2018 All Stars
You didn’t think we’d leave you in the lurch these holidays?
We know you are all going to need a good book by the pool so we have compiled our 2018 All Star list so you get the most from your holiday reading time.
This list was hard for me as the Book Gods have shone on me this year. I have read some wonderful stories and discovered authors that I will be following and racing to the bookstore the minute their latest arrives. But in the spirit of talking All Stars, these 5 are the bees knees of reads this year.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – my all time favourite book of the year ! End of story and that is all you need to know (obviously read my review). Just buy it ok!
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wiltzer – a tale about the complex nature of relationships, ambition and love and who doesn’t love that trifecta?
The Tattooist of Aushwitz – not the most festive of topics but one of the most beautiful and compelling stories of the year for me.
The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein – powerful, moving, delightful, shocking and a must read. We all need a little Sandra Pankhurst in our life, trust me.
Challenge Accepted by Celeste Barber – I am only half way through this one but I am a huge fan of Celeste (along with 5 million others – check out her Instagram) and can’t wait to get back to her words each night. I am loving it, she’s a funny bugger and honest and raw as hell and I know already it’s in my top 5.
This year, the big name new releases left me flat but these 5 little less discussed tales won my heart. It was definitely the year of the underbook for me. Enjoy.
Normal People by Sally Rooney – a story of a boy and a girl and how their relationship changes and evolves through adolescence and university.
Educated by Tara Westover – The unputdownable memoir of a girl raised by survivalists who didn’t believe in education. A must read for 2018.
Dunbar by Edward St Aubyn – Think media moguls, inheritances, scandal and drama. There is a great new Netflix series called Succession that reminds me of the book and makes me want to read it all over again.
The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton – reading Tim Winton is like listening to music. This is the dusty tale of a boy trying to escape and survive in outback WA that will leave you shivers.
Severance by Ling Ma – a killer virus takes over the world. A pregnant girl and a handful of others have to find a way to survive. Brilliant writing transports a simple story into a great book.