My Favourite Books of 2018

Holy guacamole, it`s 2019. Can you believe it? Although 2018 has not been my best reading year in terms of quantity, many books have been 5-star reads, so that's a major win. I am sure that almost everyone will guess my favourite book of 2018 because I couldn`t stop talking about it, but the rest might be a surprise. I have decided to turn this post into an awards ceremony and talk about my faves in each of their genres. So let`s get started:

1. BEST FANTASY: "Six of Crows" by Leigh Bardugo
I am not going to bore you to death with my undying love for this book. I adored everything about it, from the magical set to the elaborate schemes. But most of all, I loved the characters! Everyone is so fully-fleshed, and each of the arcs is so well developed. From the moment you meet these characters, you start caring about them. And even though I am not a romantic, all the pairings in this book have been phenomenal. Just talking about this book makes me want to pick it up and fall in love with it again, which it`s great since I own the gorgeous collector`s edition.

2. BEST SCI-FI: "Vicious" by V.E. Schwab
After I read this book, I couldn`t stop talking or thinking about it for days. It reminded me of being a teenager again, reading philosophy treaties (yes, I was that sad teen). What makes someone a good person? The motivation behind his/her actions, or the result of said actions? That`s what Schwab`s trying to find an answer to, in this delicious dark book, filled with morally grey characters.

3. BEST LITERARY FICTION: "The Travelling Cat Chronicles" by Hiro Arikawa
This is the most precious story you`ll ever read. It`s about a cat named Nana, who embarks on a journey across Japan with his owner, Satoru. As Satoru reunites with old friends, Nana reflects about human life lessons. Many times I couldn't stop laughing because Nana is such a witty narrator, but be warned that the ending will break your heart.

4. BEST HISTORICAL FICTION: "The Gentleman`s Guide To Vice And Virtue" by Mackenzi Lee
This is one of the most hilarious historical fiction books you`ll ever read. Although it sometimes deals with heavy subjects like racism, mental illness and abuse, overall this novel has a feelgood vibe about it. And that has to do with the narrator, Monty. He`s spoiled and full of himself, but I adored him. He`s very sarcastic and sometimes does stupid things, but Monty`s heart is in the right place.

5. BEST CONTEMPORARY: "The Poet X" by Elizabeth Acevedo
I`ve never read a story told through verse before, and this book was such a pleasant surprise. Xiomara is a young girl in Harlem that uses slam poetry in order to navigate her feelings towards religion, her oppressive mother, love and growing up. Some of the passages are very raw and emotional, and from the start, I felt so protective of this precious character. Acevedo is such a talented writer, I can`t wait to read her 2019 release.

6. BEST SEQUEL: "Crooked Kingdom" by Leigh Bardugo
I just had to, because no other sequel has left me so satisfied. Or in so much pain. I said I was going to write a review for this novel, but I always get so emotional thinking about it. Sometimes the greatest thing you can say about a book is that it holds a piece of your heart, and that`s the case for me with "Crooked Kingdom".

7. BEST MEMOIR: "The Pianist. The extraordinary story of one man`s survival in Warsaw, 1939-45" by Wladyslaw Szpillman
"The Pianist" is one of my favourite movies, but I only read the memoir it was based on this year. Obviously, it was very emotional, and it`s a book I`d recommend to anyone interested in reading more about WWII.

What were some of your favourite books of 2018? Let me know in the comments.

* TTT is a weekly meme/ feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.



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  1. Yes, Six of Crows was a great read.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. I am currently re-reading it and it`s amazing. Even better than the first time, cause now I know what to expect.

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  2. Great List! I adore the Six of Crows duoligy. Also agree with Vicious it’s such an epic story.

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    1. Six of Crows is epic, can`t wait for the next book.

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  3. Vicious was one of my favourite books of 2018 as well!

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    1. It was such a pleasant surprise. Also, Eli was a great character...didn`t expect to love him as much as I did.

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  4. Awesome list! Six of Crows was so good! Vicious is on my TBR list and is one I hope I'll find the time to read this year. I keep hearing how amazing it is. Happy New Year! :)

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  5. I'm so glad you enjoyed Six of Crows. It remains one of my favorite fantasy. Hope you have a wonderful 2019!

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    1. I don`t think I`ll come across a fantasy book that I`ll love as much as Six of Crows. It`s just too damn good.

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  6. I very very VERY clearly need to finally get on the V.E. Schwab train. 2019 is the year. I am ready.

    Happy new year!

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    1. I mean, I`ve only read Vicious last year, but that book made Victoria an auto-buy author for me.

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  7. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue has made a lot of lists this year and it makes me sad that I haven't read it yet! I'll definitely have to do that this year.

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    1. Hope you`ll get to it soon, cause it`s such a good book.

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  8. Gotta read Six of Crows this year (after I read the Grisha Verse books). I bought Vicious, but I still haven't read anything by VE Schwab. Gotta fix that this year too.

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    1. Whilst I like it, not many people enjoy the Grisha trilogy. Don`t worrry though, Six of Crows is worthy of all the hype it gets.

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  9. The Traveling Cat chronicles sounds great. :) And I still need to go back and finish Six of crows after starting it and getting sidetracked. I should do that soon. New year and all. :)

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    1. You NEED to finish SOC. It`s just the best fantasy book out there:)

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  10. I like that you broke your list up by genre! But I don't think I'd be able to pick a single book for each! Six of Crows and Vicious have been on my TBR for so long, I hope this will be the year I finally pick them up! Happy New Year!

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    1. I really hope you get to them, cause they are worthy of all the hype they get.

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  11. I envy your many 5-star reads this year! I only had a handful, which is odd for me. Maybe I'm getting pickier? Or maybe I just picked the wrong books. Who knows.

    I like how you split your favorite reads into genres! I've never thought to do that before for a wrap-up. Some of your top 2018 reads were my top reads in 2017. :) LOVE Six of Crows and Gentleman's Guide.

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    1. The 5-stars were the only consolation of a shitty reading year. Hopefully this year I`ll read more. But also be able to maintain my 5-star record.

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  12. Some of these books made my list, too. Someday I’ll read Six of Crows. The waitlists for it are so long! Happy 2019!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I really hope you get on that waitlist soon, cause it`s such an amazing book.

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  13. I really wish I'd made reading a book by Leigh Bardugo a priority in 2018, because everyone seems to love her books, but alas! I've not yet read anything by her. But I think she has a contemporary this year, so YAY! My favorite genre... which means MAYBE I'll actually read something by her. Here's looking at you, 2019!

    Thanks for the Finding Wonderland visit.

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    1. With me it`s the opposite..I`d probably be scared to pick a book by Leigh in another genre than fantasy. I got too used to her magical settings.

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  14. Somehow I haven't read any of these! I'll have to check them out :)

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    1. If you do check them out, hope you`ll enjoy them.

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