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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.


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.


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.


Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Which books have surprised you this year and in what way?

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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