My Favourite Fiction Books of 2018
I’m behind on my Goodreads reading challenge for the year! (Devastating, I know.) I normally read about 60 books a year, but this year I’m under. (Currently sitting at 45 ‒ lucky we have summer holidays coming up.) The reason being that I’ve been doing other things like writing, this blog, producing content for Instagram, staring at my pores in the mirror, etc. So I haven’t read as much this year as I normally do, but despite that, I’ve read some GREAT books. No, scratch that. FANTASTIC books ‒ books I’ve truly loved.
So without further ado (and before I can get side-tracked by a long-winded story that could be said in about 100-less words), here are the 5 best fiction books I read this year.
Happy summer reading!
1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor has got to be one of the best characters created – not because she’s perfect or you want to be her, far from it. But because she frustrates you, she makes you laugh, you feel sorry for her, you’re annoyed at her and sometimes you want to shake her – it’s a real roller-coaster, but she feels real.
I read this book at the start of the year and I’ve been bangin’ on about it ever since. It’s a great story, with a fascinating character and a plot twist no one I know who’s read it has been able to predict.
Please read it. It’s brilliant.
2. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
This book is just ALL THE FEELS. It’s YA (young adult) and it will tear your heart – and your eyeballs – a new one. I devoured this book in one day (and I went to work that day) because I HAD to know what happens. It deals with some hard themes, and has some even harder scenes.
Warning: tissues required.
3. The Secret Life of Bee’s by Sue Monk Kidd
I love Lily Owens (the main character in this book). She’s hilarious ‒ naive, clever, a product of Southern American society but also much more than that.
Set in the South Carolina in 1964, Lily and her black nurse, Rosaleen, escape their home for reasons I don’t want to give away. They find themselves at the home of a bee-keeper in an attempt to learn more about Lily’s history, and in the end that create Lily’s future.
This book is about fierce women and sisterhood ‒ and I am all. about. it.
4. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
I would say Nine Perfect Strangers is the most polarising of Liane Moriarty’s books – people either love it or hate it.
I loved it. I couldn’t predict the story line and I LOVE when that happens (I’m rubbish at predicting shows, but great at predicting books – it’s a party trick. That is, if you go to the type of parties where you have to predict book plots).
Regardless, you should read it. It’s different to her other books. Now, don’t be like that. Different is good!
5. The Century Triology by Ken Follett
Technically, this is three books. But you could just read the first one, Fall of Giants – but if you read the first, you’ll want to read them all.
It’s historical fiction that takes you through the century from 1911 to roughly 2008 by telling the story of five families. Each book follows the lives of the next generation. This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but it’s definitely mine ‒ in fact, it’s one of my favourite flavours of tea.
You learn about key moments in history so it’s basically educational (only take that on board if you like educational reading). I Googled a lot of historical moments to see if some stuff really happened – all the timings are real, the people are not (but you’ll feel like they are).