Hellooooooo you guys. How is everybody doing on this particularly warm 4th of July (at least it is here in the UK). I know that this is how times and dates work, but it’s already July which means somehow half the year has already gone. Where did it go? What happened? What did you read? I haven’t done Top 5 Wednesday regularly in a little while, but I’m all for retrospective looks at our recent reads (I think my blog name is a clue, right?) So I thought I’d look at some of the best books I’ve read in 2018 because this is a really good topic!
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1. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street Natasha Pulley (review)
This book took my completely by surprise in the best possible way. It transported me in both time and dimension and made me both experience and appreciate genres I wouldn’t usually engage in. The story was rich and diverse, allowing me t o experience other times and cultures while adding some fantastical elements. A genuine delight from start to finish.
2. Vicious V E Schwab
I really love V. I love following her on social media and I love reading her stuff because she is seriously talented. She has an amazing way of showing the reader her world and teasing the right amount of information to thoroughly enjoy a fantasy narrative without hand holding you through it. I adored this book so much, can’t wait for the next instalment Vengeful to come out in September.
3. Ragdoll Daniel Cole (review)
There is a formula to making a thriller or detective story great and sticking to it is the best thing to do. That said, if you’re talented and do it right, throwing the formula out of the window is the best thing to do. I demolished this book so quickly and loved the characters and the stories and everything about it. A must-read for any murder/detective/thriller lovers.
4. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe Lauren James (review)
I am good at accidentally working out the end of a novel from far out but this book had me guessing and twisting and turning all over the place. It was a new genre, a gift and recommendation from someone else and a real gem of an experienced read. One thing is for sure, it’s not like anything I have ever read before.
5. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue Mackenzi Lee (review)
I love travel and adventure and shipping improbable romances so this book really was for me. It had sarcasm, wit, flamboyance, extravagance, adventure, lots of European cities, a healthy amount of disputed stereotypes and was a spectacular audiobook. Did I mention if has pirates and feminism? Yeah it has everything….It’s awesome.
Have you read any of these titles? What did you think?
What books have you read and loved this year?