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2018: The Year In Review aka My Favourite Reads

on December 28, 2018

So 2018 is almost over. There’s only a couple of days to go and although I’m halfway through what will probably be my last book for the year (or maybe I’ll squeeze in 1 more) I thought it’d be a good time to sit down and have a look back at some of my favourite reads from the year. I loaded up the list of what I’d read and started to write down some faves and then….kept writing. I didn’t realise just how many books I’d read this year that I loved. So far I’ve read 204 books and I have around 34 on my “Best” list.

My Favourite Adult Books Of 2018

{in rough order that I read them….}

  1. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Oh man this book was so powerful. I absolutely loved it. It is still one that I think about a lot, even though I read it right at the beginning of 2018 and I’ve read 200-odd books since then. I can’t wait to see what Gail Honeyman comes up with next – this is one of my fave debuts of all time.
  2. The Three Of Us by Kim Lock. This was so much more than I bargained for and I really enjoyed the way that Lock sensitively explored a very unusual romance in a conservative time.
  3. The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth. Sally is a master storyteller and an autobuy/read author for me. This is probably my favourite of her books so far.
  4. Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer. Could not put this down!
  5. The Lost Flowers Of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland. Another stellar debut – and actually one I gave a rare 10/10. Beautifully written with such vivid imagery. I loved this so much.
  6. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer & Annie Barrows. Oh my gosh, how did I not read this until this year? The publisher sent me a copy with the movie tie-in cover and it was actually a book I’d borrowed from my local library at least once years ago and returned unread. Once I picked that review copy up, I couldn’t put it down. It’s so pure. Such a beautiful story and the movie is lovely too – I cried buckets in it.
  7. On The Right Track by Penelope Janu. The sort of romance that appeals to me like it was written for me personally! I feel this way about all of Penelope Janu’s books.
  8. The Art Of Friendship by Lisa Ireland. I really related to this book about adult friendship and how people change and evolve and often try and hang onto childhood/teen friendships because they were so powerful at the time of their forming.
  9. Staying by Jessie Cole. Oh I love Jessie Cole. Her two fiction books are so beautiful and this, a memoir about her family and the grief she’s experienced at the loss of her older sister and father, is heart wrenching. She has this honest, raw way of writing that just leaves nothing in the shade.
  10. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Yessss I am here for anything that Hoang writes. I loved this! Sweet and spicy with a really interesting romance and some sharp characters. I laughed a lot reading this.
  11. The Nowhere Child by Christian White aka The Surprise/Breakout Hit of the Year. I didn’t know anything about this when it lobbed into my mailbox but it quickly became one of my favourite books. I’ve recommended it to so many people – anytime someone asks me for something to read and everyone seems to feel pretty much the same way that I do about it.
  12. I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction but I think actually every non-fiction title I read this year will make this list, starting with this one. The story of finding the Golden State Killer and how unusual it was – Michelle McNamara worked tirelessly (she wasn’t even a cop) reading through evidence and files and statements and piecing together bits and pieces. Unfortunately she died both before her book was published and before the GSK was actually caught.
  13. What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Hillary Clinton is amazing, don’t even @ me with anything different.
  14. The Ones You Trust by Caroline Overington. Smashed through this I don’t know how fast. Could not put it down.
  15. The Book Of Ordinary People by Claire Varley. Oh this book. About these characters who have these connections to each other (but don’t really know each other, for the most part) living their lives in Melbourne revolving around issues like immigration. One of the stories in this book just had such an affect on me, I still think about it in a similar way to Eleanor Oliphant.
  16. The Botanist’s Daughter by Kayte Nunn. I’m a sucker for a dual-narrative and this was a great example. I adored both the historical aspect, with spinster Elizabeth and her dedication to fulfilling her botanist father’s legacy as well as the modern day aspect. Kayte Nunn isn’t afraid to do a George RR Martin either.
  17. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton. This is only the 2nd Morton book I’ve ever read but there are few better than her at what she does. Her books are thick, and this one was pretty complex with a large cast of characters but that never bothered me. If you like the sort of book that pulls you in deep and keeps you there then she should be top of your list.
  18. The Rúin by Dervla McTiernan. Oh yessss one of the best crime novels of 2018. Dervla McTiernan is such a fun and exciting new voice and I can’t wait for The Scholar (which I actually have a copy of but I’m waiting until it’s a bit closer to the release date to read it).
  19. The Girl On The Page by John Purcell. Former bookstore owner and current Booktopia employee John Purcell dropped this novel which looked at the publishing world from a variety of different perspectives and it was one of the cleverest books I read this year, maybe even ever. So fun but also…..so much dissection of various book publishing/selling/reading issues and quirks.
  20. Lost Without You by Rachael Johns. Because she can do no wrong and every release is deserving of a spot on the keeper shelf.
  21. The Lost Man by Jane Harper. A crime novel that sort of isn’t. Instead it’s a look at these family relationships and dynamics and it’s slow and thoughtful but unputdownable in all of the best of ways.
  22. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling. The latest in the Strike series and yeah, it’s long. Really long actually. But somehow I never gave a damn when reading it because it’s so good. Oh I’m so invested in Cormoran and Robin. More please!
  23. Becoming by Michelle Obama. This is the book I’m currently halfway through but I will finish it before 2018 is over and I already know that it’s on the list.

My Favourite YA Books Of 2018

  1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Slayed me.
  2. Draekora Graevale by Lynette Noni. Books 3&4 in the Medoran Chronicles and they were both so good. Loved the way in which the story progressed and deepened and just how far Alex has come in this series. On Christmas Eve I received a copy of the 5th (and final) book in the series, Vardaesia and I’m so keep to read it but okay, I’m also kind of scared. It’s always hard to finish a series I think.
  3. Hero At The Fall by Alwyn Hamilton. I loved this whole trilogy. There were a few heart stopping moments in this one and a couple of serious swerves but overall I think it was a satisfying, action packed ending.
  4. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett. Love her books! This one and Alex Approximately have made me super happy.
  5. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You Always And Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. Oh this trilogy is so good. I read the first one, then watched the (incredible) adaptation on Netflix and then read the other 2 books. And now they’re making the 2nd one into a movie and I hope it’s as good as the first. All of the books are fantastic.
  6. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I finally read this. I adore this world and it was so good to finally get Bitterblue’s story and see how that played out and how she took back her kingdom. Queendom? Whatever. I do wish the end was a little more definitive in respect to one thing but other than that? So good.

Honourable mention: I sneakily read this already but it’s a 2019 release: The Wicked King by Holly Black. Oh yesssss. It continues. And now the wait for The Queen Of Nothing and that title makes sooo much sense after having finished TWK.

 

This post was way longer than I expected it was going to be when I sat down to start looking at some of my favourite books. 2018 was clearly a good reading year – I’m a bit of a hard mark too, I don’t rank a huge amount of books 5/5 stars and so after these there are a lot of others that were probably 4/5. My yearly wrap up will be coming Monday and then it’s time to move full steam into 2019.

 

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One response to “2018: The Year In Review aka My Favourite Reads

  1. The only 2 i’ve read are The Family Next Door and Guernsey. And I agree with you on both of those. I also read Guernsey recently (last year) and couldn’t believe I waited that long. I will be reading Eleanor Oliphant next month for book club.

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