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My Top 12 Books of 2017

Well, it’s New Year’s Eve already and I really don’t understand where this year has gone.  I have had some ups and downs blogging wise and haven’t read half as much as I wanted to, but I’m pleased to say all is good with me now and I am feeling very positive.

I’ve read some fabulous books this year and it’s now time to choose my Top 12.

 

1.  ‘Deep Down Dead’ by Steph Broadribb

 

‘Deep Down Dead’ was published in paperback in January of this year by the fabulous Orenda Books.  I wasn’t too sure if this book would be for me, but I needn’t have worried as I was soon hooked.  If I remember rightly I think I was slightly late to work because of it, i.e. I couldn’t put it down.  Here is my review:

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/deep-down-dead-by-steph-broadribb/

 

2.   ‘Fade to Dead’ by Tara Moore

 

March was an incredibly busy month for my blog as it’s when I did my two week Urbane Event.  ‘Fade to Dead’ was published last year and it is the first book in the Jessica Wideacre series.  I absolutely loved it and I want to read more by this author.  Here is my review:

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/book-review-fade-to-dead-by-tara-moore/

 

3.  ‘Six Stories’ by Matt Wesolowski

 

‘Six Stories’ was published in paperback by Orenda Books in March.  I took part in the blog tour for this book and it was so different to anything I have ever read before.  I just loved it.  Here is my review:

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2017/03/29/blog-tour-six-stories-by-matt-wesolowski/

 

4.  ‘The Lies Within’ by Jane Isaac

 

I had the pleasure of taking part in the blog tour for ‘The Lies Within’ which was published by Legend Press.  Until then I had never read any of Jane Isaac’s books.  I was totally gripped and I loved it from start to finish.  I am really looking forward to reading more by this fabulous author.  Here is my review:

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/blog-tour-the-lies-within-by-jane-isaac/

 

5.  ‘The Wild Air’ by Rebecca Mascull

 

Rebecca Mascull has done it again with this book, published by Hodder & Stoughton.  It was absolutely incredible and I loved everything about it.  I also was lucky enough to meet Rebecca at her book launch for which I won a ticket.  You can read my review and write up on the launch here:

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/the-wild-air-by-rebecca-mascull/

 

6.  ‘Skin Deep’ by Laura Wilkinson

 

Laura Wilkinson is one of my favourite authors.  I have read and reviewed all her novels so far and was delighted to take part in the blog tour for ‘Skin Deep’ which was published by Accent Press.  This lady is so very talented and can turn her hand easily to writing about different subjects.  I could have cried with joy at being mentioned in the acknowledgements and at having my review quoted inside the book too.  Here is my review:

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/blog-tour-skin-deep-by-laura-wilkinson/

 

7.  ‘No Accident’ by Robert Crouch

 

I was given the wonderful opportunity to take part in the blog tour for this book.  I thoroughly enjoyed ‘No Accident’ and was delighted to discover yet another new author and to start reading another series.  You can read my review here:

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/blog-tour-no-accident-by-robert-crouch/

 

8.  ‘Lost in the Lake’ by A.J. Waines

 

I was delighted when A.J. Waines invited me to take part in her blog tour.  ‘Lost in the Lake’ is the second book in the Dr Samantha Willerby series.  I hadn’t read the first one but this didn’t spoil things for me.  I totally loved it and I can’t wait to read more by this author.  Here is my review:

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/blog-tour-lost-in-the-lake-by-a-j-waines/

 

9.  ‘No Way Back’ by Kelly Florentia

 

I absolutely loved ‘No Way Back’ which was published in September by Urbane Publications.  I could kick myself for not having read Kelly Florentia’s first novel.  Kelly’s writing is incredible and I really can’t wait to read her next book.  You can read my review here:

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2017/11/11/no-way-back-by-kelly-florentia/

 

 

