It’s not a real Christmas holiday unless you’ve dipped your toe into some thought-provoking page-turners while sun baking at your closest beach (ideally a little less ‘Bondi Beach on Christmas day’ and a little more ‘Australia’s best secret beaches’).
But after what feels like an eternity studying and over a year focusing on nothing but final exams, it’s easy to have missed which book recommendation scored a top spot as summer reads and which great books managed to take pop culture by storm in 2018.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give is undoubtedly one of the best books of the last few years. Though it was published in 2017, it reached new heights after it was turned into a movie this year, and was voted as 2018’s ‘Best of the Best’ by respected literary site, Goodreads.
The book follows 16-year-old Starr Carter (played by Amanda Stenberg in the movie adaption) as she moves between two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. Starr finds her voice after her unarmed childhood best friend is fatally shot by a police officer - but at what cost?
Educated by Tara Westover
At this point you must be sick to death of people talking to you about ‘education’ - but trust us, after reading Educated you’ll never think about a formal education in the same way.
The book, which spent more than a year and a half on the New York Times best seller’s list, was reviewed by Barack Obama. He said the book was a "remarkable memoir of a young woman raised in a survivalist family in Idaho who strives for education while still showing great understanding and love for the world she leaves behind."
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn and Patton Oswalt
It’s being called the best true crime book of the year’, and for a good reason. The author of I'll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara, spent years honing her skills as a detective on a mission to unmask The Golden State Killer—a serial killer who wreaked havoc in California in the 1970s and '80s.
While the book helped lead to an arrest in the case, it was sadly not until the book was published, which was after the author’s death.
Becoming by former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama
Feeling a little lost and maybe just a bit ‘meh’ after a year of studying yourself silly? You won’t be after you’ve read Becoming, one of the most inspiring books of the year.
The book, a combination of a compelling memoir and masterful storytelling, reflects on everything in Michelle’s life that made her into the powerhouse she is today, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as the first African American First Lady of the United States. The story will be most inspiring to women and girls, but everyone can benefit from Michelle’s strength and wisdom.
By: The Skills Road Team