As 2018 comes to an end, I’m looking back at the books I’ve read this year. There have been some incredible books, and some that weren’t so incredible..and some that I just did not like at all! I’ve just about managed to narrow down my favourite 5 books – not all of them are from this year, I just happened to discover them this year. So, without further ado, in no particular order..
I have no doubt that many of you have, if not read this book, then at least heard about it. Without question, Eleanor Oliphant made her way into the hearts of many readers this year and she will stay there for a long time. It made me laugh and cry in equal measure.
Kristin Hannah’s tale is of a young family trying to survive in their new home in the wilderness of Alaska, a wife trying to live with her husband’s increasingly violent PTSD outbursts, and a daughter trying to find a place in her new town. The Great Alone is an amazing story of love, perseverance, and survival in one of the hardest places to thrive. It’s heartbreaking, and uplifting and I closed this book with tears rolling down my face.
This is another book that is very popular this year and it’s not difficult to understand why. This epic book details an intelligence agent working for the American government trying to locate and bring down one of the biggest threats the American people – and the world – has ever faced. The way it is written and the way all of the different tangents and plots are brought together is masterful and it had me hooked from the very first page right through to the last.
This book was hard for me to finish – purely because I didn’t want the story to end. Jodi Picoult is one of those authors that I return to like an old friend – I may not visit her for months on end but I always know when I do, it will be an experience I won’t quickly forget. Leaving Time broke my heart and I honestly think it’s one of Picoult’s best books.
Last, but definitely not least in my top 5 is Skin Deep by Liz Nugent. This book was raved about in my book club, so I knew I had to try it. I’m not sorry I did. Liz Nugent somehow manages to create a thoroughly hateful main character, but despite the character and her many flaws, I still couldn’t put the book down because I was so interested in seeing if she would ever get her comeuppance. It really is a brilliant book and I’ve lost count of how many people I’ve told to read it.
I couldn’t forgive myself if I didn’t give the following books an honourable mention – while not quite in my top 5, they were very close:
-Fire and Rain by Diane Chamberlain
-Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
-Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan
-What Happened That Night by Sheila O’ Flanagan
-Oh My God What A Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen
-The Break by Marian Keyes