I read 26 books during last year. The ones which rated highly with me are given below:-
The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet by Carole Matthews, Headline, 2007, ISBN 9780755335879 – A light easy read, but immensely enjoyable with lots of twists and turns. The writing style included some first person chapters. (This is the sequel of ‘The Chocolate Lovers’ Club’ which I also read this year but did not rate as highly.)
The Glass Painter’s Daughter by Rachel Hore, Pocket Books UK, 2009, ISBN 9781847391407 – I read this in three days as I kept wanting to read more. I do wish I could write like this. Unputdownable.
The Dream House by Rachel Hore, Pocket Books UK, 2006, ISBN 9781416510994 – Really enjoyed this one. Sufficient intrigue, red herrings and sub plot to keep my interest. My mother really enjoyed this too!
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, STSS Publications, 2007, ISBN 9780747582977 – A compelling if harrowing and at times brutal story. I cried buckets at the end.
Reading in Bed by Sue Gee, Headline, 2007, ISBN 9780755339983 – I felt bereaved when I had finished this one. Slightly annoyed by the use of dashes instead of speech marks.
The Mysteries of Glass by Sue Gee, Headline, 2004, ISBN 9780755303106 – a very good book. The author has great descriptive powers. I think there should be a sequel to this book.
Writing From Life by Lynne Hackles, How To Books, 2010, ISBN 9781845284190 – I won this book on a blog competition. (Thank you Lynne Hackles.) A very useful, inspiring book for those considering writing about their own lives or using their life stories as a basis for other writing.
A Place of Secrets by Rachel Hore, Pocket Books, 2010, ISBN 9781847391421 – When I started reading this I was worried that it would not be as good as her other books, but it was actually the best yet.
Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon, Hodder and Stoughton, 2009, ISBN 9780340919200 – After the first few chapters I was hooked. Loved it, as did my mother.
The Buried Circle by Jenni Mills, Harper Press, 2010, ISBN 9780007251230 – Very good, very scary, but compelling read.
Starting Over by Sue Moorcroft, Choc Lit, 2009, ISBN 9781906931123 – Light-hearted read with lots of twists and turns. Enjoyed it very much.
Kidnapped by Nicola Cornick, Mills and Boon Harlequin Historicals, 2009, ISBN 9780263875362 – Another blog competition win. (Thank you Nicola.) Written entirely in the first person in an admirable no nonsense style. I devoured it in a couple of days.
I look forward to many more favourite reads in 2011. My ‘to be read’ pile is huge already.