Roundup / Recap

My Top Ten Reads of 2018

I know we still have a little bit left to go of 2018 but my current read will almost certainly take me to the end of the year and unless something spectacular is pulled out in the last third (and maybe not even then), this last book is definitely not going to be making the cut so I feel I can pretty safely say at this point in time, in pretty much no particular order  that the following books are the top ones for me, that I’ve read this year. This was a super hard list to make because I’ve read some absolutely brilliant books this year but I thought long and hard about not only the ones that I liked or thought were good but the ones that left an impression on me and/or stayed with me.

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman
Obviously, I mean the whole trilogy here, I refuse to split them because I can’t choose and favorite. This series utterly captivated me and reminded me of just how much I can truly fall in love with sci-fi, even when it’s full or tropes or storylines that would usually be considered overdone in the genre. The Illuminae Files books just breath back life and emotion into these and give them a brilliant and unique flair and quality that I am yet to find anywhere else. Most of the others have no particular order but these have unquestionably become my all time favorite books in general, not even just this year although it took me this long to read them, thank you, Jessica, for making sure I finally did!
Illuminae Review
Gemina Review
Obsidio Review

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The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
I’ve read quite a few contemporary books this year that I wouldn’t have normally even looked at but this is one of the ones I’m glad I was persuaded to read because it really spoke to me on a personal level and highlighted a lot of problems with society and how we treat young girls and their bodies. It also felt like it lit a spark in me that had only been embers before and really helped to change me and the way I view my own actions and those of the people around me.
Review available here.

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
This book was an incredibly important read for me and a lot of others this year. Akemi’s incredible writing feels like it plucks out those hurting parts of your soul that you maybe don’t understand and helps you to look at them and maybe find some kind of comfort or understanding there. The story itself is one of both sadness and fullfilment, a fantastic read and certainly one I recommend to anyone who suffers from anxiety.
Review available here.

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The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
A book I had been meaning to read for a while and finally gotten around to then loved the heck out of it! Asha has become one of my favourite bookish main characters and although I didn’t enjoy the sequel quite as much The Last Namsara easily found its way into my top spot of books I’ve read this year.
Review available here.

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
This book was a total surprise to me! I read it on an utter whim and it was such a great, funny and twisty book! Certainly one I’ll remember and continue to recommend to others. I love the witchy vibe to it and my girl Mila is brilliant.
Review available here

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green
I was drawn to this by the pretty cover and was again a great find on NetGalley that I immediately brought when it came out. Put quite simply The Smoke Theives very much feels like a YA Game of Thrones. The various POV’s are interesting and interweaving as the story continues and it envokes that now almost trademark genre of court politics with a dash of magic that I do so love and this book was no exception, I eagerly await the sequel.
Review available here.

Skyward by Brendon Sanderson
I absolutely devoured this book in a day or two. I was lucky enough to read it a little early for a blog tour and I’ve barely been able to stop talking about it since. Skyward has a bit of everything and contains a great mix of wit, humor and sass with serious moments, worry and loss. Not to mention M-Bot is pretty much the best thing in a book this year – other than AIDAN maybe and he doesn’t count because the first Illuminae book didn’t come out this year.
Review available here.

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Adrift by Rob Boffard
A twisty interesting SciFi read I discovered on NetGalley this year and I’m so glad I decided to try it out. Another great read with various points of view that reach far and yet twine back together at important points, a great character study which reminds me of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe with some big differences but there’s certainly the same vibe there.
Review Available here.

Christmas at the Beach Hut by Veronica Henry
Absolutely not one of my usual favorite picks I found myself completely immersed in Christmas at the Beach Hut by Veronica Henry and have decided next year to read the others in the Beach Hut series. A beautifully heartbreaking and heartwarming tale that completely touched me and found it’s way easily into my heart and my top ten favorite books this year.
Review available here.

Vengeful by V.E Schwab
Reading Vengeful felt like reading an absolute work of art. V.E Schwab spent a long time working on this book to get it a level she was happy to publish it at and you can absolutely tell. This is a beautiful gem of a book that I am unable to fault in almost any way. The characters are interesting and you find yourself rooting for everyone and no one at times. This book is definitely the best-written book I’ve read this year.
Review available here.

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#SixforSunday

#Six for Sunday – Favourite books of 2018

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Sunday has arrived and amongst the stupid cold I’ve still not been able to shake this week and it being the first full seven days of Camp NaNoWriMo I’ve still managed to find just enough time to crack out this weeks Six for Sunday post! That is however mainly because this weeks prompt feels like one of the easier ones for me, partially because I’ve only read 17 books so far this year and I have some clear favourites.

 

  1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
    Probably my top read so far this year. Illuminae felt like a game changer for me and has sucked me in like a book hasn’t done for a long while, it was a totally wild ride and I can’t believe it’s over (I’m struggling to get through Obsido because I can’t stand the idea that’s its done after that!)
  2.  Hero at the Fall – by  Alwyn Hamilton
    It took me a little while to get into Rebel, I adored Traitor and devoured it in a few days and Hero was perfect and everything I could have looked for in the last book of a trilogy.
  3.  Bloodline – by Claudia Gray
    I adore the way Leia was written in this book, it really made it for me. I enjoyed the story as well and the relationships with some of the characters just worked so well
  4. To Kill a Kingdom – by Alexandra Christo
    This book totally reignited my love for all things mermaid/siren and bloodthirsty, although it was predictable in parts and I wasn’t too sure about the ending it was throughly enjoyable and so sassy!
  5.  Gemina – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
    It took me a little while longer to warm to it than its predecessor but Gemina is another absolute gem that I’ve read this year, it’s such a great balance of terror, humor and feels.
  6. The Cruel Prince – by Holly Black
    I’m not shocked that I liked this as much as I did, it shows the rougher, more animatistic side of the Fae which I enjoy reading about and it didn’t pull it’s punchees. It made me angry, it made me laugh and it kept me totally hooked throughout, I already can’t wait for The Wicked King!

That actually turned out to be more difficult than I thought! I’ve loved a good few books this year but there have been a few that I’m not sure I liked enough that I would have described them as my favourites. I know for sure though that this list will probably look completley different by the end of the year as I have so many great books still to read! Let me know if you took part in today’s prompt for #Six For Sunday and I’ll check out you six favourite books of this year so far! Now I better get back to my NaNo project as I’m seriously behind o my word count for today.