Regular readers here will know that each year I set myself a challenge – to read 52 books in a year. But, lately, I’ve been finding reading 52 books fairly easy and I knew I could stretch myself further. Inevitably each year, as I reach my 52 book goal I slow down and don’t read as much. I guess it’s some kind of weird psychological thing that keeps me from powering through and reading more than I’ve challenged myself to.

So, for 2018 I challenged myself to read 60 books instead of 52. And, I managed to achieve 60 and more!

  1. Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson
  2. Evil Never Dies by T.R. Ragan
  3. Killman Creek by Rachel Caine
  4. He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
  5. Beware The Past by Joy Ellis
  6. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
  7. Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker
  8. Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh
  9. The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine
  10. The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft
  11. His Kidnapper’s Shoes by Maggie James
  12. Come A Little Closer by Rachel Abbott
  13. What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly
  14. At Home In The World by Tsh Oxenrider
  15. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  16. The Woman Next Door by Cass Green
  17. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  18. All The Good Things by Clare Fisher
  19. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  20. The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs
  21. Close to Home by Cara Hunter
  22. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
  23. The Good Samaritan by John Marrs
  24. Checking Out by Nick Spalding
  25. The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans
  26. Deadly Lies by Chris Collett
  27. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
  28. Innocent Lies by Chris Collett
  29. Vanished by Kendra Elliott
  30. The Silent Twin by Caroline Mitchell
  31. Alex Cross Run by James Patterson
  32. While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green
  33. Perfect People by Peter James
  34. Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark
  35. The Marble Collector by Cecilia Ahern
  36. Immoral by Brian Freeman
  37. Looking Down by Frances Fyfield
  38. Building A Story Brand by Donald Miller
  39. The Murder Exchange by Simon Kernick
  40. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  41. The Retreat by Mark Edwards
  42. Friend Request by Laura Marshall
  43. Beneath The Surface by Sibel Hodge
  44. The Friend by Teresa Driscoll
  45. The Surrogate by Louise Jensen
  46. The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards
  47. The Girl Before by JP Delaney
  48. The Woman In The Window by A J Finn
  49. The Other Sister by Elle Croft
  50. The Waiting Room by Emily Bleeker
  51. Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
  52. The Girls In The Water by Victoria Jenkins
  53. Now You See Her by Heidi Perks
  54. In A House Of Lies by Ian Rankin
  55. The Highly Profitable Accountant by Rudi Jansen
  56. How To Run A Successful Accountancy Practice In 3 Hours Per Week by Rudi Jansen
  57. How To Be A Grown Up by Daisy Buchanan
  58. Find Me by JS Monro
  59. In Her Shadow by Mark Edwards
  60. Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell
  61. Murder of The Bride by Faith Martin
  62. Run and Hide by Alan McDermott
  63. Forget My Name by J.S. Monroe
  64. Untouchable by Sibel Hodge

The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine 

I absolutely loved The Last Mrs Parrish and raced through it within about 24 hours. It’s a story of a couple with a seemingly perfect life, then an outsider comes to try and break the marriage apart and step into the shoes of the wife.

It’s totally addictive and there are some fantastic twists and turns, one of which actually made me gasp out loud! A perfect read for going on holiday, or just for sitting on the sofa on a rainy day.

The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft 

The Guilty Wife was such a fantastic psychological thriller and yet another book I raced through in a day or so.

A wife is having an affair with a famous client, then her lover is murdered and the only way she can keep her secret is by finding out who really killed him.

It’s dark, twisty, intriguing and powerful. A must-read if you love psychological thrillers like I do.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

This was a book that I was recommended by SO many people and I saved it to read on a travel day. I devoured the entire thing on a plane to Bulgaria then a long car journey up to the mountains of the country to a ski resort. What a book it was to keep me entertained!

I really connected with Eleanor as a character and found myself getting totally invested in her story. She’s an anxious and cold character who lives her life to a set schedule and doesn’t really know how to connect with others. The story follows her as she goes through some major changes in her life and the ways she deals with those changes.

And, I’ve just found out this is set to be made into a movie directed by Reese Witherspoon so I can’t wait for that.

Perfect People by Peter James 

I’ll be the first to admit that this isn’t my usual type of book, but I absolutely loved James’ look at the idea of designer babies and creating the so-called perfect child.

It deals with some pretty big moral issues in a beautifully written and thought-provoking way. It’s the perfect read if you want something that will actually make you think about real-world issues.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

It’s not hard to see why this book has been a bestseller around the world. I absolutely couldn’t put it down and became glued to the world of Lale and the other prisoners of Auschwitz.

It’s heart-breaking but somehow still uplifting, moving and sincere. It looks at the humans in Auschwitz, rather than just the numbers as the history tales tend to do.

I couldn’t recommend this more. Read it now.

The Surrogate by Louise Jensen 

This tells the tale of a woman who longs to be a mother and is looking for a surrogate to carry a baby for her and her husband. She unexpectedly bumps into her childhood best friend who offers to be her surrogate and all seems to be perfect. But, is she hiding something and will it all go wrong?

It’s a classic, psychological thriller with some interesting twists and turns. A really good page-turner and a great holiday read.

Friend Request by Laura Marshall 

I know, I know, another psychological thriller on my list. I can’t help it – they’re just so addictive!

Friend Request follows a woman who receives a friend request on Facebook from a person she went to school with. The only problem is, that person is dead.

This leads to her life unravelling and many questions being asked about what happened to Maria on the night she supposedly died.

I really couldn’t put this one down. It’s the type of book that’ll have you still up reading at 2am because you don’t want to put it down.

Now You See Her by Heidi Perks

Harriet has never left her daughter with anyone before, so when she leaves her with her best friend Charlotte for the first time and the little girl goes missing, it’s devastating. Where did the little girl go and will they find her again?

This one is heartbreaking, intriguing, thrilling and hard to put down. I read it all so quickly so I could find out what would happen to the girl and whether she’d be found.

Prepare yourself for some twists if you decide to read this!

And, now I’ve already kicked off my 2019 reading challenge. If you have any book recommendations for me to read this year, please let me know in the comments below.