I can hardly believe that another year is almost behind us. For me, it's a time of reflection on the joys and sorrows that 2016 has brought. It's also a time to reflect on my reading for the year and to try to whittle down the 64 books that I read this year to a mere ten - not an easy task as I read some exceptional books this year.
So, in no particular order, here are my top 10 (click on the book title to go straight to my review.)
Nemesis by Philip Roth - My first foray into reading Roth and he is certain to figure in my reading for 2017.
The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths - This could have been any of the Ruth Galloway series which I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this year.
A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray - a debut novel who writes with insight and compassion.
The One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood - very different to anything else I have read this year and which I enjoyed enormously
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - this was my introduction to Kristin Hannah and a fantastic book.
The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer - A very touching and powerful read.
Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakmi - I love Murakami's writing and this did not disappoint.
This Secret We're Keeping by Rebecca Done - A novel concerning a taboo affair and very thought provoking.
After the Last Dance by Sarra Manning - A most enjoyable story of life in the London blitz with a slightly different take on other books set during WWII.
The Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi - I have really enjoyed reading the Greek Detective books this year and am anticipating reading more of them in 2017.
The Report by Jessica Francis Kane - A little publicised tragedy from WWII London.
Did you spot that there are 11 books? Sorry, but there was one I just could not leave out.
Thank you so much for following my blog throughout 2016. It means alot to me to know that you are sharing in my reading experience. Happy New Year and I wish you all peace and happiness in 2017.