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Top Ten Tuesday: Best books I read in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Hello everyone! This is my first ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ so it’s pretty exciting for me. 2018 was a really good year for me in terms of books- I read loads of novels that I really enjoyed so it was hard to choose ten. I tried to find a unique reason for each one. Here I go, in no particular order:

(1) The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

The Toymakers is set in the midst of the First World War in London in an emporium full of magical toys. It’s a bit different to what I’d normally read and I was expecting a fun story about happy children playing with toy soldiers and rocking horses. Instead, it was an enchanting, poignant tale about family, loss, love and sticking together when times get tough. It will stay with me for a long time.

(2) The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

I loved this book because it was so spellbinding and I was hooked from the first page. I could barely put it down. Jude is such a fierce and cunning main character and she was so fun to read about.

(3) Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

I adored Strange the Dreamer and this was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. The writing was poetic, the characters were adorable and the ending was very satisfying. It heavily hinted at a Daughter of Smoke of Bone and Strange the Dreamer crossover and I really hope that happens. Also, I got the special edition with the sprayed edges and it is so pretty!

(4) The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

This was also something I wouldn’t normally go for and I was more than pleasantly surprised. It was a captivating murder mystery with a time travelling twist and it really kept me on my toes! (The US name is the 7 1\2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle).

(5) The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (or The Traitor) was a clever geopolitical fantasy about a girl called Baru with themes of colonialism. At first I wasn’t that into it but gradually it reeled me in and the plot twists shook me- I did not see them coming.

(6) The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season is set in a dystopian world plagued by natural disasters. It was one of my best reads because it was so imaginative and it is the only book I’ve ever read that utilises the second person perspective so skilfully.

(7) Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

This was also one of my anticipated reads and I thought it was a very good conclusion to the Conquer’s Saga. Overall, I love how this trilogy depicts one of the most amazing female antiheroes and it is really thought provoking with its ideas about sexism and religion.

(8) Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted was a fun read full of wizards, magic and evil people-devouring-trees. It engaged me and captured my imagination- I really enjoyed reading it.

(9) Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

This was my most anticipated read of 2018 and although I did feel slightly underwhelmed I’ve been following the Throne of Glass series for so long it had to go on this list. I have conflicting feelings for this series because although I’m aware of all the issues and giant gaping plot holes in it, I still inexplicably love it.

(10) The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

This book was shockingly brutal for me but I learnt a lot from it. It was based on the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Nanjing Massacre and I’d never heard about these things before so I’m grateful to the author for writing this and raising awareness about it.

So those my top ten books from 2018! What are yours?

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