Top 10 Books of 2018 (So Far…)
Like almost every other blogger, I’ve participated in the Mid-Year Freakout book tag but I wanted to write a post purely about my favourite books of the first half of 2018. I decided to only include new-to-me books and ignore rereads
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Song of Achilles is one of my favourite books so I was incredibly excited to read a proof copy of Circe earlier this year. I think it might even be better as it’s easy to see how Madeline Miller’s writing style has matured. If you enjoy Greek mythology and lyrical language, then you need to read this book.
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
I joined the street team for The Exact Opposite Of Okay because it had been on my radar since I saw proof copies being handed out at YALC 2017. I read an eARC and recommended it to so many people. It’s witty, relevant and brilliant, with a strong feminist message and nuanced explorations of topical issues.
Morning Star by Pierce Brown
I read the Red Rising trilogy for the first time this year and quickly became addicted. Whilst I felt the first book had a problem with female representation, the next two were fantastic. My favourite of the three was probably Morning Star for its non-stop action and constant twists. I’d wholeheartedly recommend this series even if you think you don’t like sci-fi.
Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
One of my favourite YA trilogies is Rebel of the Sands with the final book released earlier this year. Hero at the Fall was very emotional, with so many twists that I had no idea how it would end. The wonderful worldbuilding, memorable characters and gripping plot ensures this series is one of the best examples of YA fantasy.
The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale
To be honest, I bought this book for the cover and Christmas references and I’m so glad I did. It was a magical and poignant tale of love, loss and family. The toy shop setting was enchanting and I can imagine rereading this during the winter.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Starfish is one of the best books I’ve read featuring mental health issues, exploring them in a sensitive and powerful way. It was a phenomenal story and I can’t wait for Summer Bird Blue to release in a couple of months.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
If you follow me on bookstagram, you’ll know I’ve been obsessed with this series since finishing it and constantly recommend it. It was such a fun, action-packed trilogy, that gave me all the feels. The format was unique and definitely added to the reading experience. If you’re on the fence about starting these then I would definitely encourage you to.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I finally read Uprooted this year and it definitely lived up to all the hype. It was a deliciously twisted tale told with beautifully lyrical prose. I have very high hopes for Spinning Silver now.
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
I raced through Furyborn as I didn’t want to put it down once I’d started. It was a brilliant YA fantasy with incredible worldbuilding. I loved the complex characters of Rielle and Eliana, and wish I had the next book to read now.
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
I seemed to see this series recommended frequently so decided to see what all the fuss was about. I’m so pleased I did as it was fantastic. The worldbuilding was incredible and the characters were utterly unforgettable. One of the best series I’ve ever read.
What were your favourite books of the year so far? I’d love some recommendations for my wishlist.