2018 was a great reading year for me. I read 139 books – 116 fiction and 23 non-fiction. I discovered so many amazing new books that it was hard to narrow the list down to a specific number. However with a lot of consideration I managed it – so here are my top five books of the year!
I’m quite a big music fan and heard a lot of hype around the author Taylor Jenkins Reid. So when I had the opportunities to review her latest book Daisy Jones and the Six, out in March 2019, I jumped at the chance!
Psychological thrillers are one of my favourite book genres. I especially enjoy reading debut novels as I see it as chance to read something new, fresh and exciting.
Connie wakes up in a psychiatric unit and has no idea why she is there. The staff are fascinated by her. She looks in the mirror and sees bald patches where her hair has been torn out. Her body is covered in scars…
I really enjoy popular science books so when a novel combines science with an intriguing plot I have to read it!
Synopsis on Goodreads:
Ovum-to-Ovum technology offers a breakthrough for reproductive rights but also has fierce opposition. When it is leaked that Rosie is one of only two women to become pregnant from the treatment, her relationship with Jules is put under a microscope. Who close to them leaked the news?
I knew I would find it hard to read this book. I love dystopian novels and find anything tackling the areas around sexism and feminism intriguing however it is something I am very sensitive to.
Synopsis on Goodreads:
Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.
On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial—this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.
This is just the beginning.
Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.
But this is not the end.
For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.
I’ve read two E. Lockhart books previously – one of which I enjoyed (We Were Liars) and one of which I didn’t as much (Fly on the Wall). In both cases however I really liked the writing style and appreciated the premise of the stories. Continue Reading
Marian Keyes is an author who is always on my radar. When I heard she had a new, standalone, novel coming out I knew I wanted to read it. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of the book from Michael Joseph, Penguin UK and I finished it quickly, falling in love with the characters on the way.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Amy’s husband Hugh isn’t really leaving her.
At least, that’s what he promises. He is just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. For six-months Hugh will lose himself in south-east Asia, and there is nothing Amy can say or do about it.
Yes, it’s a mid-life crisis, but let’s be clear: a break isn’t a break up – yet . . .
It’s been a long time since Amy held a briefcase in one hand and a baby in the other. She never believed she’d have to go it alone again. She just has to hold the family together until Hugh comes back.
But a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns, if he returns, will he be the same man she married? And will Amy be the same woman?
Because falling in love is easy. The hard part – the painful, joyous, maddening, beautiful part – is staying in love.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a book that took me completely by surprise. I had heard great things about it so when I had the opportunity to review the book I jumped at the chance. All I knew about the storyline was what I had read in the synopsis: Continue Reading
We’ve made it through the first four months of 2017 without blowing up the planet. So to celebrate I’ve decided to have a look through the books I have read so far this year and pick out my favourites.
This year so far I’ve read 34 books which sounds like a lot (for me anyway) but it’s actually because I have got massively into graphic novels and manga which are obviously quicker to read. I’ve read a really interesting mix of books this year and I’ve enjoyed most of them, which is always a plus.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
“Are you happy with your life?”
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.
Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.
Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”
I honestly cannot recommend this book enough. I can easily fall into a reading slump if a book doesn’t instantly grab me but I whizzed through this one. I could not put it down. It might sound ridiculous but reading this was like reading a movie – fast-paced and just absolutely mind-bendingly awesome.
If you’re interested in science and the prospect of multi-verses then you’ll love this book.