It’s a new year! We are easing back into normality with school and preschool starting but honestly I’m missing those slow days from the end of the holidays. And if you haven’t seen or noticed yet, my website has a whole new look which has been so exciting and long overdue. A little refresh that’s bringing a little bit of joy in the darkness of winter.
Reading is obviously one of my favourite things to do, and even though it’s been in snippets here and there I managed to read a total of 45 books last year! I read mostly fiction, as it allows my brain to switch off more- but I thought I would share some of my favourite books that have stuck out to me as I was reflecting on another year of reading great words.
I re-read a lot of books this year- namely the Anne of Green Gables series and most of the Harry Potter books. I adore both but I won’t add either here but will focus on those that were new to me!
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
This was the first book I had read by Kate Morton and I adored it. A perfect blend of different generations of family, fairytale, intrigue and some Secret Garden references made it even better. I am trying to pace myself and not read all of her books back-to back since she’s one of my new favourites.
Truly, Madly, Guilty– Liane Moriarty
We read this in our little online book club, Always Reading Club- and there were so many themed explored, from friendship, marriage, parent-child relationships and mental health through this tale that centres around a fateful neighbourly BBQ.
The Memory Shop– Ella Griffin
Perhaps the first book I read on my new kindle after my old one decided to stop working, and this was a nice read whilst we were on holiday in Holland. Nora’s grandparents home is full of treasures from around the world, and whilst she finds them new homes she also discovers some of her family’s story along the way.
I’d Rather Be Reading– Anne Bogel
This is a non fiction one which was just perfect for a booklover like me- all about what it’s like to be immersed in the reading life. Perfect to curl up with and feel yourself nodding along.
At Home in the World– Tsh Oxenrider
This one was a perfect read whilst we were driving between places in Holland- as Tsh documents and reflects on her family’s year long explorations around all kinds of different countries, with three kids.
All the light we cannot see– Anthony Doerr
With a dual narrative, this amazing book follows a blind girl from Paris to St Malo, where her and her father escape during the worst of the war- and a German boy. Their stories connect and this was just a wonderful story to read.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine– Gail Honeyman
I had seen this book going around bookstagram (instagram for book reading) and picked it up although I had no idea what it was really about. Gail does a great job of portraying Eleanor, isolated and socially awkward and her struggles yet progress through the book as she makes a friend and makes steps forward.
The Muse– Jessie Burton
I read the Miniaturist the year before but the Muse I really enjoyed- following Odelle and her job in a London gallery in 1967 and how she crosses paths with a painting and its story from Spain in the 30s.
We Were the Lucky Ones– Georgia Hunter
This novel was incredible. Whilst it’s written as fiction, Georgia’s main characters are actually her grandfather and his siblings, and their various stories throughout world war two as Polish Jews. It was an aspect of history I hadn’t considered much and I quickly read it after hearing this episode of What should I read Next.
I’m really looking forward to diving into some more great books this year, and sharing more read alouds with my little ones. I have a bunch of classics that I’ve never read that I’m hoping to prioritise, and numbers are just a nice aside. As long as I’m spending more time filling up and reading than scrolling or wasting time, I know that’s a good choice made.