What I read in 2018 - 25 books/52 weeks

Updated: Mar 15

I've always loved to read books, but tend to read a lot on line these days too. 

When I heard about 52 books in 52 weeks challenge on Instagram I thought, yes lets have a go! But somehow along the way I fell short by 27, however I cant complain too much because my business did ok in 2018 and I am guessing thats where my focus went.

Anyway I plan to do better in 2019, but for my own sake wanted to catalogue what I had read so here goes, this may be interesting or not. 

I've popped them into groups by theme which is kind of interesting for me too. The ones that I have something extra to say about I've added a caption, that doesnt mean the rest arent good reads to. I'd love to hear what you read in 2018 so drop me a line or comment back on social media. 


The Mumsnet Rules - by Natasha Joffe & Justine Roberts

Calmer Easier Happier Screen Time - Noel Janis Norton ( Is there a parent out there who doesnt have concerns/questions about the use of screens?) 

The Unmumsy Mum - Sarah Turner ( Very amusing)

Self Help

We Need to Talk about Grief - Annie Broadbent ( We very sadly lost of family member in 2018 to cancer, I had already met the author of this book through use of my venue the year before but at a time when I was very receptive to reading a book like this, I met Annie again, for hire of the venue, but we ended up having a very meaningful conversation and she recommended her book, which is born from her own experience of losing her mother, and the stories of others like her. I found this book very painful to read but also very comforting) 

Business Interest

Mumboss - The Honest Mum's Guide to Surviving and Thriving at Work and at Home Vicki Psarias  (Some great suggestions for producing content, & life hacks)

The Multi Hyphen Method - Emma Gannon ( Emma Gannon has been one of my favourite discoveries of 2018. I absolute love her podcast Control Alt Delete, for the host of interesting people she has introduced me to, this is her second book, and for anyone who is self employed or freelance and wants a new view on why working this way makes more sense than you might initially think, give it a read. 

How to Market your business - Dave Path ( I picked this up at the library, its so old you cant find it online, so a lot of it wasnt that helpful, but I had the very odd experience of seeing the drawings of the father of a friend I went to college with, leaping out off the page, I recognised his name which isnt common, he was an illustrator, so I had to drop my friend a line to tell her of course) 

The Little Black Book - Otegha Uwagba

Creative Superpowers - Equip Yourself for the Age of Creativity. Daniele Fiandaca. Laura Jordan Bambach. Mark Earls. Scott Morrison.

(Another one I heard of from Emma Gannons podcast, this book has a collective of authors, who then invite in lots of other amazing creatives who give their own experiences too by category. The book is really offered as a toolkit for modern creatives looking to unlock solutions by looking at what already exists and what can be learnt from others. 

Leave Your Mark Land your dream job, kill it in your career, rock social media- Aliza Licht 

How Women Rise - Marshall Goldsmith and Sally Helgesen 

The Golden Rules- 10 steps to world class excellence in your life and work - Bob Bowman

The Start Up of You -Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career Reid Hoffman and Ben Cassonacha

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** A Counter intuitive guide to living a good life- Mark Manson ( 2019 is going to be a huge year for Mark Manson, he has two books coming out, and one of them is for Will Smith. If you are the sort to enjoy long essays, and short thought pieces do subscribe to his website)

I know how she does it - How Successful women make the most of their time. Laura Vanderkam 

 Step Up Club - Confidence, success and your stellar career in 10 minutes a day. Phanella Mayall Fine & Alice Olins

Successful Networking How to Build New Networks for Career and Company Progression. Frances Kay 

Be More Pirate - Or How to take on the world and win. Sam Coniff Allende ( this book was recommended to me by Alastair the owner of Rye Books  so of course I had to buy it. Its an excellent read, with lots of history and education about the classical Pirates, and how they had lots of very modern ideas themselves, and how they are a huge inspiration for how to life! 

Novels & Short Stories

The Hobbit - J.R.R Tolkein  (reading at bedtime with my 10 year old, the copy we read from is mine, with the class at my primary school I was at at the time of reading, and my maiden name. Extremely old and falling apart (and the book is too)

The Grown Up - Gillian Flynn ( A fantastic spooky short story from the author of Gone Girl)

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn ( If you havent already seen the film, this book is excellent, a real thriller, some of the best story telling I've read & full of twists)

Mustnt Grumble - Terry Wogan  ( I found this book on a wall in Nunhead along with a copy of Bergerac's Jersey ) love a street find. I enjoyed reading this book, the way it rambles along,and having been aware of Wogan, who could miss him, but never really engaging with his content over the years, this was a good book to hear his voice in again, and think about how his gentle style is no longer popular, but surely thats not a good thing. 

We should all be feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ( Takes about 15 mins to read, is amazing, I had to watch the TED Talk straight afterwards, and really look forward to reading all of her novels in 2019 now)

Why Im No Longer Talking to White people about Race- Reni Eddo-Lodge ( I learnt a lot from the author, & would agree with anyone who says it should go on the curriculum at school. This book and the Stephen Lawrence documentary this year should both be watched/read by everyone. I passed my copy on immediately as it should be read and not sit on a shelf.

How to Stop Time - Matt Haig - A total accidental find at the library, but I follow Matt on twitter so recognised the name. I found this a book you can just pick up and read for hours, it is sad, it is interesting, it reminded me of The Highlander story, a bit of Interview with a Vampire, without the vampire bit, and of course of the big romantic novels too. Glad to have found a new voice to read more of. Oh and apparently its going to be a film with Benedict Cumberbatch, which is funny for me because I spent the book imagining the main character to be Christoper Eccelstone, not sure why, Doctor Who to blame?

And that's my 25 books of 2018.  I hope you've found something new here, let me know what you thought!


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