Highlights of 2016

So the time of year is upon us when most book bloggers compile a list of their top reads. 2016 has been an absolutely outstanding year for books and as of the time of writing this post I have read 407 books. As you can imaging trying to narrow that down would be a nightmare. It just goes to show how much amazing talent there is out there and even though 407 books may seem a lot for some readers, it is still sadly a drop in the ocean for the amount of amazing books being published.

Even writing this post I had no intention of doing any sort of list but there are four books that I just can’t stop from screaming out in my mind that deserve a mention. So without further ado, here they are, my outstanding reads.

YouΒ only need to read these books to see why they deserve a mention. Apologies to all the other authors, you know I love you all and your books, if I had the time to sit and list you all believe me I would do.

Not only has 2016 been an amazing year for books but it’s also been an amazing year for events as well. I have been to quite a few meets ups over the year with authors, readers and fellow bloggers. They have been fantastic to catch up with people I know as well as meet new people. Without a doubt Harrogate has got to be the main one as it was a four day event and overall it was such an eye opener. I met so many authors, bloggers and publishers as well as having afternoon tea with Linwood Barclay and lunch with more talented authors that was arranged with thanks to the lovely Sam Eades. Special thanks to Joanne Robertson as she took me as her plus one for the afternoon tea and will be eternally grateful to her for choosing me.

Whilst at Harrogate I got to speak on the phone to the gorgeous Robert Bryndza who sadly couldn’t be there but it was a proper fan girl moment and can’t thank the lovely Kim Nash for making it possible.

In June my blog also won an award which is the second time running it has won an award at the Blogger Bash. Still amazes me that people took the time to vote and can’t thank you enough.


My main bookish high this year as got to be my dream job coming true. When I started my blog I realised I really wanted to get involved in the publishing world but never dared to think it would come true. When the lovely Betsy Freeman approached me I was totally overwhelmed. In January 2017 I will be the Submissions Advisor for Bloodhound Books. I can’t thank Betsy and her husband Fred enough for giving me this amazing opportunity and to work alongside an enthusiastic team. It really does go to show to not ever give up on your dreams.


So thats pretty much it, no doubt I have missed something off, but in the mean time I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my blogging buddies who have shown me humongous support and are a great family to be part of. Thanks to all the authors for writing such wonderful books and giving me the privilege of reading them. Last but not least to all the people who take the time to read my blog and my reviews. Wishing you all the best over the festive period and wishing you all good things in 2017!


21 thoughts on “Highlights of 2016”

  1. Wow Sarah you’ve had such a brilliant year and hope 2017 is even better for you. So pleased you have the opportunity to turn your dreams into reality, have a fabulous Christmas & thank you for your ever ending support of my blog 😘😘😘

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  2. I am in awe of the number of books you’ve read! It’s obviously been a great year for you and such exciting times ahead with your new position. Thanks for all your support over 2016. Hope you and your family have a fabulous Christmas and all the best for 2017 xx

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  3. Sarah, you are another one I am so honoured to have “met” since starting my blog, you are such an inspiration and I utterly adore your reviews. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year xxxx

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  4. A Suitable Lie has stayed with me since I read it. I found the change of narrator refreshing and so needed in times when reversed-roles are still so taboo.
    Have a wonderful holiday πŸ™‚

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