Hello friends! We approached the end of 2018 so fast I can’t believe. This was the first year I blogged about books and I must say I enjoyed it lots. So, first of all, I need to thank my special friend Ova, because actually she’s the one creating my blog when I was lazy 🙂 She has a fab blog too. I read much more than I usually did encouraged by all my new friends I met through this blog, Goodreads, publishers, and oh my God…all those book mails I received.
It was a fab book year with 125 books I read (and keeps counting), so I wanted to do my own highlights with some books that left a mark, good or bad 😉 Here we go:
This book was OH SO GOOD:
I LOVED Mermaid and Mrs Hancock to bits. Still, when someone asks me for a recommendations, this is the fist one that comes to my mind. So, I definitely need to highlight it as the treasure of the year. If you like slow moving literary feasts, it’s amazing.
This book surprised me the most:
I resisted to read this book being put off by its popularity and boring blurb for so long! Then, somehow I picked it up and I’m so glad I did. Such a rich drama with memorable characters and superb writing. Definitely reading Celeste Ng more.
Is this really the first book?
I really couldn’t believe it was a debut. I am in awe of the originality and talent poured into this book, and can’t wait for Mr Turton’s new one coming out in 2020.
New favourite author:
I’m sure all of you have a long list of “Authors I need to read”. Well, Sarah Waters was one of mine and I’m glad I read one of her books this year, as I absolutely adored her writing. So, in 2019 I already have a plan of reading Fingersmith next 🙂
I wish this character was real:
In books, sometimes the characters are so real and so strong that you think/or want them to be real. This was one of the cases. I loved this book, and it was one of the cases I desperately wanted to meet Evelyn Hugo, and was definitely irritated that she was a fictional character 🙂
Oh So Original:
This was Maggie O’Farrell’s memoir, but it’s not your usual kind. It’s a memoir talking about her 17 brushes with death. I thought it was so original, so emotional, so well written. FAB! If you think you can’r read non-fiction, or get bored, please try this one. It’s one of those that read like fiction.
This YA thriller was one of the best thrillers I read this year. I loved all the dynamics, the pace and engaging writing. And I definitely DID NOT see that end coming 🙂
I’m not a romance reader at all. I enjoy contemporary fiction at times, but not romance. However, this book came as a big surprise. I enjoyed the characters, the cute, steamy and awkward story of an autistic woman. Also, I think it was important to create awareness.
Oh, this book took me to my high school years. So nostalgic, so cute, heartwarming and lovely. Not all chick lit books are so good, so hats off to Jenny Han for her engaging writing. I binged through this trilogy, although I thought the first one was the best one. The movie was so good too.
Best movie adaptation:
I wasn’t a fan of this book, but I really enjoyed the movie. I thought it was one of the rare cases that movie was better than the book. The casting and the energy of the movie added much more to this story, and I loved it.
I won’t be able to differentiate between these two, as I love both. I can’t find a fantasy book that I truly love easily, as I don’t like the cliches of them. I find Katherine Arden’s Winternight trilogy and Stephanie Garber’s Caraval, more creative and interesting. So, I’ll be looking forward to the sequels in 2019.
Of course there are lots of books that I didn’t like, but it’s really disappointing when you anticipate a book to be great. I was looking forward to Corset this year after devouring Silent Companions from Laura Purcell. But, unfortunately The Corset didn’t reach the mark for me.
Most Unpopular opinion:
This year the book community was raving about this book! It was everywhere. It was impossible not to be curious about. Maybe it was the fantasy book I was searching for so long…Oh god, I hated it with all my heart. I did a long rant on my blog at the time, and I still remember vividly how strongly I dislike it 🙂
So, here we go guys, my highlights of the year in books. I really wish to hear from you, what are a few of yours? I hope you enjoyed this post. I wish you Merry Christmas and happy new year from now. And here’s to a fab 2019 in books!