Nothing’s better than snuggling up with a good book and a cup of tea on a gloomy Winter’s day (and yes, it’s currently summer in New Zealand but lying on the beach with a book is just as good!). I’m constantly adding to my ‘to-read’ pile and as I’m writing this I have 6 books piled on my bedside table waiting to be read.
I set aside a goal in 2018 to read 20 books - I only ended up reading 12… Great effort Jess.
A friend of mine posted on her InstaStory asking her followers to participate in a global book exchange. My inner bookworm leapt at the opportunity, drawn to the idea of sending your favourite book to a stranger on the other side of the world and then receiving other people’s favourites. I usually read using a Kindle, so it was refreshing to read from a physical book (if you’re a Kindle user, you’ll understand me).
So without further ado, these are the books I managed to read in 2018:
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead - although fictional, it was eyeopening to read about slave history in America.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
After You by Jojo Moyes - I got teary when I read the book and watched the movie, I just wanted to know if Lou Clark was okay?!
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba - great if you are thinking of starting your own business, plus I liked the quotes of successful woman at the end of the book.
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh - if you like crime novels, you MUST add this to your reading list.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - I’ve wanted to read this for AGES and I’m glad I finally did. Its a long one, so be prepared for a journey. Oh and apparently it’s being turned into a movie.
Rise and Resist by Clare Press - I listen to Clare Press’s podcasts and admire her work revolving around sustainability and ethics in fashion, so naturally I had to read Rise and Resist as soon as it was published (spoiler: I learnt A LOT).
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham