Top 10 Reads of 2018

Hello! Welcome back to my blog, I hope you’re all doing well?

Today I will be telling you about my top 10 favourite books I read in 2018 plus some that I gave 5⭐️ to but didn’t quite make my top 10 absolute favourites. All of these books mentioned mean a lot to me and I cannot rate the high enough, infact pretty much ALL of them deserve more than 5⭐️. I won’t give too much info on them because some of them are sequels and I don’t want to spoil you but without further ado here’s my Top 10.

10

Scythe – Neal Shusterman

At first I wasn’t too sure about this, but since it was a buddy read with Emma & Kasia I stuck with it and my god I’m glad I did. It was engaging and kept me wanting to turn the pages. The plot was unlike anything I’ve ever read, I loved the characters and they all worked well together. I cannot wait to pick up book 2 this year, the only reason I didn’t in 2018 is because I didn’t want to wait so long for book 3 🙈.

9

Sky In The Deep – Adrienne Young

This was one of the books I was most looking forward to reading in 2018. I mean…who doesn’t love Vikings?! This book completely captivated me from the first page until the last sentence. The characters are so strong and loveable. The writing was so beautiful and flowed so well, I’m completely in love with Adrienne’s writing. And those battle scenes!! They were beautifully written, intense, amazing and just perfect.

8

Obsidio – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

This was the perfect ending to an amazing trilogy. The writing and format of this book is so unique, you can’t help but keep turning the pages to find out what happening. If you’re struggling with Illuminae or Gemina, let me tell you, this ending is worth the struggle.

7

Stalking Jack The Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco

First of all, this is probably one of my favourite covers I own, isnt it just beautiful?! I’ve always been fascinated with watching tv shows about Jack The Ripper and many detective programmes, so when I saw this book on bookstagram I had to have it, plus the cover is stunning, what more could a bookworm want?! This book was incredible, the plot although based on the real events and fictional ending was amazing, it was gripping and always had you second guessing who you thought Jack really was. I completely guessed wrong, I’ll admit. I’m in love with Thomas Cresswell and Audrey Rose. End of.

6

Beyond A Darkened Shore – Jessica Leake

I was unsure about the Celtic & Norse mythology mix but my god…it completely blew me away. I loved every mention of Norse mythology. The magic & loyalty, the friendships & alliances were amazingly portrayed by the beautiful writing that just flowed so effortlessly.

And now we are into the Top 5!

5

Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare

I think, for me, this was the best book out of The Infernal Devices trilogy. I couldn’t put it down and I must of cried at least 15 times whilst reading this. It’s such a beautiful conclusion to one of my favourite trilogies and I’m so so sad that it’s over. Jem will always still have my heart and the ending was so beautifully written I cried the whole way through.

4

The Girl In The Tower – Katherine Arden

This book, along with book 1 in the Winternight trilogy, The Bear and The Nightingale are an example of pure perfection. The Russian folklore in this book was a huge plus for me as I love anything with a Russian setting, which is why I love these books so much. The writing was nothing short of incredible. I loved the use of Russian grammar, it really helped with the whole feel of the book. Overall, it was a beautiful, magical, atmospheric masterpiece and Katherine Arden is now one of my favourite authors. For life!

3

A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

This is one of my favourite retellings EVER. I was so lucky to be sent a review proof of this from Bloomsbury and I will be forever grateful to them for bringing this amazing book into my life. I really really loved the writing in this book, it was completely enchanting from the very first page. It has powerful messages and the whole book is completely unforgettable. From the beginning to the end this book is fast paced, packed with a growing romance and action scenes that keep you turning the page again and again.

2

The Sisters of The Winter Wood – Rena Rossner

I will be forever grateful to Kasia for buying this book for me for my birthday, it’s dark, beautiful and atmospheric. This is one of the best books I have read…ever. I was completely captivated by the beautiful writing, the atmospheric world building and the dark fairytale being told. I loved how this was about finding yourself and learning to not be afraid or ashamed of who you truly are. I loved how it is about sibling bonds and the loyalty between 2 sisters. I, myself, always value loyalty and I am loyal to my family no matter what they’ve done or how they annoy me, they are my family and I wouldn’t change them for the world. The writing in this book was captivating, we have Liba’s chapters told in the normal chapter format & Laya’s chapters are written in verse. It took only a couple of chapters to get used to this and I love it. I loved how different it was to read and how it made the story even more magical.

And now, for my FAVOURITE book I read in 2018, we have….

1

Strange The Dreamer – Laini Taylor

I will be honest, I did start this book in 2017 but I was new to the fantasy genre and I just couldn’t get into it, I decided to give it another go in 2018 when I could sit without distractions and…This book is beyond perfection, and dare I say it, I think it might be my favourite book OF ALL TIME. Everything about this book was incredible. The world building was unique and just insanely gorgeous. It truly felt like a nightmare within a fairytale and honestly, this is one of the best worlds I have ever read about.

Honourable Mentions

The Wicked Deep – Shea Earnshaw

City of Heavenly Fire – Cassandra Clare

Hunting Prince Dracula – Kerri Maniscalco

Sea Witch – Sarah Henning

Daughter of The Pirate King – Tricia Levenseller

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Kingdom Of Ash – Sarah J Maas

The Crown’s Game – Evelyn Skye

An Ember In The Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

There we have it! I hope you enjoyed reading this post.

What are some of your top 10s for 2018?

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2 thoughts on “Top 10 Reads of 2018

  1. Yesssss A Curse So Dark and Lonely was AMAZING.

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