Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m a huge reader and love to share my recommendations for good reads. I’ve spent so much time actually reading these past few months that I have fallen a bit behind with actually publishing my book reviews. I thought a good place to start would be to take part in the Mid Year Book Tag. All about my reading this year so I can give you an inkling of what I’ve been reading. I first saw this on Literary Diversion‘s YouTube channel (Which is a great channel to watch if you are after recommendations of thrillers)
So let’s get straight on with the questions: (Some of my answers include an affiliate link. This is just an easy link if you fancy learning more about any of the books and are inspired to read them. It won’t cost you any more but I may receive a couple of pennies in commission)
Best Book of 2018 so far:
This is actually a difficult one as I’ve read so many brilliant books this year already. I’m going to go for a non-fiction in the form of Tara Westover’s memoir, Educated. Tara was brought up in a large family in the mountains of Idaho. Her Dad didn’t believe in medicine, education and trusted no-one. Tara led a very wild, solitary childhood until she decided in her teens to search out formal education for herself. This book is utterly brutal and so good. There’s abuse, there’s gory bits, there’s sadness and most of all there is a feeling of anticipation and peril. Tara’s life is so extreme that I had to keep reminding myself that it is actually a true story and someone’s real life!
I haven’t read that many sequels this year as I’ve been discovering new (to me) authors. I have read the 6th in Rachel Abbott’s psychological thriller series featuring Tom Douglas though and loved it just as much as the previous instalments. Come A Little Closer is truly spooky and left me thinking about the book for ages after reading – which is always a good sign.
New release that I have not read yet but want to:
I don’t often yearn to read the winners of book awards but the recent winner of the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction, Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie has really intrigued me. The story of 2 families of Pakistani origin and how their lives differ following their life choices. I’ve seen so many people give this book high ratings that I’m almost certain it will be a winner in my eyes too.
Most anticipated release for the remainder of 2018:
There’s so many! I’m particularly excited about starting Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy though. A retelling of one of surely the best book series ever, Anne of Green Gables. I don’t know much about how this book will be set but am presuming the story will be more from Marilla’s angle. Just even writing about it transports me back to my teens when I discovered Anne with an E.
The Power by Naomi Alderman. I knew I was stretching myself as I’m not really a fan of dystopian books but I really struggled to get through this. If I hadn’t have been reading it for a book group I might have given up (And I NEVER give up half way through).
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Oh this book was an absolute delight that I keep thinking back to even now a few month on. I would be surprised if this didn’t make it into my Top 10 books of the year (I’ll link to last year’s here). Set in Ghana, this followed the lives of 2 girls and their descendants through centuries. Just wonderful – I don’t know why I was so surprised. I think I was expecting to like the book just not as much as I did!
Favourite New Author:
Oh wow, I’ve discovered so many new (to me) authors this year already – Louise O’Neill, Louise Penny & J.D> Robb. I think my favourite find so far is Cara Hunter though. I whizzed through Close to Home and have a preview of her next book, In The Dark ready waiting on my Kindle.
Newest Fictional Crush:
Really?? I’m 44! Move on …
Favourite Fictional Character:
It’s got to be Large Marge from The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. What a woman!
I’d also like to give an honourable mention to Murray Mackenzie from Clare Mackintosh’s Let Me Lie. What a lovely man he seemed to be (Yep, I know they aren’t real!)
Book That Made You Cry:
Only Child by Rhiannon Navin. This is one of the most heartbreaking books I’ve ever read. I was in Paris poolside when I was reading it (so not exactly the place to feel the emotion) but even there I had to stop on several occasion as it was just overwhelming. Everyone with a heart should read this book. (And even those without)
Book That Made You Happy:
Sounds odd but the book that made me laugh most was This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay. I do love a medical book but didn’t realise how humorous this was going to be. Proper laugh out loud stuff.
Favourite Book to Film Adaptation:
I’ve only seen 2 films this year (or 3 if you could Airplane for the billionth time) so none for this.
The Most Beautiful Book Received or Bought:
Difficult one this as most books I read are on Kindle (Trying to economise!)
What Books Do I Need To Get To By The End of 2018:
I could go on forever here but I’ll choose 5 in addition to ones I’ve already mentioned above:
- And So It Begins” – Rachel Abbott (The 7th in her Tom Douglas series) Out Oct/Nov 2018.
- Look What You Made Me Do: A Powerful Memoir of Coercive Control – Helen Walmsley-Johnson ( Helen’s autobiographical account of living with 2 controlling and abusive partners. Helen was inspired to write this book following the Domestic Violence story featured on The Archers)
- The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr” by Frances Maynard (Following the life of Ellie who has Aspergers Syndrome. Said to be similar in vein to Eleanor Oliphant)
- The Red Tent” – Anita Diamant (I’ve had this on my shelves forever but we have chosen to read a book with a colour in the title this month)
- Half of a Yellow Sun” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (An author that I hear so much about but haven’t read any of yet)
I’m tagging the following bloggers in to follow on the Mid Year Book Tag. If you fancy having a go, please feel free to join in. Let me know if you do – I’d love to read and share your 2018 reads so far!