This was the year when I became a Book Blogger. Although previously I had included reviews of some of the books that I read on my somewhat eclectic blog it was this year that I started seeking out new works of fiction to read in order that I may then write reviews.
I have discovered a wonderful community of authors, publicists and bloggers; thanks to all for the encouragement and support. Through them I have been offered access to a wealth of new books that I may not otherwise have stumbled upon.
The festive season is a time for lists so I decided to look back on the books that I have reviewed this year and highlight some of those which I would recommend. Click on the book title to link back to my original review. If you are looking for reading inspiration then I hope that you may find this of interest.
For all lovers of quality fiction:
The awesome epic:
- Confessions by Jaume Cabré
Thrillers with a chill:
- The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
- Twin Truths by Shelan Rodger
- Written in the Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones
A good summer read:
Winter is coming:
- The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Feel good fiction without the schmaltz:
Not just for the football fan:
- Fan by Danny Rhodes
For the young (and not so young) adult:
- The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
To read with a child:
- The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems
Comic book fiction:
- The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman (illustrated by Eddie Campbell)
- Six Stories and an Essay by Andrea Levy
And finally, for lovers of the literary world and its culture:
- Francis Plug: How To Be A Public Author by Paul Ewen
I’ve started so I’ll finish…
… except sometimes I just couldn’t because life is short and my TBR pile continues to grow. This year two books were left unfinished when, after 100 pages or so, I found myself choosing housework over reading:
- ‘Infinite Jest’ by David Foster Wallace
- ‘The Book of Life’ by Deborah Harkness
I tell myself that I will return to these one day but I suspect that there will always be other, more alluring books on my shelves.
“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” (J.K. Rowling)