Are you a Kindle reader or do you prefer to have a proper book with you? Does how much you read depend on where you’re going? Does it affect the type of books/stories you read?
Throughout 2020, I read my way through a personal-record 31 books before New Years Eve and unless I spend a lot of 2021 not working again, I don’t see that record being broken for a while.
Although I’ve had 4 trips cancelled this year, I’ve worked my way through books that I would otherwise have taken with me. Though I do have an Amazon Fire kindle, I’ve barely ever used it – I prefer good old fashioned books and I tend to take at least 2 with me when I travel. I read a lot in airports and if I have a long connection time, I can easily finish a book. The same on flights; I can read most of the way and I’ll read in the evenings.
Based on what I’ve read this year alone, here’s a list of my Top 10 books (in no particular books) that I would take with me and that I recommend to you.
1. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
This was a Sunday Times Top 5 Bestseller and so it should be.
A group of friends in remote Scotland, a murder and everyone has motive. It’s engaging right from the beginning and you spend each chapter convinced you know who the killer is only to keep changing your mind.
Incredibly well written and one I’d certainly read again.
2. Monster Hunter series by Larry Correia
I’m a huge fan of supernatural books and this is way up on my list of favourite series. – the first book being Monster Hunter International.
The storyline follows a team of hunters who track down and deal with everything that you thought were myths, legends and only in movies – for this one, monsters are very real and each book is brilliant.
Later books in the series are collaborations with some of the best writers in the supernatural industry and take a closer look at some of characters that you really wanted to know more about.
3. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
Obviously this one has to be in here for me. I read it every year and have yet to tire of it.
If anyone still hasn’t at least seen the films, ‘The Hobbit’ follows Bilbo Baggins as he treks across Middle Earth with a group of dwarfs who have enlisted his services as a ‘burglar’ in ridding their home, Erebor, of a dragon. As expected, things don’t exactly go to plan and he ends up having the adventure that he never initially wanted.
4. The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris
A thoroughly enjoyable first-person narrative from the Trickster god, detailing the rise and fall of the Gods throughout Norse mythology.
This is a fantasy story beginning with Loki’s recruitment from Chaos to his various exploits leading to his betrayal of the Gods and the onset of Ragnarok.
5. The Stockmen by Rachael Treasure
This was actually given to me by my mum and isn’t my usual style of read – it’s a romance but I really enjoyed it.
It focuses on Rosie Highgrove-Jones. Her family own a ranch and all she wants to do is be out on her horse working the land. Instead she’s stuck writing for the local newspaper. As she begins researching the true story of a 19th century Irish stockman in Australia who risks everything for a Kelpie pup and a dream, she ends up finding something that she hadn’t been looking for.
6. The Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson
Set in Jamaica from 1946 onwards, this is both a romance and an adventure story.
When Errol Flynn finds himself in Jamaica, Ida Joseph makes it her business to meet the ‘Worlds Handsomest Man’ and when he makes a home for himself on nearby Navy Island and singles her out, everything changes. The story spans over two generations of women and of a nation struggling with its new-found independence.
7. Battle Ground by Jim Butcher
This is WAY into the ‘Dresden Files’ series (the most recent book so far) so pre-warning, if you haven’t read the rest of them, this book will make absolutely no sense to you! You need to go right back to the beginning and start with Storm Front.
The series as a whole focuses on Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. Involved with the FBI as a consultant to their special division for all things that ‘aren’t quite normal’, Harry ends up finding himself getting deeper and deeper into Chicago’s supernatural community and involved in things that should be left alone. By this book, everything has come to a head and the very existence of Chicago and everyone he loves is hanging in the balance.
8. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Similar in storyline to The Hunting Party but equally as well written.
This time, it’s a remote island and a wedding to remember. Again, everyone has motive and the most unlikely people could be the suspect.
9. The King of Ithaca by Glyn Iliffe
Set in ancient Greece in a time of myths, heroes and monsters, this is the story of Odysseus as he sets out to save his homeland.
Battling monsters and men, he travels to Sparta along with the famed heroes of Greece to try to win the hand of Helen. Set on the brink of the Trojan war, this is a journey of discovery and the man who would become the King of Ithaca.
10. Amazing Maurice & His Educated Rodent by Terry Pratchett
I love all the books in the Discworld Universe – they’re incredibly clever, witty and are aimed just perfectly at my sense of humour and I’ve read this one a couple of times now.
Everyone knows the story of ‘The Pied Piper or Hamelin’ and this one is similar, but different. Maurice and his band of educated rats take their show on the road along with a little help from a boy with a pipe but run into someone who isn’t playing the same tune.
If you’ve read any of the above, I’d love to hear your thoughts & any recommendations you might have yourself. Drop me a comment !