I think it is fair to say that many of us feel as though 2016 has been an annus horribilis. That said, this has not been the case for my year in books.
Books have been a soothing balm in a year when we lost so many prominent people, such as the MP Jo Cox, who was brutally murdered for what she believed (and others too numerous to mention), who touched the lives of so many and made a positive influence, leaving many of us feeling sad and cheated.
Some of these books have mirrored humanity; reflections of the feelings of frustration and helplessness some of us feel in a world
where other prominent and influential people who stand for
selfishness and intolerance have prevailed, gaining power and
influence that will affect the lives of so many.
These books have also been a temporary distraction in a world where we receive news reports of innocent people being massacred or displaced while their homes and cities are being destroyed because they are caught up in wars they want no part of and no one seems to have the power and influence to stop.
On Twitter recently Book Lovers tweeted a quote made by the actress Emma Thompson who said, "I think books are like people in the sense that they'll turn up in your life when you most need them." I am inclined to agree.
Happy New Year. May 2017 be a better one in general (and another good year in books) for us all.
Click here for my Top Ten Reads of 2016.