24 June 2018

My Favourite Books of 2018 So Far


Now that we're six months into the year, I thought it would be a great time to talk about the books I've loved most so far. My best reading month was definitely January - I read the most books, and three of them are featured here. If you'd like to see what I read in the future, follow me on goodreads. From the best in young adult fiction to modern classics and everything in between, here are my favourite reads of 2018 so far.

It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne
A lot of young adult fiction tends to be extremely repetitive, sometimes cringey and also tends to focus on romance. Holly Bourne has always been one to subject norms when it comes to teen romances and incorporates feminist ideals into her books. The main character, Audrey is studying the rom com genre at school and through her research finds endless cliches when it comes to people falling in love. She doesn't expect to fall for Harry, a typical bad boy who makes zombie films. But she soon finds out that not all romances are like the movies - it's awkward, painful and confusing. Perfectly written for a younger audience, this was funny, realistic and at times pretty surprising. If you want to read something easy and entertaining, but are sick of typical love stories I would definitely recommend this.

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Sometimes if I read a book over just a day or two I end up loving it a lot more. This is one of those books that's best read quickly because it intensifies the story. While I didn't expect to connect with it much, it has become one of my favourite reads because of the way it explores different topics - sexual assault, race and privilege. Visiting her home country from the United States, a rich woman gets kidnapped in Haiti and undergoes the toughest couple of weeks while her wealthy father refuses to pay ransom. There's a lot to this story, and it really makes you think about the world but also personal relationships. It's extremely intense and absorbing; almost making you feel like you were there in the situation yourself. I don't think An Untamed State is very well known, but it's definitely my favourite novel from Roxane Gay.

Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney
Conversations With Friends is a book about friendships, relationships, love, pleasure and purpose. Frances is a twenty-one year old aspiring writer who performs spoken word poetry with her best friend Bobbi. Melissa, a journalist who discovers their work and writes a story about the pair, is married to actor Nick, who Frances eventually starts an intense affair with. Slowly she starts to lose control of these relationships, becoming self-destructive and unhappy. Read like one big conversation, this book was surprising, incredibly thought-provoking and like nothing I've ever read before. While reading this, I couldn't help but notice how incredibly raw and real the characters are; at times they are not at all likeable, but I really enjoyed this aspect of it. I never expected to fall in love with this book, but there was something so intriguing and different about it.

P is For Pearl by Eliza Henry Jones
This is by far one of the best young adult books I've read in a while - I devoured it in a couple of days and just wanted more. P is for Pearl is a slow-moving, yet addictive read that draws you in really fast. It explores topics such as mental health and grief in such a simple yet amazingly poignant way. Gwen, who was called Pearl by her now dead mum, lives in a small, seaside town in Australia. She runs along the beach and hangs out with her two best friends, Loretta and Gordon to try and forget about her mum's death. But when two intriguing siblings move to the town, she realises that people aren't as they first appear and that like her, everyone has a story to tell. This was another surprising book as I never expected to connect with it so much. It's really easy to read, but is complex and authentic.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
This book is extremely popular and I can definitely see why. A girl called Lydia goes missing in a small town in Ohio, but her family doesn't know how she died; all they find is her body in a lake. The book goes back in time as we find out more about her parents and what previously happened in Lydia's childhood. What I loved was how it showed that we all keep secrets; husbands and wives, fathers and daughters, mothers and sons all struggle to understand each other. Everyone will find a way to relate to this addictive and emotional book.


Will you read any of these?
-Emma

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  1. Every time I read your book posts, it reminds me how much I miss reading and how much I really should pick it up again as theres so many amazing books out there!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. You definitely should!! x

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