The best books I read in 2018 | part 2

July already – can you believe? This year is going T O O  F A S T !

The last few months have been rather busy for me, which means I have not been making as much time for reading as I would have liked. If you’ll remember from part 1 of this little series, I’ve set myself a New Year challenge to read more books than I did in 2017. Last year I managed 23 and my current total is 12 so I have a lot of reading to do if I stand a chance of succeeding!

These are some of the books I have actually managed to read and really enjoy. I’ve been reading a lot of crime/thriller books lately, mainly because my mum has been passing on the ones shes finished reading and that’s her favourite genre. Hopefully you’ll find a bit of inspiration for your own reading lists and if you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments!

The best books I read in 2018 | part 2

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Eve of Man – Giovanna and Tom Fletcher.

I saw this book all over Instagram and Twitter when it was first released, and I’ll admit I immediately dismissed it as something I would not read. I’m not into the whole ‘chick lit’ genre which Giovanna is best known for and Tom’s writing experience is mainly children’s books (and awesome pop songs with McFly!) I didn’t take them seriously as writers and therefore assumed this book would not be something I would enjoy. Eventually though curiosity got the better of me and when I saw it on offer in Tesco, I thought why not? The book is about Eve, the first female born in 50 years and set to be the saviour of humanity. Kept away from a world that has been plunged into turmoil, Eve’s moment has finally come and she must choose from one of three potential suitors. Everything seems to be going to plan but then she meets Braum and her future is thrown into uncertainty. It took me a while to get into their writing style, which at times felt a bit simplistic and contrived, but I soon got into the rhythm and enjoyed the pace of the story telling. Eve of Man is part one of a trilogy and by the end I was very intrigued to know what would happen to our heroes and I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next instalment!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

I feel like this is THE book of the spring/summer. Everyone on my Instagram and Twitter was sharing this one and I just had to see what all the fuss is about. The character of Eleanor is instantly intriguing although not necessarily likeable. Her entire existence is clear, orderly – and completely empty. She works all week, goes home on a Friday night, heats up a Tesco pizza, drinks two bottles of vodka and speaks to nobody until Monday morning comes round again. Her life begins to change though when she meets a new co-worker  and as the book progresses her world expands and changes for the better – all because of a simple conversation. Over time, Eleanor’s tragic childhood trauma is revealed as the cause of her loneliness and isolation and the books deals with the issues surrounding mental health in a refreshing way. I honestly couldn’t put this book down and finished it in less than two days.

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

I picked up this book at the train station on my way to Paris for a long weekend away.  It’s set in Shaker Heights, an idyllic town near Cleveland, where everything down to the colour of the houses is carefully planned and all its residents lead perfect lives, especially Elena Richardson’s. That is of course until bohemian single mother Mia and her daughter Pearl move into her family’s rental home. When a controversial custody battle rocks the peaceful town, Elena and Mia find themselves on opposing sides and a suspicious Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. Her digging results in terrible consequences for herself and her family, resulting in a terrible house fire, the aftermath of which the book opens on. Again, I really enjoyed this book. It had plenty of unexpected twists and a thought provoking storyline.

He said, she said – Erin Kelly

In the aftermath of a solar eclipse, Laura and her boyfriend Kit witnesses something terrible – rape. The police are called, the assailant caught, tried and convicted. That should have been the end of it, and Laura and Kit able to move on with their lives. However the victim, Beth, soon returns and brings with her a whole load of trouble leading Laura to first doubt whether Beth truly was a victim and soon start fearing for not only her own safety, but her life. The ending of this book actually shocked me – I genuinely did not see it coming!

The Marriage Pact – Michelle Richmond 

When Jack and Alice get married, they are gifted membership into an exclusive society called The Pact, which promises to keep marriages happy and intact. Confident that their marriage will last forever, and enticed by the glamorous parties, they’re happy to go along with the rules which include always answering your partner’s calls and giving thoughtful gifts once a month. Everything is going great….until one of them breaks the rules. I Was immediately intrigued by the plot of this book and it did not disappoint. It wasn’t long before things took a sinister turn and the ending was not at all expected.

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Over the next few months I want to try and read less crime/thriller books. I enjoy them but they do get a bit heavy after awhile. Would be nice to read something a bit happier!

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