At the start of the year, I set myself a goal of reading 5 books over the course of 2018. A small figure, I know, but considering the previous year, I’d only read 1 book, I wanted to set myself an achievable goal to launch myself back into reading.
I achieved that goal – I even doubled (and more!) it by reading a total of 12 books this year! Again, I know that for some that’s a month’s worth of reading, but for me, it’s a huge achievement!
I thought I would put together a list of all of those 12 books and reflect on them by writing a mini review on them all. Maybe this might even give you some new books to add to your to-read list!
I am planning on writing full reviews of some of these books so I won’t be going into too much detail, but nonetheless, here they are!
The Wrong Girl by Zoe Foster-Blake
Although I technically didn’t start reading it this year, I finished it at the start of January, so I’m including it. This was a lovely, lighthearted read. This book was made into a TV show and although I haven’t watched it, it’d be interesting to see how the show compares to the novel.
The Mummy Bloggers by Holly Wainwright
The Mummy Bloggers explores the ‘dark’ side of blogging in a lighthearted, even comedic way. Think backstabbing, secrets, competition and deceit. Three mummy bloggers with intertwined lives are all nominated for a prestigious award in the blogging world. The book follows the events leading up to the awards and highlights the extent some people will go to in order to win. Of course, it was heavily dramatised and isn’t a true account of most of the blogging world, but was definitely an interesting read.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Get the tissues ready, this one is an emotional roller coaster. I loved this book so much and I cried so much once got to the end. That’s how you know a book has done its job – if it makes you feel something.
After You by Jojo Moyes
I was initially a bit reluctant to read the sequel, as I enjoyed me before you so much and I didn’t want to ruin it for myself. I eventually went ahead and read it and although it definitely wasn’t as good as the first book (what sequel is, though?), I still enjoyed it.
Still Me by Jojo Moyes
As I had read the first two books, I thought I might as well complete the trilogy. Better than the sequel, but still doesn’t beat the original.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Alice, happily married and expecting her first baby, wakes up after an accident only to learn that her life is not what she thought it was. She is, in fact, ten years older, a mother of three and going through a bitter divorce. Alice must work to piece parts of her life together in order to discover ‘what (she) forgot’ over the last ten years. This was the first book by Liane Moriarty I had read and it made me want to read more of her books.
Am I Doing This Right? by Tanya Hennessy
Tanya Hennessey is hil-ar-i-ous. If you’re after a quick, funny and easy read, I’d recommend this one. Her anecdotes are raw, relatable and downright hilarious.
Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland
I had high hopes for this book, and unfortunately, it fell a little short. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t what I was hoping for.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
I’ve already written an entire review of this book so I won’t say much, but this book definitely was a slow start for me, but one I’m so glad I stuck to.
The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty
I had wanted to read this book for about a year before I actually did, and I certainly made up for lost time by reading most of it in one day. This book had a bit of a ‘who done it’ vibe without being too morbid and I really enjoyed it. It was the perfect mix of lightheartedness and mystery.
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
My second book from Liane Moriarty, this book navigates through the 34th year of life for triplet sisters Gemma, Lyn and Cat. While I definitely enjoyed it, I felt like the ending left a little to be desired. There were a few storylines that were left open and unaddressed and although that might have been intentional, I would’ve liked a more well-rounded ending.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
This year, I wanted to read a work of classic literature, as the only times I have before was at school and university. I decided to go for Wuthering Heights. If I’m being honest, this book was not what I expected it to be. As I have limited experience reading classics, it was a little hard to follow in the beginning. Once I got past the first 100 pages I started to enjoy it more, but I think because I had a set idea in my head of what I thought it would be like, I was left slightly unsure and disappointed, especially at the beginning. Moral of the story – I need to stop putting expectations on books because it just sets me up for disappointment! All in all, I did end up enjoying the novel for what it was, it was a great story; however if I had read it once I had more experience with classics, I probably would’ve appreciated it more.
There you have it! My 2018 read list!
What was your favourite book you read in 2018?
– Karen xx