It’s the last week of 2018, and you know what that means. Yep, it’s time for the end-of-the-year list post avalanche.
There have to be a million of these post flooding the internet (in fact, I’m halfway convinced it’s now a meme to do an end-of-the-year-list post?). But does the fact that everyone else is doing the same post as me stop me in a chance to fangirl about books?
No. No it does not.
It’s been a… well, let’s just say, an interesting year of reading. Ever since I started WWF, I wanted to read more popular books to merge into the community: Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, Warcross, The Selection. But, in that splurge of popular books, I’m finding the ones that truly matter to me, and many aren’t all too talked about. Next year, my list is probably going to look drastically different, but for now, enjoy my top ten from 2018!
This was one of the first books I read this year, and it was an amazing way to start off 2018. It’s a classic, which is a genre I don’t read too much, but it felt almost like a contemporary in the way that it was progressive for its time, and just so casually sweet! Even though I don’t have any sisters, the connection between the girls melted my heart and made me root for them even more. Also: YAY FOR AN ALL FEMALE LEAD CAST. I look forward to watching the new movie adaption of this one 💛💛
jeremy fink & the meaning of life
Though it’s actually considered a kid’s book, Jeremy Fink has the charm and maturity of YA fiction. It was like traveling back in time to seventh grade, when I didn’t know who I was or what my purpose was. Following Jeremy and Lizzy asking those questions was like reliving that time of my life. If nostalgia’s your thing, READ IT.
I am NOT a sci-fi or dystopian reader. I love real life and the possibilities and romance and fluff. Warcross is one of the few books I can say break that trend, and MAN did it blow away my expectations. First of all, the concept is brilliant and very well could be what the future holds when we find the right technology. The mystery and adventure kept me and my VERY sci-fi loving brother reading, reading, reading until the last page (after which i whined for an hour and then got the sequel at the library, which was fun).
dear mr knightley
I liked this book so much, I bought it and two other books by the same author. The very best thing about this book was how stinkin’ relatable it was. Like, are you kidding me? The protagonist, Sam?? She’s an introverted, bookish, fangirling writer who only wants to snuggle up and read a good Austin novel. I’m quite sure that describes half the book blogging community right there. And then there was the romance. Alex Powell is an angel, alright? Just. Go read it. Grab some Oreos while you’re at it.
the book thief
This is one of the few books I’ve ever legit cried over. Like, tears-running-down-my-face cried over. It’s just so heart-wrenching and sad but also sort of happy..? It’s the most confusing roller coaster of feelings. You get lost in the book on page two and don’t get out until you turn that last page. Incredible. There isn’t even much to say about it, it’s so good. If you read aNyThInG on this list, read this one.
I wasn’t looking forward to reading this one, and it was a struggle to get into the story. But then I hit the middle of the book and OH WOW EVERYTHING JUST EXPLODED INTO FEELS AND MY HEART HURTS. Like, this book stabbed me in the back, and all I did was thank it. I can’t talk about it without spoiling the ‘Flipped’ part of the book but trust me, it is worth bawling your eyes out.
the blood race
Once again, I’m not much into sci-fi, but, like I mentioned in my review, it was one of the only exceptions I’ve ever come across. My affections are all pointed at (1. the prose that puts others to shame, and (2. MY FAVORITE CHILD HAWK. She is one of my favorite characters…. ever. She’s the perfect mix of feminine strength and realistic vulnerability, basically the Strong Female Character we need right now.
catch me if you can
Although I began reading this book for a school project, it’s actually one of the greatest stories I’ve ever read in my life. And it’s true. You might know the film based off the book starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, but the book takes the life of Frank Abagnale to the next level.
a thousand perfect notes
I got ATPN for Christmas, telling myself over and over again that I WOULD NOT read it, and instead finish up all my library books.
I read ATPN the day after I got it. Do I regret it? hahaha NOPE.
There’s too much to discuss. Beck. August. Music. Hate. Siblings. I cannot with all these feels. A Thousand Perfect Notes should be titled One Perfect Book. There, I said it. It was perfect, be it in prose or story or WHATEVER. I can’t get over this amazing book and I never will, period.
It was a goal of mine to read the Harry Potter series this year, and, well, I sped through it in about a week, took the Pottermore test, and now I’m a loud and proud Hufflepuff. The series was like a piece of culture I’d missed as a child, and, admittedly, it’s a lot refreshing to actually understand what people are talking about when they mention Quittich or the Sorting Hat. ALSO, HARRY. He’s just so sweet and confused and I understand him so much askjfgfdjjh!!
It’s not much, but that’s my list! Thankfully, I surpassed my reading challenge goal with all these books and more, so wooo! Now to start all over again with a completely blank slate! *bites nails nervously*
I’ll be back and posting the rest of this week leading up to my one-year blogiversary with a few posts I wouldn’t normally publish on a normal posting day, so keep an eye out for a post that’s been looooong in the making tomorrow 🎉
Let’s talk in the comments! Have you done a post with your top books?? Shoot me a link in the comments if you have; I’d love to read it! Do your lists hold well-known books or more obscure finds?