I managed to read quite a lot over the year, exceeding my Goodreads reading challenge. Many excellent books were read and some not so noteworthy. Towards the latter half of the year, I indulged my love for crime fiction which produced some new and fabulous authors for me to try. Some I loved and are now firm favourites, Denzil Meyrick, Craig Robertson, James Oswald and I can't ignore the amazing C.J Tudor.
I also have a passion for History and was not disappointed in the Non Fiction I chose to read this year. Alistair Moffat continues to be a favourite with me alongside Peter Ackroyd. The past few years my Non Fiction selections have been influenced by my travels and this year was no exception.
Finding my favourite read of the year is usually hard to choose, but there was a definite standout for me. THE SEA KINGDOMS by Alistair Moffat was my choice as I loved this book so much that after finishing I just wanted to go back to the start and reread all over again. For me that's the sign of a good book. This is an amazing book about the history of Celtic Britain and Ireland via the sea routes of the west coast of Scotland and east coast of Ireland.
As hard as it was I have come up with my Top 5 Fiction and Non Fiction of books I have read during 2019. I am excited as always at what wonderful books await me in 2020 and the anticipation of finding new authors to explore. There really is nothing better than losing yourself in a book, maybe embarking on an adventure that was inspired by something I have read comes very close.
HAPPY READING 2020.
TOP 5 - FICTION
The Whisper Man - Alex North
The Chalk Man - C J Tudor
The Long Drop - Denise Mina
Coffin Road - Peter May
The Photographer - Craig Robertson
TOP 5 - NON FICTION
The Sea Kingdoms - Alistair Moffat
The Sea Birds Cry - Adam Nicholson
Thames - Peter Ackroyd
The Explorers - Martin Dugard
Ritz and Escoffier - Luke Barr