In the weeks running up to New Year I’m going to post reviews of the best ten books I read this year. They will be in no particular order until the final one which is my favourite of them all.
As it stands they include four YA books, three adult, one fantasy and a graphic novel (ish). 70% of them are written by women, two are debuts and all bar three have been newly published in the UK this year. One of them is a hardback I lugged around for a few weeks, one I read in an hour, another I read twice in three hours and one of them is the most challenging books I’ve read this year.
They’re my favourites because of what they say, how I came across them, who gave them to me, how I felt reading them, their writing and how I remember them.
The majority of the time, I read a book because I’ve heard so much about it that I want to know what the fuss is about. It just gets annoying seeing people tweet so much and talk so much and review so much about something that I’ll read it just to understand. That’s what happened with Anna and the French Kiss. So many people talked about it that finally I went to my local Waterstones and bagged a copy.
But this isn’t about Anna. This is about Isla, and I’m going to show my appreciation of this book through gifs.