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My Best Books of 2018

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What a great reading year I’ve had. Although I didn’t quite reach my 30 book goal on my reading challenge on Goodreads, (the year’s not over yet!), I’ve read so many great books this year. So being that time of year – the end of, and Christmas – here’s my top ten of books I’ve read this year. You can add them to your reading list, or why not purchase them as a present for a friend or family member, cause who doesn’t like receiving books as presents.

Side note: Did you know in Iceland they have a beautiful tradition of giving books to each other on Christmas Eve and then spend the night reading them? It’s called Jolabokaflod which means ‘Christmas Book Flood’. I think it’s a wonderful tradition!

Anyway, here we go. And please note, these books weren’t all new releases in 2018, they are from the list of books I’ve read this year.


The Paris Seamstress

From the talented Australian Historical Fiction author Natasha Lester, comes her third historical novel which will transport you back to 1940s Paris and New York where a young seamstress dreams to make her mark in the male-dominated world of high fashion. The story also has a contemporary storyline and when the two time-periods meet, the magic happens. Beautifully told and one you won’t want to put down.



Slow is a non-fiction book from Brooke McAlary of the Slow Your Home podcast. I don’t read or recommend many non-fiction titles as they are a very personal choice, but I think we can all get something out of Brooke’s ‘Slow’ wisdom. Covering the usual topics such as decluttering and mindfulness, Slow is so much more than a ‘how-to’ manual. It’s a book that feels like a warm hug of reassurance that there is still hope for a meaningful and intentional life for us all.


Redemption Point

Redemption Point by best-selling crime and thriller writer Candice Fox, is the second novel in the Ted Conkaffey series. Once again, Fox delivers a sharp, fast-paced, thriller that stays true to her ‘page-turner’ reputation.


The Sisters’ Song

The Sisters’ Song is an emotional read full of heartache and tragedy but always hope. It explores the complex nature of family relationships and the intrinsic bond that we share with those closest to us. The Sisters’ Song by Louise Allan is her first novel, and what a debut it is.


The Memories That Make Us

The Memories That Make Us is the second novel from Australian author Vanessa Carnevale, and what a special book. It wraps it’s warmth around your heart, makes you ponder your own life, and the value of our memories. Do our memories make us who we are? Or do they hold us back?


Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

If I were ordering these book from ten to one (which I’m not), Eleanor would be number one. I was completely besotted by this book. It brought to the fore every emotion, making my heart swell with love, sadness, joy, and warmth. I’m sure you’ve heard the rave reviews and they are well deserved. If you get the chance, please make this book part of your life  (or someone else’s) – you won’t be disappointed


The Family Next Door

The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth was a great read. The more I read of the book, the more I loved it. A fast paced, modern-day drama that will draw you in completely. With interesting characters and their intertwining storylines, it’s like a fly-on-the-wall read that will have you wanting to know what happens next.


The Kookaburra Creek Cafe

What a lovely treat this book was! Sandie Docker (another Aussie author) has created a beautiful cast of characters, each one quirky and with their own story to tell. It’s hard not to fall in love with the characters and by the end of the story they’ll almost feel like family. Everything about this book is enjoyable.


Me Before You

I began reading this book when it first came out, but for some reason, it just didn’t connect with me so I stopped about fifty pages in. When I picked it up again I wasn’t expecting it to become one of my favourite books of all time! I can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said about this mega best-seller from JoJo Moyes, other than – read it.


The Single Ladies of the Jacaranda Retirement Village

I loved this book from debut author Joanna Nell. The main character, almost 80-year-old Peggy Smart is an adorable character; likeable in so many ways. She’s quirky, funny, naive, intelligent, quick-witted, fiercely independent, and her internal dialogue is more than brilliant. If you don’t think it sounds like your cup of tea, give it a chance anyway as I know you won’t regret it.


What’s been your favourite book you’ve read this year?