Best book you’ve read in the last 12 months…
This is a really hard post to write because I’ve read so many great books that I find it hard to narrow it down to just one!
Also, I’ll be doing my top ten books of the year next month and don’t want to spoil the surprise 😉
I’m going to pick three books, which may or may not make it to the final ten next month!
In no particular order,
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
This book was bloody brilliant! The twist literally made my jaw drop! You can read my review here.
Evil Games by Angela Marsons
Evil Games has one of the most vile, despicable, emotionally cruel villains I have seen in a long time. This book is superb, absolutely the stand out in the DI Kim Stone series, my reviews of which you can read here. 😊
For Reasons Unknown by Michael Wood
Another stunning debut, Michael Wood’s book is fantastic! I’ve been recommending it to anyone who asks for great books to be read! I love it so much that the #Blogsquad pretty much made him do a blog tour for it! 😂 I’m kicking it off on December 1st! My review can be read here or you can wait until the blog tour as I get to post my review AND an excerpt.
So there you have it! A small selection of the best books I have read so far this year!
What’s the best book you have read this year?
Least favourite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise…
I’ll be honest, I had to Google plot devices as i had no idea what they were. I know what irritates me when I’m reading a book now though 🙂
I am not really a romantic person, I’m sure it’s there somewhere, but mainly it just makes me go
So I have to say my least favorite plot device is romantic interludes for what of a better phrase. I read a lot of “manly” books, so the last thing I want to read is that the main character and a female sub-character magically fall into bed in a moment of weakness or whatever!
I was reading a book lately, and the male lead and female lead spent the first 200 pages gazing longingly, thinking about what it would be like to be together, yada yada yada, and it just took from the main story. The main story was a serious theme, trafficking i believe, and reading the book it just felt like it wasn’t being addressed. Thanks to one of my friends, it has now become known as #sexytension 🙂
Lee Child is another author who is fairly predictable with his main character’s dalliances with women. Jack Reacher fairly gets around bless him. Even though I’ve read all the JR books, and i know it’s coming, it still annoys me!
Any plot devices you don’t like?!
Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t (or haven’t finished)…
Almost forgot to do today’s post! 🙈
I can’t think of any books that I’ve said I’ve read when I haven’t! I’ll hold my hand up and say I haven’t read it!
As for books I haven’t finished, there’s not that many!
One that’s controversial is Room By Emma Donoghue
I tried to read this when it came out first and to be honest, I didn’t like it at all. I just couldn’t get into the writing style so I put it down and haven’t touched it since. In saying that, it still sits on my TBR shelves, but way way down at the bottom.
I’m just going to list the others that I can think of that I’ve started but not finished (that I can remember!)…
- Dave Grohl’s autobiography- I like the Foo Fighters but this book as just boring. I’ve read other music autobiographies and flown through them so I don’t know what happened here!
- Ghost Stories by MR James- I’ve read scarier stories in my sons books!
- Alone In The Dark by Karen Rose- only released and I had an ARC, I gave up after 200 pages. Ridiculous and full of sexual tension which ruined the book for me. My first, and possibly last, KR book.
I’m sure there’s others from before I became such an avid reader, but these are the ones I thought of.
Any book you’ve said you read when you hadn’t?!
Favourite Childhood Book…
I don’t think I had one clear favourite book as a child. I read a lot of books but I’m having a hard time going back 20 years to remember any standouts.
I know I read a lot of Enid Blyton books. I used to have a bed with a headboard shelf on top and I filled it all the way across with books.
If they haven’t been thrown out or donated, I’m sure they are all in my parents attic. The majority of books I had from her were the ones in the pictures. I don’t recall ever reading The Famous Five books though.
As well as Enid Blyton, I also read some Roald Dahl. The one book that stays in my mind is The BFG.
I loved it, but it’s been so long since I’ve read it. I’m going to have to go to the attic and see if any of my old children’s book are there as my 6 year old son likes to read and he already has my Beatrix Potter Collection and I’d love to be able to pass on my books to him. My little girl isn’t even a year old so we’ll have to wait a while before she starts into the books! 🙂
A favourite author…
I have a few favourite authors so it’s very hard to just choose one… so I won’t! 🙂 I’m going to give you a list of them instead. in no particular order;
- Elizabeth Haynes– author of one of my all time favourite books, Into The Darkest Corner.
The majority of my list are crime writers unsurprisingly. also, they are pretty much all series with recurring characters. Kerley’s Carson Ryder books and Chris Carter’s Robert Hunter books are among my favourite reads in recent years.
I would highly recommend reading these two authors if you haven’t already! 🙂
A book you wish you could live in…
The wizarding world of Harry Potter! Simples! 🙂
No question! Didn’t even have to think about it! I’ve loved those books since I first read them and I always will.
I’m so jealous of anyone who gets to visit the sets at Leavesden or the actual Wizarding World Of Harry Potter theme park! I’d give my left arm to go and see them.
Books for me are a form of escape and out of all the books I’ve read, the Harry Potter series are the ones who let me escape into a completely different world and let my imagine run riot.
Author I wish people would read more…
There’s nothing better than the thrill of finding a new author. Since I started reading mainly crime/ thrillers and so on, I’ve discovered many, many wonderful authors. Some of these authors are already well known their fields, while others are less so.
I’ve read quite a few debut novels this year, I’ve been quite lucky to be honest. Some of these have been requests from authors, and some have been books that I’ve seen the early buzz about on social media.
My choice for today’s post is a debut author. I read their book, and loved it, this past October.
It’s none other than Michael Wood, author of For Reasons Unknown.
For Reasons Unknown is an exceptional debut. I thoroughly enjoyed it and you can find my review here!
I think everyone who loves a good crime/psychological/suspense novel should read this book. Anytime anyone asks for recommendations on Twitter or Facebook, Michael’s book is always on my list! I highly recommend For Reasons Unknown. If you haven’t read it already…
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!
I’m lucky enough to be participating in the upcoming Blog Tour for Michael Wood’s For Reasons Unknown along with some of my fellow #blogsquad so make sure you keep an eye out for us during the first week in December! 😉