Wow! 2016 has gone by in a flash. It’s been a turbulent year politically and there are many reasons to want it over and done with. However, I’ve personally made some happy memories and will be thinking about the positive bits of 2016 as we welcome in the new year.
Some of my good memories include my two month trip to Asia, where I read a lot and visited some great bookshops, moving to Prague in July and getting engaged last month. It was all very exciting stuff! I haven’t read and blogged as much as I would have liked though, so hopefully I’ll pick up the habit again in 2017.
But for now I’ll end 2016 you with my five favourite books (in no particular order) that I read this year…
The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
I was sad to be reading the last of the Neapolitan novels but it was the perfect book to pack for my summer holiday in Italy. It’s a wonderful series to get immersed in especially if, like me, you count Naples as one of your favourite cities.
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
I picked this fantastic book up at the beginning of my Asia trip. It’s very readable and non-patronising – a must read for anyone who knows someone who suffers (or who suffers themselves) with anxiety or depression. In fact, I think everyone should read Reasons to Stay Alive.
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
I took me ages to get through this tome. It wasn’t easy and I didn’t enjoy every moment. There is so much to take in and I feel I need to tackle it again at some point, preferably as part of a read-along so that I can discuss the various strands with other people. The ending was particularly intense and distressing, making it one of my most memorable reads this year.
Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain
As this was set in Prague, it was the perfect book to read while I settled in to my new city. I loved reading about places that I know so well and learning about what life was like for expats living here in the early nineties. A brilliant debut novel by Crain.
Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
I’ve done a fair bit of proofreading this year and Lynne Truss has really helped me out. This witty guide to punctuation should be on the bookshelf of every writer, blogger or student!
I discovered so many fantastic bookshops this year in Indonesia and Thailand and I had to include my favourite in this post. Backstreet Books in Chaing Mai wins without a doubt. I spent hours discovering all the nooks and crannies and wish it wasn’t quite so far away! Who knows if I will ever get a chance to visit it again!