I took kind of a holiday break from writing. I’m finally starting to take on my new role at work and I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about that and I also have gotten sick twice since the last time I posted so some time off felt necessary. I know we’re already about halfway into January but I wanted to talk about my favorite things I read in 2018.
I ended the year at 31 books. I had a goal of 40, maybe I’ll hit it this year. I’ve already finished 4 so I am off to a pretty good start.
Without further ado, here are a few of my favorite reads of 2018. Each title will have a link to purchase the book from Amazon.
“At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – neighbours who can’t reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d’etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents’ Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets. But isn’t it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so? In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible… The word-of-mouth bestseller causing a sensation across Europe, Fredrik Backman’s heartwarming debut is a funny, moving, uplifting tale of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step – and less ready to judge on first impressions a man you might one day wish to have as your dearest friend.” — Goodreads
This was a 4 star read for me. I read this book at the request of a friend who wanted to someone to discuss it with. I obliged, and cried my eyes out by the time it was all said and done. My grandpa was a grumpy old man with a heart of gold underneath it all so I am always drawn to these types of characters.
“When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage – and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.” — Goodreads
This was a 5 star read for me. Anyone who knows me knows a creepy, suspenseful novel full of twists is my absolute favorite kind of book. I was kept guessing the entire novel and I could not put it down. Hendricks and Pekkanen wrote another novel together called An Anonymous Girl and it is definitely on my list for 2019. Has anyone read it yet?
“In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are.
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.
Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.” — Goodreads
This was another 5 star read for me. The Nightingale was hands down my favorite thing I read in 2018. Kristin Hannah wrote believable characters I felt so invested in the entire time I was reading, and long after I finished the book. Historical fiction is another favorite genre of mine, and this story left me feeling so many emotions. Hannah is so many other published books out there. I finished Winter Garden this weekend and I cannot wait to dive into more of her novels.
I know I only wrote about 3 books here, and like I previously mentioned I read 31. There were so many more worthwhile books I read. Follow me on Goodreads to see all of my ratings and keep up with what I’m reading. You can find me here.
Do you have any reading goals for 2019?