This is about a month and a half late, but I wanted to finally share my favorite reads of 2018!
I set a goal of reading thirty-six books and instead read forty-five after I finally made reading a priority once again. This year my goal is fifty so I’m excited about that. If you want to read more, you CAN read more. You just need to find what works for you. For me, it was reducing TV and social media and picking up a book instead of my phone when I had a few minutes to burn. I’d also stay up late to read at night- especially when I was hooked, which usually happens for any book that falls within the 3-5 star range. (1 or 2 stars and I’m usually skimming them just to get to the end– but I can’t NOT finish a book, no matter the method.)
Here are my favorites of the ones listed above:
An inspiring story about the importance of being true to yourself and living your dreams, a journalist returns to where her mother was born in India to discover the past she’s never heard and learn about the family she never knew. A layered story that crosses generations.
- Where the Crawdads Sing
A beautifully written book about a misunderstood outcast dubbed by her town as the Swamp Girl. There’s a lot more to her story than anyone knows. Except for a boy who gravitated toward her early in life. A coming of age story mixed with a murder mystery, it’s one book that I didn’t want to end and I regularly think about even months after I finished it.
- The Smallest Part
A heartbreaking love triangle between three best friends that spans decades. The author instantly became one of my favorites after I read this book. It was such an emotional piece exploring friendships, family, life, and death.
- Pride and Prejudice
A well-known classic, I don’t have to explain it. But the language is just captivating. Elizabeth Bennett is such a fantastic heroine with her boldness, sarcasm and ambitions. Maybe one of my favorite characters of all time. A book that definitely whisks me away to another time each time I read it.
- Lilac Girls
Written from the perspective of three different fictional women in alternating chapters, this book celebrates the strength of women in difficult times and their ability to change history. Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, it’ll sink deep into your heart.
I respect Stephen King because he shells out terrific advice to other writers. However, since I hate horror stories, I ‘ve never called myself a fan. This book, however, changed that. It may be one of the longest books I’ve ever read, but I couldn’t put it down. 11/22/63 explores the idea of having the ability to change history by going back in time, and the effects that the slightest modifications can have, while questioning if the worst events are really as bad as they could have been if they never happened at all.
- The Nightingale
This book was so incedibly moving. Maybe my first hard cry of last year. It tells the story of two sisters during World War II and the involvement women had in the war, which rarely gets enough attention. Love, survival, strength, resilence, family- it’s such an inspiring story.
- The Hideaway
This is just one of those stories that left me feeling cozy at the end of it- and wishing I had my own Hideaway. With characters that are easy to fall in love with, you’ll find yourself rooting for multiple people- and not just the two heroines- throughout.
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my favorite authors but this is my favorite book of hers so far. I was honestly hesitant to read it because I hated the title; until I read the story, then I fell in love. A reporter interviews a famous star who reached her peak in Hollywood in the 1950s-1980s and has since become reclusive. Given a chance of a lifetime, the reporter gets the first-person narrative of Evelyn’s life, not realizing there’s a reason why she was specifically chosen to listen to it.
- The Winter Sea
A writer escapes to Scotland to write her next historical fiction novel, only to get swept up into the story as though she is the heroine she writes about. Such an interesting approach and one that most writers would enjoy reading– but also anyone who enjoys historical fiction and romance.
- The Storyteller’s Secret
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