Looking back at the reading year of 2018, I feel like it was both really great but also really average. I read so many books that I absolutely loved and adored but not many of them stood out to me. However, this post is about the ten that did as we are going to be discussing my top ten favourite books of last year.
This is in no particular order as I simply could not choose a favourite book. I gave all of these books a five star rating.
10. Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
Of course I had to include this one as I had been hyping it up since the beginning of the year and was not disappointed. Dear Evan Hansen is one of my favourite musicals and this book adaptation did it justice.
9. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
I read The Hazel Wood at the beginning of the year and then instantly re-read it (which is surprising cause I don’t normally re-read books). I absolutely adored the dark world and atmosphere that this book had and I cannot wait for the sequel.
8. Lost Boy by Christina Henry
I was surprised to find that I originally gave this book four stars but I have now upped it to five since I find myself constantly talking about and recommending this book to people because I love it’s dark twist on the Peter Pan story.
7. Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
If anyone asks for an underrated book recommendation then I always give them this one. Dreamland Burning left me thinking for weeks after I’d finished reading it and I still think about it a lot now. This book had a massive effect on me and shed light on a piece of important history that I was previously unaware of.
6. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
As you might be able to tell by now, I love books with a dark atmosphere and here is another example of one that I absolutely adored. Not only that, Amanda Foody’s writing was brilliant that I would forget that I was reading a book almost instantly and would be absorbed into the world. The characters were also some of my favourites that I’ve read about in a long time.
5. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Of course, I had to include a Cassie Clare book. I love shadowhunters and The Dark Artifices series is probably becoming my favourite shadowhunter series. I love the story and it contains some of my favourite Cassie characters. It was a perfect sequel even if it did break my heart.
4. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuval
I listened to this book on audio since it has a full cast of narrators and oh my god was that the right decision. If you like the illuminate files, especially the audiobooks, then pick up these audiobooks cause I enjoyed it much more than was expected.
3. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Another sci-fi that surprised me but sci-fi always seems to so maybe it shouldn’t be that surprising. I was not expecting to enjoy this book at all but I was instantly absorbed into and flew through it. Another book that I need the sequel for ASAP.
2. These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
A book that I was expecting to love but not as much as I actually did. The main selling point for me though were the characters. I absolutely adored all of the characters and I can’t wait to read more about them in the sequel.
1. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Arguably my favourite book of the year but I’m not setting that into stone but I did absolutely adore this book. It was dark and feminist and brilliant in every way possible. Claire Legrand is soon becoming one of my favourite authors and I’m not mad about it.
What were some of your favourite books of the year? Let me know in the comments!