I read 33 books this year not as many as previous years – although I feel as if some are missing! I’m delighted to share them with you. Below is the rating scheme I developed in 2014 – the first year I posted a list. Part way through 2018, I took a break from historical fiction 🙂
LR = light, enjoyable read; GR = good, several caveats; ER = excellent, few caveats; OR = outstanding; DNF = did not finish; NMT = not my type.
|My Dear Hamilton (brief review)
|Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
|Fascinating portrayals of the men and women who played pivotal roles during the revolution and the founding of America.
|Born a Crime (book club)
|Humour – pain – emotion – and unique stories of growing up bi-racial in South Africa make this an outstanding read.
|The Tuscan Child
|There was so much the author could have done with this story.
|Small Great Things (book club)
|This was a can’t-turn-the-pages-fast-enough book for me.
|Only Time Will Tell
|The first of Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles and I’m sure to read more.
|Mary – Tudor Princess (review)
|Full of excellent period detail, this novel will transport you to 16th century England and France with intrigues, wars and upheavals.
|The Woman in the Window
|My husband read this and said I HAD to read it. And he was right.
|An alarming, clear-eyed, and well-articulated view of what’s going on in the US.
|Not as compelling as her other novels.
|Debut novel from Canada’s former chief justice.
|Citizens of London
|A fascinating look at US involvement in WWII; superb non-fiction
|All is not Forgotten
|Suspense, family drama, unexpected plot twists and a unique storyline.
|The Wife (musing on titles)
|The pacing and cliff-hanging chapter endings are well done and the twist at the end is quite the surprise.
|Anne Rivers Siddons
|At times disjointed and with too many digressions.
|Novel doesn’t get going for a long time.
|The Fire By Night
|Full of inner monologue and backstory and lengthy descriptions.
|Dreams of Falling
|A plot that slowly simmers its way to a surprising and satisfying ending
|Simple Truth (guest post by the author)
|Great dialogue, pacing, and engaging characters.
|News of the World
|Took a while for me to ‘get into it’
Quite a mix of genres, time periods and impressions. I’ll post the rest on Thursday.
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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Google Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.