2018 has been a very good, but also a challenging year for me.
Besides taking a trip of a lifetime for the first six months of 2018, I have also had to deal with a couple of health issues, but also to cope with going into permanent, full-time, fully corporate employment.
And all of that took its toll on the amount of books I have read this year.
Nonetheless, I have tried my best to read a couple of different genres, and in my opinion, I managed to be a bit more adventurous with the writers I choose also.
It has been very hard to decide on these five books, but here they are:
- The Colour Purple, Alice Walker. I’ve watched the film this summer, and it was probably on the same level as ‘The Green Mile’ or ‘Forest Gump’ in terms of sadness, humanism and rawness . Of course, the film was one of Oprah’s firsts as well, and it doesn’t disappoint. This is a book you need to feel, more than anything.
- The Handmaid’s Tale, Margret Atwood. Just like many, I have read, loved and been scared by how accurate to the world we live in now, this book was. What I liked the best was the fact that the writing was very engaging – that made me buy another of Ms Atwood’s books, called ‘The Heart goes Last’.
- Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig. My favourite writer at the moment. The second book I read by him this year was called ‘Notes on a Nervous Planet’ and I am excited to read a third in the new year called ‘How to stop Time’. His theme is mostly mental health and how he survived a very though period of his life, but his writing is very raw and hits very close to home. I would recommend this book to anyone that has at least one had an anxious episode in their life. It will make you feel like you aren’t alone and that there are other people out there (a lot more) that understand your struggles.
- The Secret, Rhonda Byrne. Another classic of our age in my opinion, and after watching the film on a couple of occasions, I can assure you that the book version is even better. It made me want to visualise the life that I want even more, but also realise how we attract what we get in our life. Good perspective book.
- The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead.Puts a perspective on freedom. Back in the day, when humans categorised other humans by the colour of their skin, freedom was something that had a very figurative but also deeper meaning. The story is very well written, but you would have to read the book to understand what I mean by that. It won’t disappoint.
I have discovered a very keen interest in genres such as self development, but also the development of slavery and human race and the Pre-Civil era in America, as well as a new favourite writer.
I have read 23 books this year, which I don’t think it’s a bad amount, considering that when we went travelling, the amount of books I came in touch with was minimal.
For 2019, I have got again a very good pile to dig in – the first one I have already started in ‘Becoming Michelle Obama’. This was my plane read for my trip to Romania and all I can say for now is that everyone needs to read this book. She was already an inspiration of mine, but in this book she proves to be even more than just the former First Lady. Other authors like Margaret Atwood, Matt Haig, Youval Noah Harari or Bryony Gordon are part of that list too.