It’s that time of year again, and I thought I’d highlight my top reads chosen from the 90 I’ve managed to read, so they’re not necessarily published this year.
The links go to my reviews. Do let me know what you think and tell me about your best reads of 2011 …
- Best debut novel – The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson – A bittersweet comedy that approaches art.
- Darkest novel - Comes the night by Hollis Hampton-Jones – A novel of twins set in the druggy world of the Paris fashion shows.
- Most heart-warming novel - Like Bees to Honey by Carole Smailes – A innovative novel chock full of Meditteranean sunshine.
- Best YA novel – The Double shadow by Sally Gardner. Her first book for older teens and upwards is brilliant and complex.
- Best modern classic in the making – Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. Reminiscent of F Scott Fitzgerald, this great read might have the longevity to make it.
- Best novel published before I was born – The Hopkins Manuscript by R C Sheriff. A post-war dystopia from Persephone.
- Best re-read – Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Didn’t affect me much as a teen, but decades later, I know it could happen.
- Best crime/thriller – Dirty Snow by Georges Simenon. Move over Maigret for some dark and nihilistic noir.
- Most fun read – Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. I’ll be reviewing this soon, but if you’re a Londoner and like funny books, this could be one for you.
- Best cover - A Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked in by Magnus Mills. Gorgeous cover, and a close contender for my book of the year.
… and finally, my Book of the Year 2011 …
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de Witt. This novel resonated with so many of my cultural icons – The Blues Brothers, the Coen Brothers, TV Westerns and more, that I couldn’t help but love it.