Best Books I Read In 2018 (in no particular order)
I’m been doing this book blogging thing for what feels like more than a few years now. As a result, I’ve been fortunate enough to discover titles that I otherwise wouldn’t have. It’s incredibly satisfying seeing others discover and love the titles that you’ve been fortunate enough to have read in advance. And I think I will continue to focus more on reviewing books on my blog that to me are not as well known or talked about on social media. In the meantime, here is my list of my favourite reads of 2018. Do let me know your thoughts and if you’ve read and enjoyed any of these books in the comment section. 1. Shrewed: A Wry and Closely Observed Look at the Lives of Women and Girls by Elizabeth Renzetti
I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth Renzetti in early 2018, and ended up reading this book on my commute home the very same day despite it being months before the book came out. From the start, I was immediately drawn into Renzetti’s personal stories and experiences and I could not put this book down! A well-written and timely read, this one is for those looking for an accessible
2. Am I There Yet? The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood by Mari Andrew
I was a fan of Mari Andrew’s illustrations on Instagram before I knew she had a book coming out. A graphic novel of sorts, if you are in your 20s and feeling a bit lost in life then you’ll appreciate the thoughtful essays and relatable illustrations.
3. Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Morgan Matson is a big deal in YA contemporary fiction, and once again I find myself pleasantly surprised with another one of her books. I love that the focus was realistically on the main character, Charlie’s coming of age and her family so much so that I didn’t mind the lack of romance in the book.
4. Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim
I love a good friendship and road trip book, and Mariam Sharma Hits the Road delivers on both. The friendships as well as the mother-daughter relationship in this book was truly heartwarming. A realistic but still fun road trip book that manages to not be overly dramatic or sappy.
5. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Another Pride and Prejudice adaption, this one is setting in the modern day Toronto Muslim community. I love the relationship Ayesha has with her grandparents in this book as well as how the book mixes the traditional elements of “courtship” with modern day romance. Despite being inspired by Pride and Prejudice, Ayesha at Last feels like more than just a heartwarming adaption of a classic novel. The way it touches upon discrimination at work and the challenges of finding love today when one is especially religious makes for a compelling story on its own.
6. What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan
The Crazy Rich Asians trilogy wrapping up last year left me wanting something else to fill the gap. I’ve read pretty much every book that has come out since then that’s been recommended for fans of the series, however I wasn’t able to find anything I enjoyed until Lucy Tan’s What We Were Promised. The writing is gorgeous and it’s a compelling look at social and class differences as well as complicated family dynamics.
7. Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny
Louise Penny does it again! Though this year, we had to wait until closer to the end of the year for a new Inspector Gamache novel it was well worth the wait. Kingdom of the Blind is probably my favourite book in the Inspector Gamache series to date.
8. My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
I’ve read both Roomies as well as Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. The former was an okay read, while the latter was kind of a weird read for me that I didn’t like. That being said, I adored My Favorite Half-Night Stand. The friends to lovers’ story was really nice and I loved the adult friendships and the interactions that Millie and the guys have both in person and via their group chats.
9. Unmarriageable by Sonia Kamal (January 22, 2019)
So this one doesn’t come out until later this month but I just loved this modern, feminist take on the beloved classic Jane Austen novel! I’ve read A LOT of Pride and Prejudice adaptions but I think Soniah Kamal’s Unmarriageable may top the list as my favourite retellings. I loved that the book manages to be respectful of its source material even with all the changes to the setting, the story just worked in spite of a different setting and the tiny changes to the character and plot were perfect.
10. If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka (out April 23, 2019)
Another 2019 release, but I couldn’t help it I just loved this one so much. I first heard of Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka because of their debut, Always Never Yours and was intrigued. I’ve read a great deal of contemporary YA fiction so it takes a lot to impress me at this point. However, If I’m Being Honest is just that good! I love how the protagonist was someone who is usually the “villain” because of how unlikeable she is, however the authors do a good job at showing just how human Cameron is. A refreshing and delightful modern spin on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.