Hello there readers!
It’s hard to believe that this year is almost over and 2018 is gently creeping its way into our lives along with the promise of upcoming snowy days and hot chocolate to be enjoyed by the fireplace. It’s during the last two months of the year that I begin to look back and reflect on the things I am thankful for and the new memories I made that I will forever cherish. This year was filled with so many things I am thankful for and I can’t wait to restart, refocus, and charge into 2018 with all the strength I can muster to become the best version of myself. Who’s with me??!
This year, with the beginning of my book blogging adventure on Instagram, I started thinking about the books I read this year that I most enjoyed reading and have not stopped thinking about since I finished the last sentence. What came out of that train of thought was a list of what I feel are the Top 5 books that you should read, if you haven’t already, before 2018. Want to know what those 5 books are? Keep reading!
1. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
This book (and entire series) is a freaking GEM. Remember that feeling you had when you first read Harry Potter as a kid? Get ready to feel that all over again when you read these books. With characters so real and rich you’ll feel like you know them and a setting so gorgeous you’ll want to catch a plane to London ASAP, this book is one that you will be sorry that you put off reading for so long. Do yourself a favor and pick of A Darker Shade of Magic, just in time for the release of the new collector’s edition!
2. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Stalking Jack the Ripper is one of those books that make you wonder what to expect and then far exceeds what you ever hoped it would be. If you are looking for a fun read with a side dish of bloody and gory murder mystery, you have found the right book. And spoiler alert: The second book is even better!
3. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
A gorgeous book filled with the magic of Russian folklore, The Bear and the Nightingale deserves so much more praise than I could ever give it. It’s no wonder that it was recommended for fans of Neil Gaiman. While this book is a bit rough to get through for those who are not familiar with Russian mythology, it’s undoubtedly one of my favorite books of the year.
4. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Book of the Month Club never fails to introduce me to new books that I never would have picked up on my own. My first book I have read by Celeste Ng, I was completely blown away by this story. There were some parts at the end that I wasn’t a huge fan of, but overall, the story was beautifully written and I cant wait to read her first novel, Everything I Never Told You.
5. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
I just finished this book earlier this week and it will definitely make my “Top 10 Reads of 2017” post (stay tuned for that post which will be coming in December). I have a soft spot for books that contain magic, but the magic in this book is so different, beautiful, and captivating that I read the entire book in just about 4 hours. Ruth Emmie Lang is an absolute stunning force of nature with her debut novel, so be sure to grab a copy of your own on November 14th!
There is still plenty of time for you to pick up and read these amazing novels this year, so make sure you head to your local bookstore and grab a stack of these gorgeous novels.
Have you read any of the books on this list? Did you love them as much as I did? Let me know!
I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you so much for stopping by. 🙂