My Favourite Reads of 2018

The best books I read this year. You won’t want to miss this.

2018 has come to a close and I had another great year of reading (I hope you did too)! I’m pretty happy that I managed to reach my reading goal again this year and I am hoping to amp up my goal in 2019. As I like to do at the end of every year, is look back at the books I read and pick my top five fiction reads and my top five non-fiction reads. So, here we go! 

Fiction:


The Travelling Cat Chronicles
I am not a crier. I don’t think I have ever cried reading a book but damn, this one brought me really close. I enjoyed this light-hearted novel so much that I read it twice in 2018. If you want an easy read that’s narrated by a cat, check this book out.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane 
It isn’t very often that I read a description that legitimately makes me want to read a book and sticks with me. I enjoyed this book so much that I gifted three copies of it this year because of its great plot and characters.

Killing Commendatore 
I waited years for the next Murakami novel and it finally arrived late in 2018. I was not disappointed and in my opinion, other Murakami fans won’t be either.

A Spark of Light
This was my first Jodi Picoult novel and I am sure now it won’t be my last. This timely and relevant novel impressed me with it’s depth and readability as well as its perfect commentary on current political events in the US involving women’s reproductive rights.

The Space Between Us
This was my first book by this author. I was really impressed with the character depth in this novel and felt very involved in this dramatic novel involving families. Thankfully the author released a sequel to this book in the late spring of 2018 that I still need to add to my reading list.

Non-Fiction:

Into Thin Air
Okay, so I was a bit behind on this bandwagon but that doesn’t make this novel any less riveting. If you want to know what climbing Mt. Everest is like without having to step foot on it I don’t think there are too many other books that could give you that experience. This book is a nail-biting and heart-breaking read.

Precious Cargo
One of my favourite reads from the Canada Reads 2018 debate for its funny and heartwarming tale of some pretty awesome kids and one lost adult who learned a lot from them.

Forgiveness
This book actually won Canada Reads 2018 and while I enjoyed this novel, I appreciated Precious Cargo a bit more. This novel has some phenomenal historical content that I feel Canadians should read.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
This book was all the rage this last year due the author’s untimely death which also helped with the arrest of this elusive killer. The author’s voice is unique and engaging and it is a shame that we have lost such a great true-crime writer with such passion and talent.

Tea and Tea Set
I have read a few books on tea and so far this one has been my favourite. It’s nearly an unknown book but it’s content is quite good. I picked it up at a teahouse in Hong Kong and if you want to learn more about Chinese tea and can get your hands on this book I would highly recommend it.

Favourite Reads of 2017

2017 is nearly coming to a close. Read to see what books I loved this year.

Hey peeps! 2017 is nearly coming to a close and it’s that time of year that I select the top five fiction and non-fiction books that I read this last year. So without further ado, here they are:

Top 2017 Fiction:

1) I Know This Much Is True By Wally Lamb

2) The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

3) The Visitors by Catherine Burns

4) Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis

5) See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

 

Top 2017 Non-Fiction:

1) Surviving the Angel of Death by Eva Mose Kor

2) Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson 

3) Moody Bitches by Julie Holland

4) Dear Leader by Jang Jin-Sung 

5) My Best Race by Chris Cooper

Favourite Reads of 2016

Another year, another book. Here are my favourite reads of the year.

2016 is just about over, and for many, I am sure this is something worth celebrating.

Personally, 2016 was pretty spectacular. Moving to a new exciting country, followed by a new job and some great reads. Here are some of the best books I read this year.

Top Fiction:

1The Vegetarian – Winner of the Man Booker International Prize for 2016 this poignant novel remained with me for weeks after I read it. Poetic, raw and moving, this novel is worth the praise.

2The Remains of the Day – Having read this book later in the year,  I do not yet have a review for this novel, however, I can say that I finally understand the praise given to Ishiguro and his writing. This novel is simple story with some massive depth.

3The Snow Child – I will admit, I never would have picked up this novel on my own but I needed something to read on the plane. Well, it was a stellar recommendation. This book is a proper love story without the cheese.

4 – The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – While not my favourite read by Murakami, there were some intense scenes in this novel that will stay with me forever.

5The Sound of Waves –  Sometimes the best stories are the most simple. After reading such epic and diverse novels it is nice to come back to something with a sound, true and basic concept.

Top Non-Fiction:

1 Eat and Run – I may not have been converted to a vegan, but Jurek has given me something to think about in terms of my own running. The book is also full of some very moving and inspiring moments.

2A Moth to the Flame – This book was personal for me which is one reason why it is on this list, it is also a great read to get an understanding of BPD.

3What I Talk About When I Talk About Running  – Look, another book by Murakami. Can you tell I like him? This book is part autobiographical while Murakami reflects on his life as a writer and a runner.

4The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching – This novel surprised me. It is knowledgeable and inspiring and a great read for anyone wanting to know more about the Buddhist beliefs.

5The China Tea Book – Tea and history nerds need to read this. It has beautiful images and provides an in-depth look into the history and culture of tea as well as what makes different types of teas and how to drink them.

Have a great New Year everyone. See you in 2017!