End of the year: Favourite books of 2018

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” 

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
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It’s that time of the year again, which means another yearly wrap-up. I really like doing these as it gives me the chance to look back on my reading year and reflect on what I’ve read.

This year I was really surprised that half of these books are actually adult rather than YA novels.

I am not going to go very deep into each of these as we will be here all day so I will do a quick summary of why I loved it and why I think you should read it!

So without further ado, the list… top 10 from 150!

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer – this was probably the weirdest book I have ever read in my life! I picked this up after watching (and actually enjoying the movie) Annihilation, although books vs movie = different things. In this book, we follow an all-female expedition team into Area X and the weird things that happen once they cross the border. It was beautifully written (it completely enthralled me), I loved the character development, the world building, and the concept. Solid book. [I also loved the sequel, recommended although very slow paced to start]

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – OMG, where do I even start? Everything you want in a fantasy novel, this novel (and series as a whole) has it! Thank you Netgalley for that Grey sister ARC as it “forced” me to pick the first book up and now Mark Lawrence is by far one of my favorite authors. The sequel, Grey Sister, is even better so grab your card and order yourself some copies! Hell, get your friends on it as well! Beware of blood, gore and killer nuns! Also, he just published a short story in this world called Bound.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Ok, so I didn’t understand all of the references, but I still loved this book. It was fun, nostalgic and hard to put down. I am a gamer at heart and this hit all the right notes with me.

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews – I picked this one up from the supermarket because the movie was coming out and it looked cool. Did not have any expectations and it was quite slow paced to start, but OMG, this book is so worth it! I almost… ALMOST shed a tear (and I don’t cry because I’m a hard b*tch). Classic espionaje novel.

Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amy Kaufman – I do not think I can express in words the level of awesomeness of this book. IT BLEW MY MIND! It was a pure unadulterated pleasure to read this. Best book of the series for me.

A court of Mist and Fury & A court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – I’ve chosen both of these although these are part of a series, because of their awesomeness. I cannot believe that I only got to read them this year, but I am glad I had. If you haven’t, please do read these. ACOTAR, the first one, is the weaker of the two, but there’s a reason why.

Warcross by Marie Lu – I loved the premise of this novel, but when the romance started to bloom, I fell truly in love. I have not read a novel to carry me through the anxiety of a new love in a very long time and I absolutely devoured this book. That ending literally destroyed it and needless to say, I read the sequel as soon as it came out – it was good, but not as good as the first one.

The Poppy War by R.F.Kuang – Where do I even start?! This book blew me apart from the first sentence to that last. You know when you read a book and you know that every word, every character, every breath was meant to be on that page for your joy and it has a meaning?! Well, this is one of those books that for me it reached PERFECTION. The Dragon Republic comes out in 2019 and it’s £20 and I just don’t care, I need it. Like NOW.

The seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – Thank you Jot Davies for beautifully narrating this novel because otherwise, hell knows when I would have discovered the beautiful craftsmanship of this world. Stuart Turton, who has gone offline to write another book for 2019, gave the world an amazing book, with great characters and an interesting plot line. What I also like about Stuart’s approach is that he is not afraid to try something new, to surprise the reader, to play with you. Who cares about the destination when the journey is written by Stu and narrated by Jot Davies?

These are my top 10 favorite novels I’ve read in 2018. What are your favorites? Have you read any of these? Any recommendations? Please leave your comments down below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.



Read 16 books in 30 days… A very late April wrap-up

Hello, fellow bookworms! Since the sun has been shining in good old England, I kept myself busy reading and writing on projects, so I’ve been neglecting you here for a little. I guess I also dreaded to do this wrap-up due to the sheer amount of books I’ve read in April. This also means that there’s a huge list of reviews that I need to write… *sigh*

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So without more faffing, the list of 16 books I read in April:

– I read a total of 16 books… including 2 audiobooks, 6 ebooks, and 8 physical copies.
– I read a total of 4909 pages.
– Average month rating: 4 🌟

5 Star books:

4-5 stars books:

3-4 stars books:

2-3 stars books:

Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think? Also, do you like to my wrap-ups like this, or would you like some brief thoughts on the books I’ve read as well?
xoxo
Jane
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Maybe TBR ~ March edition

Hello bookworms! It is Friday today and I am looking forward to start getting some planning done this weekend in my bujo; as my husband says: prior planning prevents poor performance. The March Maybe TBR needs a little bit of planning to get it accomplished because I want to read some of the books ASAP because the movies are coming out. Do you do that? Read the books before the movie is out or you’re not bothered?

THE LIST

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I will start with GEMINA because I already finished reading this one and I totally recommend it (but more in a book review or wrap-up). I read this in 3 days as it is pretty thick, but wanted to get to it prior to the release of OBSIDIO next week.

Last night I started reading RED SPARROW, again, because I want to watch the movie soon. I only read 30 pages so I do not have much of an opinion, so far it’s ok, but a little harder to read for me.

ARTEMIS I started reading in February but haven’t continued since because the above books happened. Same with SHADOWS OF THE SAVERNAKE that I started back in January; with this one I am almost half-way and enjoying it.

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THE CRUEL PRINCE reading has to happen soon as it was the January Fairyloot book and everyone has read it, and I want to get to it so I can form an opinion on it for myself. The cover reveal for the sequel has happened and it looks amazing, doesn’t it? The release for it is in 2019. Fingers crossed that I’ll like Cruel Prince.

And last, but not least, THESE LIES THAT LIVE BETWEEN US which I have received for review consideration! Thank you Kai for sending this to me. I am looking forward to read it as it sounds super interesting… twins, forbidden magic, enemies… all the good stuff!

What are you planning to read this March? Any recommendations? Please let me know in the comment box below what you think of my list and if you are as excited as I am for the release of OBSIDIO!!!!