My Top 10 Reads of 2016


I normally post this at the end of December but am terribly behind with my blog posts at the moment.  I had a lovely 10 day Christmas cruise holiday which meant I had very little time in the lead up to Christmas and then almost as soon as I arrived home I was stuck down by the dreaded Norovirus. There had been an outbreak on the ship and unfortunately both my OH and I were very unlucky and managed to succumb!  I didn’t even want to think about blogging for many days but as a result, am now playing catch up with my blog posts.

Very belated Happy New Year wishes to everyone.  As ever, 2016 was a wonderful bookish year although life got in the way rather a lot which meant that I haven’t been able to read and review so many of the books I’ve been sent. However, I will get round to them, I promise.  I do appreciate authors entrusting their book babies to me for review and after struggling for much of this year for various personal reasons with reading and reviewing, I aim to have a better structure in place for 2017.  One of the things I wanted to do in 2016 but didn’t quite manage it was to read more of my own purchased books.  I am so fortunate to receive lots of lovely #bookpost from publishers and authors but I also buy loads of books too.  I have always given priority to review books over my own purchases but I want that to change. I have so many kindle books, hardbacks and paperbacks that I’ve bought that just don’t receive any attention so one of my bookish resolutions this year is to read more of my own books.

Enough of my rambling, now on to the real reason for this post.  As ever it is almost impossible to decide which books to include.  I’ve based my list on some of those which I have given 5* ratings which to me have all been rather special, (…..and I haven’t included all my 5* reads this year) but there are so many excellent 4* reads as well and its just a shame that I can’t include them all. So, in no particular order (I don’t even want to think about which would be my favourite of favourites!!), here they are:


(please click on the title to see my review)


Our Song – Dani Atkins


Behind Closed Doors – B A Paris


This Must Be The Place – Maggie O’Farrell


The Secret Wife – Gill Paul


Lying in Wait – Liz Nugent


The Mountain in My Shoe – Louise Beech


Song of the Sea Maid – Rebecca Mascull


Before I Let You In – Jenny Blackhurst


Outside Looking In – Michael Wood


A Suitable Lie – Michael Malone


Even now looking at my bookcases, I can see so many other books that came into the house during 2016 that I haven’t yet had a chance to get to which I am sure would have been on this list. However this is now another year and they may appear on my 2017 list!

To finish off, I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported my blog in every way – whether by review requests and bookpost, or by reading and sharing my reviews. When I set up my blog just over 3 years ago it was the best thing I ever did and though I occasionally feel a little overwhelmed when I look at my toppling book piles, I haven’t regretted it for a moment.

Happy 2017 everyone










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