#NerveBigReview2018: Top 5 books of the year

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By Danielle Werner

If you want to find a good book to take on your Christmas holidays or even for next year’s summer getaway, you’ve come to the right place. 2018 has been another great year in the world of books, so Nerve’s Danielle Werner has sat down and picked some of the best.

1. Milkman, Anna Burns

“The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the Milkman died”. Winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize, Milkman, is a story set in 1970s, Northern Ireland, that tackles the conflict of the time from the perspective of a teenage girl. A unique, new read from Anna Burns.

2. Normal People, Sally Rooney

Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year award, 2018, Normal People is a love story about how one person can change another’s life, and shows us how difficult it can be to talk about how we feel. A modern take on the classic ‘will-they-won’t-they’.

3. the witch doesn’t burn in this one, Amanda Lovelace

The second book in Lovelace’s “Women are Some Kind of Magic” series. A collection of poems about womanhood that fans of Rupi Kaur will enjoy. If you haven’t already, check out her first book the princess doesn’t burn in this one.

4. The Boy Who Belonged to the Sea, Denis Theriault

From the award-winning author of The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman comes this story about two boys brought together by grief, who create their own magical, underwater world. But friendship and loyalty are tested when tragedy threatens as the lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur. A heart wrenching story about the pain of losing someone you love.

5. Brief Answers to the Big Question, Stephen Hawking

Bringing together Stephen Hawking’s thoughts on science’s timeless questions, this book is for the scientific by nature and anyone with a curious mind. A fitting tribute to the iconic, late physicist. A portion of the royalties from this book go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Stephen Hawking Foundation.

So if you’re at a loss of what to read, or what to buy someone who has read everything we hope this helps you out. Or, you could make a resolution to get more reading and tear through this list…