Happy Wednesday! Another Wednesday, another edition of Blast from the Past! Today, we’re moving to 2018.
2018 was a pretty solid year- I had my golden birthday and my family went to Maui to celebrate it, which was amazing. I also got to co-lead the planning and execution for the biggest conference of the year for my team and while it was a ridiculous amount of work, it was the coolest thing I’ve ever done and me and my co-worker ended up beating every expectation and leading the company revenue wise post event, so that was amazing. And it was in Vegas, so that was also really, really fun- and all of this was only done by the end of March, so there was so much more of the year left to go. In the rest of 2018, I experienced major burnout at work, almost quit my job a couple of times, got a promotion, participated in a Spartan race and subsequently screwed up my knee, went to my first author signing with Renee and Roshani, went to LA, went to a Fall Out Boy concert, and went on a Europe trip for my dad’s 60th birthday, which when I write everything out like that seems nuts, especially since I somehow managed to read 113 books on top of that! What the heck!
It was really hard to narrow it down to a top 5 this time, so I made a top 6, because 2018 was the year that Kingdom of Ash came out and I’m a Sarah J Maas junkie, so of course I reread all of those books and Kingdom of Ash is on that list, so it wouldn’t have been fair to just have a top 5.
Here they are:
–Kingdom of Ash: I figured, might as well get it over with first since we already know that it’s going to be on this list. I love the Throne of Glass series and I think Kingdom of Ash was a great way to end it. Were there some unnecessary plotlines thrown in? For sure, but that’s what makes it Sarah J Maas! Here’s the review I wrote for this one if you want to check it out.
–Light Years: It only makes sense for the second book on this list to be the one that got me out of my Kingdom of Ash induced book hangover. I freaking loved Light Years and it really reinvigorated my love for space-y sci-fis. Here’s the review I wrote for this one.
–The Gilded Wolves: You know how I’ve been talking about how much I love Roshani Chokshi? Well in 2018, I finally read one of her books (The Gilded Wolves) and I loved it so freaking much! It was so, so good and honestly just what I needed at the end of the year when I read it. Here’s my review for this one.
–Dance of Thieves: I loved the Remnant Chronicles, so when Mary E Pearson came out with Dance of Thieves, I was the most excited to read it! It was different from her other books, but so, so good! Here’s my review for this one.
–Mirage: With the cover of a fantasy book and the story of a space-y sci-fi, what more could I have wanted out of Mirage? I won an ARC of it in a contest on Instagram and I read it so fast.
–Legendary: Oh man this book was definitely my favorite in the Caraval series. I loved, loved, loved it and could not read it fast enough. Legendary is 100% the reason I went on to read Finale, because if I had just based the series on Caravale itself, I probably would not have continued with it. Here’s my review of this one.
Did y’all read any of these? What did you think of them?