So this is it! We have finally reached the end of the year (including the end of my GoodReads challenge) and these are the top 10 books I have read this year. Its not a great number of books (20+) that I had decided to read, I know, but that doesn’t mean the books I have read aren’t great. I wish I could have included more books in my challenge but I don’t like reading in a hurry and its not possible to only read at a lengths time though I would love to. When I looked back at the books I read this year some of them immediately jumped in my mind and they constitute the top five in the list, the rest I had to give it some thought, though it wasn’t much. There were some disappointments too but its been an absolutely fun ride to my first GoodReads Challenge. Without further ado, here are the top 10.
Ready Player One
A must read book if you love adventure, technology, puzzles, nostalgia, pop culture and is more or less a geek (even in disguise). This is one of those books that you cant wait to start reading and mid way realise you cant wait for it to finish yet you don’t want it to finish either! I absolutely loved everything about the book and I seriously want to reread this though there isn’t time but there is something about this book and its world that made me want to be a part of it too. Oasis was so cool but more than that the settings, the characters, the world building everything was so perfect. Many of you didn’t like the writing but I didn’t find anything wrong with it. Even though I am not a video game fan, I loved reading everything about it. You can check the review here.
I was searching for a good mystery novel when I chanced upon Louise Penny’s Book Glass Houses and boy was I happy! I had never read any of her books before and even though it had really good ratings on Goodreads I was a bit apprehensive to read it nevertheless the blurb had me really intrigued. I mean something that stands still for a whole three days? Is that even humanly possible? And don’t even get me started on Inspector Gamache! He is like the perfect detective ever. Soft spoken, romantic, caring and firm. He is older for sure but damn good for his age. Anyhoo, the plot is a page turner. You can find the review here.
Before the outsider I had never read a Stephen king book. Well I almost did read IT but I got bored within few pages. Shocking but true. I have of course seen movies based on his books and when I saw the movie IT I decided it’s high time I read one of his books. So when I was finding my next book for my Goodreads challenge I chanced upon this one and the blurb had me. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this one and if you haven’t you must hurriedly grab your copy and settle in to read it. You can find the review here
I have no idea how I stumbled upon this book but boy am I glad. All that I remember is that I was searching for a good thriller and it was just those right place and the right book kinda moment. I loved the blurb. What happens to those who are family to murderers and serial killers? Why do we never stop to think about them? Did they know about it or were they too kept in the dark? How do they survive the onslaught of hatred that comes their way? The is a fictional story of one such family and it was the right amount of all emotions. Am yet to read the sequel but I loved this book. Gives you hope. Find the review here
What can I say about this book? I mean it was just amazing. I came across this one when I saw the trailer for the movie adaptation of the same. It was very different and I liked the settings and the story as far as the trailer was concerned. Once I realised it was based on a book I hurriedly checked it out and was even more intrigued by the blurb. 4 women sent out to explore an unidentified area where everything is unpredictable and nobody has returned back, at least not sane. The first part of the 3 part series was the best and I loved it on its own. There was something so creepy and fascinating at the same time and the movie captured it so well. Check out the review here for the Book and Movie
Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
I first came across this book on Goodreads. I think it was part of a giveaway. I was intrigued by the title so naturally I checked out the blurb and was thoroughly blown away. A person is killed over and over again but someone else has to figure out who by living through all the suspects? I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I ordered the book but I knew it was definitely different from everything I had read before. I wasn’t disappointed at least not by a huge margin. The writing is good, characters are varied, the settings was atmospheric and in every page there was something revealed or shocking. It was an adrenaline ride. But it was also a lot going on with multiple characters and view points and can get tiresome to keep up and even confusing but thats a minor flaw to this awesome debut. Check out the review here
Now this is an unusual book in this list because it does not come under fantasy/thriller/sci-fi category that I usually prefer to read. But I had brought this last year and was taking forever to finish and decided to include it my challenge and voila I was done reading it. The story is about a suburban family and the main characters trials and tribulations reaching 40 and I love watching such stories as movies and this one had that feel good factor going for it and one I definitely enjoyed but I felt it dragged a lot for no reason. The surprising twist at the end was funny too but it lacked something I cannot put my finger on. Nevertheless if you want to cozy up with a book on a lazy day, this is a good one. Check out the review here
I am Watching You
This one was never on my Tbr nor had I heard of the author before. I was browsing in my library when I came across this and the blurb looked interesting. I wanted to give it a try and am so glad I did. It’s definitely fast paced that hooks you from the get go. But the storyline was bit stretchy towards the end. The reveal wasn’t shocking, nevertheless it’s a good thriller worth reading. Check out the review here.
The Perfect Family
What can I say about this book that I haven’t already? I came across this in NetGalley and boy am I glad I got the review copy. I was blown away from the beginning till the end. I mean this is what suspense thrillers are made of. Fast paced, full of suspense, twists and turns and developed characters and a solid plot line. What more can one ask for? I loved the fact that just when you think its predictable it brings out its best twist. I mean it wasn’t that far fetched but I was conflicted at the ending for sure. If you love thrillers then you should not miss this. Check out the review here
The Wife Between Us
I started this as an audiobook and realised am too impatient to listen and decided to read along. The plot structure is seriously good, and I couldn’t possibly predict the twist. But despite been so good I hated the fact that the central character is an alcoholic. I mean why? I felt dizzy reading some parts myself. But the writing and pacing is awesome and this is a writer duo I look forward to reading again. If you like your thriller unpredictable and full of twists then this is the book to go for but don’t expect a great storyline. I found it only acceptable. You can check the review here
Special mention also goes to Athena’s Champion and Ascendance Trilogy. They were truly a magical and throughly enjoyable books that you would seriously like. Did you find anything you like in this list? Give a shout out in the comment!
On a side note I found these to be the top 3 disappointing reads of 2018 (click on the names to check the review):
P.S: This is my last post until the end of the month. Enjoy your holidays everyone and Merry Christmas!! xoxo.