Only 42 books read this year, but one of those was the clasic of all clasics that is War & Peace, so I reckon that has got to equal about 6 regular books! I’ve also been fitting in more writing, not counting the training that I undertook for the 26 mile Stonehenge Trek back in September which pushed alot of things into the sidelines.

  • The Shark and the Albatross by John Aitchison
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • Song in the Silence by Elizabeth Kerner
  • The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone
  • The Princess and the Pea by Lauren Child
  • My Pen by Christopher Myers
  • An English Country House and Garden by Arthur J. Penn
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • My Second Life by Faye Bird
  • Shepard’s War by James Campbell
  • When the Floods Came by Clare Morrall
  • Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge
  • Jess the Goth Fairy by Jess Hiles
  • Shtum by Jem Lester
  • Hidcote by Helene Gammack
  • The Spider in the Corner of the Room by Nikki Owen
  • Day of the Vikings by J.F. Penn
  • Family, Friendships, Landscapes by Hugh Cecil
  • Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham
  • The Killing Files by Nikki Owen
  • The Outrun by Amy Liptrot
  • The Pier Falls & Other Stories by Mark Haddon
  • Rain by Melissa Harrison
  • The Other Alice by Michelle Harrison
  • Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff
  • Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  • Swallowdale by Arthur Ransome
  • Broughton Castle by Paul Barker
  • In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll
  • The Map of Bones by Francesca Haig
  • Peter Duck by Arthur Ransome
  • Autumn by Melissa Harrison
  • Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel
  • The Trees by Ali Shaw
  • Under the Paw by Tom Cox
  • The Plumdog Path to Perfection by Emma Chichester Clark
  • Talk to the Tail by Tom Cox
  • Asterix and the Missing Scroll by Jean-Yves Ferri
  • The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
  • What To Look For In Winter by E.L. Grant Watson
  • The Good, the Bad and the Furry by Tom Cox
  • How it Works: The Grandparent by Jason Hazeley

Books to recommend from this year? It’s a varied list but for all kinds of different reasons The Other Alice, Fingers In The Sparkle Jar, The Map of Bones, My Second Life, and Under The Paw. I also found time to re-read some childhood favourites, and for that reason I give you Swallows and Amazons.