I wanted to write a list of my favourite books of the year, and going back through my reviews I couldn’t quite believe how many good ones I’ve read! There have been quite a few stinkers along the way too – and I must confess I’ve ditched a lot of books – but I have read a good few brilliant novels.
So I’ve narrowed it down to 12 novels, one play, plus four Young Adult novels, and I’ll be giving a rundown of my favourites between now and New Year’s Eve…
So first on my list of top reads of the year is….
The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota
Thirteen Indian immigrants live in a house in Sheffield – we focus on three of them and find out about their lives in India and here in England.
This is a gritty and hard-hitting novel that flits around between continents and characters. It is a very timely insight into the difficult, strained lives of immigrants and how their struggles don’t end when they reach their destination.
There were some really interesting characters in this book, and although a few of them were not completely convincing, it still made for a fascinating, topical novel which I thoroughly enjoyed.