It's the time of year that many talk about their top ten reads of the past year, and I thought I'd post mine. I'm going with what I read in the past 12 months, not what was released, because I find I discover the backlist of too many good authors after the fact. Unfortunately. So, my personal top 10, in no particular order:
Stuart MacBride - Cold Granite
Laura Lippman - To The Power of Three
Val McDermid - The Distant Echo
Reginald Hill - Good Morning, Midnight
Double Your Pleasure:
Simon Kernick - A Good Day to Die and The Business of Dying
John Rickards - Winters End and The Touch of Ghosts
Mark Billingham - Lifeless and The Burning Girl
Just be thankful I haven't read the other two Kernick books yet - just got them for Christmas - or he could have cornered the list. And I'm not at all prejudiced. Just because he's a wonderful person, super-nice and I'm... well, never mind. You'll find out eventually.
And no, those weren't the only ten books I read this past year! But they're the ones that stand out, ones I'd read again, will read again undoubtedly.
Now, a writerly question for you all. First lines and hooks. What grabs you? What do you like to see in a first line?
Why do I ask? Well, tomorrow night is the monthly non-critique meeting. A bunch of writers sitting around, drinking tea*, discussing writerly topics. Last time it was query letters. This time, first lines. So, if anyone has a first line they think is wonderful, or some characteristics to share, I'd appreciate it.
* That's what I'm calling it, and I'm sticking to it.