I wasn’t going to do a ‘top reads’ list this year because I think there have been some outstanding books published and just about every book I’ve read has been a four or five star read for me. However, as someone who suffers terrible FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) I thought how I might feel as an author if nobody mentioned my book as one they have particularly enjoyed, so here goes!
There are many, many more I could have added to the list so my selection is books that I feel have touched my reader soul and that I won’t ever forget. They are in no particular order (to quote Ant and Dec!)
All the book and author details and buy links are on the review pages. If a book cover takes your fancy just click the review link for more information.
1. The Words In My Hand by Guinevere Glasfurd
2. Sealskin by Sue Bristow
3. The Song of the Stork by Stephan Collishaw
What an amazing book this was. I have my review here.
4. The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins
Again I was privileged to attend the launch for this dramatic and compelling thriller, reviewed here.
5. An Act of Silence by Colette McBeth
6. Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
My review of Days Without End is here.
7. At First Light by Vanessa Lafaye
8. Abattoir of Dreams by Mark Tilbury
9. Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh
I think it says something about the impact of this one that when I was ill I hallucinated wearing the head of the cover figure! I reviewed the book when I wasn’t hallucinating and passing out at random here!
10. Yesterday by Felicia Yap
Once again I was delighted to attend the launch for a book I thought was an outstanding debut, my review of which is here.
11. This Beautiful Life by Katie Marsh
12. Relativity by Antonia Hayes
I reviewed this gorgeous book here.
13. Green Figs and Blue Jazz by Lizzie Fincham
I’m just thrilled to be able to include some poetry in this selection and you can see why I have added it from my review here.
14. Broadcast by Liam Brown
I have both an extract from Broadcast and my review here.
15. Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar
I love historical fiction and this was the perfect read reviewed here.
16. The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman
Such a different read, that I reviewed here.
17. A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
Tears and more tears after reading this one and reviewing it here.
18. All The Wicked Girls by Chris Whitaker
I had a total fan girl moment (even if I am old enough to be his mother) when Chris quoted from my review (here) at a recent event!
19. Sweet William by Iain Maitland
This took me by surprise and I loved it! Review here.
And last but by no means least because it is also my Book of the Year:
20. Snow Sisters by Carol Lovekin
See here for why I have decided to choose Snow Sisters as my Book of the Year!
There are so many other books that I adored too that it was truly almost impossible to choose. I put in books, took them out, reread my reviews and put them back in until I decided I had a selection that represented books I will never forget.
Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to visit Linda’s Book Bag in 2017. I am genuinely thrilled that you visited. Please call back on 1st January when I’ll be starting the new year with a blog tour giveaway!