10.  ‘You’re Next’ by Michael Fowler

Until recently I had never read any of Michael Fowler’s books.  But then I was invited to take part in the blog tour for ‘You’re Next’ and I’m so glad I took part.  Published by Caffiene Nights Publishing, this is the second book in the DS Scarlett Macey series and I really enjoyed it.  I will definitely be reading more of this author’s books.  Here is my review:

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2017/11/25/blog-tour-youre-next-by-michael-fowler/

 

11.  ‘Hell to Pay’ by Rachel Amphlett

 

I have read this series from the start and loved every single book, but I think ‘Hell to Pay’ has to be my favourite.  It was a real pleasure taking part in the blog tour.  I can’t wait to read more by Rachel Amphlett.  Here is my review:

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/blog-tour-hell-to-pay-by-rachel-amphlett/

 

12.  ‘Brighter Days Ahead’ by Mary Wood

When Mary Wood was looking for people to take part in her blog tour I was happy to help as I really liked the sound of ‘Brighter Days Ahead’, which was published in November by Pan Books.  It’s been absolutely ages since I have read a saga and I absolutely loved it.  I now want to read this author’s backlist.

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2017/12/06/blog-tour-brighter-days-ahead-by-mary-wood/

 

I hope you have all enjoyed finding out what my top 12 books of the year are.  I look forward to reading many more great books next year.

 

My Top 10 Books of 2016

top-10This is the first time I have actually compiled a list.  2016 has seen some fantastic books being published and I felt they should be mentioned.  Here are my favourites:-

 

1.  ‘Nightblind’ by Ragnar Jónasson

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This is the second book in the Dark Iceland series and one I recommend to all fans of crime.  You can read my review here:-

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/blog-tour-nightblind-by-ragnar-jonasson/

 

2.  ‘You And Me, Always’ by Jill Mansell

you-and-me-always

This was the very first book I had ever read by Jill Mansell and I’m so glad I did.  It was absolutely delightful.  Here is my review:-

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/blog-tour-you-and-me-always-by-jill-mansell/

 

3.  ‘Redemption Song’ by Laura Wilkinson

redemption-song

Having really enjoyed Laura Wilkinson’s previous two books I couldn’t wait to read ‘Redemption Song’.  I thought this to be a wonderful story.  Here is my review:-

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/blog-tour-redemption-song-by-laura-wilkinson/

 

4.  ‘Song of the Sea Maid’ by Rebecca Mascull

song-of-the-sea-maid

This was a truly amazing and fascinating story and one I found very hard to put down.  Here is my review:-

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/blog-tour-song-of-the-sea-maid-by-rebecca-mascull/

 

 

5.  ‘In Her Wake’ by Amanda Jennings

in-her-wake

This book has been on one hell of a journey this year.  I loved this book and knew from the start that I was going to enjoy it.  Here is my review:-

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/blog-tour-in-her-wake-by-amanda-jennings/

 

6.  ‘The Butcher Bird’ by S D Sykes

the-butcher-bird

Having thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the Oswald de Lacy series I couldn’t wait to read this book.  I expected great things and I wasn’t let down.  Here is my review:-

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2016/05/21/the-butcher-bird-by-s-d-sykes/

 

7.  ‘The Optician’s Wife’ by Betsy Reavley

the-opticians-wife

This book was fantastic.  It really grabbed me and played with my mind.  Here’s my review:-

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2016/06/18/the-opticians-wife-by-betsy-reavley/

 

8.  ‘The Constant Soldier’ by William Ryan

the-constant-soldier

I loved this book.  From the very first chapter I was drawn into the story.  Here’s my review:-

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/the-constant-soldier-by-william-ryan/

 

9.  ‘Doorways’ by Robert Enright

doorways

I was totally hooked from the start and found this book very hard to put down.  I was taken on an exciting and unstoppable journey.  Here’s my review:-

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2016/10/13/blog-tour-doorways-by-robert-enright/

 

10.  ‘Dancers in the Wind’ by Anne Coates

dancers-in-the-wind

I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Dancers in the Wind’ and I loved the element of suspense throughout.  Here’s my review:-

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2016/11/04/dancers-in-the-wind-by-anne-coates/

 

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