I know it is not quite the end of the year yet but I wanted to write this now before the children break up from school otherwise there is a very good chance that I won’t write it at all. Plus I thought it might be helpful for those looking for book suggestions either for themselves to read over the holidays or to buy as a gift. There is always that small nagging doubt that writing this too soon might mean that an amazing book read in December might miss out on being included. But I pulled out my old copy of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens yesterday and if I’m being totally honest with myself, I know that will be it for the year. (If you have never read A Christmas Carol by the way then you must! I look forward to rereading it every December!)
So this year I have managed to write a blog post each month sharing the books I have read and it has been so nice to look back on them all to compile this end of year round up. If I was a better blogger I would have come up with a snappy ‘top ten’ type post but I just can’t whittle it down to anything less than nineteen. So I will do one better and round it up to twenty by including Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls. Although technically not my book, I have read it with my daughters and I can’t tell you just how empowering and utterly wonderful it has been to share each and every one of those incredible one hundred short stories with my girls. A must read for everyone, not just little girls.
Now with nineteen favourites to get through I won’t witter on too much so if you want to read more about any of the books, I have popped a link through to the original monthly round up, does that make sense? Right, so here we go.
- Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
- All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane
- Villa America by Liza Klaussman
- If You Go Away by Adele Parks
- The View on the Way Down by Rebecca Wait
- The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas
- Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant
- I See You by Clare Mackintosh
- milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
- the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur
- This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell
- Not Working by Lisa Owens
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- The Keeper of the Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
- Night Waking by Sarah Moss
- The Muse by Jessie Burton
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
And last but by no means least is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman which I read at the beginning of December so won’t appear until my usual round up later this month so I can’t link to it but there was no question of it being included as one of my favourites. It was staggeringly good and without doubt one of my very favourite books this year.
I think one of the reasons that I find it hard to whittle this list down any smaller is that when I look back, I can see how eclectic my reading taste can be. I love all of these books for very different reasons. I mean there is just about everything in there old and new from heart breaking poetry to laugh out loud comedy, tense thrillers to young adult literature and just about everything in between. Such is life I guess. I started out the year wanting to revisit more classics but it didn’t quite happen so maybe I will try again next year? I did read David Copperfield back in May but that was about it (and I have to confess that it felt like jolly hard work!) Must try harder as my school reports once said! Ha!
I feel like I should offer you a gold star if you have kept reading until this point. I have gone on a bit despite my efforts to keep things as short and snappy as I could! Argh! But I do want to say a BIG thank you to all of those who share their recommendations either here or over on Instagram. One of the very best things about social media is being able to share the books I have read and see what everyone else is reading too. I love it. And as a consequence, my reading pile is a much better place for it which is just priceless. So thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! And here’s to lots more reading in 2018!