Some of my best reads of 2016 including doomed love, holocaust deaths & survival, poetry, classics, friendship in Naples, lots of Peirene Press & feminism.
  1. Ariel by Sylvia Plath
    Challenging, powerful & beautiful heartbreak
  2. Stone in a Landslide by Maria Barbal
    A lifetime of Spanish provincial life & civil war.
  3. Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall
    Running away from Nazis, trying to get to your husband, while being placed into camps, prison, forced labour. This try story shows what strength and determination can be found in the bleakest & most horrific circumstances.
  4. The Looking Glass Sisters by Gohril Gabrielsen
    Love, love, loved this story of two sisters isolated in Norway, one looking after the other who is bedridden & then a man comes into their lives...
  5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    Slow start but once you get into it this is amazing, love the wild moors and the crazy love between Heathcliff & Cathy, epic.
  6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Great read (but I preferred wuthering heights), I walked up to North Lees Hall, Hathersage which is said to be the inspiration for Thornfield Hall, Mr Rochester's House
  7. Neopolitan series by Elena Ferrante
    I've only read the first two and they're amazing, so don't want to rush through them all & not have any left to read!
  8. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Static we are all human, we should all be feminists.
  9. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
    Never thought I'd get into Austen but this is my fourth of hers and loved it, she doesn't get enough credit for being really funny too!
  10. Sophie Scholl by Frank McDonough
    Still thinking about Sophie & what happened to her; all for fighting for what was right through dropping some leaflets.