The books I have loved this year, by coincidence, have all been by women and for the same reason: their writing is just incredible. All have an amazing mastery of the English language, showing worlds and characters in such a way that make them feel very true and real. So much so, I wanted to savour every word, then go back and start again once I had finished.
I would whole-heartedly recommend:
- The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, by Joanna Cannon.
- This Must Be The Place, by Maggie O’Farrell.
- A God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson.
- I Found You, by Lisa Jewell.
- The Muse, by Jesse Burton.
- And a classic: The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath.
Strangely, I have also discovered an interest in neurosurgery and the brain. Do No Harm by Henry Marsh, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi and The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, are all fascinating.
And finally, the women that made me laugh so much tea came out of my nose:
- How to be Champion, by Sarah Millican.
- Yes Please, by Amy Poehler.
- And Moranthology, by Caitlin Moran.
I have way too many books on my bookshelves I haven’t read. I always promise myself I won’t buy anymore until I’ve read the ones I have, but nooooo….
First up: more Maggie O’Farrell, Ragdoll by Daniel Cole that I’ve heard so much about, and I’m going to try a bit of Liane Moriarty, after I loved Big Little Lies. I’ve kind of forgotten about Adele Parks in 2017, so I have some catching up to do there, plus Ian Rankin’s latest. And I love a bit of weird, so Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is definitely the way forward.
And finally, my first novel, a psychological thriller called The Dream Wife, is out in 2018. So I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention that… and more to come on that topic in the future, I’m sure!
Merry Christmas, and happy reading!