Skip to main content

2017 Wrap Up and Books of the Year

Merry Christmas and Welcome to my Wrap Up of 2017 and My Annual Books of the Year List!

According to Goodreads, I have read 49 books this year (but I'm sure there were more so I will just include them as I remember them). (I'm 25% of the way through my 50th), so I will begin with a list of the books that I have read this year. There have been some corkers and I have discovered some brilliant new authors and series.

So, here goes...

In 2017 I read:


The Silent Children - Carol Wyer
Little Girl Lost - Carol Wyer
Cold Feet at Christmas - Debbie Johnson
Never Kiss A Man In A Christmas Jumper - Debbie Johnson
Christmas For One - Amanda Prowse
Sleigh Ride and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair - Heidi Swain
The Escape - CL Taylor
Me Life Story : Sofa So Good - Scarlett Moffatt
No Way Back - Kelly Florentia
Entangled - Cat Clarke
Torn - Cat Clarke
Undone - Cat Clarke
Falling - Cat Clarke
Night School #1 - CJ Daugherty
Blood Daughter - Dreda Say Mitchell
The Haunting of Tabitha Grey - Vanessa Curtis
The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson - Paige Toon
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece - Annabel Pilcher
The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club - Chrissie Manby
If You Could See Me Now - Keris Stainton
The Sunshine Sisters - Jane Green
The First Time Mums Club - Lucie Wheeler
Then She Was Gone - Lisa Jewell
Love From Lexie - Cathy Cassidy
Scrappy Little Nobody - Anna Kendrick
The Summer of Impossible Thinngs - Rowan Coleman
The Art of Hiding - Amanda Prowse
Secrets of the Dead - Carol Wyer
The Last Piece of My Heart - Paige Toon
Forever Geek (Geek Girl #6) - Holly Smale
Grief Is the Thing With Feathers - Max Porter
Beautiful Broken Things - Sara Barnard
Bridget Jones' Baby - Helen Fielding
Flawed - Cecelia Ahern
Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses - Carole Matthews
My Not So Perfect Life - Sophie Kinsella
Lily and the Christmas Wish - Keris Stainton
The Cows - Dawn O'Porter
The Queen of Wishful Thinking - Milly Johnson
A Street Cat Named Bob - James Bowen
How To Mend A Broken Heart - Anna Mansell
Asking For It - Louise O'Neill
The Idea of You - Amanda Prowse
Wonder - RJ Palacio
White Lies and Wishes - Cathy Bramley
A Wedding at Christmas - Chrissie Manby

Wow! That is quite good for me! I'm usually a slow reader and one a week is pretty impressive!

Ok, so I'm going to do my books of the year a little differently as I read too many amazing books to just pick 10. I have some categories and special awards!

I'll do my Special Awards first!


BEST CHARACTER IN A SERIES:

DI Robyn Carter by Carol Wyer.
She is the lead in Little Girl Lost, The Silent Children and a few others and is such a kick-ass woman!

BEST NON-FICTION:

Me Life Story : Sofa So Good by Scarlett Moffatt.
This was truly an inspirational, un-put-downable read. Scarlett is so open and honest and raw and I love her for it. I had the pleasure of meeting her soon after reading this and she is a doll! Such a gutsy book from an amazing lady!

BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK:

Love From Lexie by Cathy Cassidy.
Such a lovely story of friendship, bravery, heartbreak and first love. I adored Lexie and her friends. You need to read this, never mind the Teen label on it!

BEST SERIES FINALE:

Forever Geek (Geek Girl #6) by Holly Smale
I am still traumatized by the fact that there will be no more Harriet Manners books. Not only was Harriet an awesome character, she was my friend! This series has been so much fun to read and I have loved getting to know the characters. I cried buckets when I closed this book for the final time.

BEST DEBUT:

How To Mend A Broken Heart by Anna Mansell
This was a beautiful story and I found it really hard to believe it was a debut! I was moved to tears on more than one occasion and look forward to many more books from Anna!

Now, Onto My Top 10 Books of 2017!!


10. White Lies and Wishes - Cathy Bramley

9. My Not So Perfect Life - Sophie Kinsella

8. The Sunshine Sisters - Jane Greem

7. The Escape - CL Taylor

6. Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses - Carole Matthews

5. If You Could See Me Now - Keris Stainton

4. The Worst Case Scenario cookery Club - Chrissie Manby

3. The Idea of You - Amanda Prowse

2. The Queen of Wishful Thinking - Milly Johnson

AND MY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 IS......


THEN SHE WAS GONE BY LISA JEWELL







Congratulations to all of my winners and thank you all for the amazing books! It truly has been a wonderful year of reading! Thank you to all of the amazing publishers for sending me so many wonderful reads and allowing me to do what I love! xxx

I already have some beauties lined up for 2018 and I can't wait to get started!

Merry Christmas and all the very Best for 2018!!










Comments

  1. Oh my! Thank you Trish so much for awarding Robyn the title of Best Character in a Series. You have no idea how much that means to me (and her). I might have gulped back a tear or two.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Review - Sofa, So Good; Me Life Story by Scarlett Moffatt

I am so, so excited to be bringing you my review of Sofa, So Good; Me Life Story by Scarlett Moffatt!!

What They Say:
Fact: Did you know, over its lifespan, your sofa will witness roughly 293 arguments and 1,369 cuddles?
Hiya, my name's Scarlett Moffatt and I love random facts. Almost as much as I love sitting on me sofa. You might know me best from my most famous and celebrated sit thus far on the I'm A Celebrity throne. You might also know me from all sorts of other seats, most especially my Gogglebox sofa. Well this book is my attempt at telling me life story through a whole series of them!
So I'd like you right now to stop what you're doing and take a seat, whether it be in the comfort of your own home, on the top deck of the bus, on the tube (so you don't have to make eye contact with anybody) or on the throne of the house (a.k.a. the toilet). I want you to get comfortable and get ready to laugh, cry and maybe even learn a bit, as I chat to you about some of t…

Blog Tour Stop with Review - The Silent Children by Carol Wyer

Amazon Links

UK🇬🇧http://amzn.to/2hcKJdFUS🇺🇸http://amzn.to/2xfylD8


What They Say:
The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this...

Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed.

Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint. 

Then a nurse is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her friend’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies connected, and has the killer only just begun?

When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, …

Blog Tour Stop with Review - The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer

Welcome to my stop on the Blog blitz for the fabulous third Instalment in the DI Robyn Carter series!


What They Say:

One girl found dead. Another girl gone... Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever... When a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer. No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial-killer.  As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.  Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’…