Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018
Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018
The last day of 2017 has arrived and if I’m honest it has been quite an uneventful year personally wise. After the devastating year I had in 2016, I’m glad 2017 was quiet. I’ve been on holiday twice in the UK – Somerset (best bit was visiting Cheddar and Wokey Hole) and Center Parcs, which I visited with my youngest son, sister and niece. We also had numerous days out, Chester Zoo is a favourite day out of ours. We also visited the Kite Festival in St Annes (near Blackpool), where the sun shined all day. There is nothing that particularly stands out, except maybe it was the year I turned 40 (on Halloween), reason I get called a witch, hence the logo for the blog.
Blogging wise we have worked exceptionally hard throughout the year. According to Goodreads we have read a total of 426 books – not bad when I set the challenge at 250. The fabulous team of reviewers that review for the blog have worked so hard and without them this blog wouldn’t be the success that it is, so I just want to say a very big personal Thank You to each of them.
There have been numerous books that have stood out for me this year, so many that I’ve split them into categories. I went through my list about five times before managing to whittle it down, think I started with about 60 books that I had chosen.
As a Thank You to you all our followers there is a little giveaway at the bottom of this page – A winner, chosen at random, will win a brand new 8GB Kindle Fire 7. The Giveaway is open to all UK residents and closes midnight on the 7th January – so get entering below for your chance to win.
We don’t review that many non-fiction books, which is a shame, so I narrowed it down to just one book, although there were a couple of other contenders, this one stood out in my mind.
The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler. Great insight into authors you don’t hear about anymore.
Christopher Fowler’s foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from our shelves.
After a lot of back and forth I managed to narrow down my list of novellas to just two. We reviewed a lot of great ones this year. They are perfect if you have limited time or want something fast paced.
Dead over Heels by Theresa Braun. This book may only be 38 pages long but, it is certainly entertaining, and spooky too.
Veronica’s first date with Sebastian not only stirs up a powerful attraction, but also a series of supernatural events that will tear them apart.
Poison in the Heart by ST Englert. At just 51 pages long this is a quick read, but you will be gripped to the fast, exhilarating plot. This is book one, can’t wait for book two.
Stella’s routine life is disrupted when her sweet job turns out to be more than she bargained for. An innocent administrative error reveals that her simple secretarial tasks are a front for the delivery of covert goods and information for a secret trade agency called GRANADA. By mixing up a delivery, she has placed vials of deadly biological weapons in the hands of a defector agent intent on selling the poison to the highest bidder.
This was a hard category to choose my favourites from. There have been so many great YA books that it did take me a while to actually narrow down my choices, in the end I settled on four books that I couldn’t decided between.
This year we started our weekly ‘Children’s Books Tuesday’. We have reviewed a hell of a lot of them so choosing just a few was really hard, even as of this morning I was still choosing the favourites. I eventually managed to choose four of them, but believe me there were a whole lot more that are great books.
As you can imagine this was the hardest category to choose from, mainly because of the vast amount of books that have been read this year. I have narrowed it down to just ten books, so rather than bog you down with ten synopsis and images, I’ve decided to list them below for you. Believe me if you are looking for a great book to read, have a look at the ones below, they won’t disappoint.
As well as reviewing over 400 books we have also interview over 52 fabulous authors on our weekly interview slot (some weeks had joint interviews) – ‘The Writing Life of‘, which you can catch every Thursday. We’ve also hosted numerous authors and their guest posts, took part in too many to remember blog tours, shared with you plenty of cover reveals and of course brought you lots of giveaways. Talking of giveaways, make sure you scroll down to the bottom and enter the Kindle Fire 7 giveaway (UK only).
Once again you have all been wonderful to get to know and interact with this year. This blog wouldn’t be anything without each and every one of you. We are truly grateful for every single person who follows us via our numerous social media accounts and email, you have all been amazing. My personal aim for 2018 is to try to interact that little bit more than I currently do with you all.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading our posts. If there is anything that we don’t currently blog about and you would love to see on here, then we are open to suggestions. This blog is not only for us reviewers to showcase the books that we have read, it is also for you followers to read and enjoy too, so please do let us know if you think of anything.
What’s coming in 2018? I have had a few ideas about new posts but they will most likely be coming later in the year. We will be bringing back one of our old features – the monthly cinema adaptations posts, where at the start of each month we bring you the list of the movies to be released in that month that have been adapted from books. I have also started updating the anniversaries posts – January is completed, the other months are soon to follow suit, so have a quick look there too.
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