October & November (1)

Well this is not at all unexpected: I am still rounding up books I read last October. Never let it be said that I am not committed to finishing the things I start, even if I never do it promptly.

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
It’s been such a long time since I read this that I’m having a little trouble remembering anything about it! But my Instagram caption tells me that I really liked it, so I’m going to trust past Jane. It’s a boy-meets-boy story, about a young gay guy who gets involved with an older guy whose family are strict Mormons, and therefore totally against the idea of having a gay son. It’s a long book, and I don’t think it necessarily needs to be, but it’s a nice story

Everless by Sara Holland
I grabbed this from the library shelf on a whim, without knowing what it was about at all. It’s a YA fantasy book, and I don’t read an awful lot of them, so it made a nice change. The basic premise is that time is currency, and can be extracted from blood to be used, especially by poor people. The story itself is about as YA fantasy as you can possibly get – there’s a teenage girl at the centre of everything, with a mysterious past, and there’s a boy (or two) providing a love interest. But I think the central premise is interesting enough to hopefully sustain the series, so I’ll be keeping my eye out for the next one in the series.

House of Glass by Susan Fletcher
Read my full review of House of Glass.

A Keeper by Graham Norton
It’s easy to be a little bit sniffy about celebrity books (though I try to judge on merit rather than turn my nose up). But I read Graham Norton’s debut novel, Holding, when it was released a couple of years ago, and knew then that he’s just a writer who happens to be famous for other things. A Keeper opens just after the death of Elizabeth Keener’s mother, bringing her back to Ireland from the States, where she has re-located. The narrative splits between the present day, where Elizabeth is slowly uncovering the truth about her father, whom she has never known, and the past, where Patricia, her mother, is meeting her father for the first time. It’s a story of secrets and lies, families and relationships. If you’ve not read any of Graham Norton’s novels, I highly recommend them. He handles his deftly written characters delicately, and here he weaves a plot backwards and forwards throughout two generations.

Becoming by Michelle Obama
Almost without a doubt, this was my book of 2018. I listened to it as an audio book, which I think is probably the best way to read this, as it’s read by Michelle Obama herself, and she’s just entirely wonderful. Her memoir feels like an entirely honest look back at her life, from her young years as a schoolchild, through her time as a young professional and then working mother, through to her time in the White House as the first African-American First Lady. I devoured this book, listening for hours at a time, and as a result I felt as though I had her voice in my head for days afterwards. She’s inspiring, and funny, and warm, and just wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed Becoming.

Books so far (up to this point) in 2018 – 44

I didn’t include December’s books in this round-up, because it would have made it entirely too long, so there will be a final 2018 books post in a few days!