2018 Bookshelf: Books 1-6
One of my favourite pastimes is to curl up with a book, preferably with a latte in hand. Somehow I let it slip last year amongst ‘being busy’ so 2018 had to be different. I would reclaim my love for reading and time for myself whilst filling up my bookshelf.
Enter the Goodreads Reading Challenge. If you’ve never heard of Goodreads, its a site full of book recommendations and reviews-go check it out. They encourage you to set a reading target and simply enter your progress book by book. Super easy! I didn’t want to be too ambitious this time round but I wanted to read more than one book per month so with it being 2018, 18 books felt like the perfect number.
So I’m going to share the books that I’ve read this year along with mini reviews of each one. I’m on track to hit my 18 books target this month-yay!- so there will be three ‘2018 Bookshelf’ posts plus a bonus one with however many ‘extra’ books I manage to read.
Here are the first six books I read in 2018:
The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine
A book from the Reese Witherspoon online book club. It sounded like an easy juicy read for the new year and the first half definitely is as the villain plots to steal her ‘friends’ perfect life. Cue the plot twist in part 2 and I was hooked.
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
This had been on my nightstand for a few months and I couldn’t wait to be transported to Paris. Sadly for me it was full of cliches, bad dialogue and a tad to saccharine.
Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
I like to mix it up and wanted to read some non-fiction as well this year. The book looks at what it means to belong in our age of increasing polarisation, how belonging to yourself first rather than hiding to fit in is so important. Brene is a social scientist and her books are based in research which makes them even more interesting. Highly recommend.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
A stunningly clever debut novel, I read this in a day as I couldn’t put it down. I love when a book really evokes the setting and this was so vivid and atmospheric. It’s a thriller, so think Poirot meets Inception. The titular Evelyn Hardcastle has died many many times and the day is doomed to repeat until the mystery can be solved. I loved this novel- go read it!
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
A friend sent me a copy of this book saying it had made such an impact on him that he wanted other people to read it. Great endorsement. Its heartbreaking, profound and a beautiful memoir of a life spent contemplating what it means to be alive and what gives your life purpose.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
The perfect summer read! I knew it was being made into a film and wanted to read the book before I saw it. Its a fun easy read full of scheming, gossip, and the super super rich Chinese jet set.
Stay Tuned for the next instalment of my reading challenge coming soon.