Books, the year’s books, and Christmas books

Say what?

It’s December?


Very funny.

*checks calendar*


You mean it’s 2016?

Anyway, so, I don’t have an inkling as to where this year bloody went to. I think I was busy having a coffee and a cigarette on the doorstep and 2016 just snuck around the back.

Which means:

  • It’s nearly time for Christmas
  • Bloody hell how did I eat that much?
  • It’s a bit goddamn chilly
  • New year’s eve parties will get people a bit overexcited, how about we stay in tonight
  • It’s nearly time for the best reads of the year!

Huzzah. Insert party poppers and balloons here. Wait, scratch that, no insertions please.

And that being the case I’m using my trusty friend Goodreads to remind me of what wordage I’ve been soaking up, what authors I discovered, what tales have kept ticking over in my brain. And there’s been a few good ones this year, I tell you.

But while I’m working on that list, in the meantime I want to know:

  1. What’s been your favourite read of the year?

  2. What’s your favourite Christmas book?

I’m not talking books necessarily written this year (I mean, that’s an added bonus, you get an extra piece of trivial pursuit pie for that), just books you’ve read this year – what book have you fallen in love with since January? And as for the Christmas books, I’m thinking wintery, chilly, festive reads. A book  that you know you just want to disappear with under a blanket by a roaring fire and devour in one sitting. Maybe it’s ghosts, perhaps a bit of scrooge, or something that rhymes that you read every year on Christmas Eve. Whatever it is, I want to know. Share it in the comments or over on Twitter or Facebook.

Because Christmas is coming, fiends, and it is dark and full of damn fine books.

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  4 comments for “Books, the year’s books, and Christmas books

  1. December 8, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    My top reads this year were:

    Blood & Earth, by Kevin Bales: An unflinching look at modern slavery

    The Fifth Season, by NK Jemison: Complex and fascinating adult fantasy with well constructed world and completed new and different magic. Like the best fantasy, relevant to the world we live in today in symbolic layers.

    Undaunted Courage, by Stephen Ambrose: All the well researched details of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in one well-told tale.

    Sold, by Patricia McCormick: A realistic tale of a girl’s harrowing life in Nepal and India, told in verse.

    Men Explain Things to Me: Rebecca Solnit’s seminal work, ’nuff said.

    Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer: Wins the award for most un-put-down-able this year. Krakauer’s true story about climbing Everest.

    The Gilded Hour, by Sarah Donati Rich historical fiction about two women supporting the initial emergence of birth control.

    The Painted Bird, by Jerzi Kozinski A disturbing tale of World War II about how war affected a young boy.

    The NIghtingale by Kristen Hannah Another disturbing tale of World War II. This one about how war affected women.

    My theme, apparently, can be summed up by the world “harrowing.”

    • December 13, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Harrowing probably suits 2016! I don’t think I’ve read any on that list, which for me is great as it’s more to add to my list to read :)

  2. Sally A. Peckham
    December 10, 2016 at 1:02 am

    I can’t believe how fast this year has gone! I’m really hoping for a much better year in 2017!! One of the best books I’ve read this year was The Night It Got Out by Patrick James Ryan. If you love scary and gory, you’ll love this one. Another one I’m just finishing up is H narratives DIVULGENCE by s. j. romero. It’s a much different take on what Help could be like. :)

    • December 13, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      It has gone quick, hasn’t it!? Thanks for the suggestions :)

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