Top Books of 2018 so far
I’m getting back into my blogging routine with a simple blog post about my favourite reads of 2018 so far.
Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller
A few months ago I went through a Greek Mythology phase and could not get my hands on fantasy books quick enough. Having heard about Circe by Madeleine Miller I was waiting with bated breath to get my hands on her new book but to fill the time I read Song of Achilles, her first book.
I actually preferred Song of Achilles. An LGBT booked based on the life of Patroclus – the best friend/lover of Achilles – leading to the Trojan wars. Well written, romantic, gripping and all my favourite buzzwords.
2. Women by Chloe Caldwell
I’ve recently discovered the app BookBeat and I adore it! For £13.99 a month I have access to a huge number of ebooks and unlike Audible I don’t have to wait for a credit or have to pay extra for any of them – they’re available through the subscription – and I’m talking brand new to popular books.
One of the newer books was Women by Chloe Caldwell, an LGBT novella about a woman who is questioning her sexuality and begins a complicated relationship with another woman. Whilst short it is visceral and incredibly realistic story. Well worth a read.
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows
As soon as I saw the movie trailer for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society I knew I had to read the book. A charming World War two novel about a war correspondent turned novelist who is disenchanted with writing since the end of the war. She begins a pen pal association with a Guernsey farmer who informs her of a secret society that was formed on the Island of Guernsey during the occupation. A heartbreaking romance/drama begins and it is utterly consuming in a wonderfully warm way.
4. A Fully Functioning Human (Almost) by Melanie Murphy
If you don’t follow Melanie Murphy on YouTube you really should. A true role-model and hilariously honest and clearly kind YouTuber, Melanie wrote this book as a memoir come self-help book. It discusses topics such as eating disorders, relationships, sex, body positivity and nothing is spared. I listened to this on Audible, narrated by Melanie in her lovely Irish accent, and I couldn’t stop listening.
5. The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale
One of the most beautifully designed books out there. A complicated historical/magical realism novel about a young girl – from the age of sixteen through to her seventies – who runs away to become an assistant at a Toyshop in London, only open during Christmas. She’s sixteen, pregnant and newly homeless. It’s too well intertwined and unexpected a-storyline to explain properly, it needs to be read. Much like The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern it is an encapsulating read with an interesting twist running throughout.
6. Eat, Sweat, Play by Anna Kessel
I STILL adore this book! Never has a book made me want to go to the gym and start running more. Sadly it’s power has run out after 4 months – I’ve cancelled my gym membership and I only went running once – but I definitely will re-read this book and recommend it wholeheartedly.
7. Make’Em Laugh by Debbie Reynolds
Another BookBeat read and I’m so happy I listened to this. It brought me so much joy amidst the sadness of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher’s deaths in 2016. Written by Debbie it is one of the funniest anecdotal books I’ve ever listened to and it has endeared her to my heart even more. She didn’t hold back on her faults – her discussion on her husbands and even her relationship of Carrie up until her 20s is bared honestly – but it does not hurt the image we all have and love of her.
There are seven of my favourite reads this year. So far I have read forty books so I’m on target to hit my Goodreads challenge for the year, of reading eighty books.
I’m currently in the throes of re-reading the Harry Potter series, as I do every summer, and after that, I have a TON of proof copy books to get through including the next Emma Gannon, Promising Young Woman by Caroline O’Donoghue and the next A.L. Michael and Nick Louth for work!