HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE !!!!! It’s a new year and new beginning and I hope all of us will have a great reading and blogging year. And finally it’s time for the toughest post for any reader – listing down favorite books. And it becomes even tougher for someone like me because I have to choose between the almost 300 books that I read in 2018.
So, I have come up with a slightly different take on this topic. I am going to list down my favorite reads of each month of 2018 – and this way, I don’t have to restrict myself to just 10 favorites. Now let’s get started…..
My beginning of the year wasn’t very good and I hardly read anything this month. But my favorite book was Maybe Someday – a beautiful emotional love story which kept me weeping for days.
Thankfully, February turned out to be better. I discovered the New Adult genre with the wonderful college romance The Deal. I also decided to finally read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (once I saw the movie trailer) and it was the cutest book ever. And then I discovered the very adorable OTP Monty and Percy in the hilarious adventure The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.
I was in a huge reading slump in this month, but I also discovered the amazing best friends-to-lovers romance in Him, which quickly became one of my all time favorites. Another book that cemented my unlikely love for hockey romances was Power Play.
I’m not sure how much I would have loved Change of Hart if I had actually read it, but I listened to the audiobook and it’s narrated by my most favorite narrator ever Jacob Morgan and I utterly completely fell in love.
The month that I discovered Nisha Sharma and wow it was such fun. My So-Called Bollywood Life was the first book that I felt really represented a very intrinsic part of me (my eternal love for Hindi movies) and it’s so entertaining that I was smiling all the way through.
Finally the month where I read a lot of wonderful and diverse books, definitely propelled by my intention to participate in Marvel-A-Thon and also it was Pride month. The Nowhere Girls is the Feminist YA that everyone needs to read and it was such a profound book. Autoboyography was a beautiful love story which quickly made Christina Lauren one of my favorite authors duo of the year. Radio Silence made me so nostalgic and the amazing depiction of friendship in it is like nothing I’ve ever read. And finally I discovered another favorite OTP of all time, Damianos and Laurent in the excellently written Captive Prince trilogy.
I accidentally discovered Lily Morton the previous month and wow her books are so hilarious. But Risk Taker was funny as well as emotional and I sobbed a lottttt. Finally, I got around to reading an Emma Mills book and First and Then was a beautiful and heartwarming story of family and love and friendship. And I never thought I would read a polyamorous love story, but Robbie was a revelation and it’s quickly become a beloved series that I completed this year.
Another marvelous reading month where I discovered more of my all time favorite books. A Charm of Finches has to be on the top five books I’ve read in my lifetime – it’s that gut wrenching and thought provoking and beautiful. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and it lived up to all my expectations and it was another one of those reads that filled me up with sheer joy. I knew even before I started Foundryside that it was going to be a unique experience, and I’m so glad it was. Robert Jackson Bennett’s world building is really something I look forward to so much.
Another month where I was in a kind of a slump, but I accidentally found a new favorite genre while browsing Kindle Unlimited – Romantic Suspense. And The Executive Office series – with a great mix of action, love and political intrigue – was an excellent foray into the genre. This was also the year I started reading graphic novels and I couldn’t not read C. S. Pacat’s Fence, which is beautifully diverse and has many wonderful friendships. And I finally picked up Nevernight and I can officially say that I love female assassins.
A great reading month where I got to read the new series starter in one of my favorite universes, Dance of Thieves; finally stayed up a whole day and night to read the ending of my obsession, Kingdom of Ash; and found a new favorite Indian author who retold my most beloved story in the world Mahabharata in A Spark of White Fire.
Another graphic novel / hockey romance which is also the cutest ever was Check, Please!. Mackenzi Lee’s sequel The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy was as adorable as the first, and Lily Morton’s latest Oz brought lots of smiles and laughter and introduced me to my newest fictional crush.
I never thought December would top any of the previous months, but I am so thankful that I was surprised by one great read after another throughout the month. It started off with an excellent satisfactory conclusion to The Dark Artifices in Queen of Air and Darkness. I thought I knew what I was expecting when I picked up Why the Devil stalks Death, but wow it was one cliffhanger after another and what a thrilling ride. I also decided to tackle the remaining books of Matthew Reilly on my TBR and reading The Four Legendary Kingdoms and The Three Secret Cities only proved why I have loved this series for almost a decade. On the merry day of Christmas, I thought I was being contrary when I picked up A People’s Future of the United States – it was terrifying and thought provoking and something that will haunt me for a long time.
Have you read and loved any of the books on my list? What are some of your top reads of 2018? Do share your thoughts or drop me the links for your posts!!!!