Top Ten Tuesday Twenty Nine – Top Ten Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/ meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is one I am super excited about, as who doesn’t love talking about some of the books they have loved?  This year has been such a good reading year for me so far, as not only have I read loads of amazing books, many of which have become new favourites of mine, but I also been reading a lot more than normal, especially recently.  Therefore, it definitely wasn’t an easy task trying to pick just ten of the best books I’ve read in 2018 so far, as there are so many that could have made this list.

So, here are the ten best books I’ve read in 2018 so far!

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This is one of my new favourite books, and so because of that I can not stop recommending and talking about it whenever I can!  This gorgeous novel really demonstrates the power of friendship through Julian and Adam’s beautiful relationship, as they both face their own brutal struggles.

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I should have known going into this one that it would leave me heartbroken and emotionally ruined, and yet I still didn’t expect for this book to have quite the impact it did on me.  I adored how Adam Silvera managed to deliver such a powerful message to just live, because unlike Mateo and Rufus, who I adored as main characters, we don’t know when we are going to die through this beautifully written and heart-wrenching story of these two strangers last day together.

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I did not think I could enjoy this one anymore than Six of Crows, and yet somehow this book still managed to exceed all of my expectations and make me fall even more in love with this duology than I already was.   I adore this band of misfits and criminals and the relationships between them more than I ever thought possible, this world now one of my absolutely favourites that I can not wait to return to through Leigh Bardugo’s gorgeous writing in King of Scars.

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This story of two women living thousands of years apart hooked me from the very start, this book’s gripping prologue  instantly engaging me in this world and making me desperate to read on and see where this story would go next.  I fell in love with this world and these spectacular characters, and I cannot wait to see what more twists and turns are in store in the sequel.

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I finally read my first graphic novel back in May, and I can not tell you how glad I am that I finally delved into this format!  I adore this story of villainy, science and friendship that drew me in with its humour and awesome characters from the very first page, and it has definitely persuaded me to pick up many more graphic novels in the future.

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I am so glad I stumbled upon this hidden gem when looking at some of books being released this year for my most anticipated 2018 releases post, as this heartwarming story about Alvie quickly became one of my new favourite books when I read it a few months ago.  I adored Alvie’s character and her realistic, sometimes awkward relationship with Stanley, and I am just desperate for more people to discover this beautiful, underrated book.

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This book was definitely one of my most surprising reads of the year so far, as it was so far out of my comfort zone that I was sure I would struggle with it or that it would not simply not be my sort of story.  However, all those doubts were quickly silenced as I found myself in love with Moshin Hamid’s gorgeously flowing writing style and beautiful story about Saeed and Nadia trying to escape their war-town country.

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I haven’t read many classics so far this year, so I am very happy that I decided to pick up this spooky read in April, as I was instantly thrown into Mary Shelley’s world of mystery and monsters.  I adored everything about this story, from its unique format to the heartbreaking character of Frankenstein’s monster, and so I am now even more excited to pick up some more classics in the second half of 2018.

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This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and it did not disappoint!  This final book in the Illuminae Files Trilogy was again filled with everything I loved from the first two installments, with witty characters and action around every corner, and so whilst I am so happy I have finally read this book, I am also still recovering from the fact that this spectacular series is now over.

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After stating that this was the one book I definitely wanted to get to in 2018 in my wrap up at the end of last year, I finally made good on that goal and picked up this spectacular book last month, and I can not tell you how happy I am that I did.  This book is a must read for everyone, with its discussion of police brutality and racism so important and Starr Carter one of the most inspirational yet realistic characters I have ever read about.

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What are some of your favourite books that you have read so far in 2018?  What’s one book that really surprised you with how much you enjoyed it?  Have you read any of these – what did you think?

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