It’s no secret that here at CGD we love a good book to snuggle up with. Or even a good book to come with us on our commutes in the morning.
I’m always on the lookout for books that can help improve me and whisk me away. And if you’re absolutely book obsessed then we’ve definitely got a list for you!
So, if you’re looking to lose yourself in a good book, then check out these 18 books you need to read in 2018 and then thank me later!
1. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Eleanor Oliphant by Gail Honeyman available here
One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself.
Eleanor lives a somewhat simple life. She does the same thing every weekend, eats the same lunch every day and never changes up her wardrobe.
I guess you can say her life is predictable, and she’s completely fine and happy with that. It’s the life she has built for herself. But sometimes, it feels like a lot is missing.
That is until one act of kindness changes all of that.
2. Fight Club
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk available here
I must confess I only finished reading one the other week. It’s a book that comes highly recommended, and I bet there isn’t a person who hasn’t seen the movie!
But the book is the beginning of it all. And it’s even more insightful and better plotted out than the movie.
Every weekend, all across the country, men gather from all walks of life to come and fight each other. And it’s down to Tyler Durden, the founder of Fight Club. There’s only one rule; don’t talk about fight club!
3. American Gods
American Gods by Neil Gaiman available here
I must admit, American Gods is a bit of an unusual one. But it’s captivating.
And if you have any interests in the gods and mythology then this is a modern take you need to read.
There’s a storm brewing. And after three years in prison, Shadow is ready to reenter the world. Except now that he has his wife is dead, his job is no longer waiting for him and now he’s run into a mysterious character.
Little does he know that this mysterious character is a god and Shadow has no idea what he’s got himself into.
4. Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy
Bridget Jones Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding available here
So, I love anything to do with Bridget Jones and this book, I love the most.
It was published before Bridget Jone’s baby, and to me is the true ending of the series. It’s utterly perfect.
This is Bridget with two children, a successful career, and a huge cheese addiction. There’s one thing missing though, Mark Darcy.
5. The Help
The Help by Kathryn Stockett available here
If you haven’t already this book then you need to get on it fast. It’s truly one of my favorites and is so incredibly written.
It’s the 1960s in Mississippi, and Skeeter had big dreams of being a writer. Upon returning back to her small town after college she chooses to do a piece that will not only change her life but the lives of many other women too.
She chooses to interview a collective of black women who have spent their lives looking after other people’s children and families.
And it turns out there’s a lot they have to say that fuels change.
6. Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty available here
I really loved this book and thought that it was very well thought out and written.
It’s a murder mystery that will make you giggle.
It follows three women that are completely relatable. And are brought together by their children. Each has different, complicated lives and each deal with it in their own way.
That is until someone’s been murdered.
7. The Reader
The Reader by Prof Bernhard Schlink available here
Beautifully written, this story starts with a fifteen-year-old boy, Michael who has a chance to have an affair with a much older woman. And it’s more than he could have ever imagined.
Thi, woman, however, is not all that she seems. But will their passionate love affair blind Michael or doom their relationship?
8. The Hours
One of my most cherished reads ever. It is so cleverly intertwined and plotted that you will be stunned. And the writing is smart and beautiful. There’s no wonder it was the winner of 1999 Pulitzer Prize.
The story is inspired by the life and works of Virginia Woolf that moves effortlessly between continents and decades. Following three women and intertwining their unforgettable stories.
9. Before I Go To Sleep
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J Watson available here
What if you woke up every morning not be able to remember the night before? Or anything that came before?
You don’t remember your name, your life, your home or even recognize yourself in the mirror.
And what if the one you who is supposed to love you the most only tells you half the story?
10. Second Life
Second Life by S.J Watson available here
This book will give you so many ‘oh my god’ moment and have you saying ‘I told you so’ a million times.
It’s one that definitely puts you on the edge of your street and that’s because it’s written in a way to do so.
Following Julia, whose sister has just been murdered. Overcome by grief and her chance for a second chance, Julia can’t let it go.
And does some detective work of her own, little does she know that she’s getting herself into a lot more trouble than she will ever realize.
Us by David Nicholls available here
Utterly romantic, this book will make you see that sometimes relationships don’t work out and that’s ok. And if you’ve read and loved One Day, then you will love this one too!
Douglas is just your average, normal dad type of guy. After being married for some time, and living comfortably in the suburbs his wife Connie, tells him she wants a divorce.
And Douglas seems to want to do anything to get his wife and son back.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed available here
I can’t say I enjoyed this book loads. However, I recommended it to a friend who was doing something as Cheryl Strayed and she loved it. So I think it just wasn’t for me, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t for you.
After her mother’s death from cancer, Cheryl thought she had lost everything, her marriage crumbled and so did the little family she knew.
So she made the most impulsive decision of her life, and that was to walk the entire west coast of America alone.
And this book is her journey.
Room by Emma Donoghue available here
Trust me when I tell you that you’ll be blown away. It’s definitely tense and you’ll be screaming at your book as it comes to its climax.
And the film is just as good too.
The five-year-old, Jack has only ever known one room. This one tiny room includes his whole life, his whole world. Can you imagine not knowing what the outside world is?
His mother was kidnapped by a man and brought to this room, where she had been for years. But now, there’s a chance for them to escape and it’s all down to Jack.
Wicked by Gregory Maguire available here
If you love anything to do with the Wizard of Oz, then this will be right up your street. And I absolutely loved it!
See the other side of the story from the Wicked Witch of the West’s perspective. It’s the story of Elphaba, who as it turns out isn’t so wicked after all.
15. Faking Friends
Faking Friends by Jane Fallon available here
Do you know everything about your best friend?
Amy thought she knew everything about her until she finds out the other woman in her man’s life is her bestie, Melissa.
Now Amy has lost everything, her fiancé, her house, her bestie but instead of breaking down, she’s determined for revenge.
16. Small Great Things
Small Great Things by Jodie Picoult available here
I always loved Jodie Picoult’s novels, but this is by far the best and such an accomplishment. Her style of writing will blow you away as she really pulls off writing from a different perspective from her own.
And it’s the best books that make you see things differently, and this book certainly does that.
Following the death a newborn baby after a routine procedure, there’s only one person the white supremacist parents want to blame, and that’s the black nurse that had been tending to their son.
But it’s this death that will change everyone’s lives in ways that could have never been expected.
17. The Note
The Note by Zoë Folbigg available here
Based on a true story, this romantic novel will show you how one note can change everything.
Maya notices a new man on her commute and is completely infatuated with him.
However, this man always has his head in a book and never seems to notice her. That is until she gives him a note asking him out. What’s the worst that can happen?
18. The Break
The Break by Marian Keyes available here
So, Amy’s husband, Hugh has run away to find himself.
And now their relationship has been put on hold.
However, he says he isn’t leaving her, but will he ever come back?
He’s just taking a break from their marriage, kids, and their life.
And now that he’s on a break from their marriage, so is she. Will this break be a break-up?
Which books are you reading right now? And what’s next on the list?
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