The beginning of a new year is not only the moment to look at the future (with one or several resolutions for example), but also to look at what I’ve done the past year. One of my goals for 2018 was to read 24 books and I crushed that one very well by reading a whopping 30 books. 😀 Some of them were such a loss of time (but I just can’t put a book away once I’ve started reading it), while I read some others with more than 100 pages a day. Let’s focus on the good, so I’ll show you which ones were my favorite books in 2018.
Let me just warn you: I’m clearly in a suspense/thriller/detective book period. I’ll try to read less of that type in 2019, but my reading pile is seven books high at the moment and all seven of them are suspense books. Woops!
Robert Galbraith – The Silkworm & Career of Evil
In 2017 I read the first Cormoran Strike book and I felt so very ‘meh’ about it. I might have been stressing too much on the ‘I don’t want to like it just because J. K. Rowling has written it’, and thus not liking it completely. But since reading The Silkworm and just continuing right away with Career of Evil I know I really like this book series.
And just my luck I didn’t continue the series right away after reading the first book in 2017, because now I have to wait less on the fourth book of the series! 😀
Edit June 2020: After the recent statements of J.K. Rowling I no longer support the author of the books.
Liane Moriarty – Nine Perfect Strangers
I’m a great Liane Moriarty fan! So far I’ve read 5 books of her and another one of hers is on my reading pile. When I saw that I could preorder her newest book in a bookshop, I couldn’t be happier. As soon as I received the book, I started reading it, finishing it the day after that. It has the twists and turns I’m used of Liane Moriarty and when I finished it I felt satisfied.
For Christmas I received ‘What Alice forgot’ from my mum, so it might just as well be that that one will end up on my favorite books list of 2019. We’ll see!
Peter Swanson – The Kind worth Killing
I picked this book up in the library because the library’s app proposed it to me. I told you the suspense/thriller/detective period is going strong; even the library app notices it! I was so surprised by this book; the turns this book takes are even more unexpected than Liane Moriarty’s. I’ve read two other books of his (Her Every Fear and The Girl with a Clock for a Heart), but to me this one was my favorite book of the three, followed by Her Every Fear. If you’re into suspense and you would like to discover a new author, I would definitely recommend him!
Mythos – Stephen Fry
When I saw some reviews on this book in the newspaper, I was intrigued. It didn’t sound like the average book about Greek mythology, and after reading it I knew it wasn’t. Thanks to my classes at university I already had some notions about it, and I was glad I did because sometimes it just wasn’t easy to follow. But the way the book was written made me laugh quite some times and overall it was an enjoyble read.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple
As you miiight have noticed I’ve been reading a lot of suspense books, so when I started reading this book I was not satisfied with it. But then I switched my mindset and let the sarcasm completely in. I loved it! It’s a light read that will make you laugh quite some times.
I’m so glad I’ve picked up reading again. I just love getting lost in a good read, meeting the characters, getting to know them, trying to predict the story. I just love a good suspense book that is super unpredictable.
What is your favorite books of 2018? 😀