Reading Rewind: 2018 Top Picks

In 2018, I was new to the concept of reading regularly and extensively. I didn’t have a structured TBR list, as I am very much a mood reader, and as such took the opportunity to read books that I have wanted to read for a while.

These books are ones that really stood out for me, be it because of their writing, themes, portrayal of relationships between characters, or even if they made me cry.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

This book was recommended to me by my lovely friend Chelsea in 2015. I only got around to reading this series in 2018 and my GOD did it make me feel a full range of emotions.

The characters in this book feel very well-rounded, and their relationships with each other is truly what makes this series shine. (The last book also made me cry, so there’s that).

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

The Nowhere Girls – Amy Reed

This book is THE book of 2018 for me, and I strongly recommend that everyone reads it.

It addresses the harmful effect of rape culture on survivors and society as a whole. The main characters of the novel are diverse, and give important insight to these effects through their home lives, and day-to-day experiences.

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Winner Jones

Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones

As a huge fan of Miyazaki’s film, I had been wanting to read this book for a number of years. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of the film, as it provides a more rich view of the world of Ingary that the film had left out.

The motivations of the characters are more fleshed out here, with an emphasis on Howl’s backstory for those who felt the film was lacking.

Release by Patrick Ness

Release – Patrick Ness

I felt deep sadness while reading this book, and I can’t say I’ve read a book quite like this one before.

The events of this novel span a period of 24 hours, allowing the story to foster a more intimate connection with the reader through this small snapshot into the character’s lives.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I’ve read this novel twice; first as the audiobook read by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and again in its print format.

It’s a beautiful coming of age story that explores the complicated emotions of youth, family, exploring identity, and coming to terms with who you are.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab

I haven’t read the rest of the series yet, but from the first book alone, the world established in this novel breathes fresh air into the fantasy genre.

The magic system detailed in this story is unique and exciting, as is with the premise also.

I look forward to finishing this series in 2019!

The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller

The Song of Achilles – Madeleine Miller

As a fan of the historical fiction genre, this book did not disappoint!

The fresh perspective of the famous story of Achilles as told through the eyes of his beloved, Patroclus, coupled with rich prose makes for a winning combination.

It’s not often that I come across a story narrated through the perspective of a character that isn’t the ‘hero’, but Miller makes Patroclus a hero in his own right.

What were your favourite books read in 2018?

That’s all for now!