It’s that time of year again–or actually, a few days past. Time to look at the best, the worst and sometimes weird of my 2018 reading. In this past year I read 101 books. I know that’s a lot when the average is more like 12, but it’s also a big drop for me–I’m usually somewhere approaching 200. I blame this fully on getting married, and you know, seeing as there are also compensations to that, I can’t complain too much. But I do hope to bring that number up next year–barring other major life changes, of course!
In that 101 books, there were a lot of nonfiction ones, a lot of audiobooks, and a lot of Newbery Medal winners. So it’s been kind of a departure of a year in a lot of ways! But there were still good books in there, so let’s see how it looks.
1) Best of…
I’ve been splitting my “Best of” books for the past few years, so that I can highlight the ones that were best in very specific ways.
1A) Best Premise: The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – This was an amazing short story collection from a variety of authors (including Stephen King and Neil Gaimain!) with original Holmes and Watson stories…which may or may not be fantastical. I have seen authors mostly fail to accurately portray Sherlock Holmes, so it was an especial delight to find a whole collection of authors who (for the most part) got it right, and the fantasy element was an extra awesome element.
1B) Best World Building: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore – This was the most beautifully crafted book I read this year, so I’m calling that world building. A series of alternate paths for the main character, each with its own genre, each independent and yet consistent and building on each other…this was a gorgeously crafted book.
1C) Best Romance: I find myself with a very strange dearth of options for this category this year! I think this is what happens when you read a lot of Newbery Medal winners and nonfiction books. I’m going to have to set a goal to read more romances in 2019, I think.
1D) Best Hero(ines): The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss – I’m giving this one to a group, the amazing women of the Athena Club, each one a product of a mad scientist’s experiment, banding together to forge their own lives and fight evil in the process. This one could have taken best premise too, but we’ll put it here for its awesome heroines. Continue reading “2018 Reading Round-Up”