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I see all my favorite blogs and websites compose summaries for the end of the year. The best of news, trends, moments, movies, etc. It is especially popular on Twitter, and Goodreads asked for its followers top 3 favorite books of 2018. After I composed a response (which took longer than usual since I had to narrow my choices WAY down), I realized that this impossible task is better explained in a post.
So here it is: Rachel’s Best Books of 2018:
The following are only books released in 2018. Also, the books listed here are what I have read – so many more that I wish I had the time to read this past year!
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones: what happens to a marriage when life throws unfathomable circumstances at it? Two newlyweds, living the American Dream in the New South, find that love is not simply enough. Celestial and Roy are rocked when Roy is found guilty of a crime he did not commit and sentenced to a long stint in prison. Both he and Celestial are challenged and struggle with their new life; yet when Roy’s conviction is overturned and he is released after five years, their relationship is challenged even further. Can a marriage overcome its past? Are there some struggles and pains that are just too much to bear?
- War Storm by Victoria Aveyard: the fourth and final book in the Red Queen series did not disappoint – except that it ended. Mare Barrow is determined to overthrow King Maven and win freedom for the Reds and the entire kingdom? It will take an alliance with Cal, the Silvers, and a neighboring land. Mare will have to trust those who have broken her as the war rages on. Who will win? I loved this series and wish it could go on, as I wish for most series. It was a fitting ending to a fantastic YA series!
- The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir: a large, evangelical family, their own TV show, and a pregnant teenage daughter – sounds like a good plot line, right? We meet shy and sweet Essie, the youngest daughter of the Hicks family. When her mother discovers she is pregnant, the show’s producers and the family spring into crisis mode and find a suitable boy for her to marry. The entire courtship and marriage and fabricated and broadcast for viewers and through exclusive interviews with one writer, whom Essie entrusts with the truth about her life, her family, and the secrets they hold. Slightly predictable yet keeps you guessing, this book was a little too close to reality than we might like to admit.
- Circe by Madeline Miller: this book reignited my love of Greek mythology! Circe was the daughter of the Titan Helios and the water nymph Perse. She was overlooked as a child for her compassion and her lack of power, which leads her to life with mortals. It is through this love that her true power is discovered: power of witchcraft. Most famously known by her relationship with Odysseus in The Odyssey, this book details her long, storied life as a goddess. Every pain and struggle feels infinitely more human than godlike, and this version of myth is heartbreaking and entertaining. I could hardly stand to put it down.
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: I told you all about this book in a recent post, which you can read here, so I won’t detail too much. What I can say is that the story of Zélie, the fictional Orïsha, and the power of magic captivated me from the first page until the very end. I cannot wait for the next book, Children of Virtue and Vengeance to be released in March 2019!
- A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal: what if vampires were real and integrated in modern society? In this book, a new world is shaped with the vampire epidemic. What started as an isolated infected person investigated by the CDC becomes a movement of people in this new lifestyle. Can vampires and human truly coexist? This reminded me of World War Z in the way that it was written through first-person accounts and news sources, and the story was definitely interesting. If you love all things vampire, you’ll want to read this.
As I finish out this year just 12 books shy of my Goodreads goal, I am also glad to have found some fantastic stories to read and share with you all. I hope you all are having a safe and Happy New Year! I’m ringing it in with a book and Oreo cheesecake. 🙂
What were your favorite book releases this year?