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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!


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!


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!


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!


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.


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



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!!


  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.


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