I started this blog in July and since then have kept a record of the books I have read. I remember the days when I could read a book in a day or two, staying up until the early hours to finish it but those days are long gone. Some days it difficult enough to read a chapter and I can barely make it past 10pm now.
Some of the books were older books, a couple of which were on my shelf and I decided to read again. Surf, Sea and a Sexy Stranger was the first Mills & Boon book I've read.
I was surprised to really enjoy The Radleys. It isn't my usual kind of book but I thought it was great and I didn't want to put it down (I can't say 'couldn't put it down' as the kids don't allow such frivolous acts on my part).
I also really enjoyed Miracle on Regent Street and it had my favourite cover of the year. It is gorgeous; not overly sparkly but fitting for the book.
My favourite book of the year was The Woman He Loved Before by Dorothy Koomson. Again, I was surprised to enjoy it so much as it doesn't look like the kind of book I usually choose to read (no cartoon or sparkly cover - I do like to judge even though I shouldn't). I won the book on Deb Carr's blog and I loved it. It was beuatifully written and kept me intrigued throughout.
I've read some great books in 2011 and am looking forward to reading even more in 2012. At the moment I am reading Home for Christmas by Cally Taylor and it's a great read so far. I was laughing out loud while reading it in bed last night - the sign of a great book in my opinion.
I'm also looking forward to reading Miranda Dickinson's books this year as well as Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton, which I also won at the end of 2011. I am also going to finally read my first Jill Mansell book.