The first part of 2016 was taken up with writing my MA dissertation and I did think that as a result I might have read fewer books than usual this year. This doesn’t seem the case as with two weeks to go (and ten days off work for reading) I’ve already read 215 books…
My absolute favourite book of the year however is one that I read last year but that due to embargoes I couldn’t talk about at the time. Others agreed with me as my top book is East West Street by Philippe Sands which went on to win the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction. Join the waiting list.
A special mention also has to go to The Apprentice Witch by James Nichol – James is a friend but hand on heart this was one of my top reads of the year. The book is a mix of two of my favourite children’s series – Harry Potter and The Worst Witch. I can’t wait for the next book. Reserve a copy.
Now for my other favourites – these are just split into categories, no top 10s this year!
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen 83 ¼ – Hendrik Groen
Cartes Postales – Victoria Hislop
Five rivers met on a wooded plain – Barney Norris
The Infinite Air – Fiona Kidman
The Summer Before the War – Helen Simonson
Mrs Tim of the Regiment – D E Stevenson
Vinegar Girl – Anne Tyler
Elizabeth Jane Howard – Artemis Cooper
The House by the Lake – Thomas Harding
Frontier Grit: the Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women Marianne Monson
Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City – Guy Delisle
Sentenced to Life – Clive James
The Print Museum – Heidi Williamson