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2018 Faves

2018 was quite the reading year for little ol’ me.
I read more in 2018 than in any other year.
I knocked out a bunch of books that were on my TBR.
I read old book and semi-new books, and overall, I enjoyed the books I read this year, with a few notable exception.

So today I’m celebrating my 2018 with Top 5, Bottom 5.

Top 5

Disclaimer: The 5 books listed below are 5 of my favorite books I read this year, not books published this year.
Picking favorites is so hard (said every reader ever), but I wanted to pick books that I not only loved, but also that summed up the types of books I read this year.
For a full list of titles I read in 2018, see my Goodreads. Or this post.

  1. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte.
    1. I absolutely loved the melancholy tone Charlotte used throughout (totally pretending we are on a first name basis). Every bit of this book is incredible: the wit, the humor, the romance. β™₯
  2. Hillbilly Elegy – J.D. Vance
    1. I am not from the hollers, but I can still relate to much of the story inside. J.D. Vance’s story gave me insight into some of my own behaviors as an adult. I loved the conservative undertones and I love all the mixed emotions this book has brought out in the reviews.
  3. Rules of Civility – Amor Towles
    1. I don’t even know what to say about this one. I was absolutely dazzled in a way that not many books have dazzled me. I can’t wait until a respectable about of time has passed and I can reread it.
  4. Leviathan Wakes – James S.A. Corey
    1. This book was epic. Epic in scale and scope. It was politically thrilling and i definitely read it twice. When I read the actual physical book (on my kindle) I didn’t much care for it, but when I listened to it, I would drive around the block before coming inside just to keep listening.
  5. Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon – Craig Nelson
    1. 2018 was the year of the stars for me. I became more interested in space and the history of manned space flight. This book was absolutely riddled with quotes from the most recognizable astronauts and it is an absolutely fascinating chronology of one of my favorite series of events in history.

Bottom 5

  1. Big Stone Gap – Adriana Trigiani
    1. Oh boy, this book. When you can guess the eventual love interest of the female lead in the first chapter of the book, you lose me. I thought this book lacked any substance or character. And can we talk about how Ave Maria describes herself as homely, and movie Ave is Ashley Judd?
  2. The Saturday Evening Girl’s Club – Jane Healey
    1. This book had no real sense of time. I forgot when it was set and throughout most of it, I thought it was set in mid 20th century. Nope. 1909.
  3. The Last Mrs. Parrish – Liv Constantine
    1. I think maybe I blocked this one from my mind? Is that too harsh? But honestly, I can’t remember exactly why I hated it so much. It was sloppy and unconvincing. I don’t need to like the characters I’m reading, but my goodness I have to at least enjoy the plot. And I did not.
  4. P.S. From Paris – Marc Levy
    1. I didn’t hate this one. It was predictable and airy, but it wasn’t something I would read again or think about after reading. Eh.
  5. The Alice Network – Kate Quinn
    1. I think there may have been too much going on? Until I went back and read the description during the writing of this post, I had forgotten about the 1947 story line entirely. I may have liked them individually, but together they didn’t really work for me and there were some plot points that were either forced or just unrealistic.

There. I’ve done it. Talking about books I dislike is tough for me, but I’m glad I got that out there.

What were your favorite/least favorite books of 2018? Did you read more likes or dislikes? Tell me about it below!

And as always, I hope your reading is outta this world ☺

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