December 2, 2018
Books I have loved in 2018
There’ll be another hello almost immediately, when I post the last blog of the year with news and photos my recent book tour with Judy Horacek for our new book: Bonnie and Ben Rhyme Again.
But I thought I’d take this quiet Sunday-night-moment to list the (adult) books I have adored this year, so you can have the same pleasure. I’ve read 49 so far.
Needless to say, not all the books I read grabbed me and held my attention. Some should never have seen the light of day, in my opinionated opinion. But many provided untold delight: they took me to places I’d never go in my ordinary life; they made me laugh; and also made me weep—often in public, on planes, at the hairdresser, waiting for the dentist, and so on; and their use of language set me on fire. I know I’ve raved about some of these before, but in case you’re about to go Christmas shopping, here’s a list, in order of my year-long reading, of those I found most pleasing. ie. they are in the four-star category, my highest honour.
Force of Nature by Jane Harper
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton
Lullaby by Leila Slimani
The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein
Brother by David Chariandry
You Deserve Nothing by Alexander Maksik
Look What You’ve Done by Sarah Schmidt
Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
One Hundred Years of Dirt by Rick Morton
So Much Life Left Over by Louis de Bernieres
The Nowhere Child by Christian White
The Girl on the Page by John Purcell
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales
The Yellow House by Emily O’Grady
There we have it: 18 marvellous novels out of 49 books—and so many of them are Australian! May they keep you happy.