My Top 17 Reads of the Year

Ironically, I’ve only managed to finish 17 books this year (I’m discounting all books related to my MA which I’ve read this year), and this is how I would place them in terms of favourite. Most of these weren’t published this year, but I hope you enjoy it either way!

17) Red Phoenix by Larry Bond

16) Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

15) I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

14) The Christmas Forest by Rebecca Boxall

13) That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

12) And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

11) Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey

10) The Shining by Stephen King

9) Born Lippy: How To Do Female by Jo Brand

8) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

7) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

6) Release by Patrick Ness

5) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

4) 1984 by George Orwell

3) House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

2) Becoming by Michelle Obama

1) The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

 

This was potentially the hardest list I’ve done this year, it was so hard to choose and I moved a few of them around a lot! It was especially difficult between 2 and 1, but The Travelling Cat Chronicles was an amazing novel, and it really touched me and a book I still think about today. Becoming is an equally amazing memoir, and I love Michelle Obama. The choice was so hard!

What’s your favourite books that you’ve read this year? Let me know in the comments!

Your Favourite Place to Read

Do you have a favourite place to read?

I’d like to think that everyone has a favourite place they like to sit down and relax when they read. Reading for me is therapeutic, and there’s no point being uncomfortable as I read.

For example, do you enjoy reading in bed? With a cup of tea? At the library? By the beach?

Over the course of the years, I’ve changed the ways I read, and the ways I enjoy reading.

Personally, I enjoy sitting on the sofa with a book. I can usually fit myself in the corner of the sofa with my book and I can sit there for hours lost in a book. I don’t usually tend to eat or drink anything, because I’m usually too lost in my book.

Do you have a favourite place to read? I’d love to hear them!

Your Favourite Novel

It’s possible to believe that everyone has a favourite novel, or at least a novel they look back and think, ‘I adored that’. It doesn’t matter what kind of novel it is, it’s a novel that makes you happy.

Throughout my life, there’s always been one novel (Technically!) that stands out for me, and a novel that I’ve always thought back to with a smile because that novel has taken me through a lot of places.

That novel for me is Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I loved that novel to the point of writing my undergrad dissertation on it. It opened up a new world of folklore, myths, legends, and things I would be studying further into my education. It inspired me to look at the folklore of my own country, and since then inspired my Masters dissertation (on the Welsh stories ‘The Mabinogion’).

What’s your favourite novel(s)?

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