Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of the Year

I never seen to manage to catch themes and pull together lists for ‘Top Ten Tuesday’s at The Broke and the Bookish) at the right time, but this week I’ve finally done it!

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

I had to eliminate re-reads to have a hope of getting down to just ten books, and even after that I had to make some hard decisions, but I think I’ve done it




The Visitors by Rebecca Mascull

A lovely and unusual coming of age story, set in Victorian England.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

I was captivated by the wonderfully wrought story, of an England that had been rebuilt with have the history and presence of magic quite beautifully woven in.

The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E M Delafield

I was nervous about meeting the Provincial Lady, but when I did I found her such wonderful company that I quite forgot my shyness.

The English Air by D E Stevenson

This story of English and German cousins, set as World War II begins, shows D E Stevenson’s strengths and has almost none of her weaknesses.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Storytelling so rich, so profound, that it held me from start to finish of a ridiculously long book.

The Castle on the Hill by Elizabeth Goudge

A slow and thoughtful story of lives reshaped by war, and of the importance of having a place in the world, told with love and understanding.

Griffith Gaunt by Charles Reade

A Victorian novel that really should be better known: it grows from a melodrama, into a psychological novel, into a courtroom drama ….

An Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey

A lovely mix of history, mystery, food and travel

Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart

I love Mary Stewart and I love governess stories, so this was heaven.

The True and Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters by Michelle Lovric

My book of the year to date. It took my breath away ….


Which books would you pick out as your favourites this year?

15 responses

  1. I can only decribe this list as rich and enticing…oh my. I have a stack of books at my elbow right now I am working through (all by the same author) but I can’t wait to get to a couple of your selections! Have I mentioned lately you are amazing?? Thank you for the suggestions!

  2. These lists are such fun! I am taking notes all over the place. I hope the second half of 2014 brings you just as many wonderful books.

  3. That’s a great list. I’ve read and loved some of them (Jonathan Strange, The Count of Monte Cristo and Nine Coaches Waiting) and would like to read all of the others!

  4. I discovered Mary Stewart this year and Nine Coaches Waiting was one of my favorites. For me Hild by Nicola Griffith is the standout book of the year though — and I haven’t even finished it! I also recommend My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead, a wonderful mix of biography, criticism, and memoir.

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