Top 5 Books of 2018

One of my new years resolutions for 2018 was to read more and I have definitely achieved that this year. I have always been a big fan of using goodreads to document my reading journey and this year has been no exception.

At the beginning of the year I set myself a goal to read 24 books – 2 a month which I thought would be a real struggle but I managed to read 67 books this year! SAY WHAT!

I know I am just as impressed as you are, no way did I ever believe that I would be capable of reading that much. Granted some were short e book stories but it is still a massive accomplishment.

I thought I would take a look at my top 5 books that I have read in 2018 and maybe you can add them to your TBR for 2019.

In No Particular Order:

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

This had been on my TBR for the longest time and I really don’t know why it took me so long to read this.  I absolutely loved this book and it will forever be dear to my heart! It is such a lovely well written and heartwarming read. The story centres around the love story between Tanner and Sebastian which is so beautifully done. Tanner has recently moved from the open minded Palo Alto to the town of Provo and has been told to keep his bisexuality under wraps by his very accepting parents in fear of repercussions from the very strict religious town. That is until he takes a honours literature class and meets the class mentor, Sebastian. Sebastian took the class the previous year and is offering his help to this years students. Tanner’s heart is completely captured by Sebastian, the only problem? He belongs to a strict Mormon family where it is not okay to be anything but straight.

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

I have never read a John Green Book! Yep you heard correct, I have watched both The Fault in our Stars and Paper Towns movies but never seen the words on paper until now! I absolutely adored this book but the biggest reason was because it was so multifaceted and relatable. The story follows Aza and her friend Daisy as they attempt to become detectives in a missing persons case, the missing person is multi millionaire Russell Pickett who also happens to be the father of an old friend of Aza’s. There was romance, friendship but the thing I loved the most about this book and related to the most is Aza’s OCD and Anxiety which spoke to me on a deeply personal level.  Green captures this perfectly, showing the downward spiral that Aza goes on every time she gets an intrusive thought or compulsion. They also delved into relationship anxieties which is something I dealt with heavily as a teen and i could identify with so much. I absolutely blitzed through this and enjoyed every second.

Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

The series has gained notoriety this year because of the star studded cast movie which smashed box office records. I knew about this films release so i wanted to be prepared so I read the first before i saw the film. The first is such a good way to get used to the CRA world and CRG has some adorable Charlie and Astrid moments that I love. CRA follows Nick Young who is the air to one of the biggest asian fortunes bringing his ABC (American Born Chinese) Girlfriend Rachel home to meet the parents. Upon arriving in singapore, not everyone gives them the warmest of welcomes.

Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt

This was bound to be a winner for me because it included two of my fave things – romance and theatre. The story follows our protagonist hope who has always dreamed of working backstage at a theatre and decided she wants to make it on her own without any help from her stage fave mum. Hope gets an internship on a major new project with a major star, who turns out to be a nightmare and the understudy who runs out to be a dream.

Such a lighthearted read which gives you all the warm and fuzzy feels.

So those were my Top 5 Book of 2018. A good mix of contemporary young adult and contemporary adult fiction with a bunch of good representation thrown in for good measure! What have been your reading highlights of 2018? Let me know in the comments below!

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