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Best and Worst Books of 2018

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*Today is the day I talk about my best books of 2018 and my worst books of 2018. I try to keep it real without bashing books too badly. They are, after all, something that the author worked very hard at. I respect them and all of the effort they put forth, even if the book wasn’t my favorite.

The best and the worst books I read in 2018.

Worst Books of 2018

*These books just weren’t for me. I mean no disrespect to you if you loved one of these books. If you don’t like to read negative things about your favorite books then feel free to skim down to my best books of 2018 section. Thanks!

Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer

worst books 2018

This book was ok for me until the end. I wish I never would have read the epilogue. I could have just skipped the whole book actually. I didn’t like the main characters at all. I couldn’t get myself to care about them. And the ending made me lose all respect I may have had for the main character. He couldn’t think for himself at all and it just drove me nuts.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

worst reads 2018

I wanted to like this book. The cover always caught my eye when I would see it at the library. But, it was just too naive for me. The love triangle drove me crazy and I couldn’t stand the main character’s inability to be honest with herself.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

worst reads 2018

For me there were too many things wrong with this book. I appreciate the thought behind it, but I absolutely cannot accept how straight women are represented in this book. I debated not putting this book on the list because I actually didn’t finish it, but I thought that I owed my fellow readers a warning about it. The straight women in this book are represented basically as pushovers who will do whatever they are told because they have no choice. But the lesbian characters put up a fight over their situation in life. And that’s just not ok with me. ALL women should feel that they can stand up for what is right. That right doesn’t just belong to a certain group of women.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson-Levine

worst reads 2018

I loved this book as a little girl. It’s one of the stories that really kick started my reading life, but I wish I would have just left it as a nice memory. It was so dull I had to force myself to finish it.


Best Books of 2018

Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith

best books 2018

This probably one of my favorite reads of 2018. It is the only guide book you need for decorating your house. It is super straightforward and guides you step by step through the entire process of cozy minimalizing your home. I wish this book had been published 8 years ago when I was decorating our first house. The thing I like the most is that you can use this system no matter where you live or if you own or rent. It’s probably going to be my go-to bridal shower gift.

The Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

best reads 2018

I know this is cheating a bit because this is a series, but these were literally my favorite books this year. I normally don’t reread series very often, maybe once ever 3 or 4 years, but I think this might become an annual thing, at least for a couple years.

The Lonesome Gods by Louis L’Amour

best reads 2018

I’m really not into western books, but then, I wouldn’t really consider this book western either. It was basically magic and I really really loved it. I was thinking about it for weeks afterward. It still pops up in my mind every now and again. I really need to make reading more of L’Amour’s books a priority.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

best books 2018

I spent the first half of this year immersed in historical fiction, which is one of my favorite genres. This book was extremely well written and I really liked it. I wasn’t a big fan of the ending, but you can’t always have a happy ending, you know?

So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

best books of 2018

This was the best personal growth book that I read this year. It was very logical and void of all that wishy washy feel good crap that is in most of the self help books available today. The concepts inside are so simple that you’ll wonder why more people don’t know about their existence.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

best books of 2018

This was only the second time I have read this book. The first time was when it was published so it was pretty much new all over again. Even though I’ve seen the movies a thousand times, it was still so good. There are so many more things in the book that don’t get mentioned in the movie. I have also found that I’ve made a lot of connections between this book and the Fantastic Beasts movies. I’ve put together quite a few theories about the wizarding world, and with Dumbledore in particular. If you’ve watched The Crimes of Grindelwald, then you might want to consider reading The Deathly Hallows. You never know what you’ll discover.


That’s all for me this time. What were your favorite and least favorite books this year?

Happy Reading,

Alicen

P.S. Have you heard? The Cozy Shelf is hosting a year long reading challenge! You can get all the details in this post.


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