I read a total of 22 books this year. Reading made it’s way down on my list of priorities this year so I read no where near as many books as I usually do but I have read some absolutely amazing ones. So I thought I’d share the books that I’ve read this year and a brief comment on each of them.
Girlhood by Cat Clarke
This was part of the Zoella Book Club which usually features some really good Young Adult fiction so I always keep an eye out for it. I was drawn to this one straight away, it tells the story of Harper and Kirsty whose story is so emotive, weird and wonderful. I won’t be forgetting this book for a long time, it tackles the subjects of love, grief and growing up.
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
I bought this when I bought Girlhood as I thought they looked quite similar. This is in fact my favourite book that I have read this year, it stands out above the rest. This book is an amazing feminist read, it tells the story of teenage Viv who decides to tackle the everyday sexism that goes overlooked in a school environment. After reading this I guarantee you’ll be a Moxie girl too!
Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon
I’ve read a couple of Jane Fallon books before and loved them, they’re fun, light-hearted reads, I will always buy her new releases. I don’t have a clue how I’m going to sum this up for you but Sophie is about to end her affair with Matthew when he ends his marriage to pursue their relationship. This is hilarious, I highly recommend all of Jane’s books!
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Bernard
This is another YA book that I loved this year. This tells the story of how two best friends deal with the inference of a third. This is another amazing book about friendship and growing up as a girl.
Dare To Dream by Izzy Judd
As you may know I am a massive McFly fan however there is no bias when I say that I adored this book beyond words. This is written by Izzy Judd, the wife of Harry who is the drummer in McFly. They had issues conceiving so required IVF to conceive their gorgeous little girl, Lola. Dare To Dream tells their story of the whole process and is beautifully heartbreaking and heartwarming. Read this.
All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher
I am a massive Carrie Hope Fletcher fan, she is an incredible actress, author, Youtuber and role model. When I started this book I wasn’t sure about it but once I got my head around the concept of it, I felt like I could properly enjoy it and turns out I adored it. Cherry can see peoples feelings, if that doesn’t hook you I don’t know what will…
Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland
I lent this book out so sadly couldn’t take the aesthetic photo to match the others. I think that shows more than anything how much I loved it, I wanted others to read it and love it as well. Louise is fantastic online, her Youtube and Instagram portray her unfiltered life and she never fails to make me laugh. She is also an incredible author. This book tells the story of Robin Wilde, who you will definitely never forget, through her tales of motherhood and life. I can’t wait for her second installment to be released next year.
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Evie suffers from mental health problems. This book tells the story of Evie navigating her life as she tries to be ‘normal’. This book also portrays friendships in such a different life which makes an amazing read.
All She Wants by Jonathan Harvey
Jonathan Harvey is one of my favourite authors, his writing style reads hilariously and his stories are innovative and I assure you your sides will be hurting with laughing after reading them. Especially All She Wants. This tells the story of Jodie who is a soap actress yet her life is far from perfect for many reasons. I loved reading her story as the rollercoaster that is her life unravels before her.
Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe
This is a memoir of Nina’s letters that she wrote to her sister whilst she was being a nanny to a family in London. This was such a warm, affirming read that was hilarious in parts and just beautiful. I didn’t like the BBC adaption of this into a TV Show, it wasn’t how I imagined it when I read it at all.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L.Stedman
This is my second favourite book that I read this year, it really does stand out. Tom and Izzy live on a remote lighthouse island, one day a baby washes up on a boat alone and the book tells the story of what happens after that point. I literally loved this book so much I can’t recommend it enough. If you’re not a big reader I also recommend the movie which is also incredible.
Open by Gemma Cairney
A sign of a well read book is when it is filled with post it notes to flag up important pages and points in the book. This book is filled with them. This is my favourite non-fiction book of the year, I will never forget how I felt when reading it. I just longed to have read it when I was younger, it was exactly what my lost 12 year old self needed. However, my 18 year old self loved it and learnt so so much from it. READ THIS!
Bridget Jones’s Baby The Diaries by Helen Fielding
Helen Fielding is a genius. She is the woman behind the unforgettable Bridget Jones. Every one of her books is amazing, hilarious and just like Bridget-truly unforgettable. This is the latest instalment in Bridget’s series which follows her adventures through pregnancy into motherhood.
Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter
Dawn O’Porter is one of my major girl crushes and is even more so after reading this. This is a story of the friendship between the polar opposites-Renee and Flo. It is brutally honest in how it portrays how toxic friendships can be for teenage girls. A must read if you’ve ever been subject to a toxic friendship or any actually…
The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
This book is all about Hygge (pronounced Hooga)-family, warmth, gratitude, happiness. As someone with anxiety this book really helped me. Denmark is the happiest place in the world and this book gives tips, steps and advice as to how to become more hygge. This was also a really thoughtful gift from my boyfriend so will always hold a special little place in my heart.
Happy Mum, Happy Baby by Giovanna Fletcher
I may not have been the targeted audience of this book (presumably mums, which I am not) but nevertheless I loved it. Giovanna tells her frankly honest tales of motherhood, it is unfiltered, hilarious and heartwarming and breaking. I recommend this even if you’re not a mother, like me, as it is still a really interesting, warm read.
The Two of Us By Andy Jones
This was the first book that I read this year and it made a lasting impression on me to say the least. This tells the story of the first year of Fisher and Ivy’s unexpected relationship and the journey that they go on. This really is an eye opening read about love.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
This was a book that I had to read for college earlier this year as I wrote my controlled assessment on it. Aside from that though, I’d have probably still read and loved it if I didn’t need too. I don’t even think I can write about the storyline or I’ll start having flashbacks to writing that dreaded essay.
Some Kind Of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher
This is the last book that I read this year and I adored it. It tells the story of Lizzy as her long term relationship ends and she tries to discover who she is out of that relationship. Lizzy is a true example of girl power and is a great, unforgettable heroine. This is also filled with humour, Gi got everything right with this book.
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
John Green is my favourite author. I have adored every single one of his books. This one was no exception. This tells the story of Aza and Daisy as they pursue a mystery surrounding their friend’s missing father. Despite this being the main storyline, Aza’s story is the standout one as she tries to fight against her spiralling thoughts.
The Creakers by Tom Fletcher
As you may or may not know, Tom Fletcher is the love of my life. He is such an amazing children’s author and The Creakers is brilliant. What I loved most about it was that the main character is a girl, Lucy, who goes on a mission against the creakers who live underneath her bed…
Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed reading about the books that I read this year. I will definitely try and talk more about books on my blog next year.
My social media: