Just Another Book Club- 2018 (part I)


Hooray, a new list of books for you to read! I set this online book club up last year as a way to reconnect people with a love of books and reading. I am as guilty as the next person of picking my phone up far more often than a book. So after enjoying running this online book club during the latter part of 2017, I’ve decided to continue it on into 2018 and I’d absolutely love for you to join me again. So for those of you that are new to my book club or need a reminder of how it works. Here’s a few pointers:

  1. I will provide a list of 6 books, one for each month for the first half of 2018.
  2. I’ll always provide at least one non-fiction book within a list.
  3. At the beginning of the following month, I’ll publish a quick post with my thoughts on the book.
  4. Your lovely selves can then provide your thoughts/opinions within the comments section (or within my Facebook blog page) and a discussion can evolve from there.
  5. Obviously, there’s no obligation. You can read all six, only three or just the one. Whatever suits you best or how much you want to join in.
  6. You can join in the discussion whenever you want, but the closer to the time I published my book review post the better, as you’re more likely to get a response from other readers. I’ll always respond though, so you really are welcome to leave your comment whenever you have finished a book. There are no time constraints.
  7. If this is continues to be a success, I’ll list 6 more books in June for the latter part of 2018.
  8. Drinking wine/gin/tea/coffee isn’t obligatory whilst joining in with the discussion about these books, but it might help.
  9. Any questions, let me know.

Okay, so now for the 6 books for the first half of this year.

  • January: Sweet Pea by C.J. Skuse


  • February: Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan


  • March: Slade House by David Mitchell


  • April: Animal by Sara Pascoe (our non-fiction book selection)


  • May: This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel


  • June: Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo


The chosen list of books is final. If you don’t fancy reading a particular book one month, just give it a miss that month. Hopefully, I’ll continue this again for the second half of the year too.

Lastly, I just want to thank the lovely Angela at You Are Awesome blog for providing me with the inspiration to set this up and also for her solid, continued support. Check out her blog post here about book clubs and her blog in general. She’s literally- the best.

So, join me! Together we can put our phones down and pick up a book. Do me a favour first though and please spread the word. It will be fantastic to get people from across the globe coming together to discuss a mutual love- books.

For a list of the books we discussed in 2017, click here.


My dream home library (dog included).


  1. Em Linthorpe · December 11

    Yaaa I’ll give this a go – I’ll pick up a few of these after Xmas. January’s looks a bit scary 😲
    I NEED to get Morrissey’s “Autobiography” finished – I’m on attempt 3 and I’m in his teenage years currently, the furthest I’ve got before. It’s hard work yet I will not give up on it this time 😂

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    • thebeasley · December 11

      Oh I’ve heard mixed reviews about that Morrissey book. Hasn’t he written it like one long sentence of something? Well done for attempting. Haha I’m quite looking forward to January’s book, but that might be because I’m a bit twisted. Look forward to you joining in (whenever you can- no pressure) xx


      • Em Linthorpe · December 11

        Well, I’ll add at least a few of them to my wishlist now, read a bit more about them and order some after the festivities are over 🙂

        Morrissey uses full stops occasionally but he knows nothing of paragraphs. I’ll send you a screenshot of an example page tonight. It’s really good in some ways, he paints a desperate and vivid picture of late 60s Manchester and some phrases he pulls together are fantastic. But it’s sentence after sentence of description with no breaks, the odd anecdote, and it’s pretty much all negative, apart of when he’s describing the love and emotions he feels from pop music and vinyl. So it’s heavy going! A challenging read but I’d recommend having it in your collection 🙂

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      • thebeasley · December 11

        Blimey that really does sound a bit intense. I actually quite like Morrissey (apart from his questionable politics), but with so many other books I want to read, I’m not sure I’ll have the patience. Maybe on my next long beach holiday (which will probably be in a decade’s time) x

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  2. angelanoelauthor · December 11

    I’m so excited about next year’s books! You have done an exceptional job with this book club in my opinion. Your commentary adds so much to my experience of reading the book. The comments of others are enlightening and I’ve so enjoyed engaging with books and people. Such a delight.
    And thank you for the very very nice note about me and my blog. It made tears come to my peepers. 🙂

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    • thebeasley · December 11

      Aah bless ya. I’ve really appreciated your support though and also love your enthusiasm for the book club too. I’m excited for next year’s books too. I’m starting the year with bit of a dark one!


  3. fattymccupcakes · December 11

    So excited for this! Gonna look for some of these so I can participate!


  4. Thank you! I read This Is How it Always Is for Netgalley earlier this year – and loved it!! Look forward to some fab reads in 2018 x

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    • thebeasley · December 17

      Excellent! I can’t wait to read that one. Cheers x


  5. Gabe Burkhardt · December 17

    I’m in. I loved Slade House, and really enjoyed your thoughts on 2017 books. I’m adding “Hold back the Stars” to my TBR list now.

    Liked by 1 person

    • thebeasley · December 17

      YES! Can’t wait to hear what you think about some of the books.


  6. Gabe Burkhardt · December 17

    Just got it on Kindle…Interesting that the US version has a different cover.

    Liked by 1 person

    • thebeasley · December 17

      Excellent. Yes it’s strange how the covers differ between countries.


  7. Lisa Orchard · December 17

    These look like awesome reads! I’m going to be compiling my TBR pile for 2018 soon. I’m going to have to add a few of yours to my list! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. choclette · December 17

    Love this idea. I need to get back into reading. Before I started blogging I used to read loads. Now I never seem to have any time.

    Liked by 1 person

    • thebeasley · December 17

      I know exactly what you mean. Hope to see you next year.


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