Typically I like to read a lot – for example, I would normally get through 3 – 4 decent size books on a two week holiday.
My 2018 new years resolution was to read 52 books this year, and boy am I stubborn; I refused to fail. Mostly rewarding, but at times a – s t r u g g l e – .
I read some great books and I read some not so great ones. See some highlights/lowlights and the full list from this year below. Here’s also the link to my GoodReads account where I’ve rated every book this year, as well as tried to add as many books as I remember reading in general. There’s definitely a lot missing but I’ll keep adding to it.
Books I couldn’t put down.
Honestly this book still has me fucked up. A mind-bending dive into parallel universes and how our lives are built through tiny decisions.
This book isn’t just about what it was like being a gay teen in the 90s, but about friendship, loss, and finding your sense of self. A wonderfully nostalgic book that makes you remember the hot, sticky, American summers that you never experienced. This book is a must read.
An insightful, funny and emotional look into our NHS and the Doctors and Nurses who run it. A necessary read for anyone who lives in the UK, especially if (like me) you’re not in or close to medicine.
I cherish this book, and I know that every one of my friends who has read it has also raved about it. Laughed, cried – every emotion.
A book of many stories that come together piece by piece, but keep you on tender-hooks to the end. A bit magical and mystical, but I love that.
Disease kills basically all of humanity; life continues, the stories of people’s lives intertwine. I could see this book playing out in my head like a movie as I read it. Fast-paced, beautiful and a little haunting.
A fly-on-the-wall in the complex, sophisticated and bizarre world of the super-wealthy in Asia. With characters based on real-life experiences of the author, this novel is rich (and not just in cash).
READ THIS BOOK.
Who doesn’t love a Jodi Picoult? Couldn’t put this one down – gripping.
This book explores the age old question of fate through the lens of 4 siblings and the different paths their lives take after a shared experience. Thought-provoking.
Almost sad I came so late to this book – wish I had read it 10 years ago. A classic underdog story, set in a VR world in the future. Easy to read but very entertaining nonetheless.
A little ‘American-propoganda-y’ but I got through this surprisingly quickly for such a large book. Twisting and unpredictable thriller.
A dark story about a family with secrets and a penchant for disappearing daughters. This one gets under your skin.
Easy reads for the beach.
Trashy but in a good way. Being in your 20s in London, love at first sight, best friends and boyfriends – it’s got it all.
An easy to read and fast-moving novel about what happens when a magical disease wipes out most of humanity. I’m currently reading the second in the series.
I remember enjoying this but TBH can’t even remember the plot.
This was a little gauche at times but enjoyable and feel-good.
A sweet, enjoyable ready. Got a little strange at the end but not enough to write it off from this list.
Keeps you guessing until the end. Some people in the comments hated the main character but I actually found her believable rather than the forced like-ability some protagonists have in books like this. Currently only 99p in the Kindle Store – very worth it.
Okay so I don’t 100% believe this should be in this category because it’s a little deeper than a beach novel but I also wouldn’t class it as one of my most memorable from this year.
Books I struggled to finish.
So long and complex I had to keep going backwards and forwards to make sense of it. Ended up being a chore which is sad because I had high hopes.
I found the ‘book in one sentence’ format difficult and unnecessary, and the story slow moving.
This book had so much potential to be better and explore a world that it only skimmed the surface of. Disappointed.
Way too long, and way too repetitive in its imagery, adjectives and general mini-plot points. Contrived. Didn’t even think of reading the rest of the trilogy. Was shocked to find it was turned into a series.
Full 2018 List
- China Rich Girlfriend
- Rich People Problems
- I am Pilgrim
- Little Fires Everywhere
- Ready Player One
- A wrinkle in Time
- Turtles All The Way Down
- Holding Up The Universe
- Scrappy Little Nobody
- Looking For Alaska
- Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F***
- Everything I never Told You
- Keeper of Lost Things
- When We Collided
- Five People You Meet in Heaven
- One of Us is Lying
- Luckiest Girl Alive
- All the Light we Cannot See
- Change of Heart
- Everything I Know about Love
- The Woman in the Window
- Year One
- Red Queen Book 2
- Nineteen Minutes
- A Girl in Time
- Red Queen Book 3
- Red Queen Book 4
- Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
- Hold Back the Stars
- The Immortalists
- A Discovery of Witches
- Friend Request
- A Moveable Feast
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- This is Going to Hurt
- The Psychology of Time Travel
- The Miseducation of Cameron Post
- Suicide Club
- Tattooist of Auschwitz
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
- A girl in time 2
- The anatomy of dreams
- The Roanoke Girls
- One Day in December
- The hate u give
- Dear martin
- Solar bones
- The giver
- The dry
Send me your recommendations!