My Top 5 Books Of 2018!


I read 169 books this year!! 25 were for books for school, and my overall goal was 110; I'm just happy to have completed my goal.
169 is the most books I've ever read in a year. To be honest, I'm not actually sure how it happened. 169 seems crazy. You can check out my year in books HERE, on Goodreads.

I always try to pick 5 favourites at the end of this year, and looking at my total, this year it was hard to decide. But I managed, so check out the list below!





 Something in the Water - Catherine Steadman 

 If you could make one simple choice that would change your life forever, would you?

 Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . .

 Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares?

 Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events. . . .

Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave?

Review 

Steadman is now one of my favourite authors because of this stunning debut. I'm utterly obsessed with her writing, and can't wait to get my hands on her next novel.

 Ignite the Stars - Maura Milan

Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cocha is a seventeen-year-old girl.

 A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control.
 Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and their charming Flight Master, Knives—cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen?

Review

This explosive sci-fi adventure shines with wonderful characters, compelling friendships and relationships, and plenty of action and banter.


 All The Hidden Truths - Claire Askew



All the Hidden Truths is the story of a tragic shooting at an Edinburgh college and its aftermath. It is narrated by three women at the heart of the story - the mother of a victim and the mother of the shooter, and DI Helen Birch who is tasked in solving the case. The book is both a "knotty crime novel" and a story of grief "trying to make sense of something that defies reason".



Review

So yes, this book tore my heart from my chest and squeezed it to a bloody pulp, but the novel is so freaking incredible I can't help but recommend it. Prepare to cry on every page. I did.

 Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

A murder... A tragic accident... Or just parents behaving badly? What is indisputable is that someone is dead.

 Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She's funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mum Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

Review

Scandal, lies, abuse, manipulation, gossip, twisted relationships, ambition.....this Adult thriller is taut and riveting and heartbreaking. The TV mini series is also excellent, so go watch that when you've read the book.

 Everless - Sara Holland

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

 No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever. But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

Review

Female friendships, strong heroine, shippable romances, this YA fantasy is simply beautiful.



Honourable Mentions: 

- Sometimes I Lie - Alice Feeney
To Kill A Kingdom - Alexandra Christo




What were some of your favourite books from this year? Have you read or enjoyed any of my choices?