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My Top Five Books of 2018

My Top Five Books of 2018

Last year I read a total of 46 books. Yep, forty-six different books I read over the space of a year. It's quite the accomplishment if I am being honest. I am very proud of myself which is probably why it was so hard to pick just five to feature in a blog post, but it's a post I have been asked to do a couple of times, so I wanted to tell you all the five books I recommend you to read this year if you haven't already and some extra ones at the end that didn't quite make it into top five but that I still adore. My taste in books, just like my taste in everything is quite eclectic, I'd say thriller books are probably up top alongside crime books, non-fiction books, I even like a little chick-lit from time to time like Devil Wears Prada and Legally Blonde. So with that... here are to top five books I read in 2018: 

1. ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL
Anatomy of a Scandal was the book I most recommended throughout the year when someone asked me what they should read. It's a thriller written from a number of POVs and each chapter kind of chops and changes between the POVs. It is about a very privileged man who is accused of a horrid crime and the court case which follows. Delving into his wife's determination of his innocence and the certainty of the barrister who hopes to bring justice as she truly believes he is guilty. I couldn't put it down, it was definitely a quick read because it was so hard to stop reading, even when I had to. 

2. THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES
Tina Brown was once the editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, the glossy fashion magazine under Conde Nast Publications. During her time as editor-in-chief, she kept eight years worth of diaries. Documenting her time working there, her time with her family, her socialising with the biggest and best of fashion and publication and even her pregnancy. Not only is this truly interesting to anyone interested in the fashion and fashion publication sectors, but it is hilarious and gives you such a clear understanding of what it must have been like to be a woman in charge in the 80s. This book is such an easy read and I could have read it all in one sitting if I had the time. It also reminds me of getting my job as I was reading it in a cafe waiting to head to my interview so I hold this one dearly. 

My Top Five Books of 2018

3. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
Okay, an oldie and probably one everyone has read, but I didn't read this book until last year. I adored Gone Girl and whenever I'd talk to people about it they'd tell me "you have to read Girl on The Train" so I did and I loved it. Girl on The Train follows a broken woman who has recently divorced from the man she thought she would spend the rest of her life with and on top of that he married the woman he had an affair with. Her train to work takes her past his house every morning and evening, but she doesn't look because she becomes obsessed with his neighbours and their story. When one of the neighbours disappears she becomes invested, worrying that she's the reason behind the disappearance. It is a wonderful thriller that keeps you reading even when your eyes are ready to close. I have read it again since and loved it again the second time around. 

4. NOTES OF A NERVOUS SYSTEM
Now, I'm not one to really read books on anxiety but this one really took me by surprise. Matt Haig has such a beautiful way of writing that you get wrapped up in what he is talking about and are able to relate to his every word. He talks about the world around us and how the world is designed to create anxiety within all of us. I totally agree with everything Matt has to say on the matter and found myself truly thinking of the things which worry and cause me stress. Realising how much I allow the world to affect my mood I decided to take control and I have found myself looking back at this book when I need a little pep talk or reminder. 

5. HOW TO BE AN OVERNIGHT SUCCESS
This book is a really good read for anyone looking to one day start their own business or like me have a side hustle i.e. a blog. Maria is the creator of the luxury skincare brand Rodial and this book describes how she became an overnight success, which in fact, she didn't. It describes how there is no such thing as an overnight success and that there are years of work that goes into becoming an overnight success. I loved reading Maria's story and being inspired by how she handles herself as a businesswoman, her ethos, her passion and her love for what she does. She is a truly aspiring woman and I loved reading her story. 

OTHER FAVES FROM THE YEAR...
  1. Flashboys by Michael Lewis 
  2. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert 
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
  4. Into The Water - Paula Hawkins
  5. The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena
  6. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k - Sarah Knight
  7. Friend Request - Laura Marshall 
What were your favourite books from 2018? Did you set yourself a goal for this year? Let me know in the comments below or catch me on social media for a chat: 

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