Ever since I was given my first Famous Five book on my 6th birthday, I’ve been hooked on reading. I’d read all of the Famous Five books by the time I was 7 and I’ve had a book on the go ever since. I was reading Agatha Christie books before I left primary school and was reading Thomas Hardy before I did my GCSEs. I tailed off with my reading a little bit when I did my A Levels and was at university, but got hooked again when I ws 23 and got my first proper job working in London. I was getting lots of trains and spending a lot of time on my own – both situations which require lots of books! When I had my biggest boy, I was digesting two or three books a week while I was breastfeeding.
A few years ago, I started keeping a record of the number of books I read in a year. It tended to be around 16 books a year. I read 19 in 2015, so I’m not really sure what happened in 2016. Because somehow I managed to read 33 books.
I always read actual, physical books, rather than on a device. About two-thirds of the books I read, I have bought myself, with people lending me the other third. I always read when I go to bed and I read while I’m eating lunch when I’m working at home on my own. I will never sit in a waiting room without a book and sometimes snatch a few minutes’ reading before the school run in the afternoon.
I read Midnight Sun in a day and it took me the entire summer holidays to read The Girl in the Spider’s Web, but on the whole I was averaging a book every 11 days in 2016.
In addition to the books I read for myself, I do a job which involves me reading five children’s books a month. Some of these are chapter books for 5-7 year olds, but I read a lot of 400 page YA novels too. So you could say I actually read 93 books this year.
This year I’ve read:
- The Ice Twins by S K Tremayne
- A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
- Disclaimer by Renee Knight
- Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo
- The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
- The Slaughter Man by Tony Parsons
- Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin
- Hide and Seek by Ian Rankin
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
- The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
- After the Crash by Michel Bussi
- I’m Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork
- Tooth and Nail by Ian Rankin
- Strip Jack by Ian Rankin
- Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
- Queen: The Definitive Biography by Laura Jackson
- Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo
- Tempting Fate by Jane Green
- The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
- Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by J K Rowling
- The Lake House by Kate Morton
- Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas
- Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris
- Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
- The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
- After You by JoJo Moyes
- The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
- Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi
- The Black Book by Ian Rankin
- The Accident by C L Taylor
- Shoes for Anthony by Emma Kennedy
So what are my favourite books of the year?
It’s a difficult choice, because I’ve read so many brilliant ones, but my top five has to be:
- After the Crash
- Career of Evil
- I’m Travelling Alone
- The Hunger Games
- Me Before You
How many books have you read in 2016? Which are your favourites?