Fact: I’ve never read so much in my whole life. I’ve had plenty of time to read over the last few months, and I’m bloody loving it. Below is a list of some of the best books I’ve read in 2019/2020.

Here’s what I’ve read since we’ve been travelling with a score, based on how much I recommend the book. If you find an (AUS) next to the author, they’re from Australia! I’m thoroughly enjoying watching this list grow, and really appreciate recommendations.

I read mostly on my kindle, unless I find a paperback along the way.

From the below, I guess you can assume I mostly enjoy travel memoirs, but occasionally a little gem sneaks in to open the mind and… perspective.

  1. Head over heel by Chris Harrison (AUS) 7/10
    Great read, now I really need to head to the heel!
  2. My big Greek summer by Sue Roberts 4/10
    Hard to relate to the main character, lacking depth.
  3. Boy swallows universe by Trent Dalton (AUS) 10/10
    Blew my mind. Wonderfully written. Never wanted it to end.
  4. Born to run by Christopher McDougall 7/10
    Good, thought I would be more inspired to run, felt left asking more questions
  5. Vroom with a view by Peter Moore (AUS) 9/10
    Fantastic. Inspiring. I wanted to be there with Peter along the way. I still need to try a Livornese ponce.
  6. Vroom by the sea by Peter Moore (AUS) 8/10
    A great follow up journey, not as sumptuous as the first but still plenty of scenes to drool over.
  7. The reluctant Tuscan by Phil Doran 7/10
    Mildly funny, a great representation about getting around things in Italy.
  8. That month in Tuscany by Inglath Cooper 3/10
    Lacking depth and really doesn’t detail the life of Tuscany whatsoever. Disappointing.
  9. Secret seduction by Jill Sanders 1/10
    Abysmal writing and story line. I thought it was going to be about Italy. It wasn’t. I can’t believe I even mentioned it. It was free.
  10. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman 8/10
    A little hard to relate and get into but once over the hump and understanding the big secret (finally!) I was pleased to have read it.
  11. When in Rome, search for la dolce vita by Penelope Green (AUS) 8/10
    Relatable to anyone who has moved away from home into the highs and lows of the inevitably crushing culture shock, visa problems and making friends abroad!
  12. Girl by sea by Penelope Green (AUS) 8/10
    I never would have travelled to Procida (or knew it existed) if it wasn’t for this book. I’m forever thankful I read this. Procida really is a special place for those who notice the tiny things.
  13. Conversations with friends by Sally Rooney 6/10
    Thought provoking yes, but I didn’t really enjoy the style it was written. It seemed, the story, in my opinion to not go anywhere.
  14. The importance of being earnest by Oscar Wilde 10/10
    I love Wilde, I really do. Hilarious, short and snippets of insight that are still relevant today, 120 years later.
  15. Big sky by Kate Atkinson 8/10
    Well written, easy to read and the storyline was neatly wrapped in a bow by the end.
  16. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff 5/10
    Took forever to get interesting and then…left with so many unanswered questions.
  17. City of girls by Liz Gilbert 10/10
    I absolutely loved this story, and the story telling nature and the setting and … well, all of it.
  18. The lost man by Jane Harper (AUS) 10/10
    Gripping. I was literally hooked on this one – the ending was absolutely thrilling.
  19. Less by Andrew Sean Greer 3/10
    A bore.
  20. An absolutely remarkable thing by Hank Green 7/10
    Well written, I enjoyed the playful narrator but I’m so confused about the ending – I have so many questions!!
  21. Three women by Lisa Taddeo 5/10
    Insight into the lives of three women (obviously). I hadn’t expected quite so many sex scenes. The message was simple.
  22. Downhills don’t come free by Jerry Holl 4/10
    Jerry is a redneck. He’s sometimes funny, sometimes inappropriate and sometimes an uninteresting writer. But! He is inspiring and has changed the fate of our trip. More on that here.
  23. The Rosie project by Graeme Simsion (AUS) 8/10
    A very similar feel as book #10, fast paced, a good chuckle here and there and honestly just a really great writer. Great character depth!
  24. The Rosie effect by Graeme Simsion (AUS) 7/10
    A little bit slower in pace than the first, but just as surprising and heartfelt.
  25. The monk who sold his ferrari by Robin Sharma 6/10
    Edible read, valuable life lessons and practical advice. I found the setting frustration, along with the dialogue.
  26. Becoming by Michelle Obama 9/10
    What a woman! What a book! I love everything about Michelle. Read it!
  27. Bewildered by Laura Waters (AUS) 8/10
    This hiking memoir is the perfect balance of displeasure in the modern 9-5 job (I SO get it!!) compared with the joy of nature.
  28. The dry by Jane Harper (AUS) 9/10
    Inhaled it.
  29. The salt path by Raynor Winn 7/10
    Incredible true story, incredible adventure! Had me pining for another long walk myself.
  30. A hundred small lessons by Ashley Hay (AUS) 7/10
    Poetic, meaningful and truly made me feel like I have a few more lessons to learn myself.
  31. The farm by Joanne Ramos 8/10
    Surreal, scary and downright moreish. I wasn’t too impressed by the ending, but the book had me hooked from the first page.
  32. The hate race by Maxine Beneba Clarke (AUS) 7/10
    An important memoir for all Australians to read. I wanted more from the ending, it seemed to abruptly end.
  33. The natural way of things by Charlotte Wood (AUS) 8/10
    Holy Sh*t! I inhaled this in three days. It was horrible, tense, surreal. I was left asking many questions, mostly just: will they survive?
  34. Stay up with Hugo Best by Erin Somers 6/10
    Extremely well written, Erin is a marvelous writer. I just didn’t love the story, I wasn’t captivated by the events that slowly eventuated.
  35. Girl, woman, other by Bernadine Evaristo 9/10
    Honestly, I found the writing style (similar to a poem) without punctuation tricky to get into. After getting past that, I thoroughly enjoyed the weaving roots of each story intertwined, simply lovely.
  36. When life gives you lululemons by Lauren Weisberger 6/10
    I mean… it was free. A light, easy and fast read. Basically the perfect book to read while you’re lying on a beach somewhere.
  37. The weekend by Charlotte Wood (AUS) 7/10
    Interesting story, characters and situation, however – it just didn’t have the same pull as The natural way of things (#33). The final chapter seemed a little abrupt.
  38. The space between the stars by Anne Corlett 9/10
    Wow. Look, I didn’t see it coming. It felt so real, so possible, so terrifying and yet so peaceful. What a delightful read!
  39. Life after life by Kate Atkinson 3/10
    A very close DNF (did not finish). A really disappointing read that I admittedly began to skip towards the end. If I read Kate Atkinson again (#15 was a great read by her) I’d limit it to Jackson Brodie content only.
  40. Too much lip by Melissa Lucashenko (AUS) 7/10
    An insight into the lives of a (fictional) rural town in New South Wales. Peer into the dynamics of a typical aboriginal mob. Often dark, comic, hopeful and harsh.
  41. Where the crawdads sing by Delia Owens 9/10
    Poignant, sorrowful, potential and sanguine. I enjoyed the layout and the use of language, but nothing could have prepared me for such a spectacular ending.
  42. Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift 2/10
    Mum asked me to read it. She said it was gentle. I thought it was slow. I found it repetitive, boring and to be honest it dragged.
  43. Breath by Tim Winton (AUS) 7/10
    Beautifully written. I’d kill to have my way with words like Winton. A surprising turn in the story with a level of sadness I wasn’t expecting. Keen to watch the movie. (Edit: the movie was just okay.)
  44. A little life by Hanya Yanagihara 10/10
    Disturbing. Haunting. Moving. I cried. A few times. If it weren’t for the exceptionally terrific writing I might have ditched it. I highly recommend it! But – beware!
  45. Maybe the horse will talk by Elliot Perlman (AUS) – currently reading

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