I have read about 180 books in 2018 (some of them were re – reads) and that 180 seems like a whole lot of books to read in a year; but even through that amount of books; when you go through the list of the books that have actually made this list are few, comparatively.
I have decided to be discriminating when it came to choosing the books for this list and I still had only one condition to make it to this list:
- The book has to reel me in from the first page which would then mean that I would never be able to let go of the book, making sure that reality wasn’t even in the contest for my attention.
Sounds easy enough right? You would be oh so wrong.
Out of approximately 180 books, less than 10 books made this list –
- Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo (Young Adult, Fantasy)
This was one of the first duology that I read as part of my 2018 TBR Challenge – and it took me approximately few pages to fall in love with this team of flawed characters, sarcastic, sassy dialogues, heroines that you can look upto and a world that its fantastical to its core – then trust me, you wouldn’t find better than the SoC Duology.
- Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kristen Miller (Science Fiction, Young Adult)
In today’s day and age, ever wondered what it would be like if the world in virtual reality games was actually real? As in, if you could actually live in the world, leaving behind the world you are actually a part of?
Well, then look no further – Otherworld, the first book in the an all new science fiction series, was absolutely perfect in world building, plotting and characters – I couldn’t let go of the book till the last page turned; and now I really want to know exactly what happens next.
Also, if you are a fan of the TV Sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” – then you just might want to take a second look at the author again 😉
- The Corset by Laura Purcell (Historical Gothic Fiction)
This is not the debut novel by Laura Purcell, it is still the first book for me by Laura Purcell & one that sent shivers down my spine all throughout the book. It was the perfect read for when you are willing to be horrified and fascinated at the same time.
- Circe by Madeline Miller (Literature Fiction)
I have adored Greek Mythology ever since I started reading Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan – but Circe by Madeline Miller is in a league of its own.
Circe is an empowering story of the witch Circe that hits you right in your soul – a book that I would recommend for anyone wishing to be awed or even introduced to Greek Mythology.
- Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon (Young Adult with Representation)
Rosie Loves Jack is a brilliant, emotive and one of the best possible books I could ever recommend to any reader; no matter what their age. It is a book that teaches you the power of looking at the world through rose colored glasses.
This is a MUST READ for my side, anytime and anywhere.
- Stalking Jack The Ripper Series by Kerri Maniscalco (Historical Young Adult Fiction)
I was physically shaming myself for not reading the book – Stalking Jack The Ripper and its subsequent sequels, Hunting Prince Dracula and Escaping From Houdini – within three days of starting the first book – if you need a comparative data; then you should know that one and a half days, I was travelling and for the rest of the days I was at my in – laws place where we only visit once a year (I so totally offended many people there by ignoring them in favor of the books :P).
So understand why I adore these books for there is a perfect balance of brilliant writing style & a plot that is an amalgamation of forensic science, mystery, horror and gothic atmosphere.
I am excitedly waiting for the conclusion to this series – one that honestly looks to be as exciting as it sounds to be.
- Mists of Serengeti by Leylah Attar (Romance)
It’s the only romance that has made the list (mostly ‘cause I read a whole lot of romances & it takes a special type of romance to make its mark on me!) – the main reason Mists of Serengeti makes this list is because this is more than just a romance – it is about the grief, loss, and a connection between two individuals so mired in heartache yet somehow unable to deny that particular connection.
This book was more than just the story; it was a journey in a beautiful, primitive place that ends up residing in your soul long after you are done with the book.