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2015 in review… the year the books cried

thats-not-my-foxSo obviously 2015 was pretty damn busy for me and mine, and because of this I’ve read a measly amount of books. At the minute my goodreads total is at 64, and as its 2pm on the 30th December I doubt I’m going to increase that by very much…

That goodreads total doesn’t however include Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone which I read to Spike (we’re halfway through Chamber of Secrets too!) or The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s Child because I’ve read them in previous years and theres no ‘re-read date set’ option on there. It also doesn’t include books that have no actual plot or full sentences that aren’t just repeats of what the last page said. So the 20000 “That’s Not My…” books I’ve read with Spike aren’t on there and neither are the 10 “I can do everything!” books I got her for Christmas, because I thought that would be cheating.

So basically, I have been reading a bit, but its been a struggle. To be honest, for the first half of the year I was a too tired, pregnant mess that didn’t have it in her to read and the second half of the year I’ve had a baby to contend with, so I haven’t done too badly!

Because of this I am going to struggle to do a proper year in review post. In previous years I’ve done a top ten books read, in fact one year I had to do a Jan-Jun/ Jul-Dec  two-parter top ten, but that’s just not happening this year.

I’m just going to give a few shout outs to some of the books I’ve read this year because they are going to stick with me for years to come.

read-me-like-a-book-liz-kesslerThe first has to be Read Me Like A Book by Liz Kessler. When I first heard about this book I was very excited. I knew Liz through other authors and through twitter but hadn’t read her books because she mainly had written MG books. This book excited me because I knew she was a well-renown author and I was intrigued by the idea of a school teacher romance book with lesbian/bi characters. It was so much more than what I was expecting and it is definitely worth a read if you need something amazing to get lost in at the beginning of the new year!

Starring KittySecondly Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton was just awesome. A feel-good, top end of MG book about a girl becoming who she really wants to be and letting that person be known to her friends and family, it was just brilliant. It sat on my shelf for far too long after I read it when it was more of a draft and it was even better this time round. Definitely one I’m saving to give to Spike when she is a bit older!

Other fantastic YA books read this year included One by Sarah Crossan, In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll, The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness and The Door that Led to Where by Sally Gardner – make sure you check those out!

The First Slodge by Jeanne Willis and Jenni DesomndFinally, in my newly found love of picture books (I don’t know why I didn’t read them before I had a kid!) I want to give a shout of to The First Slodge by Jeanne Willis. This picture book was amazing and celebrated sharing and becoming friends with new people in a way that I thought was really special to little kids. I think it will be a firm favourite on the bedtime reading list for a good few years for me and Spike!

So 2015 was the year that my unread books sat on their shelves and cried. They are neglected and I can’t really do much about it. I have had fewer books through for review lately and apologise to the publishers for the delay in getting those reviews up on the site, but I am hoping to get round to some of those books soon!

2016 promises to be an interesting year for me, I’m due back at work in February (lunchtime reading time!!) and obviously theres Spike’s first birthday to look forward to in May. We’re starting to get settled into some kind of routine now and I am hoping that bedtime will be half a chapter of harry potter or a picture book each night so I can carry on reading them. I will be trying to review some of the picture books so expect to see more of those on here but also once I get the little monster to bed I will be kick starting my YA reading again. I’ve just started These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly and expect that to be a great start for my 2016 goodreads list!

spinster-sunday-storytellers-inc-lythamI’m also hoping to get back into the community and be around more, like I used to be! I miss my twitter friends and my blog friends and hope you all miss me and want me back! I promise I will be! I have booked my ticket for my first book event of 2016 already so if you’re attending Spinster Sunday hosted by Storyteller’s Inc in Lytham in February I’ll see you there… if you are not attending, fix that right away and find out more about the event here!

I am still considering YALC, I missed last year because Spike was too tiny and this year I’m not sure about leaving her for that long… but we’ll see what happens with that closer to the time, maybe I can dress her up as a fairy like those from In Darkling Wood and bring her along with me! Anyway, Happy New Year guys and I hope to speak to you soon!