Best Reads of 2018 (so far)

I challenged myself to read 40 books this year and I’m at 25 books now. I know that I will reach my target, but today I’m looking back on the books that I’ve read so far and my best reads of 2018 (so far).

(You’ll notice that the list below has less than 25 books. That’s because I’ve left out all the books from the Wicca series by Cate Tiernan. I reread the whole series every once in a while since it’s my favourite, but I don’t count them for this. I’ve read them too often for that.)

Highest Rated

I rated three books with five stars: Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis, The Underwater Ballroom Society edited by Stephanie Burgis and Tiffany Trent, School for Psychics by K. C. Archer.

After finishing Snowspelled, I became an instant fan of Stephanie’s work. Snowspelled was exactly the kind of story that I wanted to read, ever. It is set in a Regency setting with magic, with awesome, powerful women who like to kick up some dust. I absolutely love what Stephanie has done in this world. So I was excited to receive the ARC of The Underwater Ballroom Society since it has another story set in the same universe as Snowspelled. I knew there would be at least one story in this anthology that I’d love, but I found many more, and I added new authors to my ‘to watch’ list (the list of authors I look for in libraries and bookshops).

School for Psychics is very different from Snowspelled. It’s an urban paranormal story aimed at the New Adult demographic (20+), but I think it reads like a Young Adult story. It’s something completely different from what I’ve read recently and it still sticks out. It’s action packed with enough mystery and intrigue to keep you interested until the end.

I never expected that my highest ratings would be all different kinds of books: a novella, an anthology and a full novel. I know they won’t be for everyone, but I think they’re worth checking out, especially The Underwater Ballroom Society for its diversity and School for Psychics for a quick read during the summer holidays.

The other books I’ve read so far

The links will send you to their respective review of that book.

And then it fell off in my hand by Louise Rennison
Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon (The Chronicles of Nick #1)
Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun (The Courtlight series #1)
Sworn to Transfer by Terah Edun (The Courtlight series #2)
Sworn to Conflict by Terah Edun (The Courtlight series #3)
Nib + Ink: The New Art of Modern Calligraphy by Chiara Perano
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers #1)
The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers #2)
The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers #3)
The Gatekeeper’s Sons by Eva Pohler
Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt
Chanel Chic by Lauren Weisberger (Dutch)
The Book of Secrets by Melissa McShane (The Last Oracle #1)
The Book of Peril by Melissa McShane (The Last Oracle #2)
The Dark Realm: Feyland by Anthea Sharpe
The Stolen Throne by David Gaider
Lichgates by S. M. Boyce (The Grimoire Saga #1)

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