2018 is officially coming to a close and 2019 is about to begin. What a year it has been.
I don’t know about you guys but it’s been a pretty life-changing year for me. I got engaged in spring, found out I was pregnant in summer, lost my grandad in the fall and my lovely old pussycat got put to sleep in winter. It’s been an emotional year with both happy and sad circumstances falling on my family and I but here we are at the end of another year.
I thought I would do a bit of a wrap up of my Top 10 Books for 2018. It’s not something I’ve done before but I thought it would be nice to revisit all the great books I’ve read in the past year. This isn’t limited only to books that have come out in 2018.
Without further preamble, here are my top 10 reads for 2018 (in no particular order);
- A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas – There was much hype for this coming out. I loved the rest of the series so the idea that there was going to be another three novellas was just amazing. There was a lot of mixed reviews about this book, however. For a lot of people it wasn’t what they wanted or expected but for me it was perfect. It gave a look into all of the characters that we know and love from the first three books and how they dealt with (or tried to) deal with the aftermath of the War. Fluffy and feels throughout.
- The Blood of Eden series (sorry, I loved the entire series) by Julie Kagawa – I stumbled across this series by accident. It came up on one of the groups I’m a part of on Facebook and I had never heard of it until then. I knew of the author and her Iron Fae series but had never taken the chance with her work. I reached out to the group for opinions on the series and was overwhelmed with how many people loved it and told me to give it a chance. With vampires and viruses in a post-apocalyptic world, this series was everything I never knew I needed. I tore through the whole series in a weekend. I loved it so much and I would recommend over and over.
- To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – I wrote about this book earlier in the year. I got it as a book to enjoy while I was away in Berlin and I loved it so much. I’ve never taken much time for this type of fantasy but this book certainly changed my mind. The main characters aren’t particularly good people and that just made it even better. It helps a lot that the book is actually very pretty. See my thoughts on To Kill a Kingdom here.
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli – This book was recently made into the movie Love, Simon which I haven’t seen but if it follows the book well then I’m certain that I would enjoy it. Not my usual go-to type of book but I listened to it as an audiobook and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. This book was followed by Leah on the Offbeat which I then listened to on audiobook which was followed by a third book. Each book can be stand-alone or not but they all tie in together as they each follow characters that are mentioned in each of the books.
- Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas – The much-anticipated finale to the Throne of Glass series. I cried and cried and then cried some more. This series has been going since I was about 14/15 and has followed me through some of the most trying times in my life. The whole series will always have a place in my heart but the final book in the series really pulled the whole series together and just tied it off so beautifully. For those who loved ACOTAR and haven’t read TOG, I highly suggest that you give the series a chance. Take the time with it and enjoy the emotional rollercoaster. I’ve never grown so much with a series as I did with Throne of Glass.
- Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder – This one was a reread for me this year and I only reread the first book, not the entire series. The first book of the series was by far my favourite out of all of them. Valek was one of my favourite characters and I reread the book for more Valek in my life.
- The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – I read this one before I heard about The Cruel Prince and had no idea who Holly Black was. I enjoyed it because it wasn’t part of a huge series and reminded me of the books I read from the library when I was at school. I love anything with Fae and changlings and lore of the forest. It was a rather easy going book but darker than I expected it to be. Will definitely be a reread for 2019.
- Shadow and Bone (the whole Grisha Trilogy really) by Leigh Bardugo – 2018 was the year I finally caught up with the rest of the world and entered the Grishaverse. I honestly thought I wouldn’t enjoy this series but I was so wrong. I loved the series. It was new and fresh for me and, having no knowledge of the series, I went through every event of the book in suspense. I won’t lie, I was really rooting for the villain in the series but it didn’t ruin my whole view of the series. I still really don’t like Mal though. I wrote about Shadow and Bone earlier in the year, see that here.
- The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen – Another reread for me and I’m not entirely sure why I put myself through this again. This book is actually pretty messed up and it’s made worse that it is from the point of view of a young boy. Don’t let yourself be deceived by the name, it’s not a lighthearted story and there are trigger warnings to be aware of before reading this one.
- Forever by Judy Blume – This book needs an essay to fully appreciate. Honestly, Judy Blume has a book for everything. What an amazing woman. All I’ll say about this book is every woman should read this book at least once in her life. It hit me on a personal level. (Check out Amanda Palmer singing about Judy Blume here. I cried a little at the power of the song).
What were your top reads of 2018? What are you going into 2019 reading?
Happy new year, guys!