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Most Surprising Reads of 2018

capture-20181219-164948.pngHi guys! How are you? So yesterday I posted about my most disappointing reads of 2018, but today I’m all about bookish-love and joy and positivity again and so excited to tell you about all the books that surprised me this year, the ones I wasn’t expecting to love – but DID.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

I usually don’t like reading WWII fiction or epistolary novels. This book’s both those things and I still loved it. The incredibly quirky and lovely cast of characters won me over in no time and I was utterly charmed. As much as I love unlikable characters, it’s nice to read about people you would like to be friends with once in a while.

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

Judging a book by it’s cover isn’t always a good idea, but this time it worked out. I was completely swept up in the gorgeous baroque aesthetics and the dangerous court politics our scrupleless anti-heroine had to navigate to buy her freedom. This was probably the most thrilling, twisty book I read all year.

Songs of Love and War by Santa Montefiore

I read this for my bookish buzzwords vs. book nope-words post, and I knew on page one that I was going to love it. It’s almost like an Irish Downton Abbey, but with a family curse, a few ghosts and a fierce, wild ginger heroine that I love to pieces.

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Everyone told me this book was so much better than A Court of Thors and Roses and they were right. I almost couldn’t believe it. I listened to it on audio and I was literally looking around my kitchen like can you guys believe this??? My oven and fridge could not. This series was a beautiful, magical adventure and I’m so glad I trusted the hype for once in my stubborn life.r

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

I love fairytale retellings, but even I can admit they’re not always the most original. Which is why I was so surprised by Crimson Bound, a dark, ensnaring and stunningly unique retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, with a fierce anti-heroine, a dark forest god and fascinating mythology.

Blind Kiss by Renee Carlino

I had some issues with the first book I read by this author, Before We Were Strangers, and I was expecting to feel the same way about Blind Kiss, but instead – I simply adored it. It was exactly the kind of angsty, slow-burn, friends to lovers story I wanted it to be and of course, I loved that it read a lot like 90’s indie flick.

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Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Which books have surprised you this year and in what way?
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14 thoughts on “Most Surprising Reads of 2018

  1. Guernsey had to be my most surprising read this year as well! I had owned it, then gotten rid of it, and then gifted it… so I knew it was about time to pick it up.

    ACOMAF is also a huge favorite, and gives you more appreciation for ACOTAR. I will say, the third book isn’t my favorite, however, it was still decent.

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  2. Oo i am surprised you like a WWII novel i just can’t deal with them i tried several times. However a book that surprised me this year was by Emma Hamm Heart of the Fae a retelling of beauty and the beast. I loved it so much it had a really cool heroine names Sorcha i highly recommend .

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  3. I didn’t expect to like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society a lot because I too don’t usually read books like that, but I was also (pleasantly) surprised. It was such a charming book! I have to agree, it is nice to read about happy and hopeful things once in a while!

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