My 2018 Favourites


As always my favourite books are the ones that make me really feel. The ones that draw me right in tight and stay with me long after, for whatever reason that might be.

I’ve not always had a top reading list in any particular order, but this year I do.

  1. My undisputed winner for 2018 was this…


It’s the sequel to one of my top reads of last year – The Five People You Meet In Heaven. Another wonderfully uplifting and inspiring book from one of my favourite writers, the amazing Mitch Albom, that had me hooked, yet again, from the opening line. And once I’d started it I’d finished it in a few heart-thumping hours, with a huge WOW out loud from me at the end and a tight hug of the book to my chest. I think I could easily read this book over and over and love it just as much each time.


2. Coming in second was this…


Amanda Berriman’s heart-breaking debut is cleverly written through the innocent eyes of a 4 year old. Home takes you on a gripping journey though poverty and secrets, love and hope. It’s a book I believe everyone should read, whether they have their own children or not. I rarely cry at books but this had me blinking through tears all the way through. And as the quote on the front cover says, Jesika will stay with me for ever, too.


3. In third place…


And third time in a row for this author in my top read lists. More adrenaline-pumping words from the utterly brilliant Fiona Cummins. Another book of hers I read (through clenched teeth) that I couldn’t put down until I’d turned every single page, just so I could breathe properly again! The Neighbour is a real tension-building, mystery-packed, roller-coaster of a ride. Fantastic.


4. Next was this…


Set a hundred years ago in a toy shop like no other, in the heart of London, Robert Dinsdale weaves a truly magical story. Intricate and incredible. Enchanting and mysterious. And I did not see the end coming! Unforgettable indeed.


5. And finally…


Another author from a previous favourite list. Ruth Hogan’s warm and wonderful words are a pure delight to read. She writes about people and their ordinary lives but somehow manages to make them extra-ordinary. Ruth has another new book coming out this year which I cannot wait to read.


And the book I finished today I already know will be in my top list for this year!

Out 4th April 2019 – Things In Jars by Jess Kidd is simply magnificent.