My Favourite Books Of 2018

It isn’t the end of the year without a list of my favourite books which I’ve read throughout the previous twelve months.

I honestly feel like I’ve barely read this year which is ironic because I’m pretty sure I said that at the end of 2017 and it was my “resolution” to keep reading more than I usually would.

You all know that I absolutely love books, I love supporting authors and that I’m beyond obsessed with crime / thriller / mystery thanks to The Girl On The Train.

So which books have been my ultimate favourites of this year?

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The Fear by C. L. Taylor

I have been a big fan of Cally’s writing since her debut novel and each time I read one of her books, I always wonder whether it’ll be as incredible as her previous one and to my surprise each time, her writing so how continues to get better and better.

The Fear is like no other. It is a storyline which I didn’t expect from Cally but I think she hit the nail on the head with a plot that is extremely relevant to today’s society. It was powerful, thrilling and overall, it is one of my favourites of hers.

“But Chloe is real. What Mike did to me was real and there’s no waking up from that.”

Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister

Gillian McAllister is a firm favourite author of mine and don’t you worry, she knows it! I have binge read all of her books this year and I am very ready for the next one.

Anything You Do Say is all about the decision you need to make within a split second – should you run to save your own life or should you stay to face up to what you did? Wow, oh wow, this plot is actual insane and I could happily read it again because it is unbelievably good.

The Mother’s Secret by Clare Swatman

If you want a book in which you can read within a single day, then this is most definitely the one you want. Oh and don’t even get me started on how beautiful the cover is.

The plot focuses on one big family secret which I believe to be easily guessed but that won’t spoil anything for the reader as Clare takes you on the most incredible journey as Georgie embarks on a journey of discovering who she truly is and where she really comes from. It is a remarkably, beautiful story that everyone should read.

While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins

There are a handful of books which I’ve read that have made me instantly think, “this really needs to be on the big screen.” This book, this beautiful book is on that list because it is on a whole other level alongside Me Before You.

The plot focuses on four people and how they all unexpectedly become a dysfunctional family due to a coma, several years missed and never knowing what your child is like. This book pulls on your heart strings like you would never believe. It is truly beautiful.


Five Years From Now by Paige Toon

Will there ever be a year in which Paige doesn’t make my list of favourite books? The answer is no because I enjoy every single one in which she releases.

Where do you see yourself in five years time? Do you expect yourself to fall madly in love with someone who moves to the other side of the world? Once again, Paige writes a very exciting love story which continually leaves the readers wanting more and what I enjoyed the most: the open ending!

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

I can not even begin to tell you how utterly excited I was when an early proof copy came through the post to me from the babes at Little Brown. They are very aware of how much I adore Nicholas Sparks and his beautiful books.

With every book that Nicholas writes, you can’t help but be drawn into the world of two people who have an incredible connection and Every Breath is like no other. The characters have lives which are worlds apart (quite literally) but it was just absolutely stunning.

Need To Know by Karen Cleveland

I’m actually still not over this book and I can’t quite believe that I practically inhaled it within a single day.

I read this book without reading the blurb, going into the plot completely blind (sometimes it’s the best way!) and I was amazed by every single chapter. The narrative focuses on Russians, secrets, the CIA and not really knowing who your other half is.

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

I am beyond obsessed with Shari Lapena’s books and An Unwanted Guest is quite possibly, my favourite book of 2018.

Focusing on a single house, a group of strangers, a handful of murders and an unbelievably shocking ending, I still talk about this book to anyone who will listen and I do think it’s one of my all time favourites.

Which books have been your favourites of 2018?

EL xx
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