My top 20 reads for 2016…

I have read so many wonderful books this year that this has been so much harder than the top 10 I did for 2015! I have read 244 books according to Goodreads where I set myself a target of 200 books for 2016. Three of the books that made this list aren’t out till 2017 but there are so many brilliant books coming out next year I thought I would include them this year to make next December a little easier for me!! These books are in no particular order, just books I have adored this year with links to my reviews.

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish

A Tapping at My Door by David Jackson

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

Bloq by Alan Jones

In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings

See How They Run by Tom Bale

Death Stalks Kettle Street by John Bowen

Flowers for the Dead by Barbara Copperthwaite

Never Alone by Elizabeth Haynes

Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst

A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer

A Suitable Lie by Michael J Malone

Valentina by S E Lynes

The Mountain In My Shoe by Louise Beech

Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall

Everything But The Truth by Gillian McAllister

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

The Day I Lost You by Fionnuala Kearney

Dark Water by Robert Bryndza

The Good Enough Mother by Anoushka Beazley

And that’s it for 2016! It’s been a great first year for My Chestnut Reading Tree and 2017 will bring the first anniversary of my blog in February so I’m pretty excited about that! All it leaves me to do now is wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

20 thoughts on “My top 20 reads for 2016…”

  1. Love your list I’m not doing one I’m so indecisive by the time I’ve made one, rearranged it it will be the end of 2017πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚can’t believe you’ve only been blogging ten months 😱😱

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    1. I finished Good Me Bad Me yesterday and wanted to put that on too!!! Going to review tomorrow instead even though I was going to finish today for a few days now I’ve done my top reads! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I do feel like I have been doing this forever now! 😘😘😘


  2. Wow! I’m in awe of how many books you have read this year! Have you had time to breathe? I’m just about to hit 100 and I feel like I’ve done little else but read but 244…that’s just amazing! I really bow down to you! And congrats on your (almost) first year of blogging! I feel like you’ve been around forever, I love coming around so don’t go anywhere! Have a great Christmas and New Year!

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    1. Yes I feel as though I’ve been round forever as well! It’s been such good fun to use the fact that all I do is read to rave about books to everyone else! Have a lovely Christmas and New Year! 😘😘

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    1. Yes we will definitely have to meet for coffee in January. I am sticking at 200 books for next year too (or may do 250 if I’ve had too much toffee vodka when I set it up!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year xx


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