Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

Goodbye 2017

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.


My family (minus the eldest) We are all bad at taking selfies

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.

ya list 2017

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans

The Hate you Give by Angie Thomas

Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

The Jungle by Pooja Puri


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.

childrens 2017

Pop-up Shakespeare by The Reduced Shakespeare Company

Julius Zebra Bundle with the Britons! by Gary Northfield

Red and Lulu by Matt Tavares

Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig


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.

top-ten-books new

Dr Jekyll and Mr Seek by Anthony O’Neill

The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days by Juliet Conan

Gaslight and Fog by Deanna Madden

Spandex and the City by Jenny T Colgan

Summary Justice by John Fairfax

13 Dates by Matt Dunn

Chateau of Happily-Ever-After by Jaimie Admans

The Dry by Jane Harper

The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morrey

A Winter’s Tale by Carrie Elks

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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There isn’t much more to say except, here’s to a brighter, healthier, happier 2018. See you all in 2018.

happy new year everyone


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26 Responses

  1. Nia says:

    It’s been great fun and a privilege to contribute to Whispering Stories! Thank you so much for all the graft in keeping this site so beautiful Nx

  2. Sandra Bald says:

    The keeper of lost things by Ruth Hogan

  3. Rosie Amber says:

    Well done everyone on Whispering Stories, you do a great job.
    One of the best books I’ve read this year has been The One Memory Of Flora Banks by Emily Barr.

  4. DJ Sakata says:

    I read soooo many excellent books it is just to hard to narrow it down to 1… but as far as a mesmerizing tale and quality of storytelling, I’d have to go with Hanna Who Fell From The Sky by Christopher Meades.

  5. Rachel says:

    Glad to see you had such a great year! Here’s to more positivity and successes in 2018!

  6. Gemma says:

    It sounds like you have a fantastic year and read some fantastic books. The Hate U Give was one of my favourite books of the year too.
    Gemma @

  7. Andrea Upton says:

    Happy new year! I have read lots of good books this year it is so difficult to pick out just one, but I really enjoyed Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

  8. Heidi says:

    Oh my goodness, I have so many favorites. The Nightingale was one of my favorites.

    And so sweet of you giveaway a Kindle!

  9. I’ve read so many awesome books this past year that I just couldn’t narrow them down!

  10. What a great year 🙂 Looking forward to seeing more from you in 2018!

  11. Julie says:

    Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

  12. Christina A. says:

    That’s a really hard question but my personal friend, Dee Kelly, writes books and I read some of her books in 2017 and really enjoyed see her creativity on pages!

  13. Lisa says:

    Sweetpea by C J Skuse ?

  14. Katie says:

    I’d have to say my favourite book has been The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis

  15. Sophie Eminson says:

    My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

  16. Sarah Ann says:

    I read quite a few books in 2017 after I joined a book club but one of my favourites was Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. I’ve not seen the movie (I’m more of a book person) but I loved the book. Yes, it’s a sad story, it’s certainly not an easy read but it really highlights the incredible bond between a father and his son.

  17. Ellie says:

    Fingers in the Sparkle Jar, by Chris Packham. It’s an honest and personal account of what it’s like to grow up with Aspergers. Not always an easy read but it’s definitely an insightful one. I found I could relate to his experiences of his childhood spent outdoors as I too spent a lot of my own childhood curious and fascinated by nature.

  18. Prerna Gupta says:

    My favorite was The Fall Guy, by James Lasdun,

  19. Sally angel says:

    The silver linings playbook, it was such a gripping read!

  20. George Williams says:

    Best book read was by Rhodri Marsden … ” A Very British Christmas”

  21. melanie stirling says:

    My best book was My sister’s bones by Nuala Ellwood.

  22. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton