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My Year in Books Part IV

As I wrote in December 2018 when this post was meant to be published, “It’s been an interesting year all round.” Unfortunately, it was such an interesting year that I then got scarlet fever and didn’t write much else, and here we are 6 months later, three book posts behind. This will be my last ‘Year in Books’ post – I’ll catch you up on my 2018 reading, and then come up with a new format for 2019, because as you can see it’s hard to keep up with.

If you’re wondering, I read 28 books of my 20 book goal, including books that I had to read for uni. I’ve left those books out for now.


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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I have very mixed feelings about this book. While I’m not as much of an Alice in Wonderland fanatic as some people, I appreciate the quirky world that Lewis Caroll created. For the most part, this book seems to respect that, sometimes to the point that it felt like box-ticking of how many references could be included.

Not to encourage stereotypes, but I would not recommend reading this book while on your period – it’s hard to tell how much of me putting the book down to sob “why can’t they all just be happy???” was the book and how much as just hormones. It’s the kind of tragedy where nearly everyone knows how it’ll end, it’s just a case of the painful journey.

I feel like many parts of Heartless would have been better in a movie – I’m sure they were describing something amazing, but I couldn’t get past how clunky the words were on the page. Also, try as I might, I just couldn’t get along with the protagonist. She’s a classic “everyone loves me and I can’t imagine why” character.

This was a borderline book in terms of the reading list, but I think it just about edges on there.


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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

This is probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. I watched the HBO series before I read the book, but after rewatching the series there’s no doubt in my mind that the already great show didn’t do the book justice. Set in an ultra-rich town, it follows the lives of women and their children. I feel like the less given away, the better, so I won’t say much other than that it’s an extremely cleverly written book, with exactly the kind of female empowerment I’ve been missing in most literature.

This absolutely makes the reading list.

Trigger warning: this book contains themes of assault.


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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

I mentioned this book in my post about mental health fiction a few months ago, and I feel like I over-simplified it for that purpose. A collection of saddening, empowering and thought-provoking poetry that deals with themes of abuse, cultural heritage and womanhood like this belongs on our reading list, whether you regularly read poetry or not. Like the book above, this should come with a trigger warning.


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Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

I technically finished this this year, but this post would be pretty empty otherwise. As I’ve mentioned before, the Darkest Powers series has been one of my favourite books for years, so I had high hopes for the Women of the Otherworld. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

It started out really well in terms of portraying a werewolf trying to live in modern human society. The plot, however, was kind of bland and predictable.

Not to mention that very few of the characters were actually likeable. Combine that with the gratuitous lacklustre, borderline-rape sex scenes, and this book was a real struggle to finish.

It doesn’t make the reading list, but I would recommend reading the beginning if you want inspiration for supernatural fiction.


All of the other books from last year were for uni, so I’m leaving them out for now. I may do one monster post of all of them at a later date.

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