Happy new year everyone! Personally, I'm not fussed about new year, it's nice to have the time off work, but I've got a thing about looking at people while counting - I just find it awkward.
Anyway, as promised in my post yesterday I've put together a countdown of my top 10 books of the year. It was so difficult to come up with this list, firstly to cull the list from 103 to 10, then put them in some kind of order. The closer to number one it got, the harder the decision process was, the final 4 are pretty much all on equal billing.
drum roll please......
(read my full review by clicking on the title)
10. Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
9. Lionel Shriver, Big Brother
This novel about obesity wins the award for grossest description about an overflowing toilet I've ever read. The subject often makes uncomfortable reading. Big Brother makes this list as it is provocative, and prompts discussion.
8. Sarah Waters, The Paying Guests
7. Robin Hobb, Assassin's Apprentice
6. Elizabeth Haynes, Into the Darkest Corner
The novel is terrifying. Please don't read it if you are trigged by OCD, rape or domestic abuse. It is one of the most unsettling books I've ever read, but I also found it utterly compelling. I also gained an insight into the effects OCD can have, and the manipulation techniques abusers use.
5. Kate Manning, The Notorious Life of Madame X
Oooooh I love a bit of historical fiction. This story of a backstreet abortionist is a perfect book club pick, as you can't wait to talk about it with someone. It is character driven and fast paced, and gives a real feel for the historical period.
4. A. S Byatt, Ragnorok
3. Octavia E. Butler Kindred
This novel should be taught in schools. It is one of the most powerful and original novels about slavery to be ever written.
2. Emma Healey, Elizabeth is Missing
This novel is ridiculously imaginative, and also so simple. Maud the narrator, has dementia, and her personality, confusion and abilities just shine through the story. It is a highly emotive novel, it had me crying my eyes out.
1. Audrey Magee, The Undertaking
*don't know if anyone noticed - but I got completely ahead of myself, the title of this post was originally 2015!