Sunday, 30 December 2018

My favourite books of the year!

It's that time of year again - when I take a look back over all the books I've read this year and try to pick out my favourites! It's always fun to remind myself of all the great books I've read over the last twelve months, but it's always so difficult when it comes to choosing my overall favourites.

Once again my list is in no particular order other than the dates I read them. If you're looking for some new books to add to your TBR then maybe this list will give you a few ideas.

Can't Get You Out of my Head - Sue Shepherd

Don't be fooled by the light and frothy, romantic like cover. This is a tale about the close relationship between siblings and families and a wonderful book, full of hidden depths.

The Key to Death's Door - Mark Tilbury

My list wouldn't be complete without a book by Mark Tilbury, King of sick and twisted books! The Key To Death's Door isn't a book for the faint-hearted, a dark and gritty tale of the friendship between two young boys who find themselves struggling against impossible odds.

Bob the Dog: The Memoirs of Evil Bob Terrier - CBX Martin

A unique, original and heart-warming tale - or tail to quote Bob himself - about a furry fiend called Bob. It will make you laugh and it may even bring a tear to your eye and a lump to your throat. Everyone needs a little Bob in their life and I'm sure that he'd love to meet you - you might have a spare sausage roll!

An Artisan Lovestyle - Kiltie Jackson

 A wonderfully heart-warming story about coming to terms with grief, moving on, overcoming your fears and the strength and support we gain from others.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - Gina Kirkham

More hilarious adventures with Mavis Upton in the follow up to Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong. This book is sure to add a little sparkle to even the dullest of days!

Blood Ribbon - Roger Bray

 A taut, dark thriller that is full of unexpected twists and turns about a sassy young woman who is determined not to be labelled a victim.

Death Dolls - Simon Farrant

 A macabre, dark crime thriller for those with a strong stomach. Imagine a cross between Dexter and The Twilight Zone and that should give you an idea of what to expect!

A Long Goodbye - Anthony Le Moignan

 A highly emotional, poignant and thought provoking story which is based on real life experience of  Early Onset Alzheimer's.

Blackpool Lass - Maggie Mason

 A  true roller coaster of a novel. Set in Blackpool in the 1920's, it's a perfect read for fans of family saga's and historical fiction.

Fallible Justice - Laura Laakso

Book one, in what promises to be a stunning trilogy. Old London is a place where mystical races and humans co-exist, a place where shaman, paladins and mages are everyday words and a world that I would definitely recommend you visit.

Perfect Bones - A.J. Waines

A skillful mix of thriller, mystery and suspense and a worthy addition to any crime lovers bookshelf.

So there you have it, my somewhat eclectic mix of my favourite books of the last twelve months. Have you read any of them or are you planning to seek them out now that I've brought them to your attention? Maybe you're read something that you thought was amazing and you think that I should add it to my TBR! I'd love to hear your thoughts and any recommendations you might have.

As this is my last post of the year I'd like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all the authors, publishers and fellow book bloggers who have contacted The Hippo this year. You've helped me discover so many fantastic books and, as always, I'm hugely grateful. I'd also like to say thank you to everyone who takes the time to stop by to read and comment on my little corner of the internet, whether you're an author, a book blogger or an avid bookworm - thank you all so much. I hope that 2019 will be a fabulously bookish year for each and every one of you!!


  1. Thanks for such a terrific blog Neats, I have loved reading it throughout the year.

    Many thanks also for your book recommendations.

    Here's to 2019 being another GREAT year!

  2. Happy Gnu Year to you and the Hippo, Neats. :D

  3. I've not been on social media for a while, so it was a joy to log on and find that you have listed Bob the Dog: The Memoirs of Evil Bob Terrier as one of your favourite books of 2018. Thank you very much, Neats, I'm really honoured and thrilled. I hope you'll enjoy my next book just as much, though you'll have to wait a little while as it's not yet finished. Happy New Year and happy reading