The Very Best! Book Awards

The Very Best! Book Awards are chosen from among the books I have read and reviewed within the preceding year and are announced in early October (my reading ‘season’ goes from September 1st to the end of the following August). These are books that I consider exceptional in some way; books that I enjoyed reading so much that I didn’t want them to end. Or, if it was a non-fiction title, one that is well researched and the author has made it interesting to read, not just pages of facts. Those are just some of the qualities that make a book ‘special’ and worthy of being considered for the award.

2019 Longlist


Best First Book, Fiction or Non-Fiction


2018 Longlist


Short Fiction

Historical Fiction


2017 Longlist

These books are the ones I have read that deserve consideration of a “Very Best!” Book Award for 2016/17. There are 10 in the Fiction category and 6 in the Non-fiction category. (They are in no particular order.)



2017 Winners

Here are the six standout books from 2017. You can read more about each book in this post here.

2016 Winners

Here are the seven books that I considered “The Very Best” reads of 2015/16. You can read more about them in this post.

2016 Long List

This year’s list is composed of 18 outstanding titles (11 fiction, 7 non-fiction), each one unique in its own way.

Past Winners