The 10 Best Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

the best books i've read this year

Some of you might remember that back in 2016 I used to write a little monthly round up about the books I’d been reading and loving. Unfortunately this year I haven’t really been reading enough to warrant a post a month, but a few of you lovely readers have been in touch to say that you’d missed them.

So today, I thought I’d give you a little round up of the 10 best books I’ve read this year. While I haven’t read quite as many as I had this time last year, I have read some corkers, so it felt only right to share them with you…

best books i've read this year1) The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

This is top of the list because it’s by far the best book I’ve read this year. I finished it around a month ago and I still can’t stop thinking about it! This book, which is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, explores some incredibly important topics while also delivering heartwarming characters and a pacey plot. I think this is a book that everyone can enjoy, plus it’s currently only £2.o0 on Amazon – bargain!

2) A Manual For Heartache – Cathy Rentzenbrink

I read Cathy’s first book, The Last Act Of Love, during a very difficult time last year and it offered me a lot of comfort, so when I saw that she had a new book out I snapped it up immediately. A Manual For Heartache is an incredibly moving and inspiring book that also offers lots of practical advice on how to soothe an aching heart – definitely one to pick up if you’re going through a hard time.

3) How To Be A Grown Up – Daisy Buchanan

I have long been a fan of journalist Daisy Buchanan’s work – so much so, I was a massive eager beaver and pre-ordered this book as soon as it was announced! When it arrived I wasn’t disappointed – packed with personal essays and funny anecdotes, How To Be A Grown Up is full of Daisy’s usual warmth, humour and honesty. If you’ve ever felt alone as you struggle through your twenties, then this is the book for you.

4) The Rules Do Not Apply – Ariel Levy

I bought this book after hearing Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton discuss it on their podcast and I can honestly say that it is one of the most moving memoirs I have read in a long time. This book was raw and honest and intense in a way I don’t think I’ve ever read before and because of that I could barely put it down.

5) Dear Amy – Helen Callaghan

We all need a good gripping book every now and then and this one really hits the mark. The plot is set around a missing school girl and her teacher and it was one of those stories that just keeps you reading obsessively from the first chapter. Definitely one to pack in your suitcase if you’re lucky enough to be flying off to some sunshine this autumn!

6) Life After Life – Kate Atkinson

This novel is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It follows the story of Ursula Todd as she relives her life over and over again, and explores some of the most important moments of twentieth century history. The style of writing takes a couple of chapters to get used to but once you’re in, you’re hooked. The characters are rich and warm and the different endings that are explored all help to build suspense. I’m already looking forward to reading her second novel, A God In Ruins.

7) Lie With Me – Sabine Durrant

My sister loaned this book to me for my holiday the other week and I absolutely raced through it. It’s a novel with plenty of twists and turns and even though I didn’t really love any of the characters, it’s definitely one of the most gripping crime thrillers I’ve read for a little while. Perfect if you’re looking for an easy, fast read.

8) The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena 

I picked this book up after seeing it on Hannah’s blog and it was another book that I just raced right through! The story is about a baby that goes missing while the parents are at a dinner party next door and I was pulled straight in after the first few pages. The writing isn’t the best I’ve ever read, but if you want something that will keep you on the edge of your seat then this is it.

9) Ice Cream For Breakfast – Laura Jane Williams

Laura’s blog, Superlatively Rude, was one of the first blogs I ever read. Her writing is just absolutely beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed her first book, Becoming, so I picked this up as soon as it was published. It was a very different to her memoir but brilliant all the same, filled with lessons she learned while nannying 3 young children. It’s jam packed full of practical advice and the sort of philosophical musings that Laura is known for.

10) Holding Up The Universe – Jennifer Niven

Last but by no means least is another great fiction book I read at the start of the year. Holding Up The Universe is one of the most heartwarming novels I’ve ever read and I honestly think everybody should read it. It’s centred around the story of Libby Strout, a girl who was once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen” and her relationship with Jack, an unlikely friend, as they work through their problems together. Warning: it will give you ALL the feels.

What have you been reading recently? Do you have any recommendations for me?

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  • I’ve got so many books on my kindle that I want to read as well as some in my bookcase and I really need to get reading them! x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

    • I think autumn is the perfect time to cosy up with a good book! X

  • oooh i’ve read almost all of these books, we clearly have very similar taste! meaning i am now going to order the other 2 i haven’t read yet…

    absolutely loved how to be a grown up! daisy writes so beautifully.

    katie. xx

    • Ah amazing – I’d love to know what else you’ve been reading? x

  • Added The Hate U Give to my basket on Amazon as soon as you said it was £2…then just went down the list adding more. You enabler! Probably going to have to remove a few of them because I’m not feeling too flush at the moment but I’ve been wanting some recommendations, thank you 🙂 Yay for women writers! xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • Whoooooopsie! Enjoy lady – let me know what you think! X

  • Quite a few of these are on my to read list! Looking forward to borrowing the couple next door from Adams cousin when she’s finished it! Alice xxx

  • Laura Emilia

    I haven’t read any of these yet so yay for so many amazing recommendations! I especially want to read Ice Cream for Breakfast & How to Be a Grown Up – I could do with some inspiration!

    I just finished reading Swing Time by Zadie Smith yesterday and absolutely loved it – would definitely recommend! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Ooooooh I have that in my to read pile, I might have to pick that up next! X

  • Oooo yay thank you for this Sophie! I have had my eye on Ice Cream for Breakfast for so long! I have just finished Wonder, such a lovely read! Immy x

  • These all sound like such amazing reads, definitely some I want to check out! Heard so many great things about Ice Cream for Breakfast so I think I’ll pick it up next xxx

    • It’s such a great book to dip in and out of x

  • Lovely post sophie – I always love more book recommendations!
    I enjoyed Ice Cream for Breakfast – though I dipped in and out, but I quite like to do that alongside other books.
    I read Life after Life a few years ago for my book club reads, but whilst I enjoyed it, it definitely didn’t stick with me.
    I’m going to note down your #1 here for myself on the reading list!

    Holly xxx

    • Oh my god, definitely pick it up, it’s ACE! x

  • I was hoping to see THUG when I clicked on this post – isn’t it incredible?! I’m totally swamped with final-year uni reading, and although I’m loving my reading lists at the moment I’m looking forward to this time next year when I can read whatever I like for the first time in years!
    Lx | Lightly We Go

    • It’s AMAZING, honestly one of the best books I’ve read in ages x

  • I love reading book recommendation posts!! Thank you for sharing!
    a life of a charlotte

  • It was SO GOOD right?! And I didn’t even realise how female this list was but I love it! x