Better late than never, right? Also, check out my favourite books from previous years:
wanted to be. It’s simultaneously really easy to read and really
difficult. It’s quite obviously not a happy story. There are no chirpy
evacuees, no whirlwind romances and no duck-shaped gas marks. This is
solely one soldier’s experiences of life at the Front and it is brutal.’
ending, but it’s been going round and round in my head since I finished
reading and I don’t think it could have ended any other way. It just fit
the theme perfectly. Speaking of, the theme of ‘collection’ is hinted
at throughout the book, but in an oh-so-subtle way and it’s very clever.
The final paragraphs are appropriate and haunting, and I LOVE THIS BOOK.’
more the subject of the book. We stop off at secret hacker planet for
semi-legal ship modifications, visit the home planets of the some of the
crew and deal with moral issues relating to medical treatment and
consent. It’s way more interesting than a travel tunnel!’
It was honestly like she was inside my head. She has flaws, but not
those exaggerated traits that fictional characters are often given to pad them out a bit. She was so, so real. She was likeable, for the most part, but those parts where she wasn’t so perfect just made her relatable.’
but it’s so subtle. I didn’t mark down any quotes because I essentially
wanted to quote the entire book, but it says thing like ‘our story
follows Sugar, so don’t bother following Caroline. It’ll be warmer where
Sugar’s going anyway, so let’s walk with her into the brightly-lit
it’s better written than my feeble attempt, but you get the idea. It’s
not like that 100% of the time or it would drive us bad, but it’s just
6) The Chronicles of St Mary’s by Jodi Taylor
This is a light-hearted series about a group of historians who travel back in time for research purposes. I’ve reviewed the first one, but I’ve actually just finished the fourth.
They definitely have their faults (although the writing is getting better as the books continue), but they’re so much fun that I really don’t mind.
‘There is actually a detailed over-arching plot, which impressed me. I expected Just One Damned Thing After Another to be a sort of set-up book for the series, just sorting out the Institute and how Max got her job, etc. I suspect this storyline is convoluted enough to last throughout
the entire series (seven books at time of writing) and it surprised me
that such an idea was implemented halfway through Book One.’
7) Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good by James Davies
This is a non-fiction book about the development of psychiatry, medication and diagnostic criteria. It’s really accessible and well-written, by an author who really seems to care about his subject.
It deals with the over-diagnosis of emotions (like classing bereavement as a mental disorder), unnecessarily medicating children and the politics involved in something as simple as diagnosing illness.
It’s worth a read if you have even a passing interest in mental health.
8) Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas
It’s funny, I never actually want to pick these books up when I’ve bought them. I always think that I won’t enjoy it so I put it off and put it off… even though I’ve done this so many times that I know it’s not true. It’s just that I loved the first few books, when they were simpler and before the fairies and elves and things were introduced, and now they’re just… different.
Anyway, I loved this book, as I always do. There were some brilliant twists and an absolute shocker of an ending, even if it did go on a tad too long and the unecessary pairing-everybody-up isn’t necessary.
I know I’m not being convinving that I liked this book, but I really did!
9) Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine by Dr Paul Offit
Another non-fiction. This one is absolutely fascinating. It discusses.variety of topics from a close examination of Christian Science, televangelists, child abuse,
abortion, etc. It’s a well-balanced book with case studies, excerpts
from the Bible and also scientific studies, which results in a discussion, not a rant.
‘Bad Faith is heart-breaking and shocking. I finished this book whilst getting a train to York to see a show, and I couldn’t get it out of my head during the train ride or the show itself. Some aspects hurt me, some angered me and others just caused bewilderment at how anybody could think that was acceptable.’
I read these way back in January 2016 and they nearly slipped my mind!
The first book, Cinder, was okay-ish, but then the series really improves from there. I’m still not sure it needed the fairytale links, but it’s well worth a read regardless.
‘I thought it was actually a pretty fitting conclusion. Not as simple as it could have been, which I give Marissa Meyer full credit for. I’ve said it in my previous of reviews of this series – it’s a good plot. There’s a convulted political history and intricate delicacies that stop juuuuuuust short of being too much.’