Favourite five: Books I read for the first time in 2018

This particular Favourte Five list is, I think, going to become a tradition–I posted about my favourite five books read for the first time in 2017 last January, too. So I figured, why not sum up 2018 in this same month of 2019?

I read a decent number of books in 2018: somewhere in the range of 20, according to Goodreads. It’s not as much as I would like, but not terrible, either. Not all of them made their way onto this blog (though there are still one or two that I want to post about), and, of course, not all of them are going to be on this list. But there are a few I want to feature today.

So, without any further ado, let’s get to my favourte five for the year.

A copy of Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert, beside a notebook and pen

Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert, was originally one of those books I wasn’t sure I wanted to read. But a friend suggested it, and I ended up really glad that she did. I loved it, and I would suggest it for any type of creative person. I recommended the book back in May.

The Geography of You and Me, by Jennifer E. Smith

Admittedly, The Geography of You and Me, by Jennifer E. Smith, barely slips into 2018; I started reading it in December 2017, but finished it on January 1, 2018. I really enjoyed it, though, and it’s one that I recommended in February for anyone looking for something light and romantic.

Clowders, by Vanessa Morgan

Switching genres again, Vanessa Morgan’s Clowders is perfect for anyone looking for a book that’s going to leave them on edge. This horror novel had me picturing its scenes as I read them. That’s something that doesn’t happen very often, so I’m always a little impressed when it does. I talked about the book back in April.

An ebook copy of If She Were Blind, by Laney Wylde, beside two martini glasses

Here’s the most persuasive thing I can say to get you to read If She Were Blind, by Vanessa Morgan: I read it in less than a day. I simply could not put this book down, something I talked about when I recommended the book in December. You really should check out the book for yourself, though.

Soulless, by Gail Carriger, next to a teacup

And finally, we have Gail Carriger’s Soulless. As I said in the recommendation I posted in June, Soulless is perfect for anyone looking to delve into, or back into, books about vampires and/or werewolves. It’s this great mix of steampunk, paranormal, romance, and historical fiction, and I simply can’t recommend it enough.

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