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!
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.
Wow October was a busy month. I’ve been super hectic with studying and work and have had family visiting too. To make up for being quieter than usual I’m running a giveaway to win Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella! See the Gleam mechanism at the end of the blog to enter :).
I’m a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella (author of the Shopaholic series, among many other books) and this is her first young adult novel.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.
Weirdly I’m not a huge fan of her channel but as soon as I heard Zoella was bringing out a book club I couldn’t resist buying the full set. I think I just bloody love book clubs. And it’s excuse to buy a ton more books (I have a problem).
I am a fan of Zoella herself though. We’re the same age (she’s a week older than me) and I admire the huge empire she’s built in the last few years.
Instead of writing individual reviews I thought I’d do a round up of the Zoella Book Club books I’ve read so far. It was originally going to be a halfway review but I’ve since read another… so here’s a 5/8 book round up! Continue Reading
I thought writing about the books I’ve read so far in 2016 would be a good introduction to the types of books I usually read (and my thoughts on them).
Autobiographies / memoirs
I started the year reading Alan Sugar’s autobiography What You See is What You Get. I don’t read a great deal of memoir-style books, however having just finished watching The Apprentice UK, I was intrigued to read more about Sir Alan. I’d previously read his side-kick Karren Brady’s book Strong Woman – both were great books which I rated 4/5. A few months later I ended up reading his book Unscripted – mostly about his time working on the Apprentice which, as a huge fan, I really enjoyed (4/5).
Throughout the first few months of the year I read a few other autobiographies – Sue Perkin’s Spectacles (brilliant book) and Mary Berry’s A Recipe for Life (both 5/5). I also read Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road as part of Emma Watson’s book club, which I also gave full marks. Another great feminist read was Bridget Christie’s A Book for Her – it was a bit of a slow burner for me but it ended up being a fantastically funny read about her journey into the male-dominated world of comedy (another 5/5). Continue Reading