My Favourite Reads of 2018

December 28, 2018

In 2018 I read 50 books which happens to be more than I read in the last decade combined, which is the main reason I joined bookstagram. I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and share the best of 2018 but since "The Best" is an opinion, I will share the books that moved me in one way or the other in 2018, instead of forcing my own personal judgment upon you.

Let's start it off with books that have lush, swoon-worthy writing:

*Circe by Madeline Miller

*Little by Edward Carey

*To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

*Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

*The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M Valente
*Deathless by Catherynne M Valente 
( I read this twice in 2018. Valente is my favourite wordsmith.)

Speaking of rereading, here are books I read in previous years, but had to revisit in 2018 (All 5 star reads!):

*Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

*Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

*Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë 

My Favourite Dark and Strange Stories of 2018:

*My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

*In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt

(List repeats, but have to be included in this category!)

*Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

*Little by Edward Carey

*Deathless by Catherynne M Valente 

And to Complete My 2018 Favourites List:

*Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

*The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden 

*The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

*Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

*A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler

After looking at this list, I've noticed a few things:

Only TWO of my favourite reads of 2018 were not written by a female.

Every book features a strong female main character (sometimes more than one!) which is honestly a must for me.

Eleven of the authors are new to me and three are debut authors! (Young, Braithwaite, and Suri.)

My Sister, the Serial Killer is quite different from the rest of the list as it is not a fantasy or historical novel, but the writing and story are so good I couldn't leave it off! (Plus, I'm a sucker for a story featuring sisters and their bond.)

Do you see any of your favourites?

Until 2019!

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