I’m sure you’re sick of reading the top ten books of the year from all the people you follow, but in case you like the kinds of things I read and wanted to know what I loved this year, here are mine. If you remember from my mid-year wrap up, my reading year was dominated by female authors (fantastic!) I ended up only reading two books written by men and one made the list!
Please note, these are only in order of when I read them, not in order of preference. They are also not all books released this year (in fact, 2018 releases would be in the minority).
- My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Bordi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
Do you know the story of Lady Jane Gray? No? Well reading this book won’t give you the real story but it will give you a lot of fun and laughter along the way. It’s historical fiction, romance, comedy, adventure – all wrapped up in one. This book was SO much fun and so much better than I expected! I had really wanted this a while ago after reading so much about it,
2. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
If you haven’t heard of this book then I’d like to ask you where you’ve been. It’s been everywhere all year! A story of loneliness, trauma and friendship, this book was the perfect amount of sad, funny and heart-warming. I listened to this on Audiobook and it was fantastic! It has apparently become a bit of a divisive book, with some readers loving it and others hating it but I think it’s
3. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I am late to the party and hadn’t picked up anything by this wonderful author until this year and now I’m wondering why the heck not. I read this book before I watched the TED talk but I don’t even really need to write a quick review, I’ll simply link the video for you to watch in your own time!
4. Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Getting into Beartown was difficult – for a lot of the first half of the book, you wonder why you’re reading about a town obsessed with ice hockey. Backman is an expert at building wonderful (and terrible) characters that will break your heart completely and all the waffle about ice hockey is worth it by the time you’re finished with this – it will all make sense. If you’re finding it difficult to get into, stick with it. It was the first book to make me cry this year and I don’t get that a whole lot with books.
5. Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee
A memoir about sexual assault, the Australian justice system and how/why the system is failing so many victims – this was another read that got me in the emotions. Bri Lee is definitely someone to watch and her story is one that everyone should read as soon as possible!
6. Educated by Tara Westover
The children in Tara Westover’s Mormon survivalist family did not get the same education that you and I probably take for granted. This is the story of how she finds herself pursuing her own education and finding freedom from everything she had ever been told was true. I was gripped completely throughout this whole story – it’s full of so much hope and so much disappointment!
7. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Apparently, this is Agatha Christie’s best-selling book and I can see why. It’s been on my TBR for far too long. I read this while I was alone on my reading retreat and I was spooked! I don’t usually have reactions like this to books but I was thinking about this for days and finding it difficult to get the feeling that someone was watching.
8. The Dry by Jane Harper
There are two genres I don’t usually touch – Australian Fiction (aside from YA) and Crime Fiction – this is both of those and it’s got me converted. I can’t wait to read more of Harper’s writing – she had me turning the pages like crazy.
9. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
This was a cover buy but I found so much more within the pages than I had expected! A little wild west story with a lot of heart and high stakes, I really loved the characters in Vengeance Road and their story.
10. Becoming by Michelle Obama
One of the later reads in the year but it wins the top spot, hands down. As someone who is neither an American or that informed about politics (to my shame) there was a lot in this book that I didn’t know. I’ve always admired Michelle Obama from afar but reading about her story and her perspective on her time as First Lady was just so interesting. It was another Audiobook read and hearing her tell her story in her own voice was even more powerful. She absolutely nailed it and it got me thinking more than any other book I read this year.
What were your favourite reads this year?