Top 5 books of 2018
Last week I shared my least favourite books of 2018 – it’s not easy to slate the works of other people, after all, they’ve devoted so much of their time and effort to a novel which is published and then read by thousands if not millions of people from around the globe, I made a bit of a deal about how everyone’s opinion is entirely subjective and that I didn’t want anyone to take offence – so for this post I’ll say the same thing but in reverse – this is my opinion, I loved the following books – they either surprised me to the point where I couldn’t believe more people weren’t raving about them, or they lived up to some well-deserved hype and I take my hat off to all the bookworms who sang their praises.
Here we are – the 5 books which really floated my boat in 2018.
#5 – 11.22.63 – Stephen King
Stephen King was an author I had only dabbled in up until reading this book – 11.22.63 was the first super long novel by him that I had read. I was given it by my sister who claimed she couldn’t get into it and passed it along to me. I didn’t have high expectations – for a start it’s absolutely humongous and I felt uninterested by the synopsis – how wrong I was!
This book had me hooked, time travel, love stories, the JFK assassination – it’s so well written, so well researched, I loved it. It pulled me in and had me devouring it every chance I got. I am so happy I decided to give it a go.
#4 – Circe – Madeline Miller
This exceptional novel immediately caught my eye – not only for its stunning cover but also because people were raving about it from all over the bookstagram and booktube community. I decided that I’d pick it up as a birthday present to myself after browsing the shelves in Waterstones in Hull City Centre.
I’m glad I did.
I know very little about Greek mythology, but it really didn’t matter – where we have the tale of our heroine, Circe, banished to an island in exile where she goes about her day’s meeting and greeting the various visitors to her home. This book almost reads like an anthology of short stories rather than a singular epic tale. It is beautifully written, flows nicely despite the breaks in time and I loved Circe and all she had to say.
#3 Dark Matter – Blake Crouch
This thriller was recommended by a few different people but the main person I remember hearing speaking about it was Josh from Beards and Books – I was intrigued after hearing him speak about it and decided to check it out for myself, I’m so glad I did!
Dark Matter deals with parallel universes – the protagonist finds himself caught up in some sort of strange conspiracy, far away from his family and from his home after being abducted by a masked assailant, this was face paced and thought-provoking, wonderfully written and easy to digest.
#2 Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
This YA fantasy novel is everything I love about fantasy – the pacing, the characters, the story. It was wonderful to read –so much easier to get into than a lot of fantasy books I’ve read recently.
The book deals with issues regarding race and poverty – the main character is a young black girl unlike any I have read about in YA fantasy and I loved her spirit – she had her faults, for sure, but they were beautifully written and easy to empathise with. This was such an easy 5-star read.
#1 Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz
I finished this YA novel so quickly.
Set in the ’80s and revolving around two Mexican-American young men, this novel follows them as they go through a journey of friendship and self-discovery.
Beautifully written, thought-provoking and emotional, I so, so loved this novel and it’s lead me on a journey to read more by this incredibly gifted author who manages to portray emotion and love in his writing so effortlessly.
So those are my top 5 books of 2018!
Have you read any of these novels?
What did you think? Did you like them? Hate them? Let me know in the comments down below.
Until next time bookworms,
Have yourself a really good one