It’s fun looking back over a year of reading to see what stands out from the record in my Book Notebook. These are my top 5 reads from 2016 (in alphabetical title order):
Bitch in a Bonnet by Robert Rodi. A book of literary criticism about Jane Austen’s novels that was fun and thought-provoking (please take it for granted that my 6 top reads every year are invariably Jane Austen’s books)
Images and Shadows by Iris Origo, a memoir by a fabulous Anglo / Italian writer showing how she came to be a writer. Gorgeous!
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot. I hadn’t read it for many years and it was a delight to re-visit. I’d forgotten how funny much of it is.
I’m a great fan of detective fiction and this year have enjoyed books by murder mystery writers Rory Clements, Donna Leon, Deborah Crombie, Peter Robinson, Camilla Lackberg, Nicci French, Felicity Young, Catherine Lloyd, and others.
Can you make a list of your Top 5 books of the year? I’d love to hear your recommendations. Please list them by leaving a comment. What about my list of authors? Do you enjoy reading murder mysteries?
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