My reading this year

Writers must read. I am an erratic reader and probably only read about 35 books this year, but this is not about counting. Here are my top three and my turkeys:

My top three from the books I read in 2016 (not in order)

1. The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick

Read my review in Wales Arts Review here:

2. The Weightless World by Anthony Trevelyan

From the peerless Galley Beggar Press. Completely different, like everything they publish.

3. The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

My review in Electric Literature is here:


Three which disappointed me

1. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Whether because I read a bad translation or not I struggled. Not as brilliant as hailed.

2. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

Emperor’s new clothes…

3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Needed a good edit.


Happy New Year reading everyone!


About Cath Barton

Cath Barton is an English writer who lives in South Wales. In June 2017 she was awarded the New Welsh Writing AmeriCymru Prize for the Novella, and her novella The Plankton Collector will be published by New Welsh Review in September 2018. She is a 2018 Literature Wales mentee, working on a collection of short stories inspired by the paintings and drawings of Hieronymus Bosch. Also active in the on-line community of writers of flash fiction, Cath is a regular contributor to the on-line critical hub for Welsh arts and culture, Wales Arts Review.
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