Well, 2018 was certainly a year with many ups and downs. Both in my reading and in general. I started the year completely differently to how it's ending and I couldn't be happier. I've made some brilliant memories but I'll talk about that in a different post. Without further adieu, here are my Top 10 books of 2018.
Iron Gold* by Pierce Brown
Well duh. Of course this was going to be on this list.
You can tell by my review I had a lot of thoughts on this book and all of them positive. I absolutely adored this book, and I didn't mind reading it on my phone! I was sent an e-book copy in exchange for promoting the book and thank god I read it. I've always been and always will be honest in my reviews and I truly loved this book. It tackled so many topics that I feel very strongly about and did it with humour.
4. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
I read this after being persuaded by one of my friends from work. I'd had the book on my TBR for a while but just hadn't picked it up. My god am I glad I did. This series has introduced me to an entire mythology and folktale culture I had no idea about. Vasya became one of my all time favourite characters. She's an anachronism personified and I adore her. I can't wait for the final book in this series.
Yet another book I was pestered to read...and adored. So much so that when the lovely people over at Rock the Boat sent me a copy of Obsidio I screamed on a train platform. I was a very happy bunny. Illuminae marked me falling back in love with Sci-Fi and I need to read more this year. I have plenty on my TBR to be getting on with. This series was so unique, the story telling was unlike anything I've ever come across. Rather than prose its told through a series on documents, e-mails, maps and all manner of paraphernalia. I loved it.
I'd been wanting to read this one for ages and it fit perfectly with the Biannual Bibliothon 2018 prompts. Of course I didn't manage to get through this one during the read-a-thon but I'm so so happy I stuck to my TBR after it. I also read Down Among the Sticks and Bones and adored that one just as much. I'm so excited to carry on this series.
OH MY GOD THIS BOOK. THIS SERIES. All of the yes. It's utterly incredible and Tomi is just the sweetest yet most kick ass woman ever. I am in dire need of the next book. The magic system in this world captured my heart, it's so interesting and compelling. I can't wait to see what happens next. Well, I'm a little scared to see what happens actually.
This was perhaps my favourite book of the entire year. I absolutely adored this, it had me laughing, crying and frankly so so validated. I understood Eliza and her situation of feeling as though you must create in order to maintain a worth. I want all my friends to read this. I'm half tempted to try and convince Sam to give it a go...
I will always love diving back into the world and magic of Caraval. Reading this book was like seeing an old friend, I felt warm and comfortable. Despite the fact that this book is anything but warm and comfortable. There was so much packed into this book. So many new characters, returning characters and a plot twist I don't think anyone was ready for!
I was a little apprehensive reading this series as I'd loved the Sin Eater's Daughter trilogy for years. I didn't think anything could compare....I was wrong. State of Sorrow was just as good but for a completely different reason. There was so much political intrigue, sass and incredible plot. I adored every aspect of this novel.
Perhaps one of the most important books I read this year. It gave me the kick to start looking at certain things and frankly I'm all the better for it. Frat Girl is an unapologetic look at what it means to be powerful, to be a feminist but also to know when to acknowledge that your stance may not be the correct one. And it was bloody hilarious. I will now purchase anything Kiley Roache brings out.