I have read and reviewed 140 books this year and to keep track I now list them on a spreadsheet. I’ve chosen 6 biographical and 10 fiction books as those I most remember – those that forced me to ignore the world around me and keep turning the pages. Each one spoke to me, moved me, informed me or delighted me.
I wish there was space for more books, as these are not the only good books I’ve read this year, but simply the ones I remember best. I am in awe of the authors listed below, for their skill, their story telling and the way they wrote about their lives or the tales that flowed from their imagination.
When Angels Fly by S Jackson
Why? A true sory about the depths that human behaviour can sink to and the indomintible courage shown by the author in rising above it.
Under the Wings of a Good luck Phoenix
by Kathy Dobronyi
Why? I was astounded at the clear headed thinking of a child in Saigon, which left the adults way behind.
Exclusive Pedigree by Robert Fear
Why? Fascinating account of growing up in a strict religious household – it held back on sensationalism, even though famous people were mentioned.
The Stoning of Soraya M by Freidoune Sahebjam
Why? It made me cry and remember man’s inhumanity to women, a story that needs to be read by everyone.
Good morning Diego Garcia by Susan Joyce
Why? So much of what the author thought and experienced touched my soul.
A Child is Torn by Dawn Kopman Whidden
Why? A great story with a very good twist at the end, it was a huge surprise.
Bad Blood by Max Power
Why? Stories involving prisoners on death row have always held a morbid fascination for me and it is also an excellent story.
Goddess of undo – Kat Drennan
Why? I’m so aware of Alzheimers disease and this gave me further insight within a very readable story
Toxic Minds by Gordon Bickerstaff
Why? Because I love the hero Gavin who is quite a coward, just like me! aslo for the scientific information which is really interesting.
The Magus covenant – Toni Pike
Why? I just adore conspiracies about secrets in the Vatican and the story was great fun too.
Pieces by Patrick Heffernan
Why? A good police detective story where team work triumphs over a super hero, who actually becomes ill!
Letting go of Love – M J Keevil
Why? I rarely read love stories, but I enjoyed this one set during World War I highlighting social issues and laws.
A crazy Act in Uganda by John M W Smith
Why? A great story well written with an amazing insight into Africa and its people.
The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin
Why? Amazing story about a woman who survived the concentration camps, an event we should never forget. This is a book that will stay with me.
It Rains in February by Leila Summers
Why? The true story of a wife who tried to save her husband – it resonated with me especially as it was set in Durban and there were close links to the media as well. A heartfelt story beautifully written.
The Lights went out by Fiona Cooke Hogan
Why? I don’t like books of short stories, I have no idea why I picked it up, but it took my breath away for the sheer beauty of the writing. I just wish I could write like this author. Maybe the fact she is Irish exaplains it all – quite brilliant.