I am a massive reader, when I was at school I used to read hundreds of book a year but now I work full time and balance a million and one things so don’t manage to read as many. But I still get my way through a good amount of books so today I’m going to share with you the 22 books that I read this year and a bit about what I thought about them…
The Unmumsy Mum by Sarah Turner
I hadn’t heard a lot about Sarah, or ‘The Unmumsy Mum’ as she’s branded herself, until I picked up both this and the Unmumsy Diary (which will be featured a couple of books down) in a charity shop. I’m not a Mum myself so I didn’t expect this to appeal to me as much as it did but I absolutely loved it. This made me fall completely in love with Sarah, she’s brutally and brilliantly honest with a plethora of hilarious stories of motherhood and life itself. I cannot wait for her to release more books but until then I’ll just have to continue stalking her Insta!
Charlotte Says by Alex Bell
Last year I read the horrifyingly amazing ‘Frozen Charlotte’, in the New Year as featured in my Post Christmas Sales Haul post, I picked up the second instalment in the story ‘Charlotte Says’. The story was just as intriguing and terrifying- it really did fit in perfectly with the first book. I’m unsure whether there’ll be another addition to the Charlotte series, I really hope there is though as I think everyone is completely hooked by those awful little dolls. I would also LOVE to see ‘Frozen Charlotte’ made into a film, it’s not often I say that as I’m not always the biggest fan of the film adaptations of books, but as a big horror movie fan I’d love to see this as a film. Can someone make this happen, please!
Unmumsy Mum Diary by Sarah Turner
This is Sarah’s second book which is formatted as a diary following a year in the life of the unmumsy mum. I found this a bit easier to read than the first book but they were both so enjoyable and lovely to read. I featured the both of them in my January Favourites way back when at the beginning of the year which you can read here.
Into The Trees by Robert Williams
Looking back at this list of books I’ve read this year, this isn’t one that necessarily stands out for me, I can’t remember a lot about it. I did however write a bit about this in my notes on my phone and from what I can gather, it was quite emotive and had a gripping story which appears a bit strange when reading it back. This isn’t one I can write loads about though, it hasn’t stuck with me at all.
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Now this is a book that stands out like a sore thumb when I reflect on the year, for all the right reasons. The story flipped from Juli to Bryce’s perspectives which is a format that I really enjoy to read, this made me feel so deeply to the point where I had physical tears at certain points. I will 100% read this again, I can’t wait relive this beautiful book all over again.
The Little Book Of Lykke by Meik Wiking
If you read last year’s post, you will have seen that I read The Little Book Of Hygge which ignited the trend of Hygge. So this year I followed it up with picking up this book focusing on ‘Lykke’ which is Danish for ‘happiness’. As expected, it is focused on happiness and why the Danes are the happiest people on the world. It was incredibly fascinating, an interesting and easy read.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
I’d picked this book up not realising it had been adapted into an incredibly popular TV series featuring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. I knew there had to be something good about this book if it was made into such a highly acclaimed show and it lived up to every single expectation. I could not put this down, it is so dark yet so easy to read and light, it follows and focuses on so many different types of characters and themes. I haven’t watched all of the series but it’s definitely one to read!
Friends In High Places by David Traynor
David Traynor is a local psychic/spirit medium whom I’ve been to see countless times, I’m so intrigued by the whole practice so this was a book I just had to read. It was interesting to learn more about David as a person, more about his talent and a selection of AMAZING stories. If you’re a fan of spirit mediumship or anything of that kind, I highly recommend David and this book. (I don’t have a photo of this as I’ve passed it onto my Mum to read!)
All About Mia by Lisa Williamson
I am a sucker for a YA book and Lisa Williamson is fast becoming a stand out character for me in this genre. This follows three sisters (Audrey, Grace and Mia) but obviously focusing on the enigma that is Mia and her difficult life. I read this in one sitting in my car (long story, don’t ask!) and loved every single page, I can’t urge you enough to pick up Lisa’s books
Brain Freeze by Tom Fletcher
Anyone who knows me knows how much of a MASSIVE McFly fan I am and that Tom Fletcher is the love of my life and we’re destined for a long life together (joking, obvs) so his name was expected to come up at one point (or twice, maybe…) in this point. This was only a short book released for World Book Day for £1. It was an easy read about a young girl and a time travelling ice cream van. Tom’s books are magic, I say no more.
Talking With Female Serial Killers by Christopher Berry Dee
I’ve always been a fan of murder documentaries, I’d not explored much of this topic in book form until I saw this beauty in ASDA for just £4. This was such an eye opener into the minds of not only serial killers but female serial killers. There are some mad stories in this, some scary, some freaky but all horrifying. This was definitely a chilling read but it introduced me into the amazing writer, Christopher Berry Dee who has more non-fiction books out there about serial killers which are now part of my collection!
Eve Of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher
Here he is again, alongside his talented wife Giovanna, in there first collaborative science fiction novel. I can’t say I’m the biggest sci-fi fan but I absolutely loved reading this, I was glued to every page and the whole world. Eve was the first girl born in 50 years, this book which is the first instalment in a trilogy, follows her introduction to the opposite sex. I don’t want to say much as I urge you to read it, I cannot wait to read the next book!
Hello Mum By Bernadine Evaristo
This was only a short book of 96 pages that tackles quite a relevant topic- knife crime. I didn’t take a lot away from this, I found it could have been a lot more powerful and hard hitting than it actually was. It was an easy, interesting read which tackles such an important subject but I do think it could have been executed in a better way.
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
I’m unsure whether to brand this as historical or a classical but I’m not a big fan of either which might be why this wasn’t up there for me as a fave. This book basically follows Edward and Florence on their wedding night, there’s not much more too it but it was such a different read and one that you can’t quite get your head round.
When The Curtain Falls by Carrie Hope Fletcher
I absolutely adore Carrie, she bosses everything she turns her hand too including the books that she pens. This book merged two of her talents- books and theatre. When The Curtain Falls follows two stories that merge effortlessly- two lovers meeting at the West End in 1952 that ended in tragedy and two lovers 70 years later in what appears to be history repeating itself. I can’t recommend this enough, especially if you’re a theatre fan!
The Tattoist of Aushwitz by Heather Morris
This is in my top three favourite books I read this year, it is a stand out and I don’t think I will ever forget it. This follows Lale, a Jewish tattooist in Auschwitz and his blossoming love with Gita. This tugs at all of your heart strings, it is an unforgettable story that I think everyone should read. I’ve already passed this on, hence why I don’t have a photo of it. Read this book.
How To Be Famous by Caitlin Moran
I adore Caitlin Moran, she is an incredible person who is such an icon in my life. Both her fiction and non-fiction books are incredible and this was no different. This follows 18 year old Dolly Wilde/ Johanna as she makes her way writing for a music magazine and tackling everything that life throws her way (and it throws a lot). I love Caitlin’s writing so this was a win for me!
This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay
Okay so I have to put it out there and say this was my favourite book of 2018. This was just incredible. This is a memoir of Adam’s adventures as a junior doctor, battling his way through our suffering NHS and sharing stories that will leave you needing to either pick your jaw up or wipe away a tear. Absolutely incredible, a must read for everyone and anyone.
The Second Child by Caroline Bond
I picked this up on complete intrigue at the blurb. I mean, it was completely gripping and had me asking questions at just those short few paragraphs. I don’t even think I can try and sum this up- basically there appears to have been a mix up when a family discover that their daughter isn’t theirs and they have a daughter out there with a different family that their daughter belongs too. That didn’t make a word of sense, you have to read it to understand it. It’s confusing, heart-wrenching and so intriguing!
Wilde About The Girl by Louise Pentland
Louise is a fave of mine so it was a given her novel released earlier this year would end up on this list. Wilde About The Girl is the second instalment in the series following Robin Wilde and her crazy yet realistic life. I love Robin, I love her world, her story, her people, her experiences- everything! A light-hearted, easy to read book that is perfect paired with a share bar of Cadburys (not to share!).
My Mum Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
I was that girl at school who had every single Jacqueline Wilson book and obsessed over them all. So when I heard another instalment in the Tracy Beaker series had been released all these years later I could not believe it, I had to buy and read it straight away. I had complete de ja vu, I went back to all those years ago reading Jacqueline’s writing and the iconic character that is Tracy Beaker. This focused more on Tracy’s daughter, Jess- their relationship, Tracy’s love life and her temper that hasn’t changed at all. If you were the same as me and didn’t miss a single of Jacqueline’s books read this, no matter how old you are!
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by J K Rowling
I read this in practically one sitting, it was formatted as a play script for the corresponding movie so was one that you could fly through. Especially if you’re an avid fan of that amazing wizarding world! I adore this Fantastic Beasts world, the characters are brilliant and the plot (although confusing) unravelled and left me asking ‘WHAT NEXTTTT!??’. If you’re wondering what the movie was like, I wrote about it in this post rounding up my cinema trips in 2018.
Thank you so much for reading, I loved doing this post for the second year in a run and can’t wait to get started on my books for 2019. Here’s to reading good books!
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