2018 was the year that I rediscovered my love for books. I’ve always loved reading. I remember reading lots when I was younger, around 8 years old. I used to love novels by Enid Blyton and horse-themed books. As for many of my generation, I truly fell in love with books over Harry Potter. Up to this day, they’re still one of my favourite reads.
Somehow as an adult (oh dear, that word still freaks me out, since I don’t feel grown up at 31, but hey) I stopped reading as much. It got reduced to reading on holidays and then it would be easy-to-read novels without much depth. In 2018 that somehow changed and I picked up some heavier reads as well.
So without further ado, here are five of my favourite books of 2018!
1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
I love the writing of Gail Honeyman. Even though the story of Eleanor Oliphant is not an easy one, her writing makes it easy to digest and fun to read! Eleanor’s character is one that grows on you and her transformation in the book is astonishing.
2. The Handmaid’s Tale
Probably the most talked about book of the year! I was absolutely blown away by this book. It’s written in such a gripping way, I stayed up way past my bedtime several times because I just couldn’t put it away! It’s very dark in places which I found difficult at times. Also, the ending is unlike anything you’d expect, but you’ve got to read it yourself to see why.
I started watching the series after reading the book and was ok with season one. Parts of it were quite disturbing but since I’d read the book, I could just skip those scenes. Buuuut, season two was a whole other level which I stopped halfway through as it was way to much of a psycho thriller for me and I struggled to sleep afterwards.
3. The Circle
When I was looking for a new book to read in summer, Amazon recommended this to me and I found the book’s description very appealing. It could be set in today’s time and is an eye-opening story of how much one shares with the online world and how it can control you. I’ve definitely re-thought some of my online behaviour after reading it!
4. Everything I Know About Love
The book that showed me a whole new category of reading! It’s kind of a mix between a biography and a self-help book written by someone around my age, having gone and going through the same life phases as me. I think that’s why I liked it so much: it’s very relatable.
Dolly’s writing is one of the funniest I’ve ever come across, it’s definitely one of those books that will make you burst laughing out loud! If you like this book, you’ll love her Podcast with Pandora Sykes called The High Low!
5. We Should All Be Feminists
Probably the most eye opening book of the year. Written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from Nigeria, this has given me a completely new perspective on feminism and how different it feels for women around the world.
Last year, I also became a huge fan of Goodreads (find me here) to browse through books and see what my friends are reading as well as tracking what I’ve read. I love a challenge, so in this year’s Goodreads Reading Challenge, I’m aiming to read 20 books. I’ve recently purchased a Kindle Paperwhite and although I said for years that I prefer “real” books, a Kindle makes it so easy to read on the go and I bring it almost everywhere with me!
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