This year I read over 100 books. The vast majority I loved and have listed some of my favourite books below. I love reading about other peoples favourites, so I hope you enjoy mine!

I loved The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer (author of Twilight books).
A contemporary book, that was really quite different from her other books and I had no idea where it was going!.


White Silence and Dark Light by Jodi Taylor
I love Jodi’s time travel book and these were completely different! I am hoping for a book 3 and 4!


This was a wee gem of a series of books called The Miramonde Series by Amy Maroney. The Girl from Oto, Mira’s Way, A Place in the World


Romanov by Nadine Brandes

I’m always fascinated by historical mysteries and it doesn’t get any bigger than Anastasia Romanov. An alternative ending to a well known tale


House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
804 pages of epicness. I love Sarah’s books and escaping into another world!


City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
This was the first fiction book of Liz Gilberts book that I have read. I picked it up because of the reviews on how it was such an entertaining read about showgirls in New York in the 1940s. Loved it!


Feathertide by Beth Cartwright

A lovely fairytale on being different, and the things that scare and seperate us are often the things we need to lean into!


Harley Merlin 17: Finch Merlin and the Legend of the Luminary by Bella Forrest

I have been reading this series on Kindle Unlimited. One book a month for the last year and a half! It’s been a fab way to read a series, coming back to old friends every month.


Untamed: Stop Pleasing, Start Living by Glennon Doyle

I’m finishing my list with this one. I read it in a day. If you only read one book from this list, then this one. It’s groundbreaking.



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