The end of the year means not only looking forward to the new year but also looking back to the year that has just gone, so today I will look back to the books that I loved so much this year that I gave them a rare grading of 5/5. Over the next few days I will take a look at my reading stats and then look forward to my reading resolutions for 2013.
Last year, Jojo Moyes appeared on my best of list with her book Last Letter from Your Lover. This year, I have read two more of her books and while I really liked The Girl You Left Behind, it is Me Before You that I really, really loved!
I love that this is the kind of book that you literally laugh and cry at. It deals with a big issue but does it with so much heart and dignity. Highly recommend this book.
You can read the discussion I had with Bree from All the Books I Can Read about Me before You. The first half is here and then I have the second half of the conversation here.
The other book I rated as a 5/5 read was
I have long heard how fabulous this book was, and finally this year I got to read it. To be honest, I wasn't expecting to love it anywhere near as much as I did because I am a bit Tudored out and it is a huge book but once I started it I was surprised at how fresh it felt to be reading it even though I know Queen Elizabeth I's story pretty well.
I have a lot of books that I rated at 4.5/5, far too many to list so overall it was a pretty good year reading wise!
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister, The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley and listening to Addition by Toni Jordan.
Falcons of Montabard by Elizabeth Chadwick and Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell