Appalling though this year has been, I personally have had an excellent reading year. I suppose that's down to the lockdowns and even when we weren't in lockdown we still stayed at home as my husband is one of the at risk people, not high risk but ceratinly medium. So one of the things I did to pass the time was read. Quite a lot... managing 93 books in all, which for me is not bad... I generally average 60 to 70. Of the 93, 28 were non-fiction. So, not too bad. Shockingly, given how bad I usually am at reading my own books, 75 of the 93 books I read were my own!
A few fiction favourites and links to my reviews:
The Returning Tide - Liz Fenwick
Iron Lake - William Kent Krueger
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
Summer at the Lake - Erica James
The Village - Marghanita Laski
The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
Smallbone Deceased - Michael Gilbert
Close Quarters - Michael Gilbert
The Thursday Murder Club - Richard Osman
Choosing a favourite out of those ten is tough as they were all excellent for different reasons and they're a motley bunch. But when all's said and done I think I loved this book the most, this year:
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins kept me glued to my chair and when I wasn't, I worried constantly about the eventual outcome for Marion and Laura. For me that's the sign of a brillaint book.
To War with Whitaker - Hermione Ranfurly
The White Road Westwards - 'BB'
Between the Stops - Sandi Toksvig
Underland - Robert Macfarlane
The Golden Age of Murder - Martin Edwards
And my favourite? Oh dear... it's this that I apparently didn't review. (For shame!)
Underland by Robert Macfarlane was a superb study of all things underground, caves, mines, the Paris catacombs, nuclear waste sites, the inside of Greenland glaciers, and the people who explore them or work there. I thought it was utterly brilliant and now want to read more about this fascinating subject.
So that was 2020, or it will be in a few days, and good riddance! Onwards to 2021 and hopefully a vaccine to end all this madness although I think it will take quite a few months to change very much. In the meantime I have my 2021 shelf of books ready to start and I can't wait.