I feel like I’m already late with this even though it’s “only” a week and a half into the new year. I’m already not blogging about the things I want to blog about. AH, life.
I read 75 books in 2018 which is a lot and more than I ever read in a single year. I’m so happy with this because I read so many wonderful books and explored some new authors/genres/topics as well. This also means it was quite hard to boil these books down to 10 favourites, also considering that I had so many five-stars re-reads last year and don’t want to add them to this list as well.
These aren’t all 2018 releases or something, it’s just a mix of amazing books I read last year. I don’t have reviews for all which says a lot about how hard it is for me to write reviews about books I love. Don’t ask me why, it’s just like that.
[All of these are ★★★★★ btw]
Already starting with something slightly controversial here, apparently. I read this immediately after it came out and thoroughly loved it. Later I realised quite a few people are disappointed by the book but what can I say, I love twists and interesting plots and complicated relationships and even though a few things in this book were slightly too weird for me, that doesn’t take away from my excitement over it.
To realise that you have made mistakes and hope to correct them is all anyone can hope to do.
I wrote a full review of this book on my blog but can I just say how freaking amazing Alice Oseman is? She writes more diverse casts than most authors and her books are so relatable and REAL and I love this one so much. Everyone is my precious son or daughter, everyone is amazing and beautiful and this book really means quite a lot to me. It formed a lot of my past experiences into words and made me consider fandoms even more than I already do.
In an otherwise mediocre existence, we chose to feel passion.
There aren’t many books about bi girls but this is one of them and it’s awesome. I love Leah because she’s so frustrating and annoying and through that more relatable than most characters are. This book is a wonderful blend of lighthearted jokes and big decisions and difficult topics and that’s something I value a lot. Couldn’t get enough of this and I definitely need to re-read it soon.
Then her hand brushed close to mine and my organs rearranged themselves.
This is a weird one. I loved Scythe, that’s for sure, but not necessarily because it was super gripping or I fell in love with all the characters. But, I’m definitely in love with the world it is set in because it makes such an interesting plot. This story is about death and humanity and innocence and crime and politics and so much more and those are fascinating topics to me. Cue a relatively long review.
“My greatest wish for humanity is not for peace or comfort or joy. It is that we all still die a little inside every time we witness the death of another. For only the pain of empathy will keep us human. There’s no version of God that can help us if we ever lose that.”
This is certainly one of the funniest and most enjoyable books I’ve read last year, it was so good. I’m a sucker for Norse mythology and blending that into our world. This book was so good at it, it had diverse characters and combined prophecies and the stuff that comes with those with very modern problems and some huge character development. I also really love this version of Loki so please give me more of that. This book was also really not what I expected it to be but in all the good ways. [Review]
Beware most of all your heart’s desire.
This is such a beautiful, well-written and interesting book with cool magic and foreign languages and a story that captivated me immediately. I still need to review this but I hope I get to it because I found so many things about this book absolutely brilliant and I can’t wait for Children of Virtue and Vengeance.
Courage does not always roar. Valor does not always shine.
This whole trilogy combines so many of my favourite things, of course, I loved every single one of these books! (And wrote long reviews for them) A unique writing style (all those transcripts and maps and chats give me LIFE), sassy and dumb characters, sci-fi and an AI that is …. quite complex. Oh, and it’s also written in such a way that you basically can’t put it down because no one is safe and someone might day every second. What a fun ride.
She’s just a regular person like you. An ordinary person caught up in a really … situation. So I think, out of every person in these files, that makes her the bravest.
I might have found my favourite sci-fi author ever in Becky Chambers and I wish I could accurately describe what this book made me feel and taught me. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet was already absolutely fantastic and this book might be even better, especially thematically. Never have I read a sci-fi series that is so diverse, current, beautiful and asks so many important questions. I just can’t get enough of these characters and this book made me think so much about humanity, AIs, the lives we might lead in the future and so much more. I also posted the review on my blog!
The law forgot to make space for people like me.
Pulp by Robin Talley
I wasn’t sure if I should include this book in this list because it’s barely five stars for me BUT. This is one of the most original and fascinating LGBTQ stories I’ve ever read because it explores both LGBTQ life now and in the 50s in some interesting ways. I cried and laughed and was just generally really damn emotional about this book. Thanks, Robin. The lives of both women in this novel are fascinating and surprisingly relatable. After reading this book I thought a lot about the changes that happened and those that didn’t happen. It also taught me a lot about life in the 50s! [Review]
“She hadn’t needed a permanent, fairytale love to make it worth living. She was strong enough to be happy on her own terms.”
This book is without a doubt one of my absolute favourites for this year. I devoured it as fast as I could and it killed me, revived me and then killed me again in a different and totally unexpected way. You will be surprised to hear that I haven’t reviewed this yet (*sheds a single tear*). This novel is not just brilliantly written and funny and has cool characters, it’s also about social media and fame and our society and politics and arguing and robots and about a billion other themes that I love to read about. I could quote this for days could I actually remember some quotes. This is too good not to be reviewed but damn, I just never get to it.
“It’s so much harder to actually define yourself and work to imagine the best possible future than it is to tear down others’ ideas.”
What were your favourite books of 2018? Are some of my favourites on your list?
See you soon ❤