I read some truly brilliant books last year. Embraced genres other than my usual ‘chick lit’ and had a fabulous time doing it. I may have even popped my Harry Potter cherry – it’s only taken me over 20 years.
Here’s the books that have got inside my head:
Codename Villanelle is the book the tv series Killing Eve was based on. If like me, you loved Killing Eve, you need to read this book. I literally could not put it down. Having watched the series, I did wonder if the book would live up to my expectations. Or be too samey but the story differs just enough to hook you in. If you enjoyed the series, you definitely need to read it. The sequel No Tomorrow, is already on my ‘to be read’ pile for 2019.
This is Going to Hurt
Who hasn’t read Adam Kay’s account of his time as a junior doctor in This is Going to Hurt? Described as ‘Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.’ It certainly lives up to its description. I found myself laughing, crying and cringing as I read this brilliant book. If you haven’t read it, you must.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was a bit of a slow burner for me, but it grew on me until I was so captivated I couldn’t bear to put it down. Needless to say I’m glad I persevered with it. If like me, you had trouble getting to grips with this one, it is well worth ploughing on.
The Other Woman
I devoured this book in one sitting once I’d got past the first chapter or so. Infact The Other Woman was so good I ended up staying up until 4am just to finish it. I was shattered the next day, but it was THAT good. It’s a suspense novel and one where the twist literally comes out of nowhere and leaves you totally shocked.
2018. The year I FINALLY picked up a Harry Potter book, much to the teen’s delight. She’s been a fan for years, yet I’d never even watched the films until now, let alone read the books. Why on earth didn’t I read them sooner? I adored escaping into a magical world every time I picked up one of the books and just didn’t want them to end. I’m almost lost without them now.
The Rules of Magic
Am I the only person in the world not to have read or watched Practical Magic? Rest assured, I have watched the film now, but the prequel book The Rules of Magic is perhaps one of the best books I’ve ever read. It enchanted me from beginning to end, drawing me into the story. I didn’t want it to end. Following the 3 Owens siblings as they embrace who they truly are, learn about the gift of magic they’ve each inherited and a so-called family curse dating back to the time of the infamous witch trials. It’s such a wonderful story and will have you gripped from the very first page.
The Ex Wife
You know when you read a book that has you on the edge of your seat, barely able to breathe? The Ex-Wife is that book. You don’t know what or who to believe, keeping you gripped from the very first page. Natasha thinks she has it all, the perfect house, the perfect husband, the beautiful daughter. Until one day her husband and daughter are gone and she’s locked out of her house. Help comes in the unlikely form of Jen, her husband’s ex-wife, but is she a help or a hindrance?
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
This is one of those books you read and say ‘yes’ as you nod along to every word. If you want to simplify your life without the guilt Essentialism is for you. If you’re suffering from burnout, thinking you have to do everything in your pursuit of ‘having it all’, you need to read this. It’s such a brilliant read, challenging you to rethink how you do things and really prioritise what you want. I had been meaning to dedicate a blog post to some of the teachings from this book. Perhaps 2019 is the time to finally get around to doing so.
Some books you know you’re going to love even before they’re written and this is one of them. If like me, you loved the previous two books in Jo Jo Moyes amazing series about Lou Clark, you have to read Still Me. It honestly feels as if you’re catching up with an old friend. You could well be sitting there chatting to Lou as she fills you in on what’s going on in her life, rather than reading about it in a book. Still Me joins Lou as she heads to New York to work as a PA for one half of a wealthy power couple. It sounds like a dream come true, but of course, things aren’t always as they seem and Lou gets swept up in the madness. All while attempting to juggle her long-distance relationship with paramedic Sam back in London. I dragged this one out as long as I possibly could, reading little snippets while waiting for the kids to come out of school. I just didn’t want it to end, a popular theme among fellow Louisa Clark fans it seems.
Which books got under your skin in 2018?