Top 5 Reads from 2018
2018 has come and gone. Pages were read, and books were devoured. Between graduating college, getting married and buying a house, I did not get as much time as I wanted to read. My last semester of college was a great one for reading things that I would have never found. So here is my favorites list that I read in 2018.
- Olive Kitteridge By Elizabeth Strout
This is not the type of book that is usually on my list, but I found it to be intriguing and feeling provoking. It is hard not to get emotionally connected to such sad characters. I did struggle getting into this book because of how lost I felt at the beginning, but a quarter in to the book I found myself sliding through the chapters with ease.
- Half of a Yellow Sun By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2018 was a year for me to travel out of my comfort zone and explore some pretty amazing literature. This was one of those books out of my comfort zone. This is a story about the Biafran War and how it effected the lives of three very different characters. The horrors of war are some descriptive that it had me in tears half of the time. Adichie has a beautiful way with words that makes me excited to read more of her work.
- The Round House By Louise Erdrich
I truly fell in love with this book. I was excited to read something from an author from my home state (Minnesota). This book did a good job at narrating a tragic story from the eyes of a young boy. Well it had some innocence because of the perspective, it also held a dark and heartbreaking tale. I loved this book from the first chapter. It is not for the faint of heart that is looking for a happy story. It is a Native American mystery/suspense that will keep you on your toes.
- Ready Player One By Ernest Cline
This was all the rage in 2018 even though it was published in 2011. My husband had been nagging me to read this book for the last three years and I finally did. I was automatically hooked. There is a lot of 80’s geek nostalgia that kept me hooked. As an avid gamer, I appreciated the high intensity and the relatable desire to escape to another world completely. The book is so different from the movie.
- Unwind By Neal Shusterman
I just recently posted a review about this book. I cannot say enough amazing things about this book. It is truly captivating. It will make you uncomfortable in the best way possible. I honestly could not get enough of this book. I managed to read it in one sitting. The characters are controversial and smart. This dystopian had me in a paranoid panic. To have a book evoke suck emotion was truly shocking and amazing at the same time.
There you have it. My top 5 reads from 2018. For further information about each book, check out my other posts.