Originally this was going to be a top 10 but I read way too many awesome books this year and didn’t want to have a knockout round a la The Voice. Some books were published prior to 2018, but they were new to me this year (mainly because my book buying habit can’t be tamed, so I end up stockpiling novels to swim through a la Scrooge McDuck and his money vault).
Favourite children’s books I read in 2018
The Elephant by Peter Carnavas
Very moving. Beautiful family relationships. Made me cry!
The Extremely Weird Thing That Happened in Huggabie Falls by Adam Cece
Strong friendships. Dastardly baddies. Extremely weird things!
Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee
Stunning story & characters. Gorgeous descriptions & turns of phrase. Also made me cry!
The Orchard Underground by Mat Larkin
Incredibly witty. Memorable & quirky characters. A sloth!
The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty
Delightfully charming. Superb main character. Amazing illustrations!
Withering-by-Sea by Judith Rossell
Transports you to a different time period. So much intrigue. Adventure!
Favourite young adult books I read in 2018
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Heartache & grief. Characters forging connections. Bookstore love!
The Illuminae Files Series (Illuminae, Gemina & Obsidio) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Made me want to throw the books in fear/glee multiple times. Fantastic combination of graphics & text. Packs a gut punch x a million!
White Night by Ellie Marney
Compelling narrative. Vibrant characters. Heart stopping ending!
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Makes you enraged on behalf of the characters for what they go through. But also amps you up when they score a win. Leaves you feeling empowered!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Heartbreaking. The main character Starr is incredible. Such an important book to read for the world we’re living in today!
After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson
The narrative will have you reading with a quiet unease – which is brilliant. Makes you really think about humanity. Will have you imagining your own ‘what if’ scenarios!
Other fiction favourites I read in 2018
The Secret Heiress by Luke Devenish
Intriguing historical mystery. Brilliant, sparky characters. Gobsmacking family secrets!
Lethal White (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith
I’m gonna be honest. I’m mainly here for the Cormoran & Robin URST. Ugh, Matthew!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Evelyn Hugo is such a mesmerising, fascinating woman. Such a rich & oftentimes heartbreaking history of relationships. You won’t want to put this book down!
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Enemies to lovers. Fun & frustrating & engaging main characters. Awesome banter!
Favourite non-fiction books I read in 2018
Challenge Accepted! by Celeste Barber
So funny – you can hear her voice so vividly through the writing. You’ll want to be best mates with Celeste (if you don’t already from Instagram). Plenty of Hot Husband too!
Am I Doing This Right? by Tanya Hennessy
Made me wheeze-laugh a lot. Emotional moments in there too that really get your heart. Love the A-Z format!
What were your favourite books you read in 2018?