My 2018 Reading Year in Review

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2018 was an amazing year for me, as I managed to read 74 books, which is triple of what I read last year. This year I completely dedicated myself to this blog and this amazing community, and I want to thank you all for being here, for reading my reviews and for suggesting me books that I absolutely loved. Here’s to another amazing year ahead of us!ย 

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Best books I have read in 2018 (in no particular order):

๐ŸŒŸย Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

๐ŸŒŸย My Name is Anna – Lizzy Barber

๐ŸŒŸย Day Of The Accident – Nuala Ellwood

๐ŸŒŸย Fawkes – Nadine Brandes

๐ŸŒŸย A Game of Thrones (A Song Of Ice and Fire #1) – George R. R. Martin

๐ŸŒŸย City Of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clareย 

๐ŸŒŸย The Cruel Prince (The Folk of The Air #1) – Holly Black

๐ŸŒŸย Uglies (Uglies #1) – Scott Westerfeld

๐ŸŒŸย Warcross (Warcross #1) – Marie Lu

๐ŸŒŸย The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

 

Book that disappointed me:

Books of The Month:

๐ŸŒŸย January:

Moonlight Over Manhattan – Sarah Morgan

๐ŸŒŸย February:

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

๐ŸŒŸย March:

The Night Raid – Clare Harvey

๐ŸŒŸย April:

Coming Home – Fern Britton

๐ŸŒŸย May:

Now You See Her – Heidi Perks

๐ŸŒŸย June:

Quidditch Through the Ages – J.K. Rowling

๐ŸŒŸย July:

Fawkes – Nadine Brandes

๐ŸŒŸย August:

Never Forgotten (Never Forgotten #1) – Kelly Risser

๐ŸŒŸย September:

7 ยฝ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton

๐ŸŒŸย October:

A Game of Thrones (A Song Of Ice and Fire #1) – George R. R. Martin

๐ŸŒŸย November:

Uglies (Uglies #1) – Scott Westerfeld

๐ŸŒŸย December:

Warcross (Warcross #1) – Marie Lu

 

Happy New Year!

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Hippie – Paulo Coelho [BOOK REVIEW]

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Hippie is the autobiography by Paulo Coelho, told in third person. This is a story about people that travel the world, wear funny clothes and flowers in their hairs, and believe in peace, love and freedom.

I have read many of Coelhoโ€™s books, even since I was a teenage girl. And all of them share something in common – the path of finding yourself. After reading Hippie, I believe that this is the the best one that covers this subject quite perfectly.

โ€˜โ€™He was a human being, with all the fragility that entails, he didnโ€™t understand everything that happened in his life, but he truly wished to believe he was travelling in search of the light.โ€™โ€™

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Coming Home – Fern Britton [BOOK REVIEW]

I had the pleasure to receive a copy of this book from GoodReads and HarperCollins. This was the first book I have read from Fern Britton, and I know it wonโ€™t be my last for sure!

Coming Home is based in Cornwall, England, a beautiful seaside area with loads of fisherman around. The author describes the place so well, that it made me want to go there, just to see it and be close to the characters. It reminds me of South Shields very much as well.

This is a story of one family, three generations and their difficult lives entwined with love, pain, leaving and coming back home.

Sennen is a woman that leaves her hometown, her parents and her two little children (Ella and Henry) at 17-years-old because life gets too hard to handle.

Ella and Henry are raised by their grandparents and live their whole life without their mother in their lives – until one day, Sennen comes back and wants to be a part of their lives. But are they ready for it?

We see the story through the eyes of Sennen, Ella and Henry and the grandparents. We travel from one generation to the other through the years, and we learn a lot for each of the characters. It is so well-written, that I wasnโ€™t confused at all. Usually I get confused when authors try to do this in other books, but this one was definitely not the case.

This is one of those books that will hook you from the very first pages! The characters are so warm and close to the heart, that I felt like I have known them forever. I felt close to them and their feelings and thoughts, that I could have easily gone out and have a conversation with them. It is one of those books that fills you with anticipation, then gives you a back-story, and just when you thought things will happen as you thought, you will discover a surprise.

Wonderful plot and beautifully written – this is a book of love, family, broken and fixed hearts. This is a book that will make you cry while waiting for a train, and laugh out loud while drinking a hot chocolate in a coffee shop.

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The Help – Kathryn Stockett [BOOK REVIEW]

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

This is a book where coloured maids in 1963 are afraid to speak up.

This is a book where they gain the courage to tell a white lady what actually happens inside their lives.

No one is ready to hear the truth, everyone is scared for their future, but bravery is a strong attire to have, and the maids prove they have what it takes.

Lot of courage, lots of excitement, anxiety and me biting my nails over and over again, but definitely book that’s worth reading. And definitely a book that will open your eyes about what actually happened back then.

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Thank you to:

  • /u/stockman1984 , for the universe postcard (top left). I loved the quote you included inside! It is truly amazing!
  • /u/MaeveTheBrave , for the lovely donut card (top right).
    Amazing ”did you know” – Vermont’s capital city, Montpelier, is the smallest state capital in the USA – population wise! Less than 9000 people live there! I had no clue about this – and thank you for teaching me a fact or two ๐Ÿ™‚
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