I’m taking part in #Project14lists hosted by Shealea @ bookshelfbitch so be ready to see lots of lists on here (okay maybe just 7😂). You can check out her post to read more about it and enter her giveaway. At the end of the year, we are always overwhelmed with lots of “best of” lists and then you want to write a post about your favourite books and it’s just so hard to choose cause you’ve read so many good books. So I decided to
torture ask other bloggers and bookstagrammers and here are their answers. Here we go!
So first up, we have Cait @ Paperfury and here is what she has to say about her favourite book of 2018.
“Picking one favourite book of 2018 is always so hard! And while I want to say The Wicker King by K. Ancrum (seriously go read it!!), it was published in 2017. Soooo I’ll pick a 2018 release and say: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black! This one absolutely excited me because I’m a huge fan of Holly Black’s previous work.
The Curseworkers with con artist brothers, dark magic, and twisty plots, sparked my imagination so much…and The Cruel Prince did the same. It’s the most Slytherin book I’ve read in years. All twisty, dangerous, and wickedly delicious. Since it’s set in the faerie courts and realms, we get to see first-hand how beautiful and deadly they are. I also just adored Jude! She’s a protagonist who literally says: “I’ll be WORSE than my enemies. That’ll show ’em.” And, you go, Jude. We love you. I think it particularly caught my heart because it features two vulnerable teens building tough walls around themselves after they’ve been so hurt — and I can’t wait to see where their journeys lead. Also stabbing! Magic! Corruption! Plot twists!”
Next up is Evelina @Avalinahsbooks. She is such a gem in the book community and always there to lend a hand to international and new book bloggers.
“I’ve read so many good books in 2018! So to make the choice easier, I made a rule: I’ll only choose indie / small publisher books because they need more support. So I stopped at two books – List of 13 and Going Widdershins. It was incredibly hard to choose between these two amazing books, but I chose Going Widdershins because I believe the topic explores what is more relevant in society right now.
While both books are about women’s journeys, List of 13 focuses on rather positive experiences and a mother/daughter relationship, while Going Widdershins talks about the oppression of women and their institutionalization when they were ‘inconvenient’. The book has so much to say! It tells the story of a woman whose soul was crushed through poor upbringing and an abusive marriage, so she was forced to morph into something that didn’t have a place in human society anymore. Despite changing, the heroine does find a place for herself in the world, but the question is, whether the world will let her keep her place, or erase her completely because she doesn’t fit its standards.
I know I cried when I read that book, and to date, it remains my most highlighted book ever. I recommend it to ALL women since it’s important to remember where we came from and what a long way those before us have had to walk, just so that we could have the freedom we have today.”
Next up is Nandini @ Unputdownable books, a book blogger and bookstagrammer from India. She chose A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman as her favourite book and here’s why:
“Every story that I finished not only entertained me and taught me new things but fulfilled the deep need to see the stories of myself, my people and my neighbours represented in fiction. I’m not a fan of short fiction as full-length novels are my comfort zone, but this one spoke to my soul. This is the kind of book that makes one fall in love with reading.”
Next is the talented CW @ The Quiet Pond. She blogs at a quiet pond which you should totally check out for great reviews, recommendations and drawing of cute animals (two words: Christmas Corgis’.)
“My favourite book of 2018 was definitely Jade City by Fonda Lee! It’s an adult urban fantasy that mixes martial arts with family crime dramas. This book was absolutely brilliant; I loved this book for its Asian-inspired setting that had so much depth, the well-written and heart-pounding action sequences where the warriors use jade, a green stone that amplifies their power, and also for the compelling story. It follows three siblings who are part of and head one of the city’s biggest clans as they fight for control and power and clash with their city’s rivalling clan. The story is brilliant and so fascinating, and I totally recommend it to anyone who loves urban fantasy or wants to read something unique and fun.”
Finally, we have Aeesha @thatothernigeriangirl, a bookstagrammer from Nigeria and she had this to say about her favourite book and it made me want to go to a bookstore in the middle of the night to get this book.
“At the beginning of the year, I made a mental note to read as many 5 star reads (written by authors of colour) as I could find and my wish was granted. I added this so the reader can know that although I’m choosing one “Best Book Of 2018” in this piece, almost all the books I read this year could make the cut but since Etinosa only requested for one, I’m going with The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi.
I stumbled on the audio version of this book by chance, in June. The blurb caught my attention so I decided to give it a go, I didn’t expect to remain wide awake, suppressing sleep because I couldn’t contain the urgency to know what happened to the characters in the book. The Color Of Our Sky tells the tale (in the present and past tense) of two childhood friends, Muktar and Tara; one struggling to survive human slave trade and her birth duty of being a Devdasi and the other on a mission to save her friend.
This book transfixed me, made me cry and brought pain (lots of them) to my heart so much so that I couldn’t bring write a review for it. I learnt a lot about certain cultures especially the Devdasi practice, the struggles of loving someone with a difference that society deems unforgivable (e.g caste, race, etc) and how the power of friendship (yes! Female friendship!) can save one from the pits of despair, even after 11 years. I awarded the book a resounding 5 stars and I will be on the lookout for the physical copy especially because the book isn’t as hyped on #bookstagram. I have other 5-star worthy reads this year but you’d have to visit my Instagram (@thatothernigeriangirl) to view them”
Well, you heard the lady. Check out her amazing bookstagram for more great reviews, she reads a lot of diverse books especially those written by Muslim authors.
So how do you feel after reading all these great reviews? I for one have added several books to my TBR. Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments below.
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