Segnalibro Book of the Year 2015

I’ve read some phenomenal books this year, many that I probably wouldn’t have picked up without prompting. My regular Book of the Month updates have often been fraught with indecision and plenty of to-ing and fro-ing. Of course, whether a reader likes or dislikes a book is very much personal choice and I don’t expect every reader to agree with my opinions on every book that I review, nor would I agree with every other reader on their opinions. However, that books can start passionate conversations about their merits or flaws is a wonderful thing and if nothing else, I’d like to think that my site allows for a healthy debate on the books that I review.

Setting myself the challenge of picking just one book that has been the best of the best (in my humble opinion, of course) was much harder than I thought it would be. The books I had chosen as Book of the Month throughout the year were fantastic in all manner of ways and to try and pick one has been difficult. So I’ve modified my original plan to just pick one book that is, above all, my Book of the Year and I’ve picked a top 3. Of course, there is one official Book of the Year, but it was so tight at the top that I just couldn’t stop there. So, here goes…

Third in my top three is…

Stories i only tell my friends

Whilst there will undoubtedly be some cynics who think this choice is down to Mr Lowe being God’s gift to women, my actual reasons for this choice is because I have read this book at least 6 times and I still enjoy it as much as I did the first time I read it. I love how Lowe is self-deprecating, but not to a degree where he is courting sympathy, and confident in his own abilities without being arrogant. I think that this is a tough balance to get right but Lowe absolutely nails it in this, and it’s sequel, Love Life. Certainly the best celebrity autobiography I’ve read, which is why it has it’s rightful place in my top 3 for 2015.

My second spot goes to…

One man crusade

No book, for a very long time, has had such an emotional impact on me as I’ve read it. I still wax lyrical about this book to everyone I meet and it was very hard to discern which book was going to be my Book of the Year between this one and the one that I’ve eventually given the title to. This book is set locally to where I live, so straight away, I felt an affinity to it, but what left me dumbstruck was Suttie’s construction of his novel, giving a matter-of-fact narrative voice to such an emotive plot, allowing the reader to create their own emotional connection because of the journalistic reporting of events. It was, and still is, a stand-out book for me, and although it may be second in my top three, it was a very close decision!

So which book made the top spot?

The Segnalibro Book of the Year is…

The demon of darkling reach

In theory, this book should not have been my favourite book of the year. It is a fantasy novel set in medieval times, and as someone who isn’t usually that keen on fantasy novels or historical novels, it was a big surprise to me as to how blown away I was by this book, as well as its sequels, The White Queen and The Black Prince: Part One and Two. As I’ve previously said, PJ Fox tells a brilliant tale and her characterisation is remarkable. She has the ability to shock, surprise and grip the reader from the beginning of her books to the very last page, and then some! One feature that I absolutely loved about this series was that Fox has embraced the classical style of writing, in terms of the detailed descriptions and the character features, yet has removed all the irritations of the classics and included some more modern features to write, in my opinion, a wonderfully intelligent novel that should absolutely be considered a modern classic that people read over and over in years to come. I plan to buy the paperback versions of the full series as I adore these books so much. I’m kind of secretly hoping that one day, PJ Fox will revisit Isla and Tristan and tell some more of their tale.

So there you have it, my Segnalibro Book of the Year! I’d be happy to hear your thoughts, but in the meantime, thank you so much for all your support in my first year as a blogger/reviewer, and I wish you all the very best for 2016!

 

Lisa

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