OK the title really doesn’t have any relevance as this is a post about being half way through the reading year and reflecting on my favourite books so far. But I never think of the word halfway without remembering my favourite A A Milne poem. As I wrote about way back in the early days of this blog one of my very favourite bookish presents was a copy of When We Were Very Young and Halfway Down is my favourite poem from it (other people can recite Keats and Wordsworth by heart, I can do A A Milne).
Anyway, on to the favourites. Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise is collating people’s thoughts on this very topic so do stop by her blog and tell her your favourite reads so far this year. Given the overall improvement in the quality of my reading these days I could easily list a top 30 or 40 books but I suspect that is not the spirit of things so I’ve whittled it down to a favourite ten. I’ll be curious to see how many of them survive to appear in my favourite books for the year. Could I possibly read ten better books than this in the remaining 6 months of Twenty Ten?
- A Thousand Cuts, Simon Lelic
- Awakening, S J Bolton
- Blacklands, Belinda Bauer
- Hypothermia, Arnaldur Indridason
- Midnight Fugue, Reginald Hill
- Mistress of the Art of Death, Ariana Franklin
- The Darkest Room, Johan Theorin
- The Redemption of Alexander Seaton, Shona MacLean
- Truth, Peter Temple (I didn’t forget the link, I haven’t reviewed the book as I couldn’t seem to say anything sensible but it’s brilliant)
- U is for Undertow, Sue Grafton