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Happy New Year!
This week we’re talking about the best books we read in 2018 and I’m a bit late. I was quite busy over New Year visiting family so I didn’t have time to put this post together, but I didn’t want to miss out! I love hearing about the books other readers and bloggers have loved. I wasn’t sure how long my list was going to be this year – I fell head over heels in love with one particular set of books this year that I’ve been yelling about – but I didn’t have a huge amount of five star reads in 2018.
The more I thought about it, though, the more I realised I did still read plenty of books I enjoyed a lot, in fact I didn’t have very many terrible reads last year at all, so today I’m going to share those books with you!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: Let’s just get this one out the way with, shall we? I read this back in the spring and adored it. It’s become a bit of an obsession, to be honest.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: I jumped straight into Crooked Kingdom once I finished Six of Crows. I was a little nervous as I’d seen a few reviews describing this one as a disappointing sequel, but I loved it. I loved Six of Crows a little more because it has that heist story angle which made it so fun, but I adored this and I can’t wait to read the Grisha trilogy so I can jump into Bardugo’s new duology.
The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin: The finale to The Broken Earth Trilogy made history this year when it won the Hugo Award for Best Novel, making N. K. Jemisin the first author to win the award three times in a row and the first series in which each book has won the award. It’s a masterpiece.
The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie: I seem to have found a thing for duologies this year. I’ve been seeking out more f/f SFF, so I finally reached for this sci-fi duology this year. I really enjoyed the first book, but I enjoyed the character work in this second book a little more.
Heartless by Gail Carriger: Carriger has secured herself as one of my favourite authors this year when I finished her Parasol Protectorate series and started reading her novellas. This book ended up being my favourite book in the series, especially having a heavily pregnant woman running around at the centre of it all.
Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger: Speaking of Carriger, I loved all of her novellas I read this year but this one was my favourite because it’s f/f. I tend to see far more m/m SFF around so I love finding stories like this!
The Mabinogi by Matthew Francis: I managed to read a few poetry collections this year and this one was definitely my favourite. This collection was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year Award and is a poetic retelling of some of the stories from The Mabinogion – I really liked how it was done!
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough: This debut novel in verse is simply stunning. It tells the story of my favourite artist, Artemisia Gentileschi, and it’s done so beautifully. I desperately need more people to read it.
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee: This was such a fun historical romp with girl gangs and wonderful aro/ace representation!
Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis: More than anything else, I loved the world Burgis created for this alternate history fantasy of manners novella. I believe there are going to be more novellas set in this universe and I can’t wait to read them!