My 2019 Top Ten – @JoJakemanWrites @WendyDranfield @darrenyoungbook @callytaylor @ConcreteKraken @FailsafeQuery @jmhewitt @laurajm8

This year I stopped ARCing because I just wasn’t getting to read any of the books on my shelves.

So in no particular order

10: Sticks and Stones by @JoJakemanWrites

This was one of the books I had, had for ages which had been sat on my book shelve that I had promised I would read. This is a really strong and powerful read full of girl power and women coming together to support each other. All three women in this book go through some form of a journey of self discovery and triumph. Go read this book you won’t be disappointed.

9: When the Snow Bleeds by @WendyDranfield

This book was an ARC and it was a nice surprise that in some ways I wasn’t expecting to become such a fan of Wendy’s. Though I had dipped in half way through what is now a three book series, I am glad I did. Wendy was also really supportive when I lost my book deal this year and she encouraged me to resubmit with her publishers…

8: Child Taken by @darrenyoungbook

You would think from the subject title of this book it would be a rocky ride but it was most certainly not. To the point I avoided reading it after finishing the Fear by C L Taylor because I was already totally rung out and needed something nice… An enjoyable ride on a subject matter that could of been told in a very different way. Darren is also local to Nottingham so most certainly looking forward to meeting up again in the new year.

7: The Fear by @callytaylor

What is there not to love about Cally, who at last is starting to receive the recognition she deserves. Though it hasn’t come quickly by any imagination as she detailed in her recent blog post. As expected reading the The Fear left me feeling exhausted but I couldn’t put it down without not knowing what was going to happen next.

6: On My Life by Angela Clarke – who it taking a break from Twitter..

I was a massive fan of her Social media series and was really excited when I learned she had a new book out. Angela had previously talked about her visits to prison to teach creative writing and talk to the “in-mates.” This book is a really eye opener about what goes on inside prison’s and the maternity services. This is most certainly one of my top X books of this year.

5: Six Stories by @ConcreteKraken

I had heard alot about the Six Story series via social media and Orenda Books. So when they came to the waterstones in Birmingham I had to go along to meet Karen and some of the authors she had brought along. Which is where I met and talked briefly to Matt, though I didn’t buy his new book I made sure I got a paper copy of Six Stories which lived up to it’s hype! So much so when I ended up with audible credits his 2nd book Hydra was imminently purchased.

4: The Kompromat Kill by @FailsafeQuery

No top ten is complete without the latest Sean Richardson roller coaster ride. Mike’s 2nd book has lived up to the high standards of his first in an how the fuck are they going to get out of this kinda way.

3: The Night Caller & The Quiet Girls by @jmhewitt

Now successfully publishing with Bookouture, J M Hewitt has managed to publish two books with them this year and also the follow up to Exclusion Zone which is waiting to be read on my kindle. It has been nice to read a crime series from J M Hewitt that continues to gain strength…

2: Three Little Lies by @laurajm8

I met Laura this year at a festival and was quick to purchase her next book and like Friends Request it has a very important message about todays society. I know I might be waiting awhile for her next book but I can’t wait for it to arrive! As Laura clearly has an ear to the ground of what is happening in society today.

1: Tubing by K.A. McKeagney who isn’t on twitter

I was given this by her publisher and it left me wondering why the hell I had left it so long to read this. Do you ever look round at other commuters and wonder what they are thinking? This book really has changed my thoughts on others on the tram in the morning like it said it would!

As for next year, Louise Jensen for sure there are also a couple of new authors in the starting blocked Chris McDonald and A Wash of Black, Helen Kist and Stay made Sweetheart. No doubt there will be lots of other surprises along the way.