Happy 2018! I hope each of you welcomed this New Year surrounded by love, light and inspiration. With this new beginning comes dreams, aspirations and resolutions for these 365 days ahead of us—363 now to be exact. Like many of you I have my own list of “make it happen” intentions to face head on this coming year.
One of them includes making more time to read. Books have and will always have a special place in my heart. I’ve been reading since I was 2, however over the years I have found myself not making as much time to read as I should. This year I aim to read 15+ books and resurface the childhood bookworm that never left.
As the 2018 reading begins I thought it’d be a treat to reflect on my favorite reads from 2017 first. Each of these books were unforgettable and gave me all the feels like no tomorrow. Scroll down to hear more about my thoughts on them. Maybe you’ll add them to your reading list of 2018 too!
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
For anyone that has ever found one of their soul mates in a dog, has lost one or is an animal lover true and through—this dog book is incredibly profound and will grip your heart like no other. Centered on the relationship between Teddy and his beloved 12-year-old dachshund, Lily, as they face a life altering tumor Lily carries known as the “octopus.” Filled with adventure, humor, bittersweet moments and feelings on feelings, this book was one that had me crying, smiling and feeling joyful for the time I had with my own childhood dog. A must-read most definitely!
The Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman
I picked this book up right after watching the film version starring Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender (who got married in real life actually—my heart when ballistic when I found out!) The film was an undeniable tear jerker, however the book was SO much more. It tells the story of Tom Sherbourne a World War I veteran turned lighthouse keeper who finds love with Isabel and lives on an isolated island called Janus Rock. As they start the journey of creating a family together they experience two miscarriages and one stillbirth that ruptures the both of them. Then one day Isabel hears a baby crying and finds one abandoned in a washed up boat with a dead man. She convinces Tom, who notes everything in the lighthouse records, to keep her and a secret unfolds that will test each of them. The emotions were felt beyond belief with this book and I did not want it to end in the slightest. If you don’t read it at least see the movie; you won’t be disappointed.
Serenity Falls Trilogy | Writ in Blood, The Pack and Dark Carnival by James A. Moore
For all of my Stephen King fans out there you’ll want to click open Amazon and add this trilogy to your cart immediately. James A. Moore has created a wicked trifecta settled in the small town of Serenity Falls and the dark secrets that it holds underneath. Filled with multifaceted heroes and villains, dark fantasy and gasping moments it will have your skin crawling and fingers turning the pages until you reach the end hoping for more. I stumbled upon this trilogy when purchasing book 2 from Jake’s dad’s bookshop. Once read I looked all over the internet for more information and found the rest of the books, which are so underrated I believe. Moore has an astounding talent to promote realistic horror with this series without making it too overdone to the point where you need to step back. You won’t want to leave the characters he introduces you too. I still am searching for them in everything I read.
The Passage, The Twelve and The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
Jake actually recommended me The Passage while I was searching for a book that was similar to James Moore’s work. Everything came full circle too when I saw that Stephen King read it and deemed it, “a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction.” (Yes, another trilogy, heh.) It’s your typical post-apocalyptic-survival-vampire fiction storyline, however it dives above any cliche you may be thinking of due to Cronin’s picturesque originality. It begins with six-year-old Amy who is abandoned by her mother and chased by government figures that intend to have her be a part of an experiment. One that doesn’t go as planned leaving the world crumbling from what we ever believed it was. Once picked up you will be enraptured by every part of this story, from the characters to the journey that takes you book by book. It’s for sure one that cannot be missed.
If you read any of these books, have any questions or have book recommendations of your own feel free to share. I’d love to know! xoxo.
Lots of Love, Victoria.