I was just looking back at last year’s books of the year post, complete with pictures of twinkly Christmas tree and decorations. It’s that time of year again, but no tinselly images as I’m still living in a building site – if I manage to get a tree in place before the big day, I promise to post pictures…!
I decided to change the rules a little this year. As the rules are mine and mine alone, they’ve always been just a little vague. Last year, I had a top twelve, plus special mentions for the entire output of Choc Lit and everything written by Lucinda Riley. But if choosing was difficult last year, this year it’s been well nigh impossible. I only review books I’ve enjoyed – the others quietly disappear – and there’s certainly been a surfeit of enjoyment this year. I’ve also made it more difficult for myself this year by deciding to include my “lighter reading” – as it makes up such a large slice of what I read and enjoy, it feels faintly ridiculous to leave out books and authors that have given me so much pleasure.
Anyway, here they are –
my top 15 (try again…) my top 18. So much nicer than a top ten, eh? And just in case you think they’re in some sort of order, that really WOULD have been impossible. All links are to my reviews…
Letters To The Lost – Iona Grey
How To Be Brave – Louise Beech
Flowers For The Dead – Barbara Copperthwaite
The Summer Of Secrets – Sarah Jasmon
The Rest Of My Life – Sheryl Browne
The Girls – Lisa Jewell
The Tea Planter’s Wife – Dinah Jefferies
Our Endless Numbered Days – Claire Fuller
Not Forgetting The Whale – John Ironmonger
The Lodger – Louisa Treger
The Other Side Of The Mountain – Fiona Cane
The Versions Of Us – Laura Barnett
Summertime – Vanessa Lafaye
The Last Days Of Rabbit Hayes – Anna McPartlin
Three Amazing Things About You – Jill Mansell
The Mistake I Made – Paula Daly
The Daughter’s Secret – Eva Holland
Secret Of The Song – Cathie Hartigan
There’s really quite a mix in there! You’ll notice quite a few books by members of The Prime Writers – several others missed the list by the tiniest whisker. And there’s just one Choc Lit book – but others came very, very close. And I’ve been thoroughly delighted to include a number of books by relatively new writers, several independently or self published.
It’s been a quite wonderful reading year – just take a look at some of my reviews. And (to my author friends), if you find you didn’t quite make it into my final 18, you should still take a bow – your books have, without exception, brought me immense joy and pleasure.