Tuesday 22 December 2015

My 12 in 12 for 2015....

As the end of my reading year approaches these are


12 in 12

Twelve authors who were new to me:

  1. David Churchill - Leopards of Normandy
  2. Colette McBeth - The Life I Left Behind
  3. James Hannah - The A-Z of You and Me
  4. Antoine Laurain - The Red Notebook
  5. Cesca Major - The Silent Hours
  6. Beth Miller - The Good Neighbour
  7. Fionnuala Kearney - You, Me and Other People
  8. Rebecca Muddiman - Gone 
  9. Marie Laval - Angel Heart
  10. Clare Coombe - Definitions
  11. Sharon Booth - There Must be an Angel
  12. Jo Bloom - Ridley Road

Twelve authors I have read before:

  1. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
  2. Phil Rickman - Night After Night
  3. Deborah Harkness - The Book of Life 
  4. Stephen King -Finders Keepers 
  5. Isabella Connor -An Irish Promise 
  6. Josa Young - Sail Upon the Land
  7. Jane Cable - The Faerie Tree
  8. Alison Morton - Aurelia
  9. Lesley Pearse -Without a Trace 
  10. Freya North - The Turning Point
  11. Rosie Thomas - Daughter of the House 
  12. The Missing Husband - Amanda Brooke

Twelve books that took me by the hand and led me into the past: 

  1. Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle
  2. The Chosen Queen By Joanna Courtney
  3. The Song of the Sea Maid by Rebecca Mascull
  4. Dacre's War by Rosemary Goring
  5. The Butcher Bird by S D Sykes
  6. Treason's Daughter by Antonia Senior
  7. The Flax Flower by Amanda Maclean
  8. The Raven's Head by Karen Maitland
  9. Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams
  10. The Silvered Heart by Katherine Clements
  11. Bloodie Bones by Lucienne Boyce
  12. The House of Shadows by Pamela Hartshorne

Twelve books from authors I know will never let me down: 

  1. The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory
  2. The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths
  3. The Man in the Canary Waistcoat by Susan Grossey 
  4. We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman
  5. Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsay Kelk
  6. The Family Divided by Anne Allen
  7. The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley
  8. The Liar by Nora Roberts
  9. Leaving Time - Jodi Picoult
  10. The Outlandish Companion Volume II by Diana Gabaldon
  11. Beyond the Sea by Melissa Bailey
  12. It's Not Me , It's You - Mhairi McFarlane

Twelve Books that had lingered far too long on my Book Shelf:

  1. The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones
  2. Cross Bones Yard by Kate Rhodes
  3. Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge
  4. The Black House by Peter May
  5. Fallen Idols by Neil White
  6. The Girl With A Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson
  7. Tuesday's Gone by Nicci French
  8. The Stolen Child by Laura Elliot
  9. Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay
  10. The House on the Cliff by Charlotte Williams
  11. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
  12. The Woman in Silk by R J Gadney

Twelve Books that surprised me.....in a good way:

  1. The Good Girl by Fiona Neill
  2. A Way from Heart to Heart by Helena Fairfax
  3. The Ice Twins by S K Tremayne
  4. The House of Frozen Dreams by Sere Prince Halverson
  5. Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea
  6. Dead Star Island by Andrew Shantos
  7. The Sisters by Claire Douglas
  8. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
  9. Wolf Winter by Cecelia Ekback
  10. Significance by Jo Mazelis
  11. The Boleyn King by Lauren Anderson
  12. A Dream of Lights by Kerry Drewery

Twelve books that I read for a Book Club:
  1. At Home - Bill Bailey
  2. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - Alan Bradley
  3. The Farm - Tom Rob Smith
  4. The Taxidermist's Daughter  - Kate Mosse 
  5. The Sunrise - Victoria Hislop
  6. Us - David Mitchell
  7. The Girl in the Red Coat - Kate Hamer
  8. Summer of Secrets - Sarah Jasmon
  9. A Better Man - Leah McLaren
  10. The Glass Painter's Daughter - Rachel Hore
  11. Last of the Wine - Mary Renault
  12. Only We Know - Karen Perry

Twelve books that led me into the world of crime and psychological suspense:

  1. Freedom's Child by Jax Miller
  2. The Jackdaw by Luke Delaney
  3. The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths
  4. Stasi Child by David Young
  5. Killer Plan by Leigh Russell  
  6. Black Wood by S J I Holliday
  7. Away from You by Kay Langdale
  8. In the Line of Blood by Ben McPherson
  9. The Daughter's Secret by Eva Holland
  10. The Liars Chair by Rebecca Whitney
  11. Sewing the Shadows Together by Alison Baillie
  12. The Last Pier by Roma Tearne

Twelve books that I borrowed from my local library:

  1. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
  2. The Edge of Dark by Pamela Hartshorne
  3. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
  4. The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick
  5. The Taxidermist's Daughter by Kate Mosse
  6. Finders Keepers by Stephen King
  7. The Liar by Nora Roberts
  8. The Penny Heart by Martine Bailey
  9. The Taming of the Queen by Phillipa Gregory
  10. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzia
  11. The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley
  12. The House of Shadows by Pamela Hartshorne

Twelve books I would like to see made into a movie:

  1. Solomon Creed by Simon Toyne
  2. The Daughter's Secret by Eva Holland 
  3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  4. The Cold, Cold Sea by Linda Huber
  5. The Life I Left Behind by Collette McBeth
  6. Th Silent Hours by Cesca Major
  7. The A-Z of You and Me by James Hannah
  8. The House on Cold Hill by Peter James
  9. Wolf Winter by Cecelia Ekback
  10. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
  11. Second Life by S J Watson
  12. Freedom's Child by Jax Miller

Twelve Books I would like to read in 2016:

  1. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
  2. The Witches by Staci Schiff
  3. A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
  4. Nelly Dean by Alison Case
  5. All Hallows at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray
  6. Sleeper's Castle by Barbara Erskine
  7. The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths (Ruth Galloway #8)
  8. The Obsession by Nora Roberts
  9. The Jeweller's Wife by Judith Lennox
  10. Little Boy Blue by M J Arlidge  (Helen Grace #5)
  11. At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier
  12. The English Girl by Katherine Webb

Thanks to Jo at The Book Jotter who inspired me to do my 12 in 12 book list ....

My twelfth and final category - the twelve books I have enjoyed the most will be revealed..

alongside the twelve honorable mentions...




  1. What a lovely post Josie. Lots of titles there for me to investigate.
    Hope you and Jaffa have a wonderful Christmas
    Anne x

    1. Thanks Anne. Glad you enjoyed perusing my book list...
      And a very Happy Christmas to you and yours xx

  2. Great post Josie, I've read some on your lists but have others still to read. Merry Christas x

    1. Hi Karen - I know we sometimes share the same taste in books.

      Hope you have a wonderful Christmas too x

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    1. Hi Catherine - thanks so much !! Hope you find some interesting books on read on my list !!

      Merry Christmas XX


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