Hello and welcome to a very late top books of 2018 list. I don’t know if these are actually the Top of the Top books that I read but if I didn’t just post it you’d be waiting till summer for this list.
Here is my Top books from 2017 if that interests you. And these are all the books I read in 2018. Let me know what your favorite books of 2018 were.
These are in no particular order (but apparently I really enjoyed fantasy this year).
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (just the first book in the series)
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (mostly the first book again although you kind of have to read the whole series)
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan (the whole series – this was a highlight of my reading)
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Catherine, Called Birdy
If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
Rereads (so they better have been good):
The Man in the Ceiling by Jules Feiffer
Wind Rider by Susan Williams
Harry Potter (I reread the first three books in 2018)
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik (I actually reread the first five in the series)
I read a total of 87 books in 2018. Here is a list of all of them kind of sorted by genre. The number before them correlates to the order in which I read them. To learn more about any particular book click on the name and it will take you to my post about it.
So I just spent lots of time making pretty graphs to show you this information in a prettier way and WordPress won’t let me add them. GRRR!!! This is why I don’t love wordpress. So much for anything interesting. Here’s the list without visuals. Continue reading “Books I Read in 2018 (By Genre ish)”
The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne
Again after reading fantasy I felt the need for something different so I read *gasp* some nonfiction.
This is a memoir (that’s about as nonfiction as I get) following the life of Josh as he struggles with Tourette Syndrome and figuring out how to not just survive but thrive. Continue reading “(48) The World’s Strongest Librarian // Bookish Blurb”
The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown by Vaseem Khan
A few years ago my Grandparents sent this book (and the one before it) to my family since they thought someone would enjoy them. Somehow this book (the second in the series) ended up in my possession and I randomly decided to read it.
This is a book set in India where a retired police officer turned private investigator solves the mystery of a crown (and jewel) being stolen.
Overall I liked this book. I appreciated the different setting (at least different from most of the books I read). Also did I mention there’s an adorable (very smart) elephant? I love elephants. He was definitely my favorite character. Continue reading “(23) The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown // Bookish Blurb”
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
This is the third book in the Thursday Next series (see my thoughts on book one here) and in this book Thursday is taking refuge in a book (quite literally) to escape from all the people trying to kill or use her (see book two).
Like the other books, a lot of different things happen in this book. The most interesting (in my mind) was her continued struggles with her memory and her husband. I don’t know what more to say without spoilers but that was probably my favorite aspect of this book. Continue reading “(20) The Well of Lost Plots // Bookish Blurb”
Lost in a Good Book by Lasper Fforde
This is the second book in the Thursday Next series (the first being The Eyre Affair). I loved the first one so much I was excited to pick up this one. I think my expectations were a bit too high but I still enjoyed this book overall. Again there was a general confusion most of the way through the book since nothing is ever explained. Unlike the first book where I felt like I understood most of the stuff (since I have read Jane Eyre), this book made me realize just how many ‘classics’ I haven’t read. That didn’t necessarily detract from the book but it did make me feel like I was missing out on stuff.
The premise of this book is that Thursday’s husband is erased from history and in order to get him back, Thursday has to get the guy out of the book that they trapped him in in the first book. This involves Thursday having to learn how to get into books without her uncle’s invention and with the help of other book characters. Continue reading “(19) Lost in a Good Book // Bookish Blurb”
You probably didn’t notice, but I haven’t posted in a few weeks. I decided to take a little time off to readjust and just figure out what I was doing and what I wanted to do. Blogging was not as fun as it had been and that made me worried. I didn’t want to be doing something supposedly as a hobby if it wasn’t fun. So I took a break but now I’m back.
This is what I’ve decided. I think I’m just going to do one post a week (probably on Mondays unless someone objects … which is unlikely given that no one really reads my blog anyway) and that the goal will be mostly to document what I read. I really enjoyed being able to look back at what I read last year and see what types of books I read and just how many I was able to read. That being said, I will probably still post some other things when I feel like it but I won’t push myself to do one of those posts every week as well.
I thought about going right back into regular posts but I felt like maybe I should do a little blurb expressing my thoughts (because what the world needs right now is definitely some more opinions). Also this way I have another post written (since I’m terrified of not having something to post apparently).
I hope you are all having a wonderful start to the year. Let’s just say I’m looking forward to February (February is great!).
Until next time,
-The Indecisive Dragon
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
When a new person moves into his building, a chain of events unfurl that force Monsier Perdu to come to terms with his broken heart and embark on a journey down the river in his book barge to visit the woman who broke his heart 20 years ago.
This book was filled with quirky interesting characters (Perdu included) who are all affected by love in various ways (aren’t we all…). There are people in and out and lost in love. Also Perdu kind of learns what it is like to love someone like a son as well as the love of friends so I guess it’s not just about romantic love. Continue reading “(39)The Little Paris Bookshop // Bookish Blurb”
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
This is an Australian book about Don, a socially awkward genetics professor who has decided to create a questionnaire in order to find an acceptable partner, and Rosie, a woman who does not fulfill many of the requirements to be an acceptable partner nor is she looking to be, and how they fall in love.
My favorite part of this book was trying to understand the way Don works. He narrates the story and is just such an interesting character. I believe that he has Asperger syndrome. He is incredibly smart but has a very hard time empathizing with people and understanding social behavior. Continue reading “(19) The Rosie Project // Bookish Blurb”
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
This is a historical fiction book loosely based on some historical characters. The book follows the lives of two women; Sarah (a southern white woman) and Hetty ‘Handful’, the slave she is given on her 11th birthday.
The book is all about trying to find your place and make your life better but mostly it is about trying to survive and make the most out of your situation. Obviously the women live very different lives and at times it seems as though their lives have nothing to do with each other yet the contrast between their lives is very meaningful. Continue reading “(17) The Invention of Wings // Bookish Blurb”