Top 6 Books I Read In 2018!

As it is the last day of the year, I thought I would share my top 6 books of 2018! Not all of these came out in 2018, but they were the favourites of the 103 (!!!) books I read. I’ll be doing a 2018 reading wrap-up tomorrow, because there’s still time to read for the rest of the day!

Is it just me that thinks this year has been ridiculously long?! Thank goodness I made a 2018 Favourites shelf on Goodreads, otherwise I would not be able to do this list at all… Anyway, speaking of that, these books are just in the order I read them!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas folks! If you celebrate this holiday, I hope that you have a wonderful day full of food, friends, family, laughter, and love.

Today’s blog post celebrates the end of blogmas too, so here’s my top 5 favourite posts of this season of blogmas:

  1. Harry Potter Spin-Offs The Fans Really Want
  2. How Do I Read So Many Books?
  3. Books I Bought This Semester
  4. Why I Love Harry Potter at Christmas Time
  5. The Icelandic Reading Tradition

I have really enjoyed blogmas this year, and I hope that you have enjoyed reading my posts too! And if you’ve been writing your own blogmas posts – well done to you! I hope you had fun writing them all.

Until the next time! ❤

The Icelandic Christmas Eve Book Giving Tradition | blogmas day 24

I would love to visit Iceland. It’s such a beautiful country, and not only that but it publishes more books per person than any other country in the world. Doesn’t it sound like heaven?

The written word is bound up in oral storytelling, and, like many cultures, the Icelanders told a lot of stories – it’s where we get a lot of Norse mythology from! So it’s really no surprise that Icelanders read a lot. Fun fact: apparently one in 10 Icelanders will publish a book!

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately #3 | blogmas day 22

I’m back with another one of these posts because I’ve read 9 books since the last one! I’ll try and do one more before the end of the year too, because although there’s only 9 days of the year left, I’m still hoping to read a bunch! Hyperlinks in the titles are to reviews on my blog.

For uni, I read:

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (4/5): I completely forgot how great this book was! Flynn’s writing style is honestly amazing, and I really want to read more of her novels.
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (4/5): another reread, this book has completely changed my life and I owe it a lot. Plus, it’s a great book too; Capote’s writing is something else.
  • City of Glass by Paul Auster (3.5/5): this was a really bizarre novel but I actually really enjoyed it? I think I’ll read the rest of the trilogy – they’re only novellas anyway!

And outside of uni, I read:

  • Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle (5/5): god this book was honestly incredible. It really made me think about things being, well, lost and found. I loved it.
  • Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson (4.5/5): this was part of a blog avalanche I did, and it was such a fantastic book. I really related to Ro, the main character, and when it comes out next year I really suggest you read it!
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (4/5): this book was perhaps a little young for me, but still scary and exciting! I’m looking forward to book #2 coming out.
  • Hot Milk by Deborah Levy (3/5): I found the writing of this book both a bit difficult and yet brilliant to deal with, but the story was something I struggled with more. Still, it was an enjoyable read.
  • Murder in the Snow by Gladys Mitchell (2/5): I feel very bad because this was a gift but I really did not like this book. It was dull, dragged on, and even the murder, which should have been really interesting and clever, was boring…
  • Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo (5/5): I LOVED this book! It’s one of my absolute favourites of 2018, and I so recommend it! My review went up just yesterday, so check it out if you’d like!

I’ve actually read a lot more in the past three weeks than I thought I had, and some really great books too! Have you read any of these? Do you want to?

Book Review | Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo

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1915. War with Germany has been raging, but the Isles of Scilly are largely unaffected. That is, until a girl washes up on the shore of one of the islands, and rumours about her begin to circulate. A stunning story about love, justice, community, surprisingly poignant for the modern day.

Michael Morpurgo, if you didn’t know, is one of my absolutely favourite authors, and this wonderful book of his definitely did not disappoint.

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7 Of My Anticipated 2019 Releases | blogmas day 20

Today I thought I’d share just 7 of my most anticipated 2019 releases! I really want to get my mitts on all of these! I’ve tried to put them in date order for their releases. There are probably books I would be ridiculously excited for but don’t know about yet too, so I might do another one of these books in the future! 

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I recommend books based on your blog #6 |Musings of a Coffee Addicted Bibliophile

I recommend books based on your blog” is a bi-monthly series where I recommend a different blogger three books based on their blog content and blog design! 

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This time around, I am recommending books to the lovely Rachel who blogs at Musings of a Coffee Addicted Bibliophile. Rachel’s blog design is stunning – I have a severe blog crush, friends – and her writing is so good too! We seem to have really similar reading tastes, so I had a lot of fun coming up with her list of recommendations!

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Book Unhaul Questions | getting rid of books | blogmas day 18

Many book lovers I know cling on to books like a dragon clings on to gold coins. And dragons love gold coins. 

BooksAndLala on YouTube started off a Book Unhaul Challenge, but I thought I would continue on with the idea but asking a few more questions. I am going to try and get rid of a whole host of books this month, so these questions will be helpful to both me and (hopefully) you! 

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Magical Readathon: Christmas At Hogwarts TBR | blogmas day 17

I’ve wanted to participate in Book Roast’s Magical Readathon for the longest time, but I’ve always been too late to join! Not this time, however- finally, I can participate! I know this TBR is being posted on the day the readathon starts, but hey, what can I say apart from the fact I never really know what I’m doing until I’m doing it. 

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