Pile By the Bed’s Top 5 reads for 2022 include The Perfect Golden Circle by Benjamin Myers, Hovering by Rhett David, Devil House by John Darnielle, The Colony by Audry Magee and Maror by Lavie Tidhar
Pile by the Bed’s Top 5 crime novels for 2022 include Devil House, Black River, Better the Blood, Notes on an Execution and The Darkest Sin, with five additional honourable mentions.
Pile by the Bed’s Top 5 Science Fiction books for 2022 includes The Mountain in the Sea, Poster Girl, Under Fortunate Stars, Neom and The Daughter of Doctor Moreau. Plus 5 Honourable Mentions
Pile by the Bed’s Top 5 fantasy books for 2022 are Babel, The Stardust Thief, Book of Night, Siren Queen and Jade Legacy – with five honourable mentions.
It was a tough choice but here are Pile by the Bed’s top 5 books of 2021 and five honourable mentions.
Pile by the Bed’s Top 5 crime novels for 2021 and 5 honourable mentions.
Pile by the Bed’s top five science fiction novels for 2021 with five honourable mentions.
Pile by the Bed’s top 5 (actually 6) fantasy novels of 2021 and four honourable mentions
A pre-apocalypse, the labyrinth, an Australian drought, the US gold rush from a new perspective and an ode to our relationship with trees form Pile by the Bed’s Top 5 reads for 2020, together with six just as interesting and engaging honourable mentions.
Pile by the Bed’s top 5 crime fiction novels for 2020 and 6 equally worthy honourable mentions. So overall a top 11 for the year.
Pile By the Bed’s top 5 science fiction books for 2020 and 5 honourable mentions (so actually a top 10).
Pile by the Bed’s top 5 (okay, 6) fantasy novels for 2020 and four honourable mentions.
Pile By the Bed’s top 5 picks for 2019 (with 4 honourable mentions)
Pile By the Bed lists the Top 5 crime fiction novels of 2019 and 5 more honourable mentions
Pile by the Bed reveals the top 5 science fiction books for 2019 (and 4 honourable mentions)
Pile by the Bed lists the top five fantasy novels of 2019 (with three honourable mentions)
Pile By the Bed’s Top 5 crime fiction books for 2018 with 5 honourable mentions
Pile By the Bed Top 5 Books of 2018 (+ 5 honourable mentions)
Pile by the Bed Top 5 Science Fiction picks (and 3 honourable mentions) for 2018
So many great books this year (see also Top 5 Crime, Science Fiction and Fantasy). This is an all Australian Top 5 fiction for 2017 (in no particular order and with four international honourable mentions). Jock Serong’s On The Java Ridge moved away from crime and created a humanist thriller out of Australia’s border protection policies. Michael Sala’s The Restorer centred on a family trying to put a violent past behind them in 1980s Newcastle. Mark Brandi’s debut, Wimmera, was a timely exploration of child sexual abuse and its impacts. In City of Crows, Chris Womersley explored the power of belief in seventeenth century Paris. Another great debut, Tony Jones created Australia’s very won Day of the Jackal in The Twentieth Man. Honourable (international) mentions: House of Names by Colm Toibin was a retelling of Greek myth. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, a historical novel set in the New York shipbuilding yards in World War II. Spoils by Brian van Reet…