A Year of Books

20 Dec

A few years ago, my mum bought me a cute little notebook designed for ‘book notes’. I’ve been noting down everything I’ve read since 2008. Yes, I know the cool kids are using Goodreads these days…but sometimes you can’t beat good old pen and paper!

Anyway, it’s fascinating to go back and look at what I’ve read over the years. This year I’ve racked up more than ever (well, since records began), mainly down to my Kindle, which has meant I’m never short of something to read, and I can take it on my commute. I’m definitely not one of those ‘anti e-reader’ bores (‘Oh, but I just love books! I couldn’t possibly abandon paper!’) – not to say you can’t prefer one over the other, but I’m tired of people telling me I don’t love books because I’ve got a Kindle. Words are words, and my shelves are very small!

The range of genres for this year is fairly broad, although kid-lit/YA is heavily represented, for obvious reasons.

1. The Dolphin People by Torsten Krol (one of the weirdest books I have ever read!)

2. A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford (everybody loves those emerald eyes)

3. Larkstorm by Dawn Rae Miller

4. The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker

5. Blood Red Road by Moira Young (<3)

6. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

7. The Shadow of the Soul by Sarah Pinborough

8. The Chosen Seed by Sarah Pinborough

9. Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane (the Chess Putnam books are like crack…soooo goooood)

10. City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane

11. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

12. A Million Suns by Beth Revis

13. Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge

14. Lost Riders by Elizabeth Laird

15. Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk (my favourite travel destination this year – incredible)

16. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

17. Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

18. The Aviary Gate by Katie Hickman

19. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (seriously, just read the Iliad…)

20. Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane

21. The Messenger Bird by Ruth Eastham

22. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (my book of the year. Blew me away. READ THIS)

23. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

24. Daughter of Smoke and Bome by Laini Taylor

25. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (raising my blood pressure…)

26. How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

27. The Thread by Victoria Hislop

28. My Heart be Damned by Chanelle Gray

29. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

30. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

31. Rebel Heart by Moira Young (book crush!)

32. The City and the City by China Mieville

33. The City’s Son by Tom Pollock

34. Hollow Pike by James Dawson

35./36. A beta read for a lovely writing friend 🙂

So! There we have it! Six more than last year, and plenty of amazing reads to keep me occupied in the never-ending traffic jam that is Mitcham Road.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year – here’s to plenty more reading in 2013 😀


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