In 2016 I managed 35 books, roughly one every 1 and a half weeks. There have been some real good ones in among this lot, but also a few that I have had to force through to the end. Here are the books I read from the start to the end of this year:
1- A Daughter’s Secret, by Eleanor Moran
2 – Confessions of a GP, by Benjamin Daniels
3 – Natural Born Heroes, by Christopher McDougall
4 – Behind Close Doors, by B A Paris
5 – Stasi Child, by David Young
6 – The Lost Daughter, by Diane Chamberlain
7 – Reflection, by Diane Chamberlain
8 – Eat and Run, by Scott Jurek
9 – The Teacher, by Katerina Diamond
10 – Luckiest girl Alive, by Jessica Knoll
11 – Surviving Camp inca, by Julienne Burleson
12 – The Leipzig Affair, by Fiona Rintoul
13 – While My Eyes Were Closed, by Linda Green
14 – Between You and Me, by Lisa Hall
15 – The Photographer’s Wife, by Nick Alexander
16 – Lies We Tell Ourselves, by Robin Talley
17 – In the Unlikely event, by Judy Blume
18 – Summer’s Child, by Diane Chamberlain
19 – The Highly Sensitive Person, by Elaine N. Aron
20 -The Half Life of Hannah, by Nick Alexander
21 – Other Halves, by Nick Alexander
22 – The Headmaster’s Wife, by T.C. Greene
23 – My Husband’s Wife, by Amanda Prowse
24 – The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, by Anna North
25 – The Accidental Life of Greg Millar, by Aimee Alexander
26 – The Girl on The Train, by Paula Hawkins
27 – The Johnson Project, by Maggie Spence
28 – The Traitor’s Story, by Kevin Wignall
29 – The Things We Wish Were true, by Marybeth Mayhew Whelen
30 – Confessions of a Male Nurse, by Michael Alexander
31 – Let the Light Shine, by Nick Alexander
32 – The Couple Next Door, by Shari Lapena
33 – Haus Frau, by Jill Alexander Essbaum
34 – Edward Unspooled, by Craig Lancaster
35 – The House by the Lake, by Ella Carey
I struggle to remember too much about some of the books, so I take that as a sign that they maybe weren’t quite so meaningful for me, though not necessarily a bad read at the time! In no particular order, my favourite reads of the year are as follows:
Haus Frau, by Jill Alexander Essbaum
I found this book really interesting from a cultural perspective. It is set in Switzerland so I learned a bit about the nuances of Swiss culture that I had been unaware of. I also learned that Swiss Deutsch is a distinct language and not just “German” which I had thought previously. The story itself was a sad but real look at a person suffering within her own mind.
The Photographer’s Wife, by Nick Alexander
I have become a bit of a fan of Nick Alexander’s books this year. As is often the case with his books, this one is told through the perspective of several characters over a period of years.It gives a fascinating insight into family dynamics and the impact of complex relationships.
Eat and Run, by Scott Jurek
This was one of my non-fiction reads this year that once again got my adrenaline pumping and got me thinking about ultra-marathoning! Reading this inspired me, but also makes me realise that running distances of 50 + miles in one go just isn’t going to happen with this runner (probably!!). Scott Jurek’s story is well worth reading.
The Leipzig Affair, by Fiona Rintoul
I do love a Cold War thriller! I especially love books set in East/West Germany, so this book ticked the boxes. It involves a Scottish lad on an exchange programme who falls in love with an East German girl and ends up entangled with the Stasi. I am looking forward to more books of this ilk from the author.
The Half Life of Hannah and Other Halves, by Nick Alexander
I am cheating a little by including two books, but they follow the same characters in two parts of a story. I really recommend reading both books as you are left with a different perspective of the characters after reading the second part, Other Halves. The story is again about families and their relationships. A husband and wife are forced to really examine themselves as individuals and as a couple. I really enjoyed both books and as stated previously, I am a fan of Nick Alexander’s brand of writing.
Have you read any of these books? What are your favourites? What can you recommend?