2018 in books. Part one

Saturday, July 14, 2018 Permalink

I wanted to post something this weekend but none of the books I’ve read in the past week are released for another week or two, so I’m holding off on publishing those reviews. Briefly. I’m not good at delaying gratification, so am sure you’ll see them soon…

However, I’ve seen a few people talking about their favourite books of the year (so far) so thought I’d jump on that bandwagon and share my own.

I’ve read 69 books so far this year…. so am on track for my (reduced) target of 120 for the year. Apparently I’ve rated TWELVE books as 4.5 star reads. No 5-star reads for me yet this year…. though I’m a hard-marker so that’s not unusual.

I’ve ended up sharing THREE favourite books that have impacted me the most or stayed with me in some way, as well as some others I’ve enjoyed.

Absolute Faves

1. The Cactus by Sarah Green – centred around the (also) prickly, but likeable 45yr old Susan Green whose overly-ordered world is turned upside down by the death of her mother and an unexpected pregnancy. Think Eleanor Oliphant (of the Is Completely Fine fame) meets Britt-Marie (of Was Here fame).
The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

2. Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce – a delightful and heartwarming novel set in 1940s England. Emmy Lake dreams of being a Lady War Correspondent when she get her chance to work with a prominent publisher. Things don’t quite work out as expected however.

Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce

3. The Yellow House by Emily O’Grady – a beautifully written and bittersweet novel, told through the eyes of a 10yr old girl about family, love and loyalty.

The Yellow House by Emily O'Grady

Twisty reads

1. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
2. Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh
3. Bring Me Back by BA Paris

Great reads (by Aussie women writers)

1. The Memories that Make Us by Vanessa Carnevale
2. The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester
3. The Art of Friendship by Lisa Ireland

Action-packed books (co-incidentally, each part of a great series)

1. Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz
2. Redemption Point by Candice Fox
3. The Fallen by David Baldacci


And there you have it. 2018 in books…. so far. Of course there are a stack of other books I’ve loved, even more I’ve enjoyed and (thankfully) very few I’ve disliked. You can find them all by clicking on the ‘Books’ tab on the menu or on the magnifying glass in the top right corner to search for something in particular.

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