My 5 Favourite December Reads

My 5 Favourite December Reads

Despite the distractions of preparing for the festive season, I managed to read fourteen books in December with a couple deserving the full five stars and others getting close. Click on the book title for the book description on Goodreads.

You can find a complete list of all the books I read in 2018 here, with links to my reviews.  If we’re not already friends on Goodreads, send me a friend request or follow my reviews.


To complete the What’s In A Name 2018 Reading Challenge, I needed a book with a title commencing with the letter ‘Z’ and in Zoo Station by David Downing I hit on a cracker.  I described it as a ‘taut, compelling espionage story with an authentic sense of the period and setting’.  You can read my full review here.  This was also my first foray into audio books, to which I think I may have been converted.

Next up it’s another historical thriller, The Cold North Sea (Ingo Finch Mystery #2) by Jeff Dawson, which is based on a real life incident that could have plunged England and Russia into war in 1904.   I enjoyed it just as much as the first book in the series, No Ordinary Killing.  Read my full review of The Cold North Sea here.

Staying with historical fiction, I also really enjoyed The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau, set in 18th century London in which the heroine, Genevieve, longs to be an artist and, in her attempts to achieve her aim, becomes involved in murky goings-on in the world of porcelain manufacture.  I described it as ‘full of twists and turns, intrigue and unexpected revelations’.  You can read my full review here.

My Buchan of the Month reading project for 2018 reached its conclusion with one of my favourite Buchan novels, Sick Heart River.  I’ve read this a number of time but it never loses its power to move me, especially the final chapters.  You can read my review here.  Buchan of the Month will return in 2019 with a new list of titles.

Last but definitely not least, there’s a historical novel replete with atmosphere and mystery – Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield.  The book also made it into my Top Ten Books of 2018.   I described it as ‘magical, atmospheric, mysterious’.  You can read my full review here.

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