My Favourite Books of 2018

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If you follow This Northern Gal on Twitter, you may have noticed that I started a thread of all of the books that I read in 2018. You can find them under the hashtag #TNGreads if you want to check it for yourself. I really loved doing this and was really surprised/proud that I managed to keep it up for the whole year. In fact, I think I might  do it again in 2019.

According to that Twitter thread, I read 89 books in 2018. Out of those, I set myself the very hard challenge of picking out my favourites. As difficult as that was, I’ve managed to pick 10 books that I absolutely adored this year. I won’t tell you too much about each one but I’ll link my review if I’ve written one.

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1.The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night – this short story collection is simply sublime. If you’re a fans of the unusual, the magical and the fairy tale, this is for you. I reviewed it here!

49097759_778667769143226_635665514974150656_n2. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – I read this ahead of the Northern YA Literary Festival and it was spellbinding. I was utterly invested in this story about a young woman travelling through space by herself.

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3.The Bitter Twins – a sequel to one of my favourite fantasy novels in 2017, this didn’t disappoint. Jen Williams crafts engaging, thrilling and funny fantasy with phenomenal skill. You can read my review here.

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4. Far from the Tree – oh how this book made me sob! This is a story about three siblings who were seperated at birth but somehow find themselves coming back together. My review can be found here.

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5. Obsidio – another sequel, another superstar. This was the third book in the Illuminae Files and it was everything I ever wanted. My review of the first book in the series can be found here.

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6. The Exact Opposite of Okay – where do I even start with this book? It’s hilarious, heart-warming and heart-breaking all at once. My review is here if you fancy it!

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7. Naondel – this piece of feminist fantasy is truly wonderful and magical. It’s all about a group of women who need to escape their lives and I daren’t tell you any more for fear of spoiling it.

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8. Uprooted – I clearly loved fantasy this year! This is a beautiful fairy-tale esque tale about a girl who is taken from her home to serve an old and dangerous sorcerer. I reviewed it here.

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9.Ravencry – another sequel that smashed my expectations. This follows the fantastic Black Wing in bringing dark and gritty fantasy to its pages. You can find the review here.

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10.The Caged Queen – although this list isn’t in any particular order, I had to finish with The Caged Queen because I utterly adored it. This, the second book from Kristen Ciccarelli, cemented her place as one of my new favourite authors. It’s a beautiful and creative fantasy. I reviewed it a few months ago and you can read that here.

And there’s my favourite books of 2018! Which books did you love?

Kelly x

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