#TopReads2018 | #TopReads |Top 5 Reads of 2018

Ok kids, here it is. We’ve read A LOT this year. As a four person collective, The P.Turners have read over 250 books in 2018! I know that some bloggers will achieve this single handed! However, it’s no competition and we all deserve a pat on the back!

We’ve read some pretty incredible books this year and pushed ourselves into trying different genres, new authors, readalongs, readathons and reading challenges! Choosing a Top 5 is always one of those tasks which take the most thought, but we have managed it! In no particular order, these are our top reads for 2018….

-S.

FROM LUKOV WITH LOVE by Mariana Zapata

HEART SWARM (DI Will Harlan #1) by Allan Watson

THE STORY OF US (Carnage #1) by Lesley Jones

BAIT by Jade West

DEEP BLUE TROUBLE (Lori Anderson #2) by Steph Broadribb

*L*

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

FIVE YEARS FROM NOW by Paige Toon

ALL YOUR PERFECTS by Colleen Hoover

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher

AND SO IT BEGINS by Rachel Abbott

[K]

ALICE (The Chronicles of Alice #1) by Christina Henry

LUCKY SCARS by Kerry Heavens

THE HUMANS by Matt Haig

CLAIMING AMBER (A Broken Heart #2) by Vi Carter

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

-M-

PAINTED FACES by L.H. Cosway

SERPENTINE (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #26) by Laurell K. Hamilton

BAIT by Jade West

LUCKY SCARS by Kerry Heavens

WITH THIS MAN (This Man #4) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

There we have it folks! Our top reads for 2018! We’re looking forward to another year of great reads, more reading challenges and plenty of author signing events to keep us busy!

What are some of your favourite reads of 2018? What books are you most looking forward to in 2019?

#Top5FemaleAuthors – Mary Shelley – #WomensHistoryMonth 13/03/2017

My favourite female authors is a growing list, as with each new addition to my bookshelves more and more authors are strong, talented women.

Narrowing down the list to just 5 is hard but I’ll begin to try.

1 – Mary Shelley

An old favourite of mine is the author of Frankenstein, a woman who came from a time when female authors were few and far between. When literature was a male dominated industry. Shelley was the daughter of a very forward woman, her mother was independent, a philosopher and pioneer for women. It only seems fitting that Shelley became famous in her own right. A friend of the devilish Lord Byron and John Polidori an author who also created a another favourite novel of mine.

Frankenstein was the first novel that I read where I felt the essence of a gothic novel, that highlighted the time of its composure. Shelley cleverly created a story that has had readers riveted for decades, with many adaptations over the years it is the original novel that still hits you.

The story for me highlighted that although the creature is seen as the monster, it is in fact Dr Frankenstein himself who is the monster. He created something, brought the creature to life from the deaths of others. Shelley has stayed with me through the years, the beautifully tragic tale shaping me as both a reader and a writer. The gothic essence is something that I’ve loved from a young age, that I embrace whole heartedly.

Shelley really was unique and so influential to the world of literature. To me.

*M*

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