Best books of 2018 (to read in 2019)

15 January 2019

It’s been a long time since I talked about books on this blog, in fact, the last time was about 11 months ago, sharing my Man Booker Prize 2016 video. With 2018 done, I thought I would share some of my favourite books of the year. I have done full videos on all my books, so I’ve just handpicked a couple from the video, you can check out the videos at the end for more books and full details about why I love them.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

This is should be mandatory reading for everyone, not only is it about Britain’s history with racism and slavery (very few books are) but it explains to white people the frustrations black women face when it comes to talking (let alone dealing) with racism. This non-fiction read is short, to the point and informative. I want to read more like it.

Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba

A gem of a book and a helpful one at that. Again, this is aimed at a UK audience and I am here for this! Otegha is an inspiration (I’ve attending one of her branding classes and her knowledge is excellent) and in this book she gives practical advice for working women and those wanting to branch into freelance work in whatever industry. The information is bite-sized and easy to follow, she also includes advice from superstar women in all different types of careers to give you that girl power boost.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

A book about loneliness, friendship, addiction and disfigurement set in Scotland. You basically fall in love with Eleanor and her way of seeing the world and her slow reintegration back into society. This debut by Honeyman was heavily bided on by publishers, earning the author a six-figure advance, outstanding for a newbie. Regardless it’s a heart-warming read that was heavily marketed year and won a fair number of awards, light and easy reading!

The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward

This memoir from Yrsa is part poetry, part prose and it is stunning. Yrsa rawly depicts her life up until now in words bound together by what seems like magic. Her style is great but also the story she has to share is so gritty and interesting that you can’t help but want to know what happens next. The Terrible is her name for depression and I think it’s a perfectly fitting name.

Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

I gushed about this book and even did a full review on it because it honestly blew me away and I found myself nodding at about 85% of it. Dolly’s memoir is full of laughs that anyone born between 1990 – 1996 can probably relate to, it includes MSN, university nights and London living.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I love a good motivational book and I love one that manages to say something new to me and make me feel inspired. Big Magic is the book you need to read in 2019, Gilbert offers practical advice for creativity of any form and invites you to stop comparing yourself and seeing success in only one way. This is also part memoir for Gilbert as she shares life after her successful book Eat, Pray, Love and what that has done for her writing and her life.

These are just six of the books I’ve picked out of 15 books that I gave five-star ratings too. You can hear about all the books below. 

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