What is your book of 2015?

I have been neglecting my beloved blog due to spending more time reviewing books and putting up the reviews on http://www.writing.ie    If you would like to read any of my reviews, please go to ‘Reader Reviews’ and click on General Fiction.  I also have some in non-fiction.  So far I have reviewed:

  • Dublin Seven by Frankie Gaffney
  • John Behan The Bull of Sheriff Street by Adrian Frazier
  • The Footman by A.O’Connor
  • Somewhere Inside of Happy by Anna McPartlin
  • The Marble Collector by Cecilia Ahern
  • My Best Friend by Elena Ferrante

There are probably a few I have forgotten.  I am thoroughly enjoying the practice of book reviewing.  Following a very informative workshop I attended with Sinead Gleeson, on the art of book reviewing, I know I am still learning and improving with every review.  I prefer to review literary fiction and historical fiction, but I am open to most genres.

So what are you currently reading?  I would also very much like to hear what your book of 2015 was…or maybe you will discover it during November and December?  Anyway I would love to hear.   I think mine has to be ‘The Paying Guests’ by Sarah Waters.  Ironically it was the first book I read in 2015 and it turned out to be the best!

I recently turned on to an Irish channel called TG4 one lunchtime, and discovered they were showing ‘Anne of Green Gables.’  I began watching and was suddenly transported straight back to my childhood.  Incredible.  I feel I want to re-read the books all over again.   Did any of you read the series by L.M Montgomery as a child?   I adored them and watching the TV series I am reminded what  wonderful stories they were.

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Anyway, before I sign off this post, I would like to ask you a little favour.  I take full personal responsibility for this – as I have had no time to market this blog, or figure out how to improve the number of followers I have.  However what I notice from my stats, is that people are checking out the blog, but no-one is posting any comments.  Now, I would love some opinions and some feedback.  So, my question is, why aren’t you posting any comments?  What else would you like to read about/see on my blog?  I appreciate that more book discussions in more genres would be useful.  I will also do more articles about authors, latest releases, book awards etc.   I would be most appreciative if you could tell me what would inspire you to read my blog, or comment on it and follow it?  And just in case you think this is great opportunity to throw some abuse at me, don’t waste your time, it’ll just be blocked.  So constructive criticism and useful advice greatly received.  Thank you so much and I wish you, as ever, Happy Reading.