This year I’ve read 45 books so far, I still have a few days to complete my 50 books goal, we’ll see if that actually happens. I feel like I only read good books this year, so it was quite hard to choose the ten best ones, but here they are (in no particular order):
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
This was a classic that I’d longed to read and finally picked up this year. It completely fulfilled my expectations with a strong, independent female protagonist and peculiarly beautiful love story. The writing is eloquent and the setting is lovely, and it basically ticks off everything I’d wish from a classic.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
This is the only book that I’ve actually read twice this year, and that shows how much I love it. I read it the first time in the beginning of the year, and this hilarious, gorgeous self-exploration novel bounced me off to a really good start of the year. The second time I read this was in the beginning of the summer, so it kind of was in the middle of the year, and again I got such good vibes from it for the rest of this year. For me this book is such a positive read and doesn’t fail to lift my spirits.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
This novel is actually on my list for books to reread in 2018, because I only remember the main plot points from this book, but however I remember really loving this book the time I read it. I basically love anything to do with time travel, (Doctor Who, Outlander, The Ruby Red Trilogy…) and this book has a really intriguing concept that I especially liked. Also the love story is kind of weird but kind of romantic at the same time, which I love. I cannot wait to read the novel again next year, and see how I feel about it then.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
I just recently read this book, and I’ve shared my excitement for it and for its sequel Vengeful. I completely fell in love with this story and the characters, they were so brilliantly constructed. I adore all kind of superhuman stories, and in this one it was done so uniquely and beautifully. This book was simply just love at first read.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
This novel was like traveling through the history, absolutely beautifully written in a format that tied together the stories of one family through generations. Whilst reading this book I felt like my eyes were opened to another side of the usual story. I always love it when I can truly learn something from a book, and this one did it in the most gorgeous way.
Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I don’t even know how to express my love for this book and the author. I absolutely fell in love with the world in this book, so extraordinarily written, I felt like I was living in the world when I was reading the novel. Every time I read Taylor’s work I get this magical feeling from the words, and that makes the reading experience particularly glorious. The story in this novel is powerful, beautiful and heart-wrenching, and the ending left me feeling with so many emotions that I need the sequel in my hands asap.
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
This book I read within 24 hours, I was instantly immersed to the story. The story explores the main characters mental illness very closely, and when I read this book I felt so incredibly understood. During my whole reading experience I just though how much I could relate to almost everything. To me this novel is just pure YA greatness all the way through.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
I actually discovered V.E./Victoria Schwab this year and I’m super glad that I did as not only one but two of her books are on this list. Once again, I completely fell in love with the world in this story, it’s so imaginative and different from what I’ve read previously. The book is full of strong, interesting characters and I grew to adore them extremely quickly. I’m planning to get my hands on the rest of the trilogy fairly soon, as I cannot wait to read how the story continues.
The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
I mean and adventurous tour to Europe in 1800s? Sign me in please! This book was such a fun read, absolutely hilarious throughout the whole story. The novel has such great representation through the characters, and the underlying messages are so important to hear, the whole novel is just marvellous and I enjoyed it tremendously.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstren
This might be my absolutely number one book that I’ve ever read. This book truly is magical, the story is extraordinarily executed and it feels so alive. The characters are beautiful and there’s a dazzling romance, that unwinds slowly alongside with the plot. I felt mesmerised throughout the story and I actually started rereading this book already, as I just want to feel the magic again.
This year was a good year for me reading wise, and I cannot wait to continue this flow with more books still to be read!