For the first time last year I listed out the books I finished within the year, allowing me to see at the end of year exactly what I'd read. I read 17 books in total, not a huge amount by some readers standards, but for me, I was quite pleased it was more than just an average of one a month which I had thought it would be!
Listing annually allowed me to see what type of books I had read, and what genres. AND, allowed me to get all reflective on my faves.
So here goes, these five books were my favourites of last year, and certainly ones I would recommend adding to your reading list.
The Tent, The Bucket and Me by Emma Kennedy
A really funny memoir of Emma's childhood holidays with her mum and dad, the tent and the bucket. I found this book absolutely hilarious, however it is very much toilet humour most the time, so I'm not sure what that says about my maturity level! It's a really easy, light hearted, great read! Despite the time gap to my own childhood I felt some of the anecdotes could have been from my own holidays as a child...
The Devil of Nanking by Mo Hayder
A dark, brutal, violent novel, set across two different time periods in Tokyo, Japan and Nanking, China. Personally I found that the blurb did not attract me to this book, however it was on my book club list so I read it for that reason and I really loved it. A stunning literary thriller, with a great background environment. Very clear imagery, but without it being over wordy. A gripping read, without any similarities to the usual thriller genre reads that I have read.
The Time In Between: a Memoir of Hunger and Hope by Nancy Tucker
It feels very bittersweet to have loved this book. I don't love the facts that brought this memoir into existence to read - a young girl suffering from anorexia nervosa, to the point of hospitalisation - but the raw topic, coupled with the absolutely stunning writing of Nancy Tucker, made this the quickest book I've ever read. I could not put it down!
I don't think a writers age often necessarily needs to get noticed, however I was aware because of the years mentioned within the book that Nancy is quite a few years younger than myself, and that left me even more in awe of someone so early in their writing career being so wonderfully talented. Not for the faint hearted, and such a hard topic to read, but an absolute wonderful memoir.
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
A new book by the literary goddess that is Margaret Atwood - enough said yeah?! I am a massive Atwood fan; my top one book of all time is Oryx and Crake, and this new book is a fab work in the dystopian book genre.
A Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
Helen Russell tells of her time moving to, and living in, Denmark. This book talks all things Danish, and is set over twelve topic-led chapters for each month of the year. It's a good, easy structure - similar to The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin - and an interesting, focused read looking at Helen's overarching question, "are Danes the happiest nationality in the world, and why?"
Have you read any of these? Do you list out the books you've read?
And, please do share your top reads from last year, I'm always interested in adding to my must-read list!