Blog Post: Farewell 2016

Hello my fellow bookworms,

Is anyone else as happy as I am to farewell 2016? Thankfully, the book world has remained fabulous, despite the real word looking a little dubious…

This time of year is synonymous with reflection and I cannot help but think back over the incredible year of books it has been… I am so thankful that there are so many talented people who share their stories with us…

In a moment of madness, I set my Goodreads goal for 2016 at 150 books… a huge number, even for me! I didn’t account for all the distractions and madness the year would bring. I have snuck in at 97 (according to Goodreads) but that doesn’t account for the rereads and all the picture books and manuscripts I read. Perhaps I landed a little closer than I thought!

2016 was the year of ‘domestic noir’ in the follow on from the Gone Girl craze. Unfortunately, psychological thrillers are one of the few genres that I don’t read… I have enough trouble sleeping as it is! My TBR pile is a constant source of sleeplessness… it is out of control! I will buy less books in 2017… (does anyone out there believe me?)… I can’t help that there are SO many amazing books to read… and pretty ones too!

Speaking of, I tried to make a short list of my favourite books for the year and failed miserably. I found enjoyment in so many books… however these were some of my stand outs (in no particular order…)

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers – this is a children’s picture book and is exquisite in every way. I get teary every time I read it… it has become my go to book for inspiration. Find a copy, sit down in a quiet spot, and enjoy the beauty…

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – This is book two to Six of Crows and sits comfortably at the top of my most loved fantasy series. It is dark, gritty and smart with brilliantly written banter and a playfulness that keeps the darkness at bay.

The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose – this book resonated with my soul. I love art and this book spoke to me on many levels… I cannot recommend it enough!

The Moth – this is a collection of true stories told through The Moth forum. Humans are fascinating and this book takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary!

Iris and the Tiger by Leanne Hall – this is a children’s book about art that is fun and magical and an utter joy!

Sing Fox to Me by Sarah Kanake – I have enjoyed Australian literature the most this year! Sarah’s debut novel is fantastic – I loved the writing, her tone and the story she tells. Brilliant!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – this is book two in her new series and it is the most addictive book I read this year. I disliked the first book so much I almost didn’t buy this one but boy, am I glad I did! It is fun, sassy with a great cast of characters. I also get the feeling Maas enjoys writing this series more…

The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub – A typical teen read set in high school with many cliché events however what made this one stand out for me was the empathy in the writing. Ayoub doesn’t treat her characters like they’re stupid. She gives them room to make mistakes without judgment and treats them kindly…

How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen – an essay about reading and books, enough said!

Bookshelf by Lydia Pyne – another essay, however this one is about the history of the bookshelf and how culturally significant it has become! A fascinating read!

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley – a book about books, set in a bookshop. This book is a long love letter to books and the art of reading. It is sweet and sad and will melt your heart.

I think that’s enough from me… otherwise I will be sitting here all night! I wish you all a very happy new year and hope that all your bookish dreams come true in 2017. May the year be filled with good books, good company, and lots of joy…


Katherine x


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