Favourites of the Year: Books
Time for a round-up of my favourites books of 2018. There have been plenty! I’ll do a full round-up of all the books I’ve read this year nearer to New Years, but for now, here are some of my favourites of 2018.
Eat, Sweat, Play by Anna Kessel
If you ever want to exercise but can’t bring yourself to do it for whatever reason, I highly recommend you read this book. A sports book that is actually interesting! Full of interviews, facts that you’ll find shocking and simple advice to get more women into the gym or out playing sport. Really motivating.
Athena’s Champion by David Hair & Cath Mayo
One of the books I helped publish at my work this year. This book really kick-started a Greek Mythological readathon for me. I loved it. A feminist re-telling of the younger years of Odysseus. With its gorgeous cover, amazing premise and fantastic writing, I was addicted the second it came into our company submissions.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Another Greek Mythological re-telling but this time a re-telling of the relationship between Achilles and his friend Patroclus. LGBT, historical fantasy with a really unique narrative. I loved it.
The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson
This book is bittersweet for work reasons but I still really enjoyed it. Miss Congeniality meets The Parent Trap. Full of Harry Potter references and other bookish references, set in a beauty pageant… it was so much fun to read.
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
I enjoyed reading this book so much I made time to lay on my couch and read it. I turned my phone off and everything. Uniquely written with a bitter and realistic anti-heroine, full of graphic and great details. I can’t wait to read more of Jami Attenberg.
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
I read this before seeing the movie earlier this year and it was poignantly stunning. Quite a short read but packed with a ridiculously strong punch. The characterisation, plotline and message are simply gripping. A definite re-read in the future.
In Paris With You by Clementine Beauvais
A book translated from French and written in verse, not my usual go-to but this gorgeous book was a must-read for me. I was so taken by the cover and premise at YALC that I paid full price to get my hands on this book immediately and devoured it. A wonderful YA/New Adult story about lost loves in the City of Love: Paris.
The Multi-Hyphen Method by Emma Gannon
This book is possibly the most important book I read this year because due to this book I’ve now begun a multi-hyphenate career as a Campaigns Officer, freelance writer and public speaker. Wonderfully written and easy to utilise.
Eat Up by Ruby Tandoh
This book taught me so much about my own eating habits and how we should be eating what we want, and looking for healthier options that we love not just healthier options we eat out of a feeling of necessity. A truly guiltless book about eating.
My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen
I’ve been a fan of Lily Allen since I was a pre-teen. I loved her album Smile and I forgot, until recently, how much I enjoyed her poetic music. So when I saw her autobiography was out I read it the day it came out. I heard down the publicity grapevine that she was hard to handle but honestly, after reading her book, I think she has reason to be. Raw, honest and open.
The Friendship Cure by Kate Leaver
I was sent this earlier in the year by Duckworth Publishing and I was very lazy in picking it up (my bad Kate!). But when I did pick it up, I realised it was truly excellent. An analytical look into friendship, but with much more depth and humour. A really good read.
Money by Laura Whately
My last favourite for this list but this book is beyond helpful! If anyone is out there and still has no idea what an ISA is or why it is unlikely we’ll ever be able to save for a mortgage – or what a mortgage even is – this book is a lifesaver. An easy to understand, universally helpful read on money and how to save/spend it.
What books have you been loving in 2018? Let me know in the comments below.