Friday 15 July 2011

My Top Reads of 2011 (so far!)

Okay, so it’s a random date - 15th July, a Friday and I’m up at the Terror Scribes gathering in Chesterfield tomorrow (and really looking forward to it) - but I thought I’d share my top-10 reading list of the year so far.

To date, I’ve read 20 books in contention and 4 cartoons (Calvin & Hobbes and Snoopy) and I’m almost done with another, Rook Hastings' very good “Nearly Departed” (which, I imagine, will sneak into the top 10).

Anyway, here’s the list (subject to change, of course, as the year progresses) and it should be noted that my joint first spot is occupied by friends of mine. I also read both books in draft, to critique. I defend my choice though, since both books see their respective writers really firing on all cylinders.

joint 1st
Love & Freedom, by Sue Moorcroft

joint 1st
The Concrete Grove, by Gary McMahon

The Elephant to Hollywood, by Michael Caine

It's Only A Movie, by Mark Kermode

The Silent Land, by Graham Joyce

Nerd Do Well, by Simon Pegg

Nowhere Hall, by Cate Gardner

The Howling, by Gary Brander

Abolisher Of Roses, by Gary Fry

The Fog, by James Herbert

So there you have it, hopefully you’ll read this and get inspired to pick up something. If not, well, stuff you then!

As ever, you can find all my book reviews up at


  1. You're welcome, it's a great book.

  2. Ooh, I'm next to Simon Pegg. Why does that never happen in real life? Thanks, Mark.

  3. No problem, Cate, I really enjoyed it!