I am sorry for the lack of posting this year, I have had a lot of stuff going on: university, mental health relapse, working a new job etc. I am hoping that 2019 will bring me more spare time so I can write at least one post a week.
It is the start of 2019 and I hope this reading year is as good as 2018! This is a list of 12 books that I read in 2018 (I couldn’t pick 10 – sorry!) that have changed my reading life forever, and they are in order from 12 being my least favourite-favourite (insert confused face here..) to one being my absolute favourite.
12. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This is a book that Bookstagram and Booktube made me buy – and I am so glad I did! The message it portrays is so important and I am so happy of how popular this book has become. I really, really enjoyed this book and the message will stay with me forever.
11. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
I still can’t believe I never picked this book up sooner. I picked it up solely for the fact that the film was coming out but I still haven’t actually watched the film. The thing that made me enjoy this book to the extent that I did was the characters; they were all so unique and memorable and I loved each of them so much.
10. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I rarely read books like this one as I am more of a YA fantasy person. However, this book has become so popular in the book community that I wanted to see what the hype was about. I am so glad I picked it up! WARNING: this book has a really sad character death which I wasn’t expecting at all.
9. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
My best friend recommended this book to me and said it was one of her favourites of all time which obviously persuaded me to buy it. I remember I read it in one sitting on a night shift and I absolutely adored it.
8. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
Don’t even get me started on this book.. I still haven’t gotten over it! I always said that I would stay away from the Shatter Me series due to my hatred for dystopian books but I, of course, was persuaded (easily) to give it a shot.. and I am so glad that I did. I also really loved the third book in the series, but I enjoyed the plot twist in this book even more.
7. Vicious by V. E. Schwab
V. E. Schwab is an author which I loved after I had finished the Monsters of Verity duology a couple of years ago and I promised that I would read and finish all of her books in the future – Vicious was the first one I read after This Dark Duet and I loved it! I grew to love certain characters and I also grew to hate others, whilst flying through the book itself and finding the plot unique.
6. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
I must be honest, I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did. I went into this book not knowing anything about it, and I came out of it with a new favourite author! I cannot wait to read the next books and Samantha Shannon’s new book that is being released next year.
5. Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy
The pain this book caused me was absolutely shocking – there were some deaths that broke my heart and surprised me which I still haven’t got over. Derek Landy is savage. However, I read it so fast and finished it in a couple of sittings and it has stuck with me ever since. This is definitely my favourite of all the books in this series.
4. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Anyone who follows me on any of my bookish social media knows I loved Amanda Foody’s debut novel Daughter of The Burning City and that Ace of Shades was very highly anticipated for me. I got this book sent to me by the publisher for review and I loved it so much! I wrote a review here!
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Oh my goodness, I don’t even know where to start with this one! This is my second attempt of reading it – I DNFd it the first time but I thought I’d give it another go considering the hype surrounding it and I am so glad I gave it a second chance. I read it in one sitting on a night shift at work, then cried for about half an hour straight afterwards. It broke my heart into tiny little pieces but it was one of the most powerful books that I have ever read.
2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This is a book that I read a week ago and it came straight to second on this list! Everyone told me that I would love this book but I never gave it a shot purely due to the genre. However, two of my closest friends have read and rated this book very high so I thought I’d give it a chance. I really expected to hate it but instead I found it so good that I straight away made my mum-in-law read it which she’s still currently. Eleanor was a pleasure to read about and I need a sequel about her and Raymond… now!
1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
My number one spot goes to The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah! I was a bit wary going into this book but I am so glad I did, it’s a book that has stayed by me for so long and I can’t wait to reread it. One of my favourite books of all time!
Thanks for reading,
Demi // firstpagewonders xxxxx