Welcome to my top picks of 2018!
I read so many amazing books this year, and there were so many incredible ones that were released. I listed them all in my Yearly Overview, but here is where you will see my favorites from this year’s reading.
First up is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt:
Set in New York, The Goldfinch is about a a young boy named Theo, who after surviving a bombing at the art museum he was at with his mother, ended up stealing a famous painting called “The Goldfinch”. The book follows him growing up hiding the painting, with the help of the owner of an antique store, his less-than-responsible father, and an eccentric friend named Boris. It is one of those books so complex and intriguing that you don’t stop thinking about it for ages after you actually finish reading it.
Second is Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater:
An oldie but a goodie. Normally not a fan of including werewolf folklore into a story, but Stiefvater’s unique twist on the topic persuaded me to continue reading. It is nothing like anything you have ever read before, and its characters are endearing and individualistic. Strange, humorous, and heart-breaking, Shiver still is one of my favorites.
Third is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater:
Another Maggie Stiefvater novel. What can I say? Her twists on magical realism in young adult novels are unique and breathtaking. I am in love with her writing, therefore anything she puts onto paper will probably end up on this list at some point.
Lastly is The Likeness by Tana French:
The Likeness is about a murder mystery, detectives, and an uncanny doppelgänger. Intense and suspenseful, the story follows a murder squad in Dublin, where a case about a murdered girl who looks exactly like the antagonist comes into play. Normally not a fan of murder mysteries, it was certainly the characters and the incredible writing style that kept me reading.