Top 5 Books I Read in 2016

Looking for your next book? Not sure what to read? Need a recommendation? Look no further! Underneath I’ve listed the 5 best books I read last year and they’re goodies. At the bottom I also listed what I’m planning to read next.

1. Atonement by Ian McEwan | I made the error of watching this film before I read the book, but the writing still drew me into the plot all over again. It is a book of 2 halves divided by an attack on a young girl. The first half in particular, leading up to the attack of a young girl, was the part I found the most engaging. However, the second half was intriguing as it deals with the consequences of the attack and young Briony’s false account of what she witnessed.

2. Howard’s End by E.M. Forster | This book had been sat on my bookshelf for a while and when I finally read it I was so glad I had. It feels so very English but I love the way it deals with the different classes, the relationship between the Schlegel sisters and the relationships between the Wilcox Family and the Schlegel family.
3. A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale | This is about an Englishman called Harry Cane who comes to Canada after his homosexual affair is discovered. He is given some land to build into a farm. The descriptions of the difficulties he faces are so engrossing you can’t put this book down. Just read it if you can, it’s brilliant.
4. Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier | This book is such a romantic adventure book full of pirates, secret bays and love affairs. The protagonist, Dona, faces the choice of a respectful yet boring life with her children or an exciting life on the run with the man she loves. Du Maurier is one of my favourite writers of all time.
5. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters | The family I used to work for before my current family introduced me to Sarah Waters, and I’m so glad they did. This book is a bit different to the other novels Waters has written. Normally her books feature a lesbian couple at the centre whilst this one is about a presence haunting Hundreds Hall and tormenting the Ayres family. Truly scary but totally gripping.

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Books on my to-read-list for next year

1. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry | This was a Christmas present from Tom and I can’t wait to start it. The story sounds great and the cover is so pretty!
2. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihar | Dom reckons this is the best book he’s ever read. High praise indeed! I’m desperate to read this one.
3. The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson | I picked this book up recently. I’ve read We Have Always Lived in the Castle and I loved it. When I get round to it, I’ve got high hopes for this one. I always enjoy reading the Penguin “Modern Classics” series.
4. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel | I don’t know how I still haven’t read this book. It’s been so popular, I just hope it lives up to all the hype!
5. Middlemarch by George Eliot | This book was another present from the family I used to work for who I mentioned earlier. According to Dadboss this is one of the greatest books of all time!

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26 Years Old!

Tom turned 26 years old today. So I wanted to write a little bit about him. We’ve been together for 7 and a half years now, married for 5 months. I know marrying him was the best decision of my life. I was 17 when we met and I just absolutely knew we would marry each other one day. It was just a certain fact that I knew. Look how young you looked that day on Cabopino beach!

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He keeps me young, which is a strange thing to say at 25 years old, but it’s very true. Left to my own devises, I’m a bit of a hermit who likes to stay home and read my books, but Tom likes to get out there and live life first hand, carpe diem and all that. He’s so outgoing and sociable. He brings me to life and life would be so boring without him. Never grow up Tom, although let’s face it there’s no chance of that happening.

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This is a picture of us at the pub in my second year of college. He lived in Henley and I lived in a small village in West Sussex. He would drive down and see me every weekend or even pick me up and take me with him to Henley. Every weekend. Without fail. I used to count down the days of the week til I could see him on that Friday night. In my dads speech at our wedding he summed up Tom’s love of life pretty well when he talked of his never failing optimism. It’s so contagious and he just spreads that optimism everywhere he goes. He don’t take anything in life too seriously and has fun every minute of every day.

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Tom has a total love for his family and it’s something that he never lets go of. His heart is just so fiercely loyal and true. I’m the luckiest girl in the world to be your wife Tom, and I’ll remind myself that every day.

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Your pretty handsome too…

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