Wow! I can’t believe it’s almost 2019. Where has the year gone? I swear that I blink and a couple of months have passed. What are you doing, time? I can’t keep up with your constant running and flying. I hope I am not the only with this problem.
Today I will be doing one of my favourite posts – gushing about some of the best books I managed to discover and read this year. They are in no particular order because I just can’t decide.
✨Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl was an absolute gem! It is definitely a book I can see becoming a classic one day. It is so adorable, different and thought-provoking. I related so much to her and for the first time I felt represented in a book. Highly recommend!
✨The care and feeding of a pet black hole by Michelle Cuevas
This book was probably my best discovery of the year. I stumbled upon it on Amazon but it had only negative reviews at the time so I wasn’t sure whether I should give it a chance. I am so glad I did. It is such a fun and wise read. You can read my review here.
✨Ban this book by Alan Gratz
Another fantastic find! This is the first children’s book I read about book banning and censorship. I loved that such topics are discussed with younger readers because it is important. Read my review here.
Young Adult and Adult:
✨Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli
Simon won my heart! This book reminds me so much of the cute old school teen movies with Hillary Duff which I used to binge watch when I was younger. It was so much fun and I loved every single page!
✨Salt to the sea by Ruta Sepetys
The book that made me cry the most this year. I didn’t expect it but I bawled my eyes out. I just don’t comprehend it how humanity can be so cruel and vicious. I also loved the fact that there are multiple perspectives in the book and you get to experience the story from very different point of views.
✨Hold Back the stars by Katie Han
I was sick one night and could not fall asleep so I spent the whole night reading this book. I loved it! It was mysterious, dystopian and utopian at the same time. The accent is definitely on the characters’ development and world building. It is a great futuristic read on the ethics of prosperity at the expense of losing humanity.
✨The curious charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
That was actually the first book I read in 2018 and what a great start it was! It reminded me a bit of A man called Ove but I think Arthur is a lot more likeable and cheerful. It is all about grief, forgiveness and family.
✨Shinrin-Yoku by Dr. Qing Li
Forest bathing sounds very weird as a concept, I know but just hear me out! Dr Li’s work is focused on the effects nature has on our physical and mental wellbeing. It’s been proven that trees and greenery can make us feel more relaxed, mindful and grounded. Stress just seems to disappear once we get closer to nature. I’ve experienced it myself – whenever I am stressed, I go straight to the park and I feel at peace.
✨Ikigai by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles
Ikigai is another Japanese concept but this time it’s about finding your true calling in life or how the Japanese put it – the reason to wake up every single day. This probably became one of my all time favourite reads not because it’s groundbreaking but because it shifts your focus to those small and simple things in life you already know but usually forget in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
✨Goodnight stories for rebel girls
So inspirational, motivational and empowering! Loved every single page of it. I am so happy and proud that such books exists which can show girls that they have the power and courage to chase their dreams despite what people might say.
These were my TOP 10 reads of 2018. What are some of yours? Let’s chat in the comments. I am always looking for new bookish friends! Happy celebrating of 2019.
Smiles and pandas,