Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2018
Here are the best books I’ve read in the first half of the year. I’ll start at January and work my way up. Rereads are not included.
Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez (illus.)
Summary: A sweet illustrated children’s graphic novel about a girl who works past her fears to continue creating the whimsical drawings she loves.
Why I like it: It’s a simple but great story about overcoming one’s insecurities to pursue one’s artistic interests, and I love Gomez’s illustrations. They are vibrant and colorful and pop off the pages.
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey, narr. by Finty Williams
Summary: A dystopian horror novel set in the future where there are zombies. This story is about a special girl named Melanie who reveres her teacher Miss Justineau.
Why I like it: I enjoyed the story and love Finty Williams’s narration of it. So far, it’s the only audio book I’ve able to listen and pay attention to without first having read the physical copy. It has a slow build up, but I was hooked and I can tell that I would have loved the writing if I’d read the physical book.
Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Summary: A historical novel set in Uganda that begins in 1750 and ends in 2004 and is about how a curse affects a family for generations.
Why I like it: Oh man! This was such a great read. I love the writing and the way the story is told and how easy it was to get swept up in it and that the story comes full circle by its end. I highly recommend it.
Audubon: On the Wings of the World by Fabien Grolleau, illus. by Jérémie Royer, trans. by Etienne Gilfillan
Summary: A biographical graphic novel about famed ornithologist and painter John James Audubon, who was born born Jean-Jacques Audubon in Haiti.
Why I like it: I learned a lot about Audubon from this book and a bit about birds of America 😉 back in the 1800s.
Here by Richard McGuire (illus.)
Summary: A graphic novel about a room and how it changes over time.
Why I like it: This was such a unique graphic novel. I totally didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. I love how it’s structured because panels of the room at different times in history are placed next to each other so that it seems as if people in the past are interacting with the present and the future. It’s quite interesting and makes me think of how we interact with spaces and what we leave behind.
The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb
Summary: The second novel in the Tawney Man trilogy in which Fitz and the Fool pair up for another adventure.
Why I like it: Oh many, many reasons that I can’t list here because of spoilers but, gosh, this was such a good read! I enjoyed every page of it.
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Summary: A YA alt-historical novel with zombies set shortly after the U.S. Civil War.
Why I like it: Because the protagonist is Black and is a fiesty bad-ass. Oh and I also like that the story calls to issues in our present society as well. It’s a very entertaining read.
Providence by Caroline Kepnes
Summary: A mystery novel with a hint of paranormal about a boy who is kidnapped but when he returns home, he believes he has gained powers that hurt those around him. The story is about how this affects his relationship with those he loves.
Why I like it: Because Kepnes wrote it. 😀 But also because I love how she tells a story and the topics she discusses in them, like social media, how we use it and how it affects people. I was hooked the entire time I read it though the premise made me think I wouldn’t like it.
Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb
Summary: The last book in the Tawney Man trilogy.
Why I like it: Oh man! All the stuff that happened to wrap up the story had me anxious and excited the entire time I read. When I completed the book, I immediately missed the characters and wanted to reread the books again.
The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus
Summary: A historical romance novel about a mute woman who falls in love with an amphibious man, who’s held captive at a government facility.
Why I like it: I love it for the writing and the depth given to the characters. I love the story too and had seen the movie before reading the book. It’s the writing that I love the most.