I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year already! (Although, I feel like I’ve been saying that every year for the last thirteen years, so maybe I should start accepting that time goes by quickly as you get older…)
Anyway, the good thing about December (aside from all of the food I get to eat) is that I get to write about my favourite books from the last twelve months — and I was lucky enough to read some really good ones this year! So, without further ado, here are my top books of 2018:
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
I was in a pretty bad reading rut at the start of this year, and Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince pulled me right out of it. After having the misfortune of reading several very formulaic Young Adult novels in a row, this story reminded me of why I’m so in love with the genre. Stuffed full of incredible characters, detailed descriptions and plot twists that’ll make you audibly gasp, The Cruel Prince is a book I’ve recommended several times over this year. I can’t wait to sink into again before the release of The Wicked King in January.
“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”
Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Legendary was my biggest surprise of 2018. I really enjoyed the first novel in this series (Caraval) but when I discovered that the sequel would be narrated by a different character — and one who I hadn’t been entirely fond of when reading Caraval — I felt a little apprehensive. However, I quickly realised how wrong I was when I started reading Donatella Dragna’s story, and it wasn’t long before I fell utterly in love with her character. What I expected to be a bit of a let down ended up being one of the most captivating and magical books of this year.
“Her heart was still a little heavy, but she’d decided carrying it around would only maker her stronger.”
Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart
I was intrigued by Grace & Fury from the moment I read an early review on another blog, but it actually took me two attempts to really get into. I’m glad I gave it another try, though, because I loved this little book a lot. This was another one that was full of plot twists and interesting characters, and I was really impressed by how well both protagonists were written. Tracy Banghart dealt with female oppression in such an interesting way, and I’m really excited to see where she takes her characters in the sequel.
“My father used to say that opression isn’t a finite state. It’s a weight that is carried until it becomes too heavy, and then it is thrown off. Not without struggle, not without pain, but he believed the weight would always, always be fought and overcome.”
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
I’ve been meaning to pick up this series for such a long time and, after enjoying V.E. Scwab’s Vicious so much last year, I decided it was time that I picked up her most popular novel. I was pleasantly surprised by how much of a pageturner A Darker Shade of Magic was, with fantastic world-building and witty characters making the novel all the more interesting. I haven’t had a chance to read the rest of the series yet, but I’m looking forward to spending more time with Kell and Lila in the near future.
“I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”
Circe by Madeline Miller
I had to save the best for last! Madeline Miller’s Circe was my overall favourite book this year. It was one of the most beautiful books that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Madeline Miller is extremely talented, having written prose so stunning that it often brought me to tears. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to find the words to describe how wonderful this book is, or how much this story meant to me. I’m so incredibly jealous of anyone who gets to read it for the first time next year. It’s definitely one I’ll be coming back to time and time again.
“But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me.”
Which book made top of your list this year? Please comment below! x