My Favourite Books of 2018!

Tuesday, 1 January 2019
Hello 2019!! I hope you all had a fabulous Hogmanay celebrating however you chose! I had a lovely chilled evening with my family.
Now that the new year is here, I thought it was time to wrap up what my favourite reads of 2018 were. These are not in any particular order, just the 18 I enjoyed the most!


  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (review here). This was one of the first books I read in 2018, and it is incredible. It's the true story of Lale Solokov, a Jew who became the tattooist in Auschwitz during his imprisonment there. However, this isn't a totally dark read, it has many somber moments but it also has many moments of light and hope. 
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  • Pantomime by Laura Lam. I had never heard of this book but I picked it up on a whim from the sci-fi/fantasy section and I'm so glad I did. It's an amazing fantasy novel with excellent LGBTQ representation which I really enjoyed. This is the first novel in a trilogy and I can't wait to read the next two!!

  • Savage Island by Bryony Pearce (review here). This is a YA horror/thriller about a group of teenagers who take part in an "Iron Teen" competition to win £1 million, but who soon realise that other teams will do anything to win, even kill! This is a very fast-paced and exciting novel, if you're looking for an exhilarating read to start 2019 this is a good shout!! 
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  • The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan (review here). I love Hogan's writing, and when I saw she had a new novel out I was excited to read it. This novel did not disappoint, Hogan's ability to write well-developed and nuanced characters is amazing, and this novel is a beautiful and moving novel about heartbreak and loss and coming to terms with those feelings.
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  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalamithi. I don't read a lot of non-fiction so it's unusual for there to be many in my Yearly Wrap-Up, but this year there are two!! The first of this is this book by Kalamithi, about his battle with cancer while reflecting on his too-short career as a neurosurgeon. It's very moving, poignant and uplifting.
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  • Mud by Emily Thomas (review here). I have read more contemporary YA novels this year, and this is one of my highlights for sure. Lydia lives on a barge on the Thames, and has to deal with a new school and new friends and a new family, while coping with her new living situation. This novel is loosely based on the author's own childhood, and Lydia is one of the most enjoyable teen protagonists I have read about in a while!
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  • Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig. The second non-fiction book on my list is a hugely popular book. I loved How To Stay Alive, one of Haig's fiction novels, and I've wanted to read his non-fiction for ages. Haig candidly discusses his battle with depression and anxiety, and how he lives with his mental health. I highly recommend this book to anyone, whether you suffer from mental health problems or just want to understand mental health a bit more.
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  • Ascension by Victor Dixen (review here). If you haven't been following the blog you may have missed out on my favourite series of the year, the Phobos series. In this series, 12 teens enter a speed dating show with a difference, they will settle and colonise on Mars. It's fast-paced and action-packed and has a brilliant selection of characters!
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  • Secrets of A Sun King by Emma Carroll. I run a children's bookclub as part of my job and this has allowed me to read way more children's books. This was the first book we read for the bookclub, and it is brilliant. If you like Ancient Egypt and action stories this will appeal to you.
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  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. This Agatha Christie-esque thriller novel is definitely in my top 3 books of the year. It's an incredibly detailed and well-developed thriller/mystery novel that definitely kept me guessing until the last minute.
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  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. This is a novel that I have wanted to read for many years, and have just never got around to reading. But this year I finally got around to picking it up, and I'm so glad I did. It's very gothic and the characters are fascinating, if you haven't picked it up it's definitely worth checking out.
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  • Distortion by Victor Dixen (review here). This is the second spot for Dixen on my list this year, his series is just that good! They are being translated into English, so I will have to wait for the next instalment in this series!
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  • S.T.A.G.S by M.A Bennett. Continuing my YA themed year, this was another highlight for me. A contemporary thriller set in a boarding school (who can resist a boarding school novel?!?) this was an exciting and bloody novel, which cleverly used the narration to further the story. Greer, the narrator is telling the story looking back, and the extra comments and opinions she adds with hindsight really adds to the tension of the novel.
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  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Another YA sci-fi novel which I loved this year was Obsidio. It's the final novel in The Illuminae Files trilogy, one of my favourite trilogies, one I would highly recommend if you like YA or sci-fi!
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  • Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. This was a re-read for me, I wanted to read the series again before I see the movie! Thankfully this novel stood up to how much I enjoyed it when I originally read it years ago! If you enjoy Steampunk and dystopian novels aimed at children that are readable at all ages, this series will be perfect!!
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  • The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Perry. To break up the YA cascade, I read a couple of new fiction releases including this one. Set in 1800s Edinburgh, this is a heady mix of crime solving and early medicine development, which makes for a excellent and action packed thriller.
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  • A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G Drews. Another contemporary YA read which I loved was this one. This is an emotional and moving novel about Beck who is a piano prodigy but is desperately searching for more in life, and trying to fit in at school.
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  • The Electric State by Simon Stalenhag. Towards the end of 2018 I picked up a few graphic novels to try and reach my Goodreads goal! My favourite that I picked was this one, a post-apocalyptic novel set in an America savaged by drones and technology. A heartwarming and thought-provoking graphic novel, with some incredible artwork, I would highly recommend this!
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I hope that 2019 is a wonderful year for everyone, with plenty of books! 
Leave your links to your books of the year in the comments, I love seeing what everyone else has enjoyed reading.

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