I have read so many wonderful books this year that choosing some favourites has been a more difficult task than I imagined. After much wrangling I have whittled the task down to five.
The best teen book I read this year was Marcello In The Real World (Francis X Stork) . The strength of a great story can really transcend age and genre barriers and this book, with its many subtle layers is an excellent read for switched on 10 and 11 year olds as well as for teens and adults.
A couple of books I loved because they transported me to fantastical and magical (yet psychologically believable) worlds were The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Anyone looking for a complete escape from reality should check out either or both of these titles.
As for non-fiction, A History of the World in 100 Objects is a contender for my favourite book of the decade. It’s an utterly fascinating, enjoyably readable exploration of the history of human development through a serires of diverse objects held in the British Museum. In a completely different style and tone, Caitlin Moran’s humorous, sassy essay How to Be A Woman is fun to read , it made me think about things in new ways as I believe all good writing should do.