With only ten days until Christmas, I thought it was about time I told you about my ten favourite books of 2018.
2018 had a lot of ups and downs when it came to reading. I suffered through some massive reading slumps (usually because I had read too much, too fast in the weeks before).
I’m glad with what I did read, although I always wish I could have read more… I guess that’s just part of being a book lover… right?
Here are 9 books I loved plus 1 I consider my absolute favourite:
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton
Let’s start with a big one. The moment I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it and ow my god, it was amazing. The story was great, it kept you guessing and although I’ve heard some people complain about how it was impossible to guess, I do feel like I figured it out when I was supposed to. Mostly, I enjoyed the atmosphere of this book, it’s dark and confusing and you’re thrown in with the main-character so you just keep swimming, just keep swimming. (full review)
Circe – Madeline Miller
Yes, I’m a fan. I just love Madeline Miller’s writing. This story was a lot slower than The Song of Achilles but I didn’t mind. Once I got into the flow of the story, I enjoyed every second. (full review)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
I finally picked this one up and stuck with it after putting it down several times and I’m so glad I did. This was such a big story. It follows our main-character (who isn’t very likeable… but then again, maybe he’s only human) before, during and after the second world war. A big part of the book is about him stuck in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp and I thought Richard Flanagan did a really good job in bringing across how brutal that experience must have been. (full review)
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
In 2018, I finally read The Shadow of the Wind. I know, I’m so behind, but I did it! And that’s what really counts. Also, I loved it! This was one of those books that made me think “I wish I could write like this”. It was absolutely beautiful.
I am, I am, I am – Maggie O’Farrell
The only non-fiction book I read this year (I could pretend to hang my head in shame but I’m just not a big non-fiction reader…*shrugs*). In this memoir, Maggie O’Farrell tells you about her life, and more specifically, about the times she (or someone close to her) almost died. It’s beautifully written with an extraordinary amount of feeling and if it wasn’t for that one chapter that hit me a little too hard, I would have finished this in one sitting. (full review)
Maus – Art Spiegelman
Wait, isn’t this one also non-fiction? Either way, it’s another one I had been meaning to read for years. This time, it felt right and I finished it in no time at all. Needless to say, this graphic novel gave me everything I could have possibly wanted. It was painful to read at times but so important and I loved how respectfully it was done. (full review)
Blankets – Craig Thomson
… This is another memoir, isn’t it… Guess I really know myself…
This book!!! It was so incredibly beautiful. Not just the artwork which was absolutely gorgeous but also how he manages to make you feel everything. I laughed, I cried, I cringed, I swooned. I loved, loved, loved this. Can’t wait to pick up some of his other work. Habibi is officially on my list!
The Undomestic Goddess – Sophie Kinsella
Something completely different now. This was a case of the right book at the right time. I haven’t hidden the fact that I’ve struggled with my mental health this year and although I’m okay now, I’ve had some serious ‘down’ moments. And then this book crossed my path. I connected with this book, found myself within its pages and it made me smile from ear to ear. The story is probably nothing special but it was there when I needed it. (full review)
A Ladder to the Sky – John Boyne
This one is still very fresh but man, did I love and loath this book. No, I mean… I loved the book and hated the main-character, which is how it’s supposed to be. Whenever I think about Maurice, I want to push him out a window. This book was so well-written and so compelling and the ending made me SO ANGRY. It was great. Really, I can’t recommend it enough 😉 . Read it! (full review)
And now…. The moment you all have been waiting for (unless you scrolled to the end, yes I see you!)
My favourite of 2018. If you’ve been here for a while, this will come as no surprise…
Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
This book…. THIS BOOK… I love it SO MUCH! I think this book is the reason I sat down and wrote during NaNoWriMo. It reminded me that there really are no rules in writing. That we don’t have to fit ourselves into that box of what society thinks a novel should look like. This was creativity and beauty. It made me feel all the feels. It made me sob. It made my heart burst with happiness because I was able to hold the book in my hands and just read. (full review)
This will be the first book I read in 2019. And I hope you’ll pick it up too.
What was your favourite book of 2018? Have you read any of the ones I mentioned here?