And your favourite book of the year so far is…?

Well, it turns out that I blinked and we’re nearly at the half way stage of the year. More precisely, we’re six months through a year that has been filled with new things happening, old things lurking, and stuff that I don’t even know about yet but that is surely deviously loitering in the background.

So today’s big question is:

What’s your favourite book of the year so far?

It doesn’t have to be written this year – just something you’ve read this year. Revisited any old classics? Found a new author to add to your favourites list?

For me, highlights so far have included The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (kicking the year off with something completely outside my normal reading genre), The Machine by James Smythe (yet another masterclass in writing) and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty (a rare foray for me into non-fiction… but it’s about death and burial rites so it just had to be done).

The Girl with all the GiftsBut if I’ve got to pick one book that I’ve not been able to put down, that’s left me bleary eyed from late night reading, it’s The Girl with all the Gifts by M R Carey.

People who know me will know that:

  1. I like cheese
  2. I like zombies

And, when I say that, I mean… I like those things A LOT (fridges are made to hold cheese and beer, life decisions should always take into account the associated risk and implications of a zombie apocalypse).

But I’ve always found that zombies, although working well on screen (just look at The Walking Dead and 28 Days Later) haven’t yet worked for me on the page quite as well. The Girl with all the Gifts bucked the trend – fast paced and with a refreshing spin on the genre, I finally found a zombie book after my own heart (if you’ll pardon the phrase).

But what’s your read of the year?

Shoot your favourites into the comments – my TBR pile is awaiting your suggestions, fiends.

Grind Spark – out now

Longlisted for the Bath Novel Award 2014, Grind spark is a near-future dystopian novel about growing up in the years leading up to the end of the world. It’s about pretending to be the perfect family. It’s about whether you want to survive. Treat your eye portals. Pick up your copy here.

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