Saturday, 24 December 2016


Kia Ora, everyone;  it’s that time of the year again when all the lists of ‘The Best Of’ are published so, not to be outdone (by whom, you ask!) I am recommending the Crème de la Crème of the books I have reviewed this year for our library.  The list is not in any order;  I felt they were all of equally high quality.
I have to say that it was a mammoth task deciding which books would make this list – I read and reviewed dozens of books this year, but your library has such a fabulous range of fiction that there truly IS something for everyone, regardless of their preferences.
A God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson                    reviewed January

A Little Life, by Hanya Yanigihara                               “             “

The Secret Chord, by Geraldine Brook          reviewed February

The Year of the Runaways, by Sanjeev
Suhota                                                                      reviewed March
Flood of Fire, by Amitav Ghosh                                            “             “

The Sword of Justice, by Leif G. W.
Persson                                                                    reviewed April

Riders, by Veronica Rossi  Young Adults              “            “

Coming Rain, by Stephen Daisley                    reviewed June

The City of Mirrors, Justin Cronin                           “           “

The Quality of Silence, by Rosamund
Lupton                                                                      reviewed July

One Dog and his Boy, by Eva Ibbotson
Junior fiction                                                                  “          

The Dying Detective, by Leif G. W.
Persson                                                                           “            

The Sympathizer, by Viet Than Nguen          reviewed Augus

The Sport of Kings, by C. E. King                       reviewed September

Nutshell, by Ian McEwan                                                       “                 “

My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante          reviewed October

Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler                                       “                “

The Mare, by Mary Gaitskill                                     “                “

The Underground Railroad, by Colson
Whitehead                                                              reviewed November

Brilliant, by Roddy Doyle  Junior Fiction               “                “

Wolf by Wolf and sequel Blood for Blood

By Ryan Graudin  Young Adult fiction                        reviewed December

The Story of a New Name, by Elena
Ferrante                                                                           “                 “

Well, shucks!  That’s more than twenty, isn’t it?  Never mind, the more the merrier, I say, and on that happy note I wish you on behalf of the excellent staff, Friends of Horowhenua Libraries fund raisers and volunteers (have I left anyone out?) a blessed Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

(And I have to add, that Ben, ace designer of the new Horowhenua Libraries website will remodel my blog – he promised! - so that you can click on to each title and the review in the month in which I posted it.  Please, Ben?  TA!)    

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