All posts tagged: A Great Reckoning

Top 5 Tuesday: Books Set In Your Own Country

So this weeks’ Top 5 Tuesday is an interesting one. Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm wants us to talk about our top 5 books set in the country where we live. Which, in my case, is Canada. Which means, for me at least, Louise Penny. All her books are set in the fictional village of Three Pines, here, in the province of Québec, which should make it obvious why I picked up the series to begin with. But this isn’t just your average series, this series is something special. From the setting, to the plots, to the over-all character growth from book to book. Louise Penny has crafted a series and characters that are, quite simply, outstanding. Let me stress that while each novel can be read as a standalone, to full appreciate the character growth it’s best to start with book one. It just means you don’t miss out on these continuing arcs and threads seeded in previous books. So, let’s talk favourites here: GLASS HOUSES (book 13) — When a mysterious figure …

Top 10 Books of 2018

Oh dear, given the small number of books I read AND finished this year. I have a very small selection of novels to choose my Top 10 from, especially given half of the books I started to read ended up as DNF. This list could have easily ended up as My Top 5 Books of 2018. But I digress. Looking at the score I gave all the books I did finish and, in reverse order—10 through to 1—with 1 being my favourite book of 2018, here’s what I came up with: #10 A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman (8) #9 THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE by Alan Bradley (8.5) #8 A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (8.5) #7 THE DEFENCE by Steve Cavanagh (8.5) #6 DEEP BLUE TROUBLE by Steph Broadribb (8.5) #5 THE BLOODPRINT by Ausma Zehanat Khan (9) #4 THE MISSING INFORMANT by Anders de la Motte (9) #3 FORCE OF NATURE & THE DRY by Jane Hunter (9.5) #2 THE LOCKSMITH’S DAUGHTER by Karen Brooks (9.5) #1 THE …