Here we are again, at the cusp of a new year. I want to take a moment to review my favorite reads from 2018. These books, in same way, have stuck with me. They refused to be put down; I read into the night; they inspired me.
*These are book that I read in 2018, not necessarily books that were published in 2018. These books didn’t necessarily get a 5/5 review from me, either.
In no particular order:
The Young Elites (Series) by Marie Lu (YA Fiction/Fantasy)
The Inventor’s Secret (Series) by Andrea Cremer (YA Fiction/Steampunk)
The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Loss (YA Fiction/Fantasy)
Hunger by Roxane Gay (Nonfiction, Memoir)
A Darker Shade of Magic (Series) by V. E. Schwab (A Fantasy)
Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (YA Fantasy)
These books made this list because they stuck with me, because I took something away from them, and they inspired my own writing. There are a few others books that I adored, like Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer. LOVED IT, but I didn’t walk away with my own stories floating in my mind and my thinking, “How can I write more like this?”
These books kept me reading into the night, had me thinking about the book/series when I wasn’t reading, and had me craving the next book in the series like an addiction.
These books exemplify what I want to create and inspire in other readers.
Have a happy New Year! (Don’t drink and drive, don’t text and drive, and stay alert for people who don’t follow those rules.)