#Saturday6 – The best books I read in 2018

Welcome back to #Saturday6, today’s post shares the six books that I loved in 2018, though it was hard to narrow them down, you can see all the books I read last year here. At the end of the post is the #Saturday6 linky!

 

A Little Life bHanya Yanagihara

Although the story and topics covered are by no means enjoyable this is up there in my top five favourite books EVER. An epic (also epically long at 720 pages – be warned) read spanning the life four friends, focusing on Jude and the relationships between his college friends, and going back to his childhood and the (awful) events that took place. This book touched me in more ways that I first thought. The insane level of detail in every aspect of this book is what makes it for me, its an uncomfortable read rather than a pleasant one, but in a captivating and addictive way. I found myself reading it whenever I could, cooking dinner, walking down the street… I feel like I needed a support group when I finished it, and had to make sure I read the last chapter at a time when I had enough time to process the events in my own time!

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

I love reading stories set during the war, and this was one of many I read last year. This book captivated me, it follows the lives of the Kurc family who are Polish Jews whose lives are turned upside down by the start of the war. It follows the lives of three siblings as they each do their best to survive and prosper in a time of persecution. This book made me feel emotions at both ends of the spectrum, with perfect prose and a storyline than spanned years and continents. amazingly researched and best of all a true story (Which I didn’t discover until I read the authors notes at the end of the book!)

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is one of my favourite authors but this is definitely my favourite book of hers so far. It focuses on Leni and her life as her parents move her from central America to deepest darkest, off-grid Alaska. It’s a huge upheaval for them all as they must immediately change their way of life, but she and her mum will do anything to try and help her POW (Vietnam) father try and cope with life, alongside his internal (and external) struggles. Things take a turn for the worst but you need to read it to find out. 

 

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network, is another war-based novel and it actually spans both wars, and is just incredibly well written with three central characters (two amazing females!) and some great peripheral ones too. Focusing on a female spy network and the repercussions of working as a spy it’s a fascinating read and I didn’t want it to end, though I loved the way it did.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Another book based on real life events, and another book based in the war this is just harrowing and uplifting (for want of a better word) in one. Lale finds himself in a concentration camp, and the only way he can find to keep himself safe and fed is to work tattooing the numbers onto each new arrival to the camp. This book gives a fascinating insight into life in Auschwitz, showing how the prisoners got by day to day, but also showing that there was hope, and also love in the camps.

Things We Never Said by Nick Alexander

(this one is free on Kindle Unlimited if you use that)

Catherine knows she is dying of cancer, so she starts to record a series of tapes for her husband, accompanied by photos for him to listen to weekly after she’s gone. Each tape revealed something about their marriage and her past that he didn’t know or hadn’t realised. The tapes tell the story of their relationship, which started a lot earlier than they realised, and the story continues past the end of the tapes showing us how Sean copes with what he finds out.

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. 2nd February 2019 / 8:41 am

    Of these the only one I’ve read is The Tatooist of Auschwitz – I’ll add the others to my ‘to read’ list 🙂

  2. 11th February 2019 / 8:15 am

    I’ve not read any of these but I might have to purchase The Tattooist of Auschwitz because it sounds like my type of book x

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