2018 was not a good reading year for me. I read a total of 11 books. Not great, but numbers don’t matter when it comes to reading. While I only read a small number of books they were all enjoyable. I did a lot of re-reading this year, but these 5 books were the standouts of the year.
1. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo: I started the year with this book and it was brilliant. The tales are imaginative and sinister with plenty of twists and turns that will catch you off guard. The issues explored in these tales can also be related to contemporary society and the illustrations accompanying the tales further enhance the reading experience.
2. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: The most exhilarating conclusion to what has been an incredible series. The stakes were higher than ever and through it, we explored the destructive yet hopeful nature of humanity. Our characters are pushed to their very limits, but to see them rise above all the obstacles they faced was inspiring.
3. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo: This book is brutal and twisted and everything I love in fantasy. Our characters are morally ambiguous, sassy, and highly entertaining. To Kill a Kingdom is unapologetically dark and the mythology of the sirens was brilliantly woven into the tale.
4. Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen: I didn’t read many contemporary books this year, and most of the ones I did read were re-reads. However, I was lucky enough to receive an ARC for Brooklynaire and it was a perfect book for those lazy Sundays. More than that, Becca and Nate finally got their happy ending and it was a joy to follow the development of their relationship.
5. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman: My final read of 2018 and it was brilliant. Neil Gaiman provides a fresh take on the Norse Mythology, but still retains that timeless quality that highlights the way these tales have stood the test of time.
What was your favourite book in 2018?
What are some of your reading goals for 2019?