Here’s what I enjoyed.
- The Arising series, Alex Beecroft
- Dark Space and Darker Space, Lisa Henry
- Close Quarter, Anna Zabo
- Patchwork Paradise, Indra Vaughn. Cannot recommend enough.
- Shatterproof, Xen Sanders
- Spun!, JL Merrow
- Peripheral People, Reese Herberth and Michelle Moore
- Foxglove Copse, Alex Beecroft. Holy shit I loved this. I loved this so freaking much. Hit all my happy buttons regarding esoterica and seacliff adventures and Cornwall.
- Storm Season, Pene Henson
- Two Man Station, Lisa Henry
- Perfect Day, Sally Malcolm
- Seven of Spades series, Cordelia Knightsbridge.
Didn’t read as much this year due to general life changes/upheaval and the resultant funks. I’m not even going to check the book count, it’s pathetic compared to previous years.
But I did read everything in my romance TBR, and when it was down to 0, I allowed myself to buy more. Every time I bought something new, I read it straightaway, and didn’t build up another massive list. It was great to get back to the way I used to read – a few books at a time, purchased via a mix of idle browsing of trusted publisher sites, my list of go-to authors, and a trigger-happy finger for anything else that struck my fancy. I’m glad I started doing this again, as opposed to buying hyped books; it feels more true to my tastes.
- A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness. This was actually a reread before I finally saw the movie. I have a beautiful illustrated first edition that I treasure. Every time I read this, I weep.
- The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck, Sarah Knight. I wouldn’t call it life-changing, as the principles aren’t exactly new, but it’s definitely a fun take and good to reaffirm some core principles. Fuckbucks are a particularly appealing term!
- Factfulness, Hans Rosling. Highly recommended.
- Animal Farm, George Orwell.
- I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith.