleen Hoover's international bestseller Verity was released in Australia and it's already keeping people up at night. And some brave folks are already making their way through To Paradise, A Little Life author Hanya Yanagihara's latest epic novel.
Here are the seven books everyone will be reading in February:
It's hard to sum up the impact Marian Keyes' books had on me when I was in my late teens/early 20s.
They made me laugh and cry. They reminded me that everyone has their own demons. And they made me feel less alone.
Rachel's Holiday was one of my absolute favourites. The novel follows the story of 27-year-old Rachel Walsh, whose family has admitted her to Cloisters — Dublin’s answer to the Betty Ford Clinic.
During her time at Cloisters, Rachel has to face some hard truths about herself and learns that it's never too late to start over.