Letter 1: Favourite Books of 2018

2018 is very nearly over, which provides a good opportunity to look back at some of the books I’ve read and enjoyed! Although I didn’t read nearly as many books as I would have liked, at least it gives me a goal to read more books in 2019.

You may notice a theme, I didn’t realise that I gravitate to one type of genre until now! But anyway, here are my favourite 4 books of 2018:

Number 4:

Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil
Genre: Psychological Novel

I read this psychological novel whilst on holiday and quite enjoyed it. It’s definitely a page-turner and I couldn’t put it down for a second as I just needed to know what happened!

The story follows a woman named Emma who loses her young son in a flood and his body is sadly never recovered. After rediscovering joy 10 years later, she gets married and falls pregnant… until her missing son returns. Too traumatized to speak, questions are raised around who took her son and why. “It’s Aiden who has the answers, but he cannot tell the unspeakable.”

It can seem a little far-fetched at times, but if you like a psychological thriller – I’d recommend you give it a read.

Number 3:

Stalker by Lars Kepler
Genre: Crime, Thriller

Again, I couldn’t put this book down, it is incredibly gripping. It is quite gruesome and violent so if you’re not a fan of gore I would stay away from this book. My whole family borrowed the book to read it too and loved it.

The story follows a stalker/serial killer in Stockholm who films their victims (unaware they are being watched) and sends the video to the police. When the video arrives, detectives attempt to identify the victim but are too late – at the time the video was sent, the killer was already inside the house. Who will the stalker target next?”

I really enjoyed this one, and if you’re into crime/thriller/violence – I’d definitely recommend you read this.

Number 2:

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
Genre: Thriller, Crime

Now, I’m sure this one doesn’t need much of an explanation. I’m sad to admit that I only read this book a few months ago after already watching the film, the book definitely didn’t disappoint – it’s a great suspense novel,

The story follows a woman named Rachel who catches the same train every morning, dreaming about the people who live in one of the houses which she passes by. Their life as she sees it, it perfect. Then, she sees something shocking – and everything changes, Rachel gets the chance to be a part of the lives she’s watched from afar. “Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…”

If you haven’t already read this, please do! Especially if you enjoyed the film.

Number 1:

The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson
Genre: Self-help

Now, this is a little different to all of the other books on my list, but I’d say this is the book which impacted me most.

A Counterintuitive self-help approach to a good life, Mark gives an honest and different approach to self-help than you may have previously read. Cutting the crap and being honest about life, this is a refreshing read about how to stop giving a f*ck about everything. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.”

Self-help books may not be your thing, but if you’re looking for a refreshing take – I would highly recommend this book.

These are all my favourite books of 2018 – clearly, I enjoy a thriller or two. In 2019 I’d love to branch out and try different genres and read a wide variety of books, so I’m open to any suggestions!

Let me know your favourite books, I’d love to read them!

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