I am a lover of books. I grew up loving to read, and it continued on into adulthood. But as I became a mom and a teacher, my reading slow down significantly. Can anyone relate? However, in 2018, that all changed. One of my goals I set for myself this year was to read 24 books. That’s do-able, right? Just 2 books per month.
Do you know why I loved this goal so much? It forced me to put my phone down more (which we could all do more of) and pick up a book with my idle hands. My list of books is LONG, and I am constantly adding more to my TBR list on Goodreads (come follow me!). I joke that I have a reading list so long that I’ll die with books still to be read. I read some great books this year, including re-reading the classic, Little Women, which was wonderful!
I know this is a preschool blog, but I also know Moms are reading, so if you’re a mom and you want more books in your life, you’ve come to the right place. I thought it would be nice to post about the best books I read this year. I’m happy to share that I exceeded my goal by reading 26 books! Here are some of my favorite books of 2018!
Favorite Books Of 2018
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This book is about a 24 year old girl, Ella who got a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford. Upon arriving at Oxford, she meets Jamie Davenport, her English literature professor. They have a connection and a casual fling soon develops into something deeper when Ella learns about Jamie’s life-changing secret. Ella is then faced with a decision: turn back on the man she’s fallen in love with to follow her political dreams, or be there for him for his biggest trial.
This book was addicting. I couldn’t put it down. Amber Patterson is tired of being an invisible woman and she feels that she deserves so much more in life. Amber envies the life of Daphne and her husband Jackson. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion to insinuate herself into the family and once she’s in, you won’t believe what happens next. This book is full of shocking twists and turns. This book was juicy!
This book begins with a teenage girl, Jenny, who is brutally raped at a high school party. Not shortly after, she is given a drug to remove the memories of this event from her mind. The problem is that Jenny can’t move forward because she has intense emotions physically tied to the rape, but no memories to attach them to, hindering her ability to truly heal. This book has so much going on at once, and what I found interesting was the entire story was told in first person minor by Jenny’s psychologist. This book has some disturbing and hard parts to read, but a lot of catch you by surprise moments that you don’t see coming. This is a well written psychological suspense novel.
4. Losing Brave
Payton Brave’s twin sister when missing, and Payton tries desperately to hold on to what’s left of Dylan’s memory. Payton must overcome the aftermath of being the one left behind. The more Payton tries to undo her blocked memories of what happened, the further down the path of danger she goes. The darkness of her sister’s disappearance grows and the truth become more and more unbearable. This book kept me captivated until the end, and the end was one big shock that I did not predict.
My absolute favorite book of 2018, maybe even of all time. The Nightingale is a story of two sisters who fought the war in their own way when Nazis invade France. It is the story of the women’s war. It’s a beautiful story of bravery, monstrosity, injustice, and love. The writing is so good, it’s brutal, and it definitely pulled at my heart physically, drawing me to tears a few times. Definitely a page turner, but one I also had to step away and take a break from because it was that heavy on my heart. I’ll never forget this book. If you haven’t read it, I HIGHLY recommend it.
Margaret has the perfect life…dreamy boyfriend, high paying dream job, and all the right pieces of her life, until that all changes one day and everything she knows is taken from her. This book is a warm, touching story of learning to walk away from the old and walking toward the new. It’s funny, charming, and features a love story that isn’t too corny and won’t make you roll your eyes. It’s a hopeless romantic tale of finding love in unexpected places. The story of loss was sad and hard to walk through, but the overcoming was joyful. This book is a quick read.
Pulitzer Prize for a reason. This was the book I started 2018 with and I wasn’t disappointed. This is a stunning story about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive WWII. Their lives are interwoven and the story shows all the ways people try to do good to one another. Beautiful book!
I loved this book! Spoiler alert: it will be made into a movie, so give it a read first! Eleanor Oliphant is one of the most interesting and well-developed characters I’ve met in a while. Her quirky mannerisms and social anxiety of just the beginning of her characteristics. Then she meets Raymond and he doesn’t take no for an answer. I love how Raymond’s big kind heart slowly but surely chips away at Eleanor’s heart, and all the while she has her eyes set on someone else. I’m proud of how Eleanor finally seems to conquer herself by pushing herself out of her comfort zone. Such a good book!
9. Lucky Boy
This story was good, but I didn’t particularly care for the writing. I’ll admit it was a struggle getting through the beginning as it was lengthy and wordy, but once it got going, it was really good. This story is about two women, one in her teens and pregnant, and one who is middle aged and infertile. When the baby boy comes into the narrative, he changes both women’s lives. This story was captivating and toward the end, I couldn’t wait to read what happened at the court case. As a former foster mom, I totally related to the foster mom’s side of the story, but as a biological mom, I totally understand and empathized with that love too. Both women loved this “lucky boy” and the way they each fought for him was beautiful.