Happy New Year!
Its officially 2019, and what better way to start the New Year than by celebrating some of the amazing books I read over the last 12 months. Although I did finish December just short of my reading goal, 2018 was still a pretty good reading year for me, and so I wanted to share some of my favourites from it with you today. This post was also originally meant to go up on Tuesday, but unfortunately as has been the case for most of this month, life got in the way, and so I apologise for this being a few days later than expected!
So here are 10 of the best books I read in 2018!
I feel like I have not stopped talking about this book ever since I read it around six months ago, and for good reason! Not only is this book both heartwarming and heart-breaking all at the same time, with Robin Roe’s gorgeous writing style fitting the story so perfectly, but you will also instantly fall in love with both Julian and Adam, and the spectacular relationship between them.
This is definitely my hidden gem of the year, as I have heard literally no one else even mention this spectacular book that found its way into my heart this year. Alvie’s story of independence, struggle and acceptance is one that I absolutely adored almost as much as I fell in love with her, and so if you are looking for an underrated, diverse contemporary, then I highly recommend giving this a read.
This book includes almost everything I love within it, and so its not surprisingly that it instantly became one of my new favourite books the moment I discovered its whimsical beauty last summer. The beautiful writing style, magical atmosphere and complexly unique characters are just a few of the things that I adored about this story that will now hold a place in my heart forever.
This historical fiction following the life of Hollywood star Evelyn Hugo was so far out of my comfort zone, and yet still became one of my favourite books of the year with its beautiful story of love, acceptance and diversity. I fell more and more in love with this story with every page until I was so emotionally connected to these characters and this world that I’m sure this book will stay with me for a very long time to come.
This is by far one of the most important books I read last year, as not only did I thoroughly enjoy the story itself, but the message behind it and the issues it deals with are some so relevant and so necessary to discuss in today’s world. Starr’s defiance and refusal to accept the situation was so inspiring to see and her character as a whole is one whose strength I adored and admired.
Despite not thinking that this book could ever be better than Six of Crows, it somehow did just that through Leigh Bardugo’s gorgeously rich writing and story-telling that I just can not get enough of. There were more twists, higher stakes, more emotion and somehow so much more to fall in love with than I ever thought possible!
Somehow Adam Silvera managed to break my heart even more than I ever expected in this gorgeous story of two people who meet on the day they are going to die! Not only did this book hit me emotionally, but I also adored the unique concept and execution of the story itself that definitely made this book one to remember.
2018 was not the best year for reading classics, but somehow I still managed to discover this haunting Gothic story within it. I loved everything about this monstrous story, from the framed narrative to the gorgeous writing style, and of course this heart-breaking story itself of a monster just trying to find their place in the world.
I am a little late to the game with this one, but nonetheless I am so glad that I decided to listen to this witty and unique historical fiction this year, as I instantly fell in love with our fabulous trio on their adventure round Europe. This book made me laugh out loud so many times whilst also tugging on my heartstrings as Monty and Percy fought with their feelings for one another, so its no surprise that it ended up being one of my favourite books of the year.
Like so many others, I am definitely with the hype for this twisted fantasy story that had me gripped from the very first page. Although it was definitely not perfect, its dark nature, large cast of characters and fast paced drew me in until I just could not get enough of this faerie world.
What were some of your favourite books of 2018? Did any of the my favourites make your list? Have you read any of the books I mentioned – what did you think?