In a year where nothing much good happened, at least I took solace and read a few good books that I’d love to share with you.
It’s a shame I didn’t think of this blog earlier in the year as it seems that many of the great books I’ve read I’ve neglected to remember the titles of. So we’ll keep it to a short and sweet, Top 10.
Now disclaimer time. These books may not have been released in 2016, they may have been published ages ago. But these are books that I have read this year and books that I loved. There, done, now let’s get on with the show!
Number 10. Alexandra Potter’s Calling Romeo
Calling Romeo was a light romance following our heroine Juliet as she struggles with her long-term boyfriend Will who is more focused on his upstart landscaping business than her. When he stands her up on Valentines Day that’s the last straw Juliet finds herself swaying, and then tumbling head of heels in a whirlwind romance with an adonis who is far from perfect for her. Whilst he may look like a greek god, Sykes is her rival in pitch to land a big account for her company. Juliet is torn, are she and Sykes the star-crossed lovers of a shakespearian tale or will this story end in tragedy.
Rating: 3 Stars
Number 9: InkHeart by Cornelia Funke
This fantasy story takes you to another world. A world of books and stories and brilliant villains where a little girl just wants to find her father. I loved the storytelling and the depth of character, Meggie, just a child but she is so fierce inside and learns not only to trust in herself but she finds out the truth about her past and why reading aloud is forbidden. It’s a heartwrenching story and the first of three. The one negative would be that it does go on. It’s a hefty ol’ book and for some may be quite difficult to read.
Rating: 2 Stars
Number 8: Heat Rises by Richard Castle
This is the third book in the series by Richard Castle. Now for those of you who don’t know Castle is a TV series on ABC which focuses around police detective and a crime thriller author- Richard Castle. In the TV series Richard uses his time working with Kate in NYPD to find inspiration for his books. The books he writes in the show have now been written and published under his fictitious name Richard Castle. The book Heat Rises follows the pair of them, Richard and Nicki Heat (AKA Kate Beckett) as they solve the murder of a parish priest in a bondage club in NYC. It’s a well written, well thought out plot. It keeps you guessing and it tips its hat to the show which is nice. Even if you don’t know the show you’ll love this read if you like crime fiction. But check out the show to learn more about the relationship between Richard and Nicki (Kate).
Rating: 4 Stars
Number 7: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
This is a thought-provoking psychological insight into the mind of a teenage boy and a teenage girl who both end up on the top of the school bell tower, contemplating ending their lives. Theodore Finch and Violet Markey, find themselves thrown together and it is unsure who saves who but they bond in that moment and begin to live their lives together. As the story progresses, however, it is clear that while Violet’s world is expanding into the light, Finch’s is becoming darker and dimmer and it’s up to Violet to try to pull him back into the sunshine. I found this book so moving, an absolute tear-jerker and as I’ve said before any book that makes you feel something strong is a fab one.
Rating: 5 Stars
Number 6: Melissa Hill’s The Guest List
I recently reviewed this book in the Book Club for one, so I’ll keep it brief here. This book is a light-hearted romance, an easy read with plenty of twists to keep it exciting. I love the message of the book to stick to your beliefs and that sometimes you have to focus on yourself instead of trying to please all the people around you. I really good book which I’d definitely recommend.
Rating: 4 Stars
Number 5: Dan Brown’s Inferno
This is another book I reviewed a while back. This adventure, thriller novel tracts our favourite symbologist through the city of Florence as he races against the clock to save the world again! Brilliantly written, with insight and depth into the world of Dante and his ideology of the levels of hell!
Rating: 4 Stars
Number 4: Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon
Oh boy, this was a good read! Sitting firmly in the chic lit category this story is something I dream about. A teenage girl gets moved to Australia with her Mum who has once again fallen in love. Mum seems to be a carefree, wild and reckless character who has been in and out of marriage several times. Lily as an adult looks back on the events of her childhood and wonders where the life in her went. She used to be passionate, love photography and animals, now her life is just life, just living. The transition of Lily from where she is at the start of the book to the end is heart warming, as we read, she learns to love again.
Rating: 5 Stars
Number 3: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J K Rowling
A mildly controversial script. J.K’s first script. Whilst many people believe that J.K should have stuck with 7 books in the series and left it at that, there are many HP fans who were overjoyed to be plunged back in the the magical world of Harry Potter. That said this book doesn’t focus on Harry himself, rather on his son, Albus. A rebel, tearaway, wild child Albus goes on a journey, learning that it’s okay to be different. Once again love conquers all as Harry’s love for his son finally shines through, although it takes a while for him to get to show it. A new villain who is also an old villain make the story darker and more sinister than ever before. Prepare for a read that you just can’t tear your eyes away from, prepare for danger like never before. Prepare for a journey through time and space fit for The Doctor and a Side Kick or two!
I loved this read, although a part of me hurt seeing Harry in such a dark light… but an absolute MUST to read! Get reading!
Rating: 5 Stars
Number 2: Melissa Hill’s A Gift to Remember
Ah. This book had me from the get go. The relatable Darcy who is me, but prettier, falls (literally,) head over heels for our handsome hero Aidan! While Darcy develops this fantastical idea of who he is and where he comes from Aidan lies comatose in hospital. The story is funny, romantic and absolutely lovable. See my recent book club reviews for a full review but love love LOVE this book!
Rating: 5 Stars
Number 1: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J K Rowling
Ahhhhhh. Wow. This was JK’s first ever screenplay and what a way to start. With the first of five (rumoured) films this is a story that sends us into the much loved world of magic, muggles and this time magical beasts.
Set in the wonderful city of New York we meet Newt Scamander. A wizard, a lover of knowledge and magical creatures. He tumbles into trouble when some of his creatures escape their homes in his suitcase (a muggle proof suitcase, i might add), and run rampaging through New York. With a crisis already brewing, Newt falls suspect to the American Ministry of Magic known as MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America). Teaming up with an auror, her sister and a no-maj (American term for Muggle), Newt attempts to rescue his creatures and save a child. No more spoilers here. But definitely a splendid read, enticing and fantasmagorical and wonderful and magical etc etc etc.
Rating: 5 Stars.
Hope you enjoyed my Top Reads of 2016. Comment below with some of your favourites and your thoughts on some of my favourite reads!