As 2017 comes to an end, it is time to start reflecting back on another great year of reading. First up is my round-up of my favourite new-to-me books. After a long, hard think here are my top ten books (ordered alphabetically by author) I have read this year:
~ 1 ~
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (1859)
This classic, historical fiction gave me a moving and detailed look at the bloody French Revolution, through the eyes of a wonderful cast of memorable characters.
~ 2 ~
Assassination at Bayou Sauvage by D J Donaldson (2017)
A brand new and deeply engrossing, audacious Broussard and Franklyn mystery in the colourful New Orleans – I could hardly put it down.
~ 3 ~
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory (2009)
A brilliantly wrought piece of historical fiction about Elizabeth Woodville during the War of the Roses, which has wonderful touches of romance, mystery and magic.
~ 4 ~
First of the Tudors by Joanna Hickson (2016)
This brilliant new piece of historical fiction also looks at the War of the Roses, but puts the spot light on the often side-lined Jasper Tudor, and it had me enthralled from beginning to end.
~ 5 ~
Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley (2001)
From one of my favourite authors, comes another wonderfully immersive and gripping mystery, that swept me away to the drama of the beautiful villa Il Piacere in Italy.
~ 6 ~
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier (1951)
Another wonderfully atmospheric, gothic suspense, that is full of secrets, rumours, tension and passion. Which for me is right up there with the pure quality of Rebecca.
~ 7 ~
Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham (2016)
In this beautifully wrought, powerful and candid memoir, TV personality Chris shares the difficulties he had growing up in a world that didn’t understand him.
~ 8 ~
Pyramids by Terry Pratchett (1989)
Another extremely fun and wacky, Egyptian-inspired instalment in Pratchett’s fantastical Discworld series.
~ 9 ~
Sandlands by Rosy Thornton (2016)
This enchanting collection of short stories took me on a gentle journey through the landscape and history of Suffolk; with a wonderful touch of magical realism.
~ 10 ~
Seven Stages by Geoffrey Trease (1964)
A fascinating non-fiction that explores the history of seven influential figures from the stage, which while highly detailed was also very readable.
With so many great reads in 2017 honorary mentions must also go to fictions: The Girl in the Glass Tower by Elizabeth Fremantle, The People the Fairies Forget by Cheryl Mahoney, Monstrous Little Voices edited by David Thomas Moore and The Lioness and the Spellspinners by Cheryl Mahoney. And non-fictions: Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung, Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir, If You Want to Walk on Water You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg and Plant Based Cookbook by Trish Sebben-Krupka. I also loved re-reading His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman and audiobook Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling and read by Stephen Fry.
Have you read any of these? What were your favourite books in 2017?
Next I will do a round-up of my favourite new-to-me adaptations I have watched in 2017 and finally, on New Year’s day, I will share some reading statistics.