1 January 2017
Five Favourites from 2016
This is the best time of year for increasing an already too long list of 'must-read' books. It's especially good for highlighting reissues of books I never knew existed. One title that jumps to mind is Fair Stood the Wind for France by H. E. Bates (thank you, Kim from Reading Matters).
While it wasn't my most prolific year for reading down to having lots of exhausting fun with a new pup, most of what I read was quite good. It was impossible to narrow down the books I've read to one favourite, but each of my top picks had a pull that made me yearn to get back to them and left a lasting impression. And it has just occurred to me that four of the five titles are by authors I've never read before.
This new year of reading is already off to an excellent start with Long Live Great Bardfield by Tirzah Garwood. I'm only a few pages in but absolutely loving it so far. Full of anecdotal tidbits of childhood perceptions and social mores from around the time of the Great War, it's tiding me over nicely until more copies of Terms and Conditions by Yselda Maxtone Graham are printed. I placed my first order with Slightly Foxed the other day for Issue 52 of their quarterly magazine. No doubt the start of another bookish obsession....Happy New Year!