Hey guys! I recently did the mid-year freak out book tag and before that I talked about books I’d struggled to finish this year. So now I’d really like to spread the love and talk about some of my favourite books for the first half of 2018. I’m going to pick five books and just gush about them. This was extremely hard to chose only five and these are in no particular order. Hope you enjoy!
The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware:
This was yet another fantastic book from Ruth Ware! She is one of my favourite crime thriller authors. My full review for this is up if you want to check that out! For now though I’ll say that I loved how different this book was to her other ones. I loved how it focused on deception and family secrets. Ruth kept the mystery locked up tight throughout and I honestly didn’t have a clue what was going to happen! I loved the main character and I definitely felt for her. I couldn’t imagine being on your own, no family or friends and struggling with debt. It’s so terrifying! Ruth did a fantastic job with this one and I’m excited to see what she comes up with next!
Bird Box by Josh Malerman:
I really wish I had saved this for October because I think it would have been a perfect, spooky read for Halloween! It’s absolutely terrifying to think of invisible creatures/monsters invading your world and not being able to go outside without a blindfold. Imagine never being able to see anything other than the inside of a house/building? It would drive me mad! Definitely makes you appreciate being able to see the beautiful outside world and not being trapped indoors like a prisoner. Loved how unique this one was and the plot was fantastic. It definitely had some scary scenes which I wasn’t expecting. I really wasn’t expecting to love this as much as I did!
A Breath After Drowning by Alice Blanchard:
I will never stop talking about this book and about how much I love it! Such an amazing psychological thriller and one of my favourite reads for sure! It will be impossible to top this book, I just loved it so much. The characters were instantly likeable, I wasn’t expecting the romance in this book and I’m not mad at it. Kate and James were so adorable and cute and I love them. When I wasn’t caught up in their romance bubble, I was also loving the plot! It’s slow paced but it had enough to keep me intrigued and wanting to turn the pages. I don’t know how I didn’t guess that ending but it left me reeling! I was pulled into this story from the beginning and it was definitely an unputdownable book! Loved it!
Shadowblack by Sebastien De Castell:
Oh look, it’s this book again! I will never get tired of constantly talking about these books in every other post! This is one of the best fantasy series going at the moment, in my opinion! Each book just keeps getting better and better, I am in awe at this author! I love how the main character sucks at magic and has to rely on cheap tricks to survive. It’s such a refreshing idea for a book rather than someone being born and being the most powerful magician in centuries. You know the usual YA stuff. Instead we have Kellen who can do zero magic, is being hunted by his own people and is friends with a sarcastic squirrel cat! These books are just absolutely hilarious and the covers are so damn beautiful.
Hangman by Daniel Cole:
This was an AMAZING sequel to Ragdoll. I was absolutely thrown by how good this book was! It was incredibly fast paced, amazingly intense and had some really shocking scenes! It’s impossible to be bored whilst reading this because so much is thrown at you. I’d be letting this devastating scene sink in and before I’d even had chance to recover, there’d be something else happening! So many mind-blowing twists throughout! The characters were so well developed as well. The cliffhanger at the end… why??? I can’t wait for the third book!
It was so hard to pick but I am pretty happy with the five I have chosen! Of course this could easily change by the end of the year but for now, these are my favourite for this year! What are some of your favourite books you’ve read this year? Feel free to leave a comment below! I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!