So let's look back:
The Girl Of Ink And Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
The illustrations that I had in my copy were really great, I liked the world that she created.
Dietland by Sarai Walker
This is one of the most thought provoking books about fatness and fat politics that I have read. It surprised me and stayed with me.
A Spy In The House by Y. S. Lee
It's a good mystery but it didn't grab me.
Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye
I think this might be my favourite Jane Eyre variation (I have read a lot of iffy ones as well just to be up front) this blew me away.
The Fruit Of The Lemon by Andrea Levy
If you decide to read only one book on this list, read this one. I had been meaning to read her for a long time. There is such a humour, warmth and yet sharp insight to how she writes. This stayed with me long after I read it.
Sorcerer To The Crown by Zen Cho
I really liked it. This her debut. Fantasy about protagonists of colour in a regency setting? Sign me up! It's super good.
The Little Theatre By The Sea by Rosanna Ley
Due to my reservation not coming through in time for the Levy book I picked three for that month. I have to say that was way too much. I barely remember this book. I've read books by her before and liked them. I was pushed for time, sorry!
Bellwether by Connie Willis
This was one of the funniest books I have read over this bookclub. If you like audiobooks this one is read by Kate Reading and I really liked it.
Ten Poets ed. Bernadine Evaristo and Daljit Nagra
What I liked about this collection was that it gave you a taste of each poet. It's a good way to introduce a form.
Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland
A lot of this book made me sad. It had a lot of literature references in it that made me happy.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
I'd seen this book on a lot of lists. This book deserves the praise. It has stayed with me. The dual perspectives made me want to read on.
The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
Sometimes I don't connect with a book or a protagonist. This was the book this year.
The Beginner's Guide to Acting English by Shappi Khorsandi
I don't actually remember a lot of this book either. It was over five months ago now. One thing I will say her stand up is really good and her voice is in this book.
Level Up by Cathy Yardley
I like a romance novel set within a sphere that I know nothing about. This is video games and it's good. This was a new author to me. The hero really made me happy.
Here She Comes Now: Women In Music Who Have Changed Our Lives ed. Jeff Gordiner and Mark Weingarten
This really surprised me, each writer is passionate about the women they are writing about. Reading about different women who all had an effect on them was eye opening.
Speak Gigantular by Irenosen Okojie
This was a short story collection and some of them really grabbed me. I love looking at that cover again.
Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele
It's an interesting graphic novel and I found about a lot of theory that I had not been introduced to before.
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
I rarely read non fiction, though looking back I did pick quite a lot this year (maybe picking two a month made me branch out). I am really glad I read this, and that I could reserve it from my library.
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
I was really happy with this pick and lucky for me this is a series and a lot of the other books are in my library. Cogman is completely new to me, and this was great.
I am already starting to pick the books for this year. Overall I am happy with the books that I picked last year. Doing this always forces me to see beyond my comfort zone. I'll post my picks within the next two weeks. Happy reading in the New Year!