The Best Books of 2018
As we come to the end of 2018, it’s time to look back on all the books I loved this year. Some didn’t quite make the list, but sometimes rating books retrospectively is hard for a forgetful person. But I feel that if a book was so good that immediately comes to mind when I think of this post, then it deserves a place. Counting down from five, here are my favourite books of 2018!
5. Satellite by Nick Lake
This book was such a surprise for me. After never hearing about it, receiving it from the publisher and not having a desire to read it, I picked it up on a bored afternoon with nothing to read and pretty much cried the whole way through. This book is so underrated, and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone talk about it. Maybe Satellite is this year’s The Arsonist? A tragic book about being human, figuring out where your home is, love, loss and just about everything else. Please read this book, and here’s my review to convince you.
4. Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
My, have I been waiting for this book. I first read Vicious when I had just got back into reading and was hungry to read everything. Vicious was my gateway drug into V (something which I think I’ve said before), and I ended up reading again in preparation for Vengeful, a sequel I had no idea was going to exist. It even came out in hardcover (why are we so blessed??) and I devoured it in only a few days. I love cold and calculating characters, even better when they’re the protagonists. Here’s my review.
3. Circe by Madeline Miller
This one was a no brainer. A massive fan of Song of Achilles (as I’m sure you know by now), I begged the publisher for an early copy and was blessed with one about a week or two later. I stopped everything and read it cover to cover in a matter of days. Miller has an incredible way of keeping you captivated in a story than spans centuries without it getting boring or monotonous. Circe lives and sees and experiences so much and each thing is more tense, stressful and incredible than the last thing. Here’s my review!
2. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
I could write so many blog posts about this book, or love letters, or proposals. Autoboyography is everything I love in a contemporary and more. An LGBTQ+ story with a mixture of serious and incredibly romantic plot lines, this story is the only type of insta-love I’ll accept. It may not be a trope that I like reading about, but when it has that special something, I fall deep in love with it, and this is what happened here. Here’s my review.
1. Bright We Burn by Kiersten White
The shining star of my year, I may have cried when I got this book in a trade a few months early before it’s release. The final book in one of my favourite trilogies ever, I can’t really explain this book too much without spoiling everything. It’s a retelling of Vlad The Impaler as a woman. It’s bloody, violent, vengeful, and tough (for the characters). I highly recommend this series, but I won’t like my review to And I Darken, because I struggled with it at first and it made me angry. But trust me, the books get better and better.
Did you read any of these books? What did you think? Also, link your ‘best books of 2018’ blog posts in the comments and maybe we’ll all find our next favourite books for next year!
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