I cannot believe it is July already! Though I am slightly under halfway toward my reading target (22/50), I have read some wonderful books so far this year, and thought I would share some with you.
So here are my top ten books of 2018!
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas.
Despite not being quite as exhilarating as the previous three novels, this novella was a beautiful edition to the A Court of Thorns and Roses franchise. Though it wasn’t particularly plot driven, it was a joy to read, and simply being with Feyre, Rhysand, and the Inner Circle once again was more than enough to earn Maas’ novella a spot on this list.
I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman.
I adore passionate characters, and this book thrives on characters with passion for people, and passion for art. It warmed my heart to the very core, and called to the teenage fangirl that I once was. It is full of wonderful characters that you will root for endlessly, and is a witty, honest telling of losing yourself in the growing world of fandoms.
How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne.
Witty, entertaining, and brutally honest, How Do Like Me Now? is a spectacular debut (adult novel). I talk endlessly about the talent Holly Bourne possesses for character and plot, but I know that Tori Bailey (and her musings and lessons learned) will be a woman that I carry in my mind throughout my twenties and into my thirties. My full review of this wonderful novel can be found HERE.
Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt.
A recent read, Theatrical is another novel bursting with passionate people – it is heartwarming, joyous, and I completely and utterly adored every minute of it. Though I particularly enjoyed all moments with Luke – who I talked a little more about in my full review, that can be found here.
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness (though I accidentally pictured The Knife of Never Letting Go (oops)).
The second in the Chaos Walking series, The Ask and the Answer is an utterly phenomenal novel. Ness is brilliant – complex characters, excellent dialogue, and a story thick with allegory, while remaining extremely entertaining. The Knife of Never Letting Go is wonderful, but you will fly through this – it is fast-paced, and dazzling, and (though I have yet to read it), I think Monsters of Men may be the same.
Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt.
It appears Maggie Harcourt is my novelist of 2018. Unconventional is, too, a heart-warming celebration of passion that is unapologetically nerdy. It rates (ever so slightly) higher than Theatrical as it features Aidan Green, who is, quite possibly, the dreamiest character I have ever had the pleasure to read. If you would like to know more, read my full review, HERE.
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.
I am terrified of classics, though I can never pinpoint why. Perhaps it is because I like reading to be less demanding (as classics can often be), but Sense and Sensibility was wonderful. I raced through its gripping, and entertaining tale, drifting in and out of love with (almost) every character. It is ridiculously witty, and charming, and it captured all of my heart. It also happens to have perhaps the greatest book to film adaptation that I have ever watched.
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo.
An instrumental novel in my desire to write fantasy, To Kill a Kingdom is utterly spectacular. Complex characters that you will adore, dripping with wit and poise; a plot that will reel you in from the opening chapter; a world that will mesmerise you. Christo can do it all. Every moment of this novel is brilliant, and if you want to know more, my full review is here.
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
I will likely go into greater depth in a later post, but Reasons to Stay Alive arrived as I needed it most – it was a source of light at a period of my life that seemed to consist entirely of darkness. If you are struggling, and need guidance, you must have this book – and follow Matt on twitter. He is a personal superhero of mine, and I am working my way through Notes on a Nervous Planet (a follow up to RTSA) knowing that this man is truly a gift to us all.
AND TAKING TOP SPOT IS…
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.
It is now one of my all-time favourite novels – I raced through it, captivated by complex characters, twisted loyalties, daring plot, and a world I desperately wanted to be a part of. It is a book I would choose to erase from my own memory, simply so that I could experience reading it for the first time once more. If you want to hear me gush about it more, you can find my full review HERE.
Feel free to write a post in response to this one, or list some of your favourites in the comments!
Thanks for reading!