Top 5 (Belated) Wednesday | Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2O18

I forgot to post this on Wednesday, but since I remembered and I like this topic, I thought I’d just go ahead and post it anyway!

I’m happy to announce that the majority of the books that I’ve read this year have been very enjoyable. This list was actually really hard to compose!

According to Goodreads:Β  The title is self explanatory. Choose the 5 best books you’ve read so far this year.



I’ve been a huge fan of Holly Black ever since I read Lament and Tithe. Not all of her books have been my favorite (coughTheDarkestPartoftheForestcough) but this one most certainly was. No one does dark and twisted Fae quite like Holly Black and we got a lot of twisted in The Cruel Prince. The back-stabbing elements, deceit, and cruel behaviors of the Fae got my blood boiling, but in a good way. I was deeply invested in Jude’s story and I cannot WAIT to see what other mischief the horrid characters get up to next.



Despite the obvious promise in the title, I was still hoping that the ending might conclude some other way. Sadly, that wasn’t the case. Even knowing how the story would end, I couldn’t help but become attached to the Rufus and Mateo. Their connectedness was heart-warming and the way Silvera explored life and death was poetic. I don’t cry very often, but this one got me to shed a few tears by the end. A job well done.


THE DREAM THIEVES (The Raven Cycle, #2) | Maggie Stiefvater

I finally got around to reading The Raven Cycle and it has got to be one of the best series I’ve read these past few years. The characters, the setting, the writing, the magic, all of it was near perfect. I had a hard time deciding which of the books was my favorite because honestly the only thing I can say is that I loved Blue Lily, Lily Blue less than the other three. But any book that follows Ronan’s POV is a winner in my book. So TheΒ Dream Thieves it is!



I’ve been meaning to read these books for the longest time now. I marathoned all the movies a couple years ago and I got a sense of why it was so beloved. But never having read the books then, I didn’t fully understand the appeal of Harry Potter. Until now. The first book to the series is absolute magic. Pure wonder and enchantment. The writing is spectacular, the characters even more so, and the world-building is unmatched. I can definitely see how Harry Potter and his friends captured so many hearts now.


LEGENDARY | Stephanie Garber

Caraval was easily a favorite from last year. I love how much it reminded me ofΒ The Night Circus and I found the mystery aspect of the story very appealing. The quirks and oddness of Caraval and its cast of characters was really captivating and the purple prose only highlighted the enchanting quality of the material. Legendary built on these elements tenfold and gave us a story that was much more fast-paced and entertaining. Tella was a far better protagonist than Scarlett and the stakes were much higher too. I couldn’t put this book down.


Because I haven’t caught up on new releases, and there are one or two books that haven’t been released this month just yet, here are some books that I imagine would be included on this list if I HAD read them by this time.


20 thoughts on “Top 5 (Belated) Wednesday | Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2O18

    1. Thank you! I really hope you love Legendary, and I have heard nothing but great things about Thunderhead. Can’t wait to get to it sometime this month. Got a really good feeling about it πŸ˜€ Thanks for commenting! ❀


  1. These are great pick for this topic. I finished Legendary recently and that’s definitely one of my favourite reads of the year so far! Also I have a feeling Bright We Burn will be on that list too. I’ve been so excited for its release that I can’t wait to get around to it (hopefully very very soon) even though I know it’s going to completely break my heart!
    Great post Azia. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Ah yeah! Glad we’re on the same page about Legendary. And I just got Bright We Burn in the mail and I’m really tempted to just drop everything (Eliza and Her Monsters and Isla and the Happily Ever After) and read it now, because I got a feeling it’s going to be amazing. I’m ready for some heartbreak LOL.
      Thanks again!

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      1. I have a few books I need to get around to before I pick up Bright We Burn. Also I plan to read some fluffy YA contemporaries either side to prepare for the heartache that’s likely to be that last book! πŸ™‚
        That’s all right. πŸ™‚ ❀️

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  2. I need to read Circe! I am so obsessed! haha oh so bad that Silvera’s book actually ends on that haha I thought it was too obvious for it to be like that XD Is this your first time reading Harry Potter? No right? XD

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    1. I heard Circe was just as good if not even better than expected. Can’t wait to read it πŸ˜€ And even though you know the ending for Silvera’s book, it doesn’t stop you from believing otherwise. And yup, it’s my first time reading Harry Potter LOL


    1. The cover to Circe is gorgeous and I’ve heard the story is even more lovely. Can’t wait to get around to reading it sometime. I hope you love it when you do. And please do give they both die at the end a chance. It’s sad but so so wonderful πŸ™‚


    1. HP really is a phenomenal experience so far. And yay! So happy you enjoyed The Cruel Prince and The Raven Cycle as well. Both are amazing reads. Thank you, and you as well! πŸ˜€

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  3. I’m so glad to see The Cruel Prince and They Both Die At The End on your list. I have wanted to pick up those two books for ages and seeing that you enjoyed them makes me even more exited to get around to reading them. Great list! πŸ˜€

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