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28 December 2018 @ 09:52 am
2018 Book Review  
In 2017 I did quarterly book wrap-ups, and I really enjoyed the process. I let it fall by the wayside in 2018, mostly because I was pretty much only reading M/M Romances, but I'm hoping to pick it up back up in 2019. In the meantime, I thought I'd do one massive wrap-up for the year. :D

As of today, I've read a total of 265 books in 2018. 256 of which were M/M Romances, and 4 of which were Pulitzer Prize Winners. It's not quite the end of the year, and I suspect I'll read 1-2 more books before it's over, but I don't think any of them will be my favorite of the year, so it's probably safe to post now. :D

FAVORITE BOOKS:

Fantasy: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Gorgeous, gorgeous novel! If you read and liked Uprooted, you'll love this one as well! Rich world-building, lovely fantasy aspects, and some seriously brilliant characters. Adored.

Pulitzer Prize Winner: The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau
I was shocked at how much I enjoyed this one. A point of view/story angle I'd never read before that really made me think. And the ending gave me chills.

M/M Romance: Fake Out by Eden Finley
Good clean Nice and dirty fake/pretend relationship fun! Loved the twist on this trope here, and the characters and dynamic just really, really worked for me here. :D

M/M Romance: Brothers of the Wild North Sea by Harper Fox
Gorgeously written historical m/m romance. The world-building was wonderful and I loved the thought and care that went into crafting this beautiful work. Stayed with me for awhile.

RUNNERS UP:

Pulizter Prize Winner: Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Devoured this in a single sitting, I enjoyed it so much. Touching and charming and, of course, brilliantly written.

M/M Romance: The Master Will Appear by L.A. Witt
This author is quite hit or miss for me, but this one BLEW me away. Hit so many of my buttons, and I thought the delicate emotional balance and relationship development was really expertly done.

M/M Romance: Honeymoon for One by Keira Andrews
I do love this author and I thought this was a super lovely and enjoyable read. Having a partially deaf MCis not the norm in this genre, and it was clear a lot of thought and care went into the writing.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Mystery: Lethal White (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith
I really do love this series, and though this wasn't my favorite in the bunch, I did really like it. I think this is sort of like book 2 in a trilogy, where the author needs to lay a lot of groundwork and sort of bridge between earlier and future events, so it's not always the most fun, but it sets things up for the future. At least, that was the vibe I got from it. :D

Memoir: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Really thought-provoking collection of short stories. Because they're short stories, sometimes the flow wasn't as cohesive as I wanted it to be, and the stories didn't always dig quite as deep as I wanted them to, but overall a really engaging read.

M/M Romance: Taboo for You by Anyta Sunday
This book just hit ALL of my buttons. I'm sure there were flaws, but it was one of those books that just really fucking worked for me, and I'm already planning to reread it in the new year, LOL. :D

M/M Romance: Tactical Submission by Ada Maria Soto
Fabulous BDSM book with poly representation! I thought the whole thing was really brilliantly written, the kink was fabulous, and I really loved the relationship dynamics.

UGGHH:

Honestly, given how many M/M Romances I read this year, there were understandably A TON that I couldn't even finish, and quite a few I made it through, but only just. I've decided the UGGHH section is too difficult to do across an entire year, but I shall bring it back for more quarterly reviews when it's more manageable. :D

COMING UP:

Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles
The Dark Artifices Series by Cassandra Clare
The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out by Josh Lanyon
Circe by Madeline Miller
Temeraire Series by Naomi Novik
Invitation to the Blues by Roan Parrish
Riven Series by Roan Parrish
Craft Brew by Layla Rayne

And now, a question for you all! What was the single best book you read in 2018? Tell me about it! <3

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