This year I have read 41 books maybe 42 if I get ‘Christmas Under a Starlit Sky’ by Holly Martin finished today.
Reading has been my saviour towards the end of this year due to having horrible panic attacks and not feeling myself – reading really relaxes me so helps take my mind off my anxiety problem.
Anyway here is my top ten books of 2016 in no particular order, I loved them all.
‘Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky’ by Holly Martin.
I adored this book and its characters especially Pip and Gabe, the main characters who are reunited after 12 years and still have an incredible chemistry. Although it is set in Edinborough I couldn’t help but picture Lapland whilst reading this and it made me want to return there.
‘The Plumberry School of Comfort Food’ by Cathy Bramley
This book really appealed to me as I am a Foodl Technician in a secondary school, so I assist the students when they are cooking. The story flowed really well and was full of great innuendos. Verity hasn’t cooked so much as a fish finger sandwich since her best friend Mimi died, so when Mimi’s mother Gloria needs a hand with her cookery school, Verity agrees and goes to her aid. Verity is revived through the cookery school and makes lots of new friends. I especially loved Mags, she had a good sense of humour and was a loyal friend to all.
‘The One We Fell in Love With’ by Paige Toon
My all time favourite author Paige Toon released this beautiful heart-breaking but uplifting book this year and so far it is my favourite Paige Toon book although there are still some I have not read ! The main characters in this book are triplets Rose, Phoebe and Eliza. I loved it how although they were identical triplets they had such different personalities. This is a book that had me crying at times.
‘One Last Summer at Hideaway Bay’ by Zoe Cook.
A fantastic debut novel set in Cornwall. This book was so well written that I wouldn’t have thought it was a debut. A story full of twists. Lucy gets a letter from an old flame Tom, asking her to go back to Cornwall and although Lucy is unsure whether to or not she does return to where she grew up and she softens from the selfish woman she had become. There are lots of secrets within this story.
‘Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery’ by Jenny Colgan.
Christmas is not complete without a Jenny Colgan festive read. It was so nice to be reunited with Polly, Huckle and Neil but also we get to know Kerensa more in this story and realise she is not as stuck up as you may think. As always Jenny included recipes at the end which are always a nice touch I think.
For more of an insight of what I thought of these books and many more please visit my reviews.
Happy New Year , here’s to many more great books xx