Looking back over the 32 book reviews I have posted in 2016, I’ve had a brilliant reading year : so much imagination; so much wit and adventure; scenes and characters that linger long after the books close. If you follow my blog, you will know that I only publish reviews for books I would recommend and so my “Best of 2016” is really ALL my reviews. Obviously.
However, if someone forced me to narrow it down, I would chose (in no particular order):
The Australian Urban Fantasy, Vigil by Angela Slatter, for its dazzlingly inventiveness of plot and character combined with smart as a whip one liners. My original post is here.
The intense, thrilling Nevernight by Fantasy virtuoso, Jay Kristoff, for delving so gloriously into the dark side of the genre. The full review is here.
The fast paced and scary The Call by Peadar O’Guilin for its kiss-ass heroine and seat of the pants race to the end. Here’s a link to my review post.
Although I didn’t plan it this way, they all have strong female leads and dark Fantasy backgrounds. Whether it’s my preference or some 2016 zeitgeist, who knows?
And my very favourite visit of 2016 was to the extraordinarily inspiring Lost Library of John Dee at the Royal College of Physicians, a fascinating exhibition, crammed full of gorgeous exhibits and helpful explanatory notes. I could have camped out there. My full review is here.
I started this blog just over a year ago to share my love of books and to create an aide memoire for myself. It’s great fun to write and I find the quality of my reading (and visiting) has improved with the focus of this blog. I particularly want to say a big THANKS to Emily at Emily’s Bookshop in Campden for giving me so many ARCs and book suggestions.
Wishing you all a productive and creatively filled 2017.
December 27, 2016 at 8:46 pm
I have to say The Call and Nevernight would be in my top five joined by The Trouble With Goats and Sheep, Joanna Cannon and Under a Pole Star, Stef Penney, I’ve loved sharing these books with you and it appears we have the same great taste!!
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December 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm
YAY! Looking forward to a brilliant 2017 … with you, Em. x