As we come up to the new year, I thought I would take the opportunity to pick my favourite ten books I read this year. It turned out to be impossible to trim it down to ten, so it’s my top twelve. One a month! They weren’t all published this year- in fact most of them weren’t- it’s just that I got round to reading them this year. It would be even harder to put them in order of preference, so here they are, alphabetical by author:
- Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
- Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch
- Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
- The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
- Carter beats the Devil by Glen David Gold
- Me Cheeta by James Lever
- Beyond Black by Hilary Mantell
- The Kraken by China Mieville
- The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
- Dark matter by Michelle Paver
- The brief and frightening reign of Phil by George Saunders
Interesting how it breaks down: only 4 women authors (although I think I read more books by women than men), 5 that could be described as ‘historical fiction’ (although I claim not to read historical fiction!), somewhere between 3 and 5 that could be described as sci-fi or speculative fiction, 2 satires.
It’d be great to see a few more lists- why not add yours in the comments below?