I love nothing more than reading. It’s how I unwind and escape from the frustrations and boredom of everyday life. Left to my own devices, I wouldn’t need a TV and you wouldn’t catch me watching videos online. I’d much rather read a book than a blogpost or magazine or look at social media (although I do those things a lot too).
I read every night before I go to sleep and every lunchtime when the kids aren’t home (I can’t concentrate enough to read when they’re around). If I’m sat waiting in the car or in a waiting room, I will be reading a book. And it is always a book, never a device. I have never read anything on a device.
I’ve read a lot of brilliant books this year, a lot of good ones and just a few I haven’t been so keen on. I had a really bad run at the start of the year and was underwhelmed by the first four books I read. Thank goodness things turned around a bit after that!
This year I’ve read 37 books, which is slightly more than last year’s total. This actually surprised me as I haven’t had any long train journeys this year (absolutely the best time to read), with no blogging conferences and no days away working.
In addition to the books I read for myself, I read children’s books for work. They can be anything from pre-school picture books to 500 page YA novels. I was reading five a month until May and four a month for the rest of the year, so that’s an extra 53 books this year.
This year I’ve read:
- Mortal Causes by Ian Rankin
- Content Provider by Stewart Lee
- The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink
- Look at Me by Sarah Duguid
- Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
- The Stranger in My Home by Adele Parks
- Why Did You Lie? by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
- The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
- Adventureman by Jamie McDonald
- Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent
- The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
- The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza
- Spectacles by Sue Perkins
- A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
- The Fire Child by S K Tremayne
- I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh
- What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
- The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
- The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza
- The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
- The Undesired by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
- Falling by Jane Green
- The Breakdown by B A Paris
- Swing Time by Zadie Smith
- Dark Water by Robert Bryndza
- The Adversary by Emmanuel Carrere
- The Girls by Emma Cline
- Last Breath by Robert Bryndza
- Blood Sisters by Jane Corry
- I See You by Clare Mackintosh
- Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
- Sirens by Joseph Knox
- The Humans by Matt Haig
- The Dry by Jane Harper
- The House by Simon Lelic
- Arrowood by Laura McHugh
- The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons
So what were my favourite books of the year?
It’s a tough choice because I’ve read so many brilliant ones, but I think they are:
- The Dry
- Why Did You Lie?
- Lying in Wait
- The Trouble With Goats and Sheep
- I Let You Go
I must also give a special mention to Robert Bryndza’s DI Erika Forester series, which I have absolutely loved reading this year.
How many books did you read in 2017? What were your favourites?