Top 3 Reads of 2018 - a brief rundown!

Top three reads of 2018, by Lena’s Notebook

I’ll be honest – I have not read as much as I wanted to this year, however what I have read has been entirely amazing. Here are three reads that really wowed me, plus at the bottom, book covers of other books I have enjoyed J

Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris

This book had me in tears; from the descriptions of mistreatment of human beings, from the horrifying conditions prisoners of Nazi Concentration camps endured, and from the ability to love even during the most horrible times. Based on a true story, the Tattooist of Auschwitz is the most harrowing yet uplifting book I read in 2018, a truly painful book to read that left me still thinking about it long after I had turned the final page.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman (Proof copy read and reviewed in 2017, re-read in 2018)

This book I read last year in 2017 as I was given a proof copy – but re-read this year because I honestly enjoyed it so much. Eleanor Oliphant is such a memorable main character. Her attitudes to life develops in the loveliest and most honest ways, and as a reader we really see her grow into a more formed person. This book teaches us not to judge so brashly and to try to understand the depth of a person as a whole – it is one of those books that I believe everyone has to read at some point in their lives.

One Day in December – Josie Silver

This is the most recent book I read this year – and it’s definitely on my best books of 2018 list. I loved the fact that the two main protagonists met on public transport – it’s so ‘of our times’, so relatable, and really enhances the magic of meeting ‘the one’ in a busy city setting. This book got me feeling so emotional at times, and as a 20-something myself, I felt it really spoke to me about relationships in this modern age. It’s definitely the most realistic romance book I’ve read this year, and for that, I loved it even more.

So those are my best three reads, but they are not the only commendable books. There are so many good books that I have also enjoyed whilst on a blogging hiatus, and here they are!

Thank you for reading my latest post on my favourite books - leave your comments and links below on your own top reads! I'll be returning later this year to post about my 2019 reading goals.

Happy Christmas!

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  1. Hoping to get some book vouchers for christmas so I can get One Day In December and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine!!!

    1. Hope you got the vouchers!
      And keep your eye out for cheaper books in retail stores like sainsburys or waitrose!

      Hope you had a lovely christmas

  2. I'm always so amazed by the top three book sof the year posts because I think they're so difficult to narrow down so many great books. Eleanor Oliphant has been on my TBR for the entire year and I still haven't read it. Kinda sad about it but hopefully in the new year :D

    1. Yes it is incredibly hard! :(

      You must give it a read. It really is a special book :)

      I hope you had a great christmas

  3. This is a great post, thanks


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