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If you’re a regular reader of TIL, you probably know that I LOVE books. Reading is one of my favorite hobbies and I love sharing the books I’ve read with you guys!
I set a reading goal on Goodreads to read 40 books in 2018 and sadly, I won’t be making that goal haha. But I’ve read 27 books this year and today I thought I’d share my top 10 favorites.
I loved all of these books and I hope you find one (or a few) that you’d like to read as well!
This book is all about Ikigai, a Japanese phenomenon known as “your reason to get up in the morning.” I love the concept of Ikigai and I loved reading this book. I also enjoyed how much it talked about Japanese culture, because I’ve always been interested in it. If you want to read my full review of this book, you can find it right here!
This book is contemporary fiction/chick-lit. I LOVE Desperate Housewives and it sort of has that vibe, minus the murder and mystery. It’s about a woman named Frances who walks in on her neighbor having an affair. The repercussions of the affair are felt throughout their entire suburban community. You get a glimpse into the personal lives of every family in the community and what each of them is struggling with behind closed doors. I really enjoyed this book!
This book is a collection of real-life stories of people overcoming crises with the help of God’s grace. I really loved this book! It’s so inspiring. It shares stories of people facing problems such as chronic illness, drug addiction, and grief over the loss of loved ones. If you’re struggling with a crisis and you’re looking for a little comfort and insight, I definitely recommend this!
This was yet another cozy mystery that I loved! It’s about a reporter named Lucy who’s trying to juggle work, taking care of her kids, and being a wife. She’s also trying to help her friend Sue plan Sue’s daughter’s wedding. But at the wedding shower, a body is found floating in the water and Lucy doesn’t think it’s an accidental drowning. There’s no shortage of suspects in town, and Lucy is determined to find out who the killer is.
5- Believe Me
This was a really good thriller/suspense novel! It’s about a struggling actress named Claire with a very unique job. She works as a decoy for divorce lawyers, trying to entrap husbands and prove they’re unfaithful. But then one of her clients is found murdered in a hotel room and the police hire Claire to go undercover and try to get a confession out of the client’s husband. But soon, Claire gets lost and can’t tell reality from her act. Is the husband really the suspect? Is someone out to get her? Who is the decoy and who is the prey?
This book talks about both the truths and myths of creativity. The author interviewed dozens of creative geniuses for this book. He gathered their insight on how to approach creative work, and he shares what he learned in an effort to help artists and entrepreneurs. From start to finish, this book is full of helpful research and advice. I really enjoyed reading it and I recommend it to anyone looking to unlock their creative potential!
I thought that this book was amazing. It’s easily one of the best books I’ve read this year – maybe ever! It’s full of encouragement, wise words, and helpful advice. Honestly, one part of it made me cry because it hit so close to home with a big problem I’m struggling with right now. I recommend this to any of my fellow Christian women who may be struggling with feeling less than, left out, or lonely! It’ll definitely give you comfort and put things into perspective.
This is such a helpful book for couples of all ages! It’s filled with tons of financial advice on retirement, investing, insurance, purchasing a home, and more. A really great guide to planning for the future so you and your spouse can finish rich. It’s definitely a book that I’ll be rereading from time to time!
This is a cozy mystery about a woman named Sophia, a pastry chef at a fancy NYC restaurant. Her boyfriend cheated on her, so she decided to go back to her hometown for to mend her broken heart. She finds out that her old high school friend is getting married and she decides to bake the cake for the wedding. But then they find a dead body at the wedding venue, so they have to find out who the murderer was before the wedding is ruined. This is probably another one of my favorite cozy mysteries so if you’re interested in them, definitely give this one a try!
10- Ginger Snapped
This is a cozy mystery about a woman (Piper) who owns a spice shop in a town called Brandywine Creek. There’s been a murder and the town’s police chief is the prime suspect. Piper believes he’s innocent though, and she has to prove it to everyone else. This was honestly one of my favorite cozy mysteries I’ve read, and that’s saying something!
What was the best book you read in 2018? Leave a comment and let me know!