…I apologise because this post is long overdue but it’s never too late to discover a new book, right? It was only a matter of time before I blogged about books. I am a self-confessed bookworm. I always have a book or my kindle in my bag. If I have a spare 10 minutes before a uni class or I’m early to meet someone in town, I read a chapter or two. I have a goodreads account which is great for tracking books I’ve read and books I want to read. It’s also fab because it gives you recommendations and you can see at a glance how popular a book is or if others would recommend it. My inner-geek comes out using goodreads and I set myself a 2016 Reading Challenge on the app. My goal was to read 40 books through the year and I surpassed this by reading 47. Some weren’t worth the paper they were published on but others were incredible! I struggled to whittle it down but here are my Top 10 Reads of 2016…
#10 We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
I have read a lot of negative reviews about this book but I loved it! I’d really recommend this book, I read it in just a few days. The book centres on an American university student as she reflects on her childhood. Rosemary lived with her brother, Lowell; sister, Fern; mum; and dad, a behavioural psychologist. Fern goes missing and Lowell goes in search of her. There’s such an exciting twist in the book that I really want to share with you all but I don’t want to spoil it. So please, pick up or download a copy!
#9 In a Dark, Dark Wood – Ruth Ware
I came across this title by accident. I found myself in town with time to kill and no book to read. I ventured to the bookshop and had a nosey at some that were on offer. I don’t know what it was about this book but it jumped out at me and within two days, I’d finished it. It’s been 10 years since Nora has seen Clare. Out of the blue Nora gets an invite to Clare’s hen weekend where everything spirals out of control.
#8 Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend – Matthew Dicks
One of my best friend’s, and fellow bookworm, recommended this to me. I borrowed her copy and read it in a day. Max has an imaginary friend called Budo and they do everything together. This book is filled with child-like innocence and is wonderfully unique, it’s so unlike anything else I’ve ever read. If you enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, you will love this.
#7 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
This was probably one of the most anticipated books of 2016. I’d love to get down to London to see this on stage but trips away and theatre tickets require money and I am currently one skint student (boo!) It felt amazingly nostalgic to be transported back to the wizarding world and I loved reading about the younger generation. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, I’m going to assume you’ve already read this but if you haven’t, why not?!
#6 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
I know, I know… How has it taken me this long to read Bridget Jones? Have I been living under a rock? This is such a good, light-hearted and funny read. If you’re having a bad day, Bridget Jones’s Diary will definitely make you feel a lot better about your own misfortunes! It’s an easy read and would be perfect to read on the beach or by the pool, sipping a cocktail. Now I need to make time to read the sequels.
#5 Between You and Me – Lisa Hall
Over the past few years there has been an abundance of psychological thrillers published but I am not complaining. Some let the side down but this book does not disappoint! This is a heart-breaking story of an abusive marriage. I was hooked from the first chapter; this book has an ending like no other. I don’t know anyone who managed to predict the ending, I literally gasped in shock and sat in stunned silence for a good few minutes.
#4 The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
Cecilia’s husband writes her a letter to be opened after his death. This letter contains a secret and Cecilia happens to find it while her husband is still alive. Cecilia had everything and thought she knew her husband inside out but her husband’s secret is about to change everything. This was the first book by Liane Moriarty I read, it made me go on to read a further three and I have more on my TBR list. I love the writing, I love the characters and I love how you’re pulled in from the very start.
#3 Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
Oops… Another Liane Moriarty book. Although some are better than others, I have not read a bad book by this author. I read online that the book was being adapted for TV and it peaked my interest. Three women are all facing challenges in their life. I loved seeing the friendship of these three women flourish. It shows how women should empower and support other women but there is an unexpected twist towards the end. Obviously, I won’t spoil it but it’s definitely worth the read!
#2 The Midwife’s Confession – Diane Chamberlain
I love Diane Chamberlain. I think she’s a fantastic writer and I’ve read a lot of her novels. This one really stuck out to me last year. It pulled on my heart-strings and really made me sit and reflect on life. Noelle’s suicide turns her friends’ lives upside down. Tara and Emerson turn detective to uncover the real reason for Noelle’s heart-breaking turmoil. I’m not ashamed to admit I shed tears during this read. Diane Chamberlain is amazing at making characters relatable even if you’ve never experienced what they’re dealing with.
#1 My Husband’s Wife – Jane Corry
528 pages read in less than 24 hours. Lily’s a lawyer, Ed’s an artist. You wouldn’t be blamed for thinking they had the perfect marriage. But they both have secrets. There’s so much to this story and I do not want to spoil anything for anyone. It’s so cleverly written and there are so many twists and turns throughout that keeps it interesting. I guarantee if you read this, you won’t be able to put it down.
I hope I’ve inspired, even one person, to pick up a new book. If you’re on goodreads let me know, I’d love to be friends!
Do you have any book recommendations for me? I’m always looking for new reads…