What I Read in 2018

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You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
— C.S. Lewis

As a child, I always loved getting lost in books. It hasn’t changed much as an adult, but I do have less time dedicated to reading. In college, I barely read for fun and I missed it, so this year, I decided to make a conscious effort to always be reading a book. There were periods of time where I didn’t read anything, but I completed 17 books this year! I read 18 but didn’t finish one book, so I didn’t want to count it in the final tally, but it will be on the list below. This was also the first year that I kept track of every book I read. I think it is cool to look back on and remember the stories!

Without further ado, here are the books I’ve read in 2018 and my thoughts on my favorites!

2018 Booklist

  1. Happily Ever After by Harriet Evans

  2. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

  3. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

  4. The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

  5. When to Jump by Mike Lewis

  6. Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work by Todd Davis

  7. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

  8. Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt

  9. One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprell

  10. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

  11. The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

  12. The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner

  13. The Last Equation of Issac Severy by Nova Jacobs

  14. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

  15. The Girl with the Drago Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

  16. Christmas at the Chalet by Anita Hughes

  17. A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

  18. The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger

My Favorites

I loved every book I read this year, and would recommend them all if you haven’t read them before! I do have my favorites though.

  • My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella reminded me that no one’s life is perfect and things aren’t always what they seem. It taught me to go after what I want and to create opportunities, instead of waiting for them to fall in my lap. Highly recommend! Sophie Kinsella is also one of my favorite authors.

  • When to Jump by Mike Lewis is purely inspirational. This was the one book that I didn’t end up finishing, but I would like to pick it up from the library again. I enjoy reading stories about how others found their passions and had the courage to follow it. I recommended this book to a few of my friends, and I really think it is a must-read!

  • The Last Equation of Issac Severy by Nova Jacobs was better than I thought it would be! I picked it up from the library, and I wasn’t sure how it would be. I quickly got lost in the story, and it is a really good one! I could see this book becoming a movie in the future.

  • The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger captivated me from page one! Such an amazing book and interesting story! There are so many twists and turns, and the book will leave you at the edge of your seat. This was one book that I did not want to put down. I finished it in about two days, could have been quicker if I didn’t have to work!

Movies/TV

Some of the books on this list are movies, or are about to become movies!

  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd - The movie was actually pretty good! I enjoyed reading the book and thought it had a good message.

  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman - Reese Witherspoon is producing this movie, and I am so excited to see it! The book was very good, and I have high hopes for it on the big screen.

  • The Girl with the Drago Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - This book was darker than the ones I usually read, however I really enjoyed it! That being said, I don’t think I can watch the movie version because I don’t want it to scare me more than my imagination did!

  • A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell - This book was so eerie and dark, I did enjoy reading it though! I am on the fence about watching the movie. If you’ve seen it, let me know what you think! I’m curious if it was good.

  • The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger - I heard that they are making this book into a TV series, and I am very excited about that! Not sure when it is going to be released or what network it will be on, if you know, let me know!

What was your favorite book this year?