My New Year's Honours List- My Review of Books 2016

There is no way I could narrow down my reads of 2016 to a list of ten or twenty. I'm too much of a bibliomaniac with too much love for too many books and too many authors. I have read 250 books this year and I am so grateful for all the writers who have provided me with entertainment, enjoyment, pause for thought, moments of spine tingling chills and down right brilliant books this year. I am extremely grateful to all the publishers who have made so many dreams come true with ARCs and the opportunities to take part in blog tours and Q&As with authors, and I am also exceptionally grateful to the book blogging community who are just such a lovely bunch of people and so tremendously supportive with their retweeting and sharing and general enthusiasm for anything bookish. Each and every one of you has made my 2016 brighter and more rewarding.

So, here goes. I'm Katherine and I am a Bibliomaniac. This is my review of 2016 in books.

The first book listed in each category is the winner, followed by either 1 or 2 runners up. 

Books I completely fell in love with:

The Museum of YouA Library of LemonsThe Finding of Martha Lost

Books with a character that completely crept under my skin:

You (You, #1)The Woman Next DoorThings We Have in Common

Books that were literally a stunning work of fiction:

The Night RainbowFive Rivers Met on a Wooded PlainSwimming Lessons

Books that were spine tinglingly chilling:

The Fire ChildMy Sister's Bones

Books that made me laugh:

Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner: A sharply funny read featuring suspicion, seduction and shockwavesImage result for images book queen of blogging183 Times a Year

Books by authors I hadn't read before and then I went out and bought every single thing they'd ever written:

Local Girl MissingThe Sudden Departure of the FrasersThe Shadow HourChosen Child

Books that were debut titles in 2016: 

The Lonely Life of Biddy WeirLie in WaitMy Husband's Son

Books that were a trilogy:

Runaway Girl (Runaway Girl #1)Forgotten Child (Runaway Girl Series book 2)Sins of the Father (Runaway Girl Series book 3)

Hidden gems:

HillstationThe Good Enough MotherThe Red NotebookLet Me Tell You About a Man I Knew

And some special shout outs for the following books which have also gained a special place in my heart this year:

Saving SophieThe Good MotherTall OaksCut To The BoneLying in Wait

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow (The Sinclair’s Mysteries #1)How to Be BraveMilkshakes and Heartbreaks at the Starlight Diner(The Starlight Diner Series #1)Disclaimer

Books I wanted to read this year and have not yet had a chance:

This Must Be the PlaceThe Sister The Bird Tribunal The MuseSilent Scream (D.I. Kim Stone, #1)We Have Always Lived in the CastleTo The Bright Edge of the World

What's at the top of my wish list for 2017?

The UnseeingLittle Sister

What should be at the top of your wish list for 2017?

What Alice Knew

Yes there are a lot of books in this post - too many I know - but I had a lot to choose from and it was agonising!!

You can find reviews of all of the books above (apart from the 8 listed towards the end) on my blog by using the search button. 

I hope you have read a fantastic selection of books over 2016 and I hope you continue to find more and more to read throughout 2017.

Look out for my blogs in January as I have lots of exciting posts lined up and a few changes! It's also getting towards my first anniversary for which there will be a giveaway so keep your eyes peeled and make sure you're following me on Twitter @katherinesunde3 (bibliomaniacuk) for more details! 

Happy New Year! 


  1. There's a new Maggie o'Farrell??!! Ace!!

    I have The Queen of Blogging on my bedside table but haven't managed to make a start yet! And I am definitely going to finally read Martha Lost!

    1. I hope you enjoy them! The new Maggie O'Farrell is out in paperback now.....!

  2. Great post; read one, a few on tbr and a few I want to add to my tbr.

    1. Thank you so much!! hope you enjoy the ones you've added to TBR!

  3. So many lovely books - I really want to read the Isabelle Ashdown in 2017 too - and the Bird Tribunal

  4. Thanks Cleo - there were so many great books to choose from this year! We'll have to compare notes on Isabelle Ashdown and Bird Tribunal when we get around to reading them!


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