Hey guys! I hope you’re still doing good. I’ve really been enjoying making and scheduling these posts! I also ordered bullet journal for myself because now I really want to start and manage my time so that I can get everything done, do my job, read, blog etc. Oh, and most importantly I don’t forget any appointments the kids have with doctors, if there is some.
So today’s list will be my best books of 2018! I’ve read 8 books that I have given 5 stars this year. But I narrowed the list down to only 5 books. It was actually harder than I thought!
TITLE: A Torch Against the Night
AUTHOR: Sabaa Tahir
GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult
PUBLISHED: August 30th 2016
“Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.
Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.
But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.
Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.”
I was having hard time picking up a book for this place! So many great books this year. So A Torch Against the Night. I really adored this book when I read it, and I was able to read the third one this year too! Gosh, I can’t believe this series is still continuing and I, as a hopeless romantic, can continue hoping for some romance.
TITLE: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
AUTHOR: Mark Manson
GENRE: Self Help, Non-fiction
PUBLISHED: September 13th 2016
“In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—”not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.” Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.
There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.”
I’ve been talking about this book so much to all my relatives! I even waited for it to be translated to Finnish and after that raved even more. But none of them actually bough it. I tried. Anyway, this book was such a big help for me actually! It really helped me to actually not give a f*ck about every little things. Maybe this would deserve a place higher up on this list but, uhh, so many great books!
TITLE: Furiously Happy
AUTHOR: Jenny Lawson
GENRE: Non-fiction, Memoir, Humour
PUBLISHED: September 22nd 2015
PUBLISHED: Macmillan Audio
“#1 New York Times Bestseller
In Furiously Happy, a humor memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile, Jenny Lawson examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life to the fullest:
“I’ve often thought that people with severe depression have developed such a well for experiencing extreme emotion that they might be able to experience extreme joy in a way that ‘normal people’ also might never understand. And that’s what Furiously Happy is all about.”
Jenny’s readings are standing room only, with fans lining up to have Jenny sign their bottles of Xanax or Prozac as often as they are to have her sign their books. Furiously Happy appeals to Jenny’s core fan base but also transcends it. There are so many people out there struggling with depression and mental illness, either themselves or someone in their family—and in Furiously Happy they will find a member of their tribe offering up an uplifting message (via a taxidermied roadkill raccoon). Let’s Pretend This Never Happened ostensibly was about embracing your own weirdness, but deep down it was about family. Furiously Happy is about depression and mental illness, but deep down it’s about joy—and who doesn’t want a bit more of that?”
Surprised to see Furiously happy on this list? You shouldn’t be. It might be possible that I have mentioned this book in almost every T5T post this year, hah. I know this book has shared opinions a lot but gosh I enjoyed this one and laughed so much. This really made my days when I started listening the audiobook every morning.
AUTHOR: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
GENRE: Sci-fi, Young Adult
PUBLISHED: March 13th 2018
PUBLISHER: Rock the Boat
“Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?
Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.
With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.”
At this point I was really struggling to decide which one I loved more, Obsidio or the first book. This was such a heartwarming ending for this trilogy that I can’t even. I might still think Illuminae is the best book out of these three but damn this was an epic ending!
TITLE: The Nightingale
AUTHOR: Kristin Hannah
GENRE: Historical Fiction
PUBLISHED: February 3rd 2015
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press
“In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are.
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.
Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.”
My favorite book of 2018 is The Nightingale! This will be translated to Finnish during 2019 and I already know whom I’m going to buy this and she will probably love it as much as I do. Such a heartbreaking yet somehow happy book. I really adore this book and will buy it for myself as well.
Here’s my top 5 books of 2018. It was a real struggle to actually take out 3 books and put them in order but I did it!
What are your favorite books from the ones you read this year?