Best Picks 2020

Stories have been at the heart of my Covid year. Stories have kept me sane and cheerful in a world that has changed, maybe forever. When choosing my top reading picks for 2020 I have chosen memorable books that have challenged my thinking and put me in my happy reading place. Enjoy! Kassabova, Kapka (2020)… Continue reading Best Picks 2020

Best Picks 2019

When it comes to choosing my best books it always comes down to story - what gets me thinking, keeps resonating, encourages me to share continually, and sometimes gets my heart racing.  2019's top ten reads do just that. Enjoy! 1. Macfarlane, Robert (2019). Underland: A Deep Time Journey. A truly epic human journey into… Continue reading Best Picks 2019

Best Picks 2018

As a big reader of fiction I am always surprised that when I come to do this annual summary of the year's best reads that the most memorable titles are always non-fiction.  I am pleased to present my best picks for 2018. Enjoy! 1. Kassabova, Kapka (2017) Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe. Breathtaking… Continue reading Best Picks 2018

Best Picks 2017

It's always hard to limit your best reads in a high reading year to only ten. Whilst I am still bingeing on psychological thrillers, it is non-fiction that has caught much of my attention this year.  These are my top ten reads for 2017: Strout, Elizabeth (2017) Anything is possible. Viking. Although not strictly a sequel… Continue reading Best Picks 2017

June Picks

Halson, Penrose (2016) Marriages are made in Bond Street: True stories from a 1940s Marriage Bureau. Macmillan. Before Tinder, and sex-before-marriage, there was marriage and match-making. Mary Oliver and Heather Jenner set up the Marriage Bureau in the late 1930s on London's Bond Street and clients from all walks of life soon started queuing.  They devised their own esoteric formula… Continue reading June Picks

Best Picks 2015

As an eclectic reader I read whatever takes my fancy. The following are my personal top 10 picks of 2015: 1. Wilder, Laura Ingalls (2014) Pioneer Girl: The annotated autobiography. South Dakota Historical Society Press. Pioneer Girl was the foundation for Wilder’s fictional world. This volume inclusive of primary sources provides new insights into Wilder’s life and times. Remarkable.  March Picks 2015. 2. Tyler, Anne… Continue reading Best Picks 2015

Best Picks 2014

Although I read many great books in 2014 the following are my personal top 10 picks of the year: 1. Chang, Jung (2013) Empress Dowager Cixi; the concubine who launched modern China.  Cape.  Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) brought China into the modern age. Fascinating in its detail. Jan's Holiday Reads - January 2014. 2.  Koch, Herman (2014) Summer House with Swimming Pool (Translated from the… Continue reading Best Picks 2014