The year in review

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At this time of year, there’s always a rash of round ups about the year that was. People write about the best books they’ve read, the best films and the best television shows. And then there’s the plans for the coming year, a raft of New Year’s resolutions and a general sense of taking stock.

Who am I to buck a trend?

Except for the resolution part. No resolutions for me. I never keep them, so I’ve given up making them.
So, books. I read 78 this year which is down on previous years and indicates I’m watching far too much TV. But television is so good! More of that later.

My favourite non-romances are (in no particular order):

The Whites by Harry Brandt
Fall by Candice Fox
Eden by Candice Fox
Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found by Francis Larson
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Life or Death by Michael Rowbotham
You by Caroline Kepnes
Livia Lone by Barry Eisler
The Trespasser by Tana French
The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography by Edmund Gordon
Everywhere I Look by Helen Garner.

I’ve listed romances separately because … I don’t know why. Just because.

First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
The Summer Bride by Anne Gracie
Unmasking Miss Appleby by Emily Larkin
Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan
Scoundrel by Moonlight by Anna Campbell

Goodreads has a little breakdown of my books and you can see my Christmas novella Festive Deception was the least popular with other Goodread readers but the highest rated (sigh – the curse of the self-published author – discoverability). The longest book was A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara which in some ways I should have put on my list, but it was so flawed and drove me mad even though I couldn’t put it down.

I read less romance this year and more crime and thrillers.

I did watch a lot of TV. TV is the new cinema for me, full of great writing and acting. I’m a great fan of Sally Wainwright so I watched (and re-watched) Scott and Bailey, Happy Valley and The Last Tango in Halifax. Homeland, Trapped, Midnight Sun, Black Mirror, Sense8, The Fall, Bloodline, The Crown, Glitch, The Honourable Woman, Broadchurch, Vera and when I was confined to my couch for four weeks with my leg elevated, pumped full of antibiotics, I watched cosy British crime like Miss Marple, Foyles War and Poiret. Truly, I don’t know how I got any reading done. I certainly did very little writing.

Partly this was because I was ill for a substantial part of the second half of 2016. In the first half, I started a novel and wrote a Christmas novella (the afore mentioned least popular of my Goodreads books. Don’t let that put you off. People do like it.)

After I got back on my feet in October, I then went to the USA for about a month. That was great and I came back rested and refreshed even after witnessing the crazy American election. It was a weird experience getting on the plane in Sydney with the pundits saying Hillary had a 95% chance of winning, then getting off the plane fourteen hours later in LA to see she had tanked after the FBI letter was released. So, 2017 will be a year when we all will be living in interesting times.

I’ll be re-engaging with my novel, another Blue Mountains crime with romantic elements about a forensic psychologist and a serial killer who is not all he seems. I also have a mainstream romance on the go and I’ll probably write another Christmas novella. I did enjoy writing Festive Deception.

So, what about you? Was 2016 a bit of a disaster for you? What’s coming up in 2017?

Comments

  1. As you’ve no doubt seen, 2016 was a bit of a disaster for me – and I didn’t get anywhere near as much reading done as you! I’ve started a list this year and I’ve already done better than the last several months of last year, so that’s a start.

    So glad you made it back onto your feet in time for America. I’ll look forward to the next blue mountains book!

  2. My two favourite things besides travelling of course…TV and reading. I absolutely adore American sitcoms, can’t get enough of them, I enjoy laughing.

    I’ll be reading your last two books in the next couple of weeks. By the time I’ve read them your next one might be released! Hehe.

    2016 was a nice year for me and I’m hoping 2017 will be even better! No overseas trips planned but hoping to do a couple of caravan trips this year.

    I’m sitting in my car at the moment reading and enjoying the view – to my right I can see the lighthouse and to my left I can see the ocean and mountains.

    Glad you’re better. Love the USA.

  3. Oh, how lovely Scoundrel made your best of list. How fabulous! Thank you. Love your post. I loved Emily’s book too – such an unusual story. Glad that made your list too.

  4. I did lots of reading last year, not as much TV watching, and enjoyed that. But I am drawn to cosy-ish crimes on TV, such as Midsomer Murders, Death in Paradise, Brokenwood Mysteries, Poirot, etc. I enjoy using Goodreads to remember what I’ve read, especially as it keeps track of everything with statistics and such I find fascinating. Looking forward to more reading this year! Thanks for writing!

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