My 2018 Reading List So Far
I've always loved books and before I could read I used to make up the stories myself, pretending that was what I was reading. Naturally I've moved away from Franklin The Turtle and Hairy Maclary, but the love for a good book still runs strong. Some people have asked me when I have time to read, and honestly - I make time wherever I can. Whether I bring my book on the train rather than listen to music, read on my lunch break, or my favourite - jump into bed half an hour earlier (this is also a great time to read if you need help winding down before sleeping like I do!). The key to finding time to read is about having a good book too... and I'm a firm believer that there is a book for everyone. Reading has a lot of benefits, but a big one is that it challenges our brain in a different way and engages us beyond the typical insta scroll or tv flick through. Reading stimulates and ignites our imaginations!! Anyway I've gone off a on a tangent here (no surprises) so here's the rundown of what I've read so far this year. I've also got some more female friendship specific suggestions in my post about IWD2018.
Do you like reading? Please tell me your favourite books!
The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George. I looooove this book. My favourite of the year so far. A great one for being transported to another place, Nina writes in a vivid and descriptive way. Full of unique characters but predominantly follows the journey of Marianne, who no longer wants to live but decides to take one more adventure to Brittany, France. There's all the good bits - love, funny moments and wise words to ponder. Nina George also wrote The Little Paris Bookshop which is another beautiful story. Highly recommend both (and I haven't met anyone who doesn't!).
The Woman Who Fooled The World by Nick Toscano and Beau Donelly. I more typically reach for fiction, but it was honestly hard to put this one down after Tom's mum recommended it to me. A fascinating read about the complexities and story behind how Belle Gibson fooled so many people into believing she had cured herself from cancer. It very cleverly presents all the facts in a way that allows the reader to come to their own opinions of Belle and her story. They prod you into thinking about your stance on a particular topic whilst still being an enjoyable read. A great one for discussing and an excellent dip into non-fiction.
Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier. An interesting read - I wasn't sure at first whether I liked it or not, but it grew on me and I enjoyed it overall. It follows a young woman's journey as she becomes 'the second wife' to a the owner of a well-known manor and estate. It's a little period drama-esque, and there's some strong and interesting unpacking of jealousy and envy. Sometimes the descriptions ramble a little, but there's a good twist and it really ramps up at the end.
Kindness by Jaime Thurston. Not classified as a novel, but more of a cute-sized call to action book that has lovely little tips about being more kind; to yourself and to others. Each kind act is supported by an anecdotal story and/or science behind why kindness is good for you. Jaime Thurston is also the founder of 52 Lives, a charity that aims to change someone's life every week of the year. A really lovely flick through on the days you want something uplifting or to get you out of a rut, and a nice one before bed if you're even too tired for a novel.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I quite like a novel set in World War II, and this is definitely up there as a favourite in this genre. It follows the journey of two sisters who have to face very different but still difficult and complex situations as a result of war. It's written in such a way that despite such different contexts the sisters are very relatable. It is definitely a 'just one more page' kinda read.
The Alphabet of the Human Heart by James Kerr and Matthew Johnstone. Similarly to the Kindness book, this is more of a little flick through that unpacks an A to Z of emotions; from one end the more positive and hopeful ones, and from the other end our fears, weaknesses and more negative emotions. It's got lovely illustrations and I have often turned to it when I'm feeling a bit down and want some visuals and thoughts to ponder. Would make a great gift actually!
The Scandal by Fredrik Backman. My current read! (Also known as Beartown). My friend lent this to me and as we have similar taste in books, I have not been disappointed. Deceivingly simple plot about a town with a love for ice-hockey and a scandal that shakes things up. But from the first few pages I was already hooked; Fredrik writes about the intricacies and complexities of relationships in a way that is engaging and gives each character a lot of depth. I haven't finished, but I love it so far.
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