December 27

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.

Enjoy, Readheads!

Ms K

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.

Ms A

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.