Books

My Books of 2018

Another year has been and gone, and with that, a lot of books have been read. Meaning it’s time for me to get back to blogging and talk to you all (well write to you all) which were my stand out books of the year. Now I have seen many people make a top ten or top five list even, but I don’t think I can do that; instead, I have decided to just create this post and talk about the books I loved. Regardless if there was 2, 5 or 25. So, on with the books!

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This year my favourite reads range from middle-grade to young-adult to adult fiction, with quite a mix of genres too! I have non-fiction and fiction, crime and fantasy, historical and futuristic and realist to the unrealistic! Each of these books has meant a lot to me over 2018 with each signifying something to me as a person, a reader and as a blogger too.

  • The Extinction Trails By S.M Wilson.
    One of the first books I read this year, The Extinction Trails was something I was not expecting but delighted to have found. Featuring one of my favourite things to see in any type of literature – DINOSAURS, I have to say I adored it!
  • Nevermoor By Jessica Townsend.
    This book represents the countless commutes I made to my university on the train during the second semester of my second year. I would commute almost an hour there and back, often on the way back always managing to catch the train which takes an extra twenty minutes due to an extra stop! I was grateful to have this book when my train was stopped on the tracks for almost three hours, Nevermoor allowed me to escape into another realm. Though it did make me wish I could commute by brolly rail instead which would have been much faster than trains I am sure!
  • Rena’s Promise By Rena Kornreich Gelissen.
    Over my time at university, I find that there is always that one book from each module which I end up connecting with. Rena’s Promise was one such book, in fact, I based my whole portfolio on this single book. Acting as the only non-fiction in my favourite books of 2018, I’m afraid I am unable to do justice for Rena’s Promise concerning how it affected me. But I stayed with this book from January till July, continually revisiting it. I found that although I had to study this text, the grade didn’t matter to me as much due to what I had learnt from this single narrative.
  • Clean By Juno Dawson.
    Death is something which I’ve never found easy to deal with and often that means I don’t deal with grief. Instead, I usually lock it away until it becomes too big that not only can I not deal or confront it, it means that often it eats away and consumes me. In 2017, my cousin Tony was found dead in the street, he died because of his addiction to drugs. I thought I had dealt with my grief, but really I had only ever confronted my anger about the situation. Reading Clean allowed me to face my grief and with it find acceptance.
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society By Mary Ann Shaffer.
    Sometimes the most unexpected and odd sound novels become my favourite. Guernsey is no exception, this book I just fell completely in love with it and has left me with a longing to one day travel to Guernsey.
  • The Apprentice Witch By James Nicol.
    Another middle grade to hit my list but I am so glad it appeared! Reading this book and its sequel has become embedded in my memory. I remember sitting in my garden, during the blissfully hot summer we received in 2018, late evening as the sun was setting. It was the first time I have ever really enjoy Summer as I did, and I think this book simply signifies a time I was happy this year before everything started to change. It acts as both a reminder and prompt for me to know that come the next Summer maybe some of the sadness will go away and that I will be happy again.
  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder By Holly Jackson.
    An adventure to London and first time at YALC, this was the only ARC I really wanted and was extremely lucky to have. Seeing old friends and meeting new ones, the chaos and enjoyment I had at comic con and the week following in which I devoured with a notebook at hand determined to figure out the murderer. It also marked the first crime novel in which I did not get the murderer though I was partly right! But I can’t give much away as this isn’t out till 2019! But you can be sure to see other posts about this book in the next few months.
  • Naked in Death By J.D Robb.
    Something which was the most unexpected thing I would have picked up this year but it’s something which saved me. After all, I don’t deal with grief or death well which explains my absence over the last months of 2018. A futurist crime series underlined with romance, the In Death series has kept me going and something I will continue to read throughout 2019 (I’m determined to get up to date with them, as there are nearly 60!). Crime fiction was something that my Nan and I were connected by, my earliest memories are her shouting that the typewriter lady was on, (what 3-year-old me had kindly dubbed Murder She Wrote). Now my Nan is gone, and I found myself reaching for crime which is how I found the In Death series. These books allowed me to connect with my Nan and for that, I will always be thankful.

Out of 80 books read this year, these are the ones which stand out the strongest and the ones which I cherished and revisit for sure. There were others which I read which meant a lot too, though they were reread and so I decided not to feature them.

Have you read any of these? What were your books of 2018?

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39 thoughts on “My Books of 2018

  1. Really lovely to see you posting again, happy New year 💜
    Nevermoor was one of my 2017 favourites, and the sequel made my MG list for this year. I really like the Apprentice Witch series too, and I’m SO excited for a Good Girl’s Guide to Murder next year 😊. I also didn’t limit my lists by a specific number this year! It made me feel really stressed last year, and I found it so much more fun to just ramble about everything I loved.
    Amy x

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    1. I read both Nevermoor and Wundersmith this year and I adored them both! I can’t wait to see what you think of Wundersmith. I can’t wait for the next Apprentice Witch (I’ve already pre-ordered it and I never pre-order). It definitely is much more fun to ramble about what you love rather than set yourself targets etc.

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      1. I was so nervous heading into Wundersmith because I loved Nevermoor so much but if anything I loved it even more. So excited for the next one.
        A Witch Come True is going to be fab, I think. Especially because we’ll get to see Lull during the festive period 💜

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    1. Happy New Year to you too! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the Extinction Trails especially as the third one is coming out soon!

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  2. great list! i haven’t read any of these but i’m always looking for new books to add to my tbr list. i will have to be on the look out for “a good girls guide to murder” as that one sounds really interesting. thanks for sharing all these great titles with us! x

    mich / simplymich.com

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  3. I have to admit that I’m not certain I’ve heard of any of these ones, which feels awful because it is such a diverse and interesting list! The Extinction Trials definitely sounds like something up my street, will have to check it out. A great variety here – awesome post.

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    1. Clean really helped as it is such a powerful book which really looks at addiction etc which is what cause my cousins death. It helped me process what he must have been going through and helped me to accept it. Clean has got to have been one of the most impactful books in 2018 so I would definitely recommend it.

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    1. Nevermoor is delightful, the world building is amazing that I can’t wait to hear what you think of it when you read it.

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  4. I remember reading your review of Clean and thinking it sounded excellent then but I never got around to picking it up. I’ve made it a goal to read more this year and I’ve been picking up a few new books this week to get me into it. Thank you for reminding me of this one, it’s going straight on the list x

    Sophie
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    1. I have the Tattooist of Auschwitz and its on my shelf ready to be read so I will certainly be picking it up this year. x

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    1. Naked In Death was such a quick read for me but I completely adored it and currently now making my way through the series!

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    1. Clean is such a powerful book. I hope that you are enjoying it. I think I was very lucky on my reading this year and can only hope that 2019 is as kind for me.

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  5. This sounds like such a brilliant selection of books! So sorry to hear about your cousin, Clean sounds like a powerful book and I am glad it has helped you with your grief. Thank you for sharing, it’s always great to discover new books I haven’t heard of before! Happy New Year Hannah! ❤ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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  6. 80 books, that’s a great amount of books read! I’m not a massive book person, I actually haven’t read any in 2018 except for self care books (unsure if they count aha), but I’ve never been a massive reader! Some of your favourites sound great though, hopefully I can at least read more than I did in 2018 this year! Hope you have a good start to the year ❤

    Chloe xx

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    1. Self Care books totally count! If your reading it doesn’t matter what your reading or if your listening to an audiobook you are still reading! Happy New Year to you as well!

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