Hi friends. Today, I’m treating you to my favorite, and least favorite books of 2018. It’s been kind of hard rating these books on my ‘favorite ladder’, and I’m excited to see if any of these books made the cut for you, or not.
#10: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I can’t review this book because I didn’t finish it (I vented all my frustrations on my little sister, though 😌). From the start, it was boring and tedious to keep up with. And it was colorful; so very colorful that I just had to put it down. I am not coming back to this and as you can guess, it’s at the bottom of my
hate least favorite list.
#9: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Many people were frustrated with this book and I was one of them. The way Hannah seemed to justify her suicide and blame it on the rest of her classmates was awful. And I hated her for sending the tapes to Clay. He didn’t deserve it at all. None of what he did was intentional and I can’t accept the fact that her death was their fault, let alone his. Sure, they did pretty bad things that possibly pushed her to “the point”, but she can’t blame it on anyone else, or torture their lives with it.
#8: The Private School Murders by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
I initially hated this book after the first chapter but I tried going back to it today. I couldn’t pinpoint why I disliked this, but maybe it was the writing style. The ‘Confessions’ part really irked me because it was repetitive and I felt it was hard to feel for Tandy or her situation.
#7: The Ruby In The Smoke by Phillip Pullman
I had high expectations for this book and it really missed the mark. I’m kind of tired of hearing how gray, and wet, and nasty London weather is (I’m pretty sure they have at least ONE sunny day?) and besides being annoyed about that, I really didn’t care for Sally or the story.
#6: The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray
This book was OK, but it was another historical fiction book that missed the mark. I was expecting a lot of spying to find a murderer taking place during elaborate balls, etc. but instead I got a girl who irritated me to no end. (Review to come)
#5: Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali
I watched a seminar by S.K. Ali and I was excited to read her book, especially because it is one of the few diverse books that are targeting the Muslim YA area. I was both pleased and disappointed in the book, but thought it deserved an “A” for effort and for trying to fill a gap in YA books.
#4: Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
This was a highly anticipated release for me this year and I was literally on the edge of my seat the whole of November! I was so nervous. This book was great, and I loved Sawyer because she is so much like Tess from The Fixer series. However, the plot of the story was meh, so it didn’t make it to the top.
#3: SYLO by D. J. MacHale
This was an unexpected surprise for me because I’m not a big fan of Sci-fi. My cousin encouraged me to read it, and I finished all three books in three days!
#2: Accused by Lisa Scottoline
This is currently my favorite legal thriller. I’m excited to find out that there are more books in the series and I can’t wait to finish the rest.
#1: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
As I’ve gushed in my book review earlier this week, this novel is at the top of my favorite YA books of this year! I loved all the characters and I liked the plot of the story fair enough but the characters made it all more interesting and fun.
That it for this week friends. And here’s a random fact:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the inventor of the Sherlock Holmes series, had a very public friendship with master illusionist Harry Houdini. However, once Houdini heard that Doyle believed in spiritualism and thought Houdini had real magical powers, the friendship swiftly ended.Books on the Wall