Gosh, it is nearly the end of the year now. Only a week or so left! And I am sure you all know what that means? That’s right, it is time to make a list of my favourite books that I have read this year! I bet you knew that from the title already, didn’t you!
Anyway, the premise is quite simple: I’m going to pick five books that have been my absolute favourites this year. The only real stipulation that I am going to add in here is that I will only be picking one book from a series. I’ll pick the book that I enjoyed the most from any series I started or finished this year.
Anyway, here are the best five books that I have read this year! Oh, and these are in the the order that I read them this year, not an order of favourites. Just in case you were wondering.
The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French
This book was absolutely enthralling, I really enjoyed the sequel too, but this one was that little bit better, in my opinion. Think of it as a mixture between Dungeons and Dragons, filled with all the typical fantasy features, and Biker Gangs. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and has plenty of humour alongside its bloodshed, and the camaraderie on show is top notch.
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
This was the first of many Brandon Sanderson books this year and it is probably my favourite of them. I really enjoyed the mystery of the setting, one that we only just begin to understand at the end, and am really looking forward to the sequal to find out more! Plus M-Bot and Spensa are just hilarious together, while the action sequences are first rate. This may sound like blasphemy to many Sanderson fans, but I read Mistborn: The Final Empire almost straight after this, and I think it really shows how far he has come over the years in writing action sequences.
Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie
This one may surprise people as it is the middle book in the First Law trilogy, and a general rule of thumb is that the middle book is usually the worst one… But not in this case! I loved the others, as they set up and concluded the story brilliantly, but this one had the best character growth and story arcs, in my opinion. And the quality of the characters is what really and truly makes this book series jump out. Glokta is my favourite (and appears to be everyone’s favourite) but Ferro, Logen Ninefingers, Major West, Jezal dan Luthar, and the rest, are all at their best in this one. For me, anyway.
The Bone Ships by R.J. Barker
This book, like The Grey Bastards, really caught me off guard. I