Not all the books I have chosen were published this year. They are listed here in the order I read them.
Read in February as part of my Classics Challenge (which sadly became forgotten as my "to be read" pile got bigger), The BFG is a lighthearted story bursting with humour and creativity. For some reason, I never read this book as a child, and I am glad I chose to do so this year. You can read my original review here.
I am a big fan of Mark Billingham, and Lazy Bones, which I read in March, is my favourite in his DI Tom Thorne series so far. This book felt slightly grittier than the other novels in the series, and I loved the twist at the end. You can read my review in full here.
Reasons To Stay Alive is the only non-fiction book in my top ten. Based on Haig's own experience of anxiety and depression, I found the circumstances he describes and the imagery he uses easy to relate to. My full review, posted in April, can be found here.
Cannon's debut novel, The Trouble With Goats and Sheep, is a delightful coming of age story told through the eyes of ten year old Grace, which I read in April. I enjoyed Cannon's descriptions, particularly her use of figurative language, which gave colour to a very compelling plot. You can read my review in full here.
April was a good month for reading! I also read The Museum Of You by Carys Bray. Although slightly different to the material I would usually read, this novel was another coming of age story which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was particularly impressed by Bray's ability to evoke empathy in the reader for the characters. The full review is here.
Having loved Burton's debut novel, The Miniaturist, I was highly excited to read The Muse, and did so in early July, almost immediately as it was published. I was not disappointed! Burton expertly weaves together two narratives to create a beautifully written, gripping novel with an imaginative twist. My review can be found here.
In August, I read the psychological thriller, Saving Sophie. Throughout this novel, I was gripped, and I applaud Carrington for her ability to create such a compelling novel, whilst also exploring important issues for the modern reader, such as mental illness. My original review is here.
A Boy Made Of Blocks holds the dubious honour of being the only book to make me cry this year! Based on Stuart's own experiences of caring for a child with Autism, A Boy Made Of Blocks is an emotive, heartwarming story with very relatable characters. You can read my review, posted in August, here.
Although Dark Water is the third instalment of the DCI Erika Foster series, when I read it in October, it was my first experience of Bryndza's work, but it will not be my last. I was captivated by the detail in his descriptions, the compelling nature of the plot, and of course, the twist at the end! You can read my review in full here.
The final book in my top ten, While You Were Sleeping, was read in November. Croft's novel is built on untruths, and this made me question each character from beginning to end, keeping me enthralled. There is also a clever twist, which made for a thrilling ending. You can read my review here.