What were your best reads in 2018?

Each year I do the Goodreads – Reading Challenge. For 2018 I set myself a target of 50 books to read and I’ve completed it. Actually I’ve read 60 books. 

Looking back at the list of books completed and the reviews I’ve posted on Goodreads, I realise only a handful of these books were great reads. Here are my favourites. 

Memoirs. I love reading about other people’s lives, so of course I’ve devoured a heap of memoirs throughout the year. My favourites were, The Long Goodbye by P J Parker, Staying: A Memoir by Jessie Cole, Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard, From Strength to Strength by Sara Henderson, and Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson.

If you want a great memoir to read in 2019 try Staying – A Memoir by Jessie Cole. It is brilliantly written.

Great Fiction. My favourite fiction books in 2018 were, The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda. They were all page turners.

My recommendation. I’ve left the best for last. If you love great writing, art and suspense then grab a copy of The Last Painting or Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith. This was definitely my favourite read for 2018, but most of the others came a close second.

What will I read in 2019? I’ve started making my list of books to read in 2019 and have even bought a few of them. I would love to hear your recommendations. Please tell me your favourite book from 2018 so I can add it to my list. 

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