The #Bookvent Calendar – It’s (nearly) Christmas!


#Bookvent – Celebrating my favourite reads of 2016.

I was going to leave this post until tomorrow but let’s face it. Who really wants to be reading blogs on Christmas Day? Not even me and I hate Christmas. Yes. I said it. It’s out there. I am a super bah-humbigian Blogger and proud of it. 😉

So. Here it is. My final official #bookvent post. Now I did say there was no particular order to this feature, and in truth, there has and hasn’t been. It’s been a combo of release date order, read on date order and ‘trying to avoid duplicating against the review’ date order. Until now.

When I sat down to make this list (actually, after I started this feature) I hadn’t planned to pick a favourite book of 2016. The more I thought about it though, the more it seemed like chickening out. And the more I looked at the list, the more I realised that there really was one book, and in particular, one character, that has really stuck with me. It has definitely introduced to the world my favourite character of 2016 and, with the great Pizza Hut shakedown, my favourite scene too. If you’ve read it, then you already know what I’m about to say. My top read of 2016 is:

Tall Oaks

by Chris Whitaker




Merry Christmas Mr Whitaker. You absolutely made my year. Manny is the greatest and most memorable character I have read all year. Perhaps ever. Every time I think of him I can’t help but smile. He’s so very wrong that he’s absolutely right. This story was moving, disturbing and full of humour in such a perfect blend that you can’t help but love it.

My review of ‘Tall Oaks‘ can be found here. You can purchase this fabulous work of art at the following links:

Amazon UK


Have a fabulous Christmas Everyone. May your stocking be full of books.


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