Bloomin’ Brilliant Books’ Favourite Reads of 2016

I have pondered over this post for a couple of weeks and it has been incredibly difficult to narrow it down into my all time favourite books because 2016 has been an incredible year. There have been so many books that I have loved but this would be a ridiculously long post if I included them all so I told myself to keep it to ten. Being an emotional reader I have decided to base it on the books that had the biggest emotional impact on me.

You can click on the title of each to read my full review. So, in no particular order, here goes…

The book that made my skin crawl and stuck with me for days…
My Husband’s Son by Deborah O’Connor

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Deborah’s debut novel is gritty, seedy and the ending totally shocked me. It got right under my skin and I couldn’t shake off the feelings it evoked in me for days. A fantastic debut novel, I can’t wait to read more by Deborah in the future.

The book that totally transported me to a different time and place…
The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

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Another debut novel, Goats and Sheep is set during the long hot summer of 1976. Joanna brought back so many memories of that time and the early 1980’s with her rich descriptions that every time I settled down to read it I was living, breathing and feeling that era. Goats and Sheep is also a beautifully written, intricate novel – a truly breathtaking debut that makes you laugh and think.

The book that made me feel as though I was going to have a heart attack…
See How They Run by Tom Bale

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Bloomin’ heck this book took me on one hell of a ride. The pace never lets up and it is relentless. Utterly gripping, Tom has written one hell of a page turner with a momentum that never ceases.

The book that sent shivers down my spine…
Lying In Wait by Liz Nugent

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From the amazing first line to the shock ending this deliciously dark book left me open-jawed and gasping. Full of hideous characters (which I love) Liz has written what could quite possibly be the most chilling psychological thriller I have read in a long time. Absolute perfection!

The book which made me read lines over and over again…
Jacques by Tanya Ravenswater

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This book is poetically written and to be savoured as you take in the sheer gorgeousness of the prose. One of those books that makes you think ’I wish I could write like that’.

The book that totally enchanted me…
Himself by Jess Kidd

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Totally beguiling and wonderfully written, Jess incorporates stunning symbolism and descriptions in this dark yet funny novel. I love gothic novels and Himself incorporated all that I love about them.

The book that made my heart ache…
The Mountain In My Shoe by Louise Beech

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Louise’s book touched me so deeply, she has conveyed the emotions of a child within the care system with empathy, intelligence and real insight. I challenge anyone not to be totally moved by this book.

The book that outraged me…
Untouchable by Sibel Hodge

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Sibel has created both a tense thriller and an authentic social and political commentary. A story about injustice and how the elite can get away with literally anything, Untouchable really hit a nerve with me.

The book that made me howl with laughter…
Melody Bittersweet And The Girl’s Ghostbusting Agency by Kitty French

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This book totally cheered me up when I most needed it. Melody is kooky and off-the-wall and her antics with The Girl’s Ghostbusting Agency produce hilarious resultsPerfect lighthearted reading.

The book that re-ignited one of my past interests…
The Secret Wife by Gill Paul

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I have always been fascinated by Russian history but had kind of forgotten about it if that makes sense? Gill reminded me of this interest in her wonderfully written part fiction/part historically accurate account of Grand Duchess Tatiana and cavalry officer Dmitri. Completely capturing the time and setting Gill made me cry with this beautiful tale of love in extreme circumstances.
There are so many other books I have loved this year and could write a post that would take days to read. I want to give a big shout out as well to Helen MacKinven for Buy Buy Baby, Susan Gandar for We’ve Come To Take You Home, Simon Booker for Without Trace, Chris Brookmyre for Black Widow, Sam Carrington for Saving Sophie and Jane Corry for My Husband’s Wife as these six books stuck in my mind (click on the pictures for my review).  And that’s it…time to walk away from this post before I add any more!

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So what do you think of my choices? Are any of these books in your top reads of 2016? I would love to hear your thoughts.

14 thoughts on “Bloomin’ Brilliant Books’ Favourite Reads of 2016

  1. I’ve read several of those and also have a fair few on my tbr pile. The Mountain in my Shoe is in my list and I’m currently reading The Trouble with Sheep and Goats. This latter looks set to barge right in and take my top spot.

  2. There are plenty of books that are still on my TBR in your list 🙂 See How They Run, Saving Sophie, Lying in Wait, Buy Buy Baby, My Husband’s Wife, The Mountain in my Shoe… I cannot wait to read them in 2017. I adored Black Widow, Diana’s character was brilliant and I’m curious to discover the rest of the Palarbane’s series. Great picks 🙂 I haven’t written my post yet, I can’t decide which books to choose!

    1. I hope you enjoy them all as much as I did. Black Widow was fantastic and my first venture into the Parlabane series too, will definitely be checking them out. Maybe we could do a reading buddy thing and share views on our blogs? Good luck deciding on yours, it’s not easy! Look forward to hearing your choices xxx

      1. We definitely should! I am curious to see how this series evolves and it would be interesting to chat about it! I should stop reading books for now because I keep wanting to add new discoveries to the list, haha! xxx

    2. I hope you enjoy them all as much as I did. Black Widow was fantastic and my first venture into the Parlabane series too, will definitely be checking them out. Maybe we could do a reading buddy thing and share views on our blogs? Good luck deciding on yours, it’s not easy! Look forward to hearing your choices xxx

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