For the past three years I’ve taken part in the Goodreads Book Challenge. This year I once again challenged myself to read 50 books. So far I’ve read 13 books this year, I’m five books behind but hopefully I’ll be able to catch up (I’m actually quite a slow reader!)
I thought for this blog I’d do a quick round up of my favourite books I’ve read so far this year. I haven’t found many books that I’ve fallen in love, but there has been a few exceptional ones.
Us, David Nicholls: This man here is the author of One Day, so you already know you’re in for a good thing. The story follows Douglas, a middle aged man who’s wife wants a divorce. But before that they go on a trip around Europe with their grouchy teenager, and this is where Douglas makes every effort to try and save his marriage. The storyline sounds a little bit bland but the story is heart warming, entertaining and even at times made me laugh out loud.
Up with the Times, Conor Brady: I’ve mentioned this book in a previous blog, but it really is well worth a read. Conor Brady was the editor of the Irish Times for 16 years and this semi autobiography follows his time in the paper. I found the book highly interesting, especially to get a glimpse of the inside workings of a national newspaper.
The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, Anna North: I’ve seen this novel in bookshops but I never took the interest in buying it, that’s until I saw it in Oxfam for three euro and I thought I’d give it a try. The plot follows the life of Sophie Stark from the people who knew her the best. Sophie is a complicated character and it’s up to you to decide your opinion on her. The book, as is told by the title, is a tragedy. Though on the front of the book the novel is described as being ‘the next Gone Girl’ which I would disagree with since the plot resembles nothing of Gone Girl. But nonetheless the story is captivating and I found the book hard to put down.
Who Cares? Life of a Transgender Teen, David Beattie: This debut novel is a autobiography by eighteen year old David Beattie. The book isn’t just focused on David and him being transgender, instead it is an inspirational novel which gives advice on all aspects of life. David’s humour and obvious self love for himself makes it hard not to smile while you’re reading. Transgender is a subject that is slowly being touched more upon in Ireland, and this book is a great way to open your eyes to this subject.
Me Before You, JoJo Moyes: This book is coming out as a movie later on this year and after much begging from my friends I decided to read it. The story of a young woman named Louisa who’s safe and boring life is disrupted when she loses her job in her local café. She begins a new job as a carer for a man named Will who ended up in a wheelchair two years previous and a friendship develops. The book surprised me with the direction it took and on touched on a topic that wasn’t expecting. Honestly I was shocked with the ending, and it was one I wasn’t anticipating. It was a book I enjoyed immediately but it hasn’t left me wanting to read the sequel.
What has been your favourite book from this year so far? Let me know down below!