The tree is up, complete with sparkly lights, and it’s that time of year again – Being Anne’s books of the year. I’ve read 105 books so far this year (it really should and would have been more, but the last couple of months have been a little difficult…) and an amazing 81 were five star reads for me. I sometimes do wonder if I’m getting less critical, but I really don’t think I am – there are still quite large numbers of books that don’t make it as far as a review, and quietly disappear. I just think I’ve got better at choosing books I’ll enjoy – and I’ve really enjoyed rather a lot of them this year.
Anyway, enough waffling. This is actually version 3 of my list, produced after much sweat and tears – my top 18. I know it really should be a top ten – and for a while, I thought I might just be able to do it. Until I started to add others here and there, and soon had a top 31 (which was just silly…!). I had a top 18 last year, so it seemed a good figure to use again. And I’m sure I hardly need to say that I’ve agonised over every wonderful book I’ve had to leave out, as I honestly do have a top 81.
So, here’s my final 18. They’re not in any particular order (hey, come on…!), and all links are to my reviews…
I could go on and add a “near misses” list – and there were many – but I won’t. And for any authors who might be disappointed not to be on my final list, I hope you’ll already know from my reviews just how much pleasure your books have given me.