When the clock ticked over and 2018 officially became 2019 and I realised I had only read 23 books in the last 12 months, I was very disappointed in myself. There are hundreds of books that I am dying to read – and plenty of time in my schedule for me to do so – yet I hardly even tried to make a dent in my ever-growing “to read” pile.
So, I vowed to make a change. I am going to make a lot more time for reading in 2019, because I love reading and being sucked into a good story. I love crying and laughing and being so shocked by a plot twist that I have to re-read the last page multiple times, and I wanted more of that feeling this year.
I’ve actually been doing great so far, too! It’s only the ninth of January, and I’ve already finished three books. I feel elated; I forgot how great it feels to be able to say “yes! I’ve read that!”. Also, Daniel bought me a heap of new books for Christmas, which really helped re-ignite my love of reading.
I usually don’t get to read books until years after they come out as I usually buy them second hand, but Daniel really went all out for my Christmas presents last year, and I am super grateful. Anyway, enough blabbering about reading! Let me get onto the best books that I’ve read this year (so far) and last year.
Leave a comment if you’ve read any of these titles, or if you have any recommendations for me! I love hearing about great books and/or authors. Also, if you’re a fellow book-lover like me and we have the same taste in books, feel free to add me on Goodreads! I update my reading adventures a lot more often over there 😊
The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins.
I’ve been wanting to read this book for a few years now, so I was super happy when I saw it sitting on a shelf at Savers last year. Usually, larger books put me off because I have the attention span of a child, but this was actually a super easy and quick read! I finished it in about two days – it definitely helped that it was really interesting all the way through, though 😉
Whilst I did like this book, I couldn’t help but compare it to Gone Girl (like everyone does), and it certainly didn’t hold up in comparison. Gone Girl had me in disbelief the entire time, I never guess what was going on and every page had a new discovery on it. The Girl On The Train was a lot more predictable. Still surprising in some parts, for sure, but not as mind-blowing it could have been. Definitely worth a read though!
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by JK Rowling.
It makes me so happy to cross another Harry Potter book off my to-read list! The story is definitely getting more interesting now. It’s been a while since I watched the movies so I had forgotten how Harry found out the truth about Sirius Black, so those last few pages were quite intense for me, as it was like I was hearing it all for the first time. As much as I want to finish the series, the size of the next book is making me want to put off reading it for a little while..
The Woman in the Window, by A. J. Finn.
Love, love, LOVED this book! I’ve only read a couple of psychological thrillers so far, but I am quickly falling in love with the genre! The ending absolutely FLOORED me – I did not see any of it coming – and I cannot WAIT until the movie comes out so I can take Daniel to see it! I really, really recommend this book. I finished it in a few days because it was so addictive!
Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell.
Granted, I haven’t read many books this year, but this is my favourite book that I’ve read this year so far. I will always unapologetically love YA books, and this one really got to me. I didn’t really care about the fact they were wizards (or, rather, magicians) although it made me feel like I was reading Harry Potter a lot of the time, but I loved Baz. He was my favourite character by far, and what made me love this book so much.
Watching him be so tortured from his love of Simon, who was his enemy, was heart-wrenching and amazing, and I can’t wait for the sequel so I get to read more of his thoughts. Although, I would REALLY love a prequel to this book, showing the years when he first realised he was in love with Simon, and trying to hide that fact for so long. A girl can dream!
Eleanor Oliphant is Perfectly Fine, by Gail Honeyman.
As I like most books, I often don’t look into what one is about before I read it. I know that sounds a little weird, but if I hear a book’s title be mentioned on the internet enough times, I usually take that as a message that that book is worth reading and search for it, without knowing what it was about – which is what I did with this book. Due to me going in completely unaware of the storyline, it ended up shocking and surprising me a LOT!
Even the blurb (which I read AFTER the book) hardly gives anything away, so I was really surprised at the content of this book, but I LOVED it. I don’t want to give too much away, but I feel like I should add a little warning that this book gets quite heavy, and often reminded me of past issues that I have been through, so it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted – but it IS beautiful and a lovely story. I can’t wait to see what Gail writes next!
Some other titles worth a quick mention:
– We Need To Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver. This book is more character based than plot, so not a WHOLE lot happens, but it still had its surprising moments. Besides, I loved it even without a gripping plot. It was a very interesting book that is certainly going to leave you thinking about human beings and their character.
– Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli. Due to my awful memory, I actually cannot remember WHY I loved this book, but I rated it 5 stars on Goodreads – which is rare for me – so it must be good 😂
– Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner. This was a super interesting book that taught me a lot about many different topics that I previously knew nothing about. It also challenged the way I look at the world and encouraged me to question pretty much everything I knew! I have the second edition sitting on my shelves that I’ll be sure to pick up soon.
– The Wolf of Wall Street, by Jordan Belfort. I had a constant frown and gaping mouth the entire time I read this book as I cannot BELIEVE the kind of things Jordan did, but it was still an incredible book. I didn’t realise there was a second one so the ending was kind of disappointing as there was clearly SO MUCH MORE to read about, so I’ll have to keep an eye out for the second one so I know how his crazy lifestyle finally came to an end!
So, do tell me if you’ve read any of these book, and if so, what you thought of them! I love hearing about everyone’s opinions and interpretations of books, it’s what makes writing and words so wonderful; they can mean completely different things to different people!
Until next time,