Since we are nearing the end of 2018, I thought now would be a good time to look back on the books I read and choose my top five favourite reads this year. One rule I will be adding is that no books that I’ve re-read this year will make the list, so no Night Angels or Newsflesh trilogy, sorry! Now that the rules have been stated, sit back and enjoy!
5. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.
The fifth book to make it onto my list is a historical fiction novel that looks to take on A Game of Thrones for the title of most dark and hopeless novel. The Pillars of the Earth is a hefty novel weighing in at just over 1,100 pages, so I can understand why it wouldn’t make most people’s top books read list. Still, I love the historical details, the complexity of the characters and setting that Ken Follett. Some authors (looking at you, Stephen King) struggle to write longer novels that still engage the reader and don’t lose the plot, that is not the case with Ken Follett. I hope to pick up the novels in the Kingsbridge series in the future.
4. Jade City by Fonda Lee.
Moving on from historical fictions to urban fantasy, Jade City comes in at number four on this list! Jade City has an interesting mix of clan warfare in a modern city with a little bit of magic thrown in as well. This is fantastic debut into adult urban fantasy by Fonda Lee, which feels like a breath of fresh air. If you’re feeling a little burned out in the urban fantasy genre, then I recommend you give this book ago. I can’t wait to read the second book in the trilogy, Jade War, when it is released later in 2019.
3. The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan.
The next book on the list is the second book in the Draconis Memoria trilogy, The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan. This book is a great example of how to write a sequel that surpasses the original novel. The stakes are larger, as humanity fights to survive against the dragon invasion; meanwhile a small band of unlikely heroes are possibly humanity’s last hope. The world and lore have been expanded and more mysteries are revealed as this book sets up the epic final for the trilogy.
2. Winter by Marissa Meyer.
At the number two spot, we have the final book in The Lunar Chronicles, Winter by Marissa Meyer. I’ll be honest, I feel in love with the entire series which are sci-fi re-tellings of some well known fairy tails, with an epic overarching plot involving tyrannical queens and charming princes. Winter is a loss retelling of Snow White and is a fantastic addition to the series., which shows that not all fairy tail princesses are damsels in distress. This is a young adult sci-fi series, I highly recommend people check out!
1. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson.
OK, this probably came as no surprise to some long time readers of this blog. I am a fan of Brandon Sanderson’s novels. Still, I was a little hesitant to read his first ever published novel as I didn’t think it could live up to the stands of his other books. Boy, was I wrong! The novel explores the idea that being chosen isn’t always a blessing and the struggles to overcome such a burden. This novel truly lives up to the label of epic fantasy.
So there were my top five books that I read in 2018! This was a really hard list to complete, as I had read so many good books this year. Are there any books that you really enjoyed reading in 2018? Share them in the comments below and I’ll talk to you soon!