Top 10 Books of 2018

It's been a while, hasn't it? The end of 2018 saw me without internet as I returned home to London; spent most of that time in the library trying to draft the first four-thousand words of my dissertation and then returned back to Uni with only 3 days to complete my first assignment and four days for the second.

2018 was a great reading year for me. I read 70 out of 70 books, completing my Goodreads goal. I received the most books from publishers (please don't take this as bragging) that I have ever received on this little journey of mine, took part in some of my favourite blogging tours to date... and made some of the most amazing friends, both online and at University.

This post was meant to up for my final leg of Blogmas, however, I ended up going home earlier than expected and was left without internet for the majority of my time there. And when I was online, I had to prioritize Uni emails, deadlines and catching up with friends.

This introduction has got a little wordy? So, without further ado, here are my top 10 books of 2018.

(These are not going to be in any order, except for maybe the last one... you'll know why when you get there.)

Doctor Who: The Forever Trap
Written by Dan Abnett; Read by Catherine Tate

REVIEW

Goodreads

This one isn't quite a book. Written to be a Doctor Who original audio, no transcript has been published to my knowledge.  However, if I'm able to mark it as read on Goodreads... it counts.
This was probably my favourite Doctor Who story I read this year. I loved the characterization of The Doctor and Donna and the plot. One that I really wished would have been adapted to the screen.
City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1)
Victoria Schwab

REVIEW

Goodreads

It is no surprise to anyone that Victoria Schwab is on this list. I'll let you into a little secret - she's on here twice! I wasn't very excited about this one coming out, due to not being my demographic, but found myself pleasantly surprised and completely in love with.
The Bitter Twins (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #2)
Jen Williams

REVIEW

Goodreads

I read this quite early one in 2018, but that doesn't mean that I have quite forgotten the impression this book left on me. A complimentary blend of SFF, with fantastic and engaging characters... and maybe some giant bats.

I Was Born This
Alice Oseman

REVIEW

Goodreads

This still remains one of my all-time favourite UKYA contemporaries that looks at platonic relationships and fandoms. It's so honest in what its like to be apart of fandom and online friendships. Its effortless diverse representation is wonderful!
Friendship Fails of Emma Nash (Emma Nash Series #2)
Chloe Seager

REVIEW

Goodreads

I feel like 2018 was the year of UKYA contemporaries that warmed my heart with its look at teen friendships. This one was just laugh-out-loud funny, and I am really hoping that we're going to be seeing Emma once again.

Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy #2)
Robin Hobb

Goodreads

I finally finished the trilogy in 2018. I know right, I actually met a goal. For me, this was the best and my favourite book in the series. The things Hobb puts Fitz through, oh my darling!
*hugs and protects at all cost*
Hobb's writing just draws me in and gives me the highs and lows that satisfy an itch that I've never been able to identify;


Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Float Before he Stole Me Ma
Kerry Hudson

Goodreads

This one is a little funny and unexpected. I had to read this for my Working Class Fictions module, and ended falling head-over-heels at this debut. Hudon manages a coming-of-age tales that is visceral and grounded. This has become the closest representation of what it's like to grow up in a matriarchal family and dealing with homelessness, growing up and being on the poverty line.

Good Omens
Terry Pratchett; Neil Gaiman

Goodreads

I feel like I'm cheating by putting this on here, because this is already a book I read back at the age of 14. But rereading it this year has cemented its place in my top 5 books. I don't know how to pinpoint the reasons I love this book other describing it as the most Pratchett, but also most Gaiman book I have ever read. It's just fantastic, and funny, and bizarre, and entertaining, and Crowley is my precious demon child, and the unlikely friendship between Crowley and Aziraphale, and Aziraphale's bookshop. Do you get me?

Muse of Nightmare (Strange the Dreamer #2)
Laini Taylor

Goodreads

These next two... I mean are they really a surprise? Really?
This was the not the ending I was expecting from Laini Taylor, but somehow know that this was the correct one. The one that a book like Strange the Dreamer needed. I might have to reread it for maximum feels, cause hot DAMN SON.
Vengeful (Villians #2)
V.E. Schwab

Goodreads

The rest of the books on this list were in no particular order, however at this point and with this book, I should clarify: this book was my favourite book I read in the entirety of 2018. It gave me my found family trope, and Victor being all broody and sociopathic, it made me - somehow? like wtf V, how dare you - feel empathy for Eli, and phenomenal female characters that I fell deeply in love with and their stories.
It just had to be top of the list.

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