I genuinely cannot believe how quick 2018 seems to have gone. Then I look back at all that has happened to me and it seems like forever ago that I was in a job I hated, living in a shared house, not knowing much at all about the industry I wanted to enter into. Flash forward to today, going into 2019, I like my job, live with my brilliant boyfriend and have a much deeper understanding of the publishing industry. I have an excellent mentor in Felice McKeown from Bonnier Zaffre, as part of the Society of Young Publishers’ Get Ahead scheme. I have more exciting endeavours which I can’t announce just yet, but all will be revealed soon. Otherwise, I love London, the friends I have made here and my blog!
Now, for my 2018 round-up. I have had to narrow it down to my top 10 books of the year (out of the 81 I have read):
I am starting with a special mention to my top book of 2017, as it was published this year: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
My top 10 books of 2018, in no particular order:
Need to Know by Karen Cleveland
Don’t Make A Sound by David Jackson
If He Wakes by Zoe Lea
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
The Rules of Seeing by Joe Heap
What Was Lost by Jean Levy
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Good Samaritans by Will Carver
IT by Stephen King
This list is made up of the books of the year that I have personally enjoyed the most and remember the most at this point looking back. Don’t @ me about not having a wide variety of genres; I like what I like, I don’t expect everybody to like all of these books, and there probably are ‘better’ ones out there that other people have read this year!
Thank you for an excellent year of reading. To all the publishers, authors, publicists, marketers and blog tour organisers, you are all true superstars and I hope that you have many more exciting reads to share with me in 2019! A final thanks to all my readers; at an average of 1,000 visitors per month, I am humbled that so many people value my opinions on books and my knowledge of the ever-growing publishing industry. Look out tomorrow for my ‘coming in January 2019’… Happy New Year everybody!