Without further ado, let’s just talk about all the good words of the year...
It’s been a bit quiet here at the Dust Lounge for a while (for once, my excuse is study plus Christmas plus too many sausage rolls – I think that’s pretty decent as excuses go) but you didn’t think I was going to let New Year’s Eve get by without a best-reads-of-the-year post did you?
You mean it’s 2016?
Anyway, so, I don’t have an inkling as to where this year bloody went to. I think I was busy having a coffee and a cigarette on the doorstep and 2016 just snuck around the back.
- It’s nearly time for Christmas
- Bloody hell how did I eat that much?
- It’s a bit goddamn chilly
- New year’s eve parties will get people a bit overexcited, how about we stay in tonight
- It’s nearly time for the best reads of the year!
Huzzah. Insert party poppers and balloons here. Wait, scratch that, no insertions please.
And that being the case I’m using my trusty friend Goodreads to remind me of what wordage I’ve been soaking up, what authors I discovered, what tales have kept ticking over in my brain. And there’s been a few good ones this year, I tell you.
But while I’m working on that list, in the meantime I want to know:
What’s been your favourite read of the year?
What’s your favourite Christmas book?
I’m not talking books necessarily written this year (I mean, that’s an added bonus, you get an extra piece of trivial pursuit pie for that), just books you’ve read this year – what book have you fallen in love with since January? And as for the Christmas books, I’m thinking wintery, chilly, festive reads. A book that you know you just want to disappear with under a blanket by a roaring fire and devour in one sitting. Maybe it’s ghosts, perhaps a bit of scrooge, or something that rhymes that you read every year on Christmas Eve. Whatever it is, I want to know. Share it in the comments or over on Twitter or Facebook.
Because Christmas is coming, fiends, and it is dark and full of damn fine books.
Have a good Christmas? Yes? No? Sort of, but shouldn't have had so much sherry that you kissed your Grandma with a bit too much tongue? Great!
Now give your Grandma her dentures back because it’s time for the obligatory BEST-OF post, right? While you’re recovering from an overdose of turkey and alcohol-fuelled Christmas pudding, here’s my top five favourite reads of 2015. Read them now, seriously. Don’t make me threaten you with all the left over toffee pennies.