I am a bit late posting my Best Of for 2018, but as these are my favourite post to write as well as read, I just had to share. If you’ve been following my blog or social media, these will come at no surprise to you, as I never seem to shut up about anything I love.
- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: Everyone in these books are completely awful and I love them for it. Jude is the Slytherin queen we don’t deserve but need. I can’t decide whether I want our OTP to kiss or kill each other, I will settle for both.
- The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang: By a long shot my greatest love and biggest obsession of 2018. The grimdark subgenre can eat its heart out with this gritty, expansive, and harrowing novel.
- Iron Gold by Pierce Brown: I have so much love for this series and its characters, from my drama-queen Darrow to the glorious au Barca family. Pierce Brown is a wordsmith, and is the only cishet white man who will consistently make my Best Reads list year after year.
- Circe by Madeline Miller: I was terrified of reading this book, because how could anything ever live up to The Song of Achilles. Madeline Miller hits it out of the park once more with this feminist retelling about womanhood and motherhood. I am not even a writer and yet I envy her way with words and her ability to humanise both gods and mortals.
- Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse: Mags single-handedly breathe new life into the urban fantasy/post-apocalyptic genre with her grit and her sass. I proclaim myself the president of her fanclub, a title that I will happily share with Kai. Works excellent as either a fast-paced stand-alone or the first course to what looks to be an epic series.
- The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X. R. Pan: This book broke my heart into a thousand pieces and then put it back together again, all the stronger and more filled with hope. One of the best examination of mental illness and grief I have read in the last year, and a fine example of the power of fabulism.
- The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang: I went through an entire spectrum of emotion reading this book, it was like falling in love all over again. I love it all the more by strengthening my friendship with Alex and Sofia through shared thirst. Seeing a Viet family so reminiscent to my own was extremely special. I am stanning Helen for life.
- Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor: This book cements this series as one of my favourites of all time. Laini Taylor’s writing is literal magic, transporting readers to other worlds and making them feel that everything is possible. Also features two of the best antagonist I’ve read about in a long time.
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik: I love atmospheric novels that I can sink my teeth into during long winter nights, and Spinning Silver is exactly that. A cast of characters filled with varied and complex ladies, each with strengths and flaws that they completely own. A retelling where the maidens save each other and themselves.
What were some of your favourite reads in the past year? And what are you looking forward to the most in 2019? If you have written either of those type of posts, please send them my way, I would love to show them some love ❤