In 2016 I read 42 books, ten short of my intention (one book a week).
I blame the knitting. Five jumpers instead of ten books. I suppose that is about right.
In our new holiday home we don’t have the internet and I am intending to spend many weekends there. So this year I intend to read at about the same rate. My resolution has so far been successful with four books already read in January.
In case you are interested in what I read last year I asterixed and provided cover images of the ones I really enjoyed.
- Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies; A Biography of Cancer
- *Stephen King, The Green Mile
- Stephen King, Mr Mercedes
- Rachel Abbott, Sleep Tight
- Philip Gould, When I Die: Lessons from the Death Zone
- Marguerite van Geldermalsen, Married to a Bedouin
- Stephen King, Doctor Sleep
- Kate Atkinson, A God in Ruins
- Keith Houghton, No Coming Back
- Margaret Atwood, The heart goes last
- Liliana Hart, Dirty Little Secrets
- Ford Maddox Ford, The Good Soldier
- John Le Carre, The Night Watchman
- Ruth Picardie, Before i Say Goodbye
- Jacky Fleming, The trouble with women
- Mikhail Bulgakov, Heart of a Dog
- Danielle Steel, Flowers in the Snow
- *Veronica Roth, Divergent
- Veronica Roth, Insurgent
- Kimberley Chambers, Payback
- William Blacker, Along the Enchanted Way
- Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life
- Elizabeth McKenzie, The Portable Veblen
- Michael Frayn, Towards the End of the Morning
- Hannah Rothschild, The improbability of Love
- Mick Herron, Slow Horses
- *Nina Sibbe, Love Nina
- *JM Coetze, The Schooldays of Jesus
- Mick Herron, Dead Lions
- Sue Monk Kidd, the Secret Lives of Bees
- Mhairi McFarlane, You had me at Hello
- *EL Doctorow, The Book of Daniel
- Macrae Burnet, His Bloody Project
- Nina Stibbe, Man at the Helm
- *Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North
- Elena Ferante, My Brilliant Friend
- Elly Griffith, The Crossing Places
- *Ian McGuire, The North Water
- Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye
- Mark Edwards, Because she loves me
- Nick Alexander, Let the light shine
- *John Steinbeck, The Wayward Bus
I realise I have rather eclectic tastes – teen fiction, classics, modern prize winners and a couple of light reads – mainly British and US writers. I am OK with that – I don’t have anything to prove over 40 years after my last A Level. I have been reading a few classics to the children, such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and I hope to revisit some of the great books with them.
Finally my overall winner was Ian McGuire, The North Water. Just a great story, well written with an excellent ending.
Anything you have read recently that you would care to recommend please? Just leave a comment below – many thanks!