Welcome to my first Giveaway Hop of 2017. It’s the Best of 2016, featuring the books that eventually emerged as my top five. Thank you, Mary at BookHounds, for running this hop, and many other top events throughout the year (and over many years). You truly are a star.
You may have seen me raving about my top books at the end of last year. I slid another one in just before Christmas; it came out last week and I reviewed it on Saturday. So the list has changed a little since I ran the Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway where I led with The Martian, and even, on reflection, from my Book of the Year list a couple of weeks back.
My final top five books I read in 2016 are:
- The Rosetta Man, by Claire McCague
- Brilliantly written, with fabulous descriptions of the communication methodology, and overall, seriously good. With aliens. Set partly on Samoa. With a man who talks to animals, rather than people. What’s not to like?
- Dear Amy, by Helen Callaghan
- A first-class psychological thriller that I really couldn’t put down. One of those books that leaves you wanting more, even though child abduction is at its heart. Not for people with personality disorders.
- The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers
- A wonderfully built universe where humans are anything but in the ascendent. Richly told adventure of a team of tunnellers awarded a contract that is nowhere near as simple as it sounds. Vividly imagined, and well worth a read.
- The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud
- How can a team of teenagers overcome the supernatural beings that haunt the green and pleasant land? Because they’re ghost hunters, and they’re good – and so is the person that wants them taken down….
- The One Memory of Flora Banks, by Emily Barr
- Seventeen year old Flora thinks she’s ten, because that was when her memories stop. Every day she has to read her notes just to find out who she is. So how can she remember kissing a boy called Drake on the beach? And why has she got a note to herself that her parents are keeping a secret from her? A rollercoaster story that will keep you guessing, and then make your mind jump through hoops.
I hope there’s something in there that takes your fancy, since the winner of my giveaway will have a choice of one of them, in paperback or ebook as preferred (if available).
Entries are welcome from all parts of the world (if Book Depository doesn’t do free delivery to you, it’ll have to be an ebook if you win), and entries close at midnight (New York time) on 31st January. Just enter via the Rafflecopter, then go hopping round other people who have signed up to tell you the best of their 2016.
Now go hopping!