Tuesday, 1 January 2019

My Favourite Books of 2018

Well hello there, it's been a while. I seem to be saying that a lot this year but life keeps happening and it happened a lot in the past little while so I've not been around much.

Anyway...I figured I'd stick with the routine of posting my favourite books of the year, even though this has been one of the most spectacularly bad reading years I've ever had. Still, there have been a few books definitely worth the mention, so...onto the list!

In no particular order:

Okay, that was a lie...the order of this one was intentional because it truly was my favourite. I loved this book so much. I'm not going to say anything more about it because it's better going into it knowing less (though I will mention it includes abuse, in case anyone needs that heads up).

This was one of the only classics I read this year, but it was a good one. I've always loved the story but had never read the novel. I don't like the representation of deformities/disfigurements, but the story is a product of its time. Overall, the book was fun and fast paced and it didn't drag the way I find some classics do.

This book wrecked me a bit. It haunted me for a good while after finishing it. It's not an easy read at all, but it was worth it (though again, for those that need the heads up: the book deals with sexual abuse).

An odd one for the list. Late last year my best friend had a baby, round about the same time this year my sister had another baby... I've been reading a lot of kids books, is what I'm getting at, and this one was a favourite. I enjoyed the illustrations and I like that there's kind of a punchline to the story that the adults get but it kind of goes over the kids head and they'll only understand it later. The little one I read it to seemed to enjoy it as well. 

I love Tijan's books. I always love her books. This one was so different to most of her other books, it was a more subtle favourite. 

I read this one way back at the start of the year and have been pining pathetically for the sequel ever since (only a few more weeks to wait!). I'd never read any Holly Black books before this one and I felt like an idiot for waiting so long, because I loved this one so much.

This one is a prequel to Code Name Verity and it's so underrated. It's basically a queer 1930's murder mystery set in the Scottish Highlands and the characters are a delight.

Novels in verse aren't normally my sort of thing, but this one just worked. It totally hooked me and I couldn't put it down once I got started.

The first book was one of my favourites from last year. It took me a lot longer to warm up to this one, but once I did, I loved it. It had a different sort of spark than the first book did, but no less wonderful.

And that's all. Hope you all enjoyed the holidays.


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