I do get so excited about this post – All the way through the year, when I’m particularly loving a good book, I find myself wondering whether it will make it onto my Top 10 Favourite Reads of 2016! You may remember my Best Reads of 2015 post from last January where I also mentioned some reading goals – I’ll revisit those in my next post where I do a roundup of my reading and set goals for 2017.
So, let’s get on with my Favourite Reads from last year: (I’ve linked to my original reviews of each book in the titles)
I See You – Clare Mackintosh
I eagerly awaited Clare Mackintosh’s second book after loving her debut, I Let You Go. This book was the perfect holiday read for me. a mystery when Zoe find her picture listed in an evening paper’s classified section. Before long, I was suspecting everyone that was mentioned in the book. The ending is brilliant.
A Boy Made of Blocks – Keith Stuart
The love of parents for their child with autism. Finding a way to live differently than how they expected.
This found its way into the Top 10 very late in the story. There was a section right at the end that put a lump in my throat as a parent.
The Tea Planter’s Wife – Dinah Jefferies
This was my most recommended book from last year. A book that you can really get your teeth stuck into and lose yourself in the story. very much looking forward to reading more of Dinah Jefferies during 2017. I read this right back at the start of 2016 and it stayed with me all year.
The Accident – C.L.Taylor
What has caused the accident that has put a teenager in a coma? Very readable and scarily realistic. I happened upon this book by accident (no pun intended) and am so pleased that I did. Reading this book has spurred me on to pick more books up on a whim. You never know the treasures you might find.
Sleep Tight – Rachel Abbott
This was the first book I have read by Rachel Abbott and I was completely hooked. I remember that feeling of not getting anything else done as I just had to keep on reading. Her ability to make every day people, that you feel like you know, get involved in clever plots is brilliant. Really scary but also so believable!
Kill Me Again – Rachel Abbott
Another stunner from my go-to author from last year. I just had to read another by Rachel Abbott as soon as I had finished Sleep Tight. If anything, I liked Kill Me Again even better than Sleep Tight. Again, making every day family life suddenly turn very scary. Definitely not one to read alone in the house at night! It was pretty obvious early on that at least one book from Rachel Abbott would find its way into my Top 10 Favourite Reads of 2016!
Moving – Jenny Eclair
For anyone who loves a really good strong family saga story. Edwina is an old, old lady who is selling up her enormous house – As she goes around each room we discover her story. A real page turner.
Holding – Graham Norton
I still get a warm feeling when I remember reading this book. An absolute joy for anyone who enjoys Maeve Binchy and Cathy Kelly but sometimes wants something a bit less fluffy. There’s some real comedic moments during this book but its got grit and great character development. I absolutely cannot wait for Graham Norton to bring another fiction book out.
The Finding of Martha Lost – Caroline Wallace
Once you have read this, you will be itching to visit Lime Street Station in Liverpool. I was there yesterday and still thought of this book. I’m not normally one for fantasy or make-believe in stories but just couldn’t help falling in love with the characters in this book.
Viral – Helen Fitzgerald
This is a story that will get the heart pounding of any parents of teens. When a teenage girls goes away on holiday, her actions are recorded and go viral across social media. The story is compulsive reading as what happens next unfolds.
And now I think I ought to pick an absolutely favourite from that little lot – I think for pure terror it has to be Kill Me Again – Rachel Abbott but for recommending to others and for appealing to a wider audience it should be The Tea Planter’s Wife – Dianh Jeffereis (See how I sat on the fence there and chose 2 favourites?)
I’ll be back in the next day or two with my RoundUp of the year and my blogging and reading goals. In the meantime, I hope you can pick one or two books that you fancy from my Top 10. Have you already read any of them? Do you agree with my thoughts? I’d love to hear your favourite books of 2016.