Hi 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.