Favourite Reads of 2018
I didn’t manage to blog a ton in 2018 (thanks, baby), but I did share some of the books I read throughout the year, both the good and the bad (ironically by the same author!). This year, I’ve decided to break down my favourites into categories because I couldn’t just choose one or two favourite reads from this past year.
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
This is one of the original dystopian trilogies that I read, and it’s still my absolute favourite. The characters, pacing, world building, and overall story are entirely on point. It helps that the movies are also fantastic
MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK
Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness
I’ve waxed poetic about the All Souls trilogy before (here too), and I feel like I’ve been waiting a decade for this next instalment to come out. This book follows the story of Marcus, a vampire ‘son’ of Matthew de Clairmont (from the three main All Souls books), from his early life into the modern day. I really loved the story, and the way that Deborah Harkness manages to weave together several narratives through different times in history. Another book in the All Souls series, The Serpent’s Mirror, is supposed to be released at some point in 2019 but not many details are known.
FAVOURITE NEW (TO ME) AUTHOR
I’ve always loved historical fiction, and books that intertwine several narratives, so it was only a matter of time before I discovered Beatriz Williams. She is an incredible writer, with beautifully descriptive prose and well-developed characters, and she is the queen of modern historical fiction. Both of these books brought me to tears, made me laugh, and generally restored my faith in literary fiction.
FAVOURITE YA FANTASY
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
This has been on my TBR list since 2017, and was one of my most anticipated for 2018, but I didn’t end up reading it until Christmas. I wish I hadn’t waited so long! It was so well-written, and the story was absolutely captivating. I’m impatiently waiting for the next to be released, and I will definitely reread The Hazel Wood many times in the future.
FAVOURITE NEW SERIES
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
After the disappointment of the Court of Thorns and Roses series, I was very hesitant about starting Throne of Glass, but when it was available on Kobo for $2.99, I figured I might as well try it. And, dear reader, I LOVE IT. The writing style is very different than ACOTAR, and the editing is on point. I’m very attached to all of the characters, even the new ones introduced in Tower of Dawn. I will admit that I haven’t started Kingdom of Ash yet—I’m just not ready for it to end yet! My husband bought me the hardcover series for Christmas, and as soon as I’m done my annual reread of Harry Potter , I’m going to start KOA.
What were your favourite reads of 2018?