Something you may not know about me is I read, I read A LOT! Every year I set myself a challenge how many books I can read in a year and thanks to Goodreads for the past couple of years I have had a place to log what books I read and even what I thought of them. Last year I surpassed my goals and even found some amazing books along the way, I thought I would run down what I read and my recommendations, so without further ado….
Last year I thought I had set myself an unlikely goal of 60 but actually managed to read 63. Though that doesn’t seem like a lot of reading, I only really started in May so I hope to have more this year.
As said above I have used Goodreads to log most of these titles and to set myself the challenge to and quite honestly I swear by this site. If you are interested in having tailored recommendations based on your personal taste and what you have read, you should go sign up. Click here to sign up.
Just before I begin, this is a post that contains spoiler free reviews. It also contains opinions, mine to be exact. If you enjoyed a book I disliked or hated a book a loved then it is all a matter of taste. In other words it is just my opinion and I don’t mean to offend anyone.
So in 2018 I read all of these titles
I honestly found some books that went straight into my top grouping which immediately scored the full 5/5 .
My top recommendations
The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas (Fantasy)
Over the past few years, since Daughter of smoke and Bone I had lost all hope of a series catching me in the same way. Then one day whilst on holiday I picked up this book and instantly fell in love, I was hooked within the first 25 pages. I couldn’t put it down! I started with book 1 and read all the way to the end. Sure the last book didn’t hold up to the same standard as the others but it was still one of my favorites, It was just so perfect! The characters were engaging, the plot was really well thought out and kept you guessing. There was also a real mix of characters, not the usual blonde male and all that jazz but a real mix! It was also a primarily Female driven plot, story and overall the women just kicked ass in this series.
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (LGBTQIA)
A heartwarming love story that draws you in with quirky characters and keeps you guessing all the way through. I literally love this book! This is probably my first LGBTQIA novel that has really grabbed me and not let go. At its core it’s similar in ways to Love Rosie, following the email format but Becky Albertalli manages to make story more complex than just back and forths. There are a few things I can promise if you read this book, you will laugh, you will probably cry and you (if you’re anything like me) do a little dance. So go read it!
Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo (Fantasy)
Ok first things first, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU HAVEN’T FIRST READ ALL OF THE GRISHA VERSE. I made this mistake and unfortunately after only one book of the Grisha Verse, since I read this just after book one, I have already spoilt the ending of the whole series for myself. That aside I really enjoyed this book, the characters seem to have more depth than your average ones, with more punch and more elements to their personality. This is more of a book of Anti Heros than heros and that’s probably why I really like it but the story was interesting, the characters were so complex and compelling.
Come as you are by Emily Nagoski (Sex Ed)
This book was not really in the genres I usually go for, but I had people recommending it and even seen a few women on the train reading it. I am really glad I took a chance. A couple of chapters in and I already had learnt a few things that I didn’t know. It is mostly for women I am guessing but that doesn’t mean if you’re a male don’t try. Extremely enlightening and full of interesting facts about sex and sexuality.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Fantasy)
Another fantasy book, this one was a little more on the predictable side. There wasn’t really a moment I had not predicted but that being said it was still a pleasure to read. I loved the world that Stephanie Garber created, the tricks, the treats. I mean you really have to read it to know what I mean but if you like magic, it is one for you.
Good but not Great.
The Magisterium Series by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. (Fantasy)
I know there is a lot in common with Harry Potter in this series but whereas I loathed Harry potter, in fact it bored me, The Magisterium actually held my attention. It’s a fairly straightforward plot and the books are pretty small so all in all it’s a good light read.
The Territory Series by Justin Woolley ( Dystopian)
This was such a hard series to find being that it is a self published series and no one outside of Australia seems to have heard about it. It was worth it though, I found the first two books more compelling than the last but overall it was a pretty good read.
Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller (Sci fi)
In the same vein as ready player one but without the nostalgia. I was quite surprised with this book as I wasn’t sure what to expect when seeing it was Jason Segel but it was actually pretty good.
Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen. (LGBTQIA)
I enjoyed the twists and turns in this book and the over all romance. I really did sink into the story and was rooting for the characters from the get go. However there wasn’t anything that set this book out from any other romance.
More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera (LGBTQIA)
Again another LGBTQ book but this one was with a little sci fi mixed in. I really liked the romance/sci fi crossover and found myself guessing what would come next.
Now for the most part most of the books I read were pretty good normally ranging between 3 or 4 out of 5. However there were some absolute waste of times.
Don’t even bother just throw it
Honestly I just found this book dull. I am watching the show and really well done to the writers because honestly this did nothing to spark any kind of interest in me.
I like Ellen, I think she’s funny, interesting and refreshing. This book however just seemed like needless space that she felt needed to be filled. There was literally no purpose. Most chapters just were sound effects of blank pages or an odd ramble here and there. I wish I hadn’t bothered.
Why? This book was useless, I would go as far as to say she had no idea what she was doing. The plot didn’t go anywhere, she couldn’t decide what she wanted to do with the characters. It was just awful! Literally I hate this book, the only thing I can say is it’s a good thing she’s pretty because she certainly wouldn’t have got published otherwise.
Well that was my recommendations for last year, this year I have set my reading challenge to 60 which may be surpassed at some point but for the time being I am looking for recommendations.
If you have a favorite book let us know in the comments below. Did you read any of the books I did? Any good books out there that you think I would like? Just tell us you’re out there.
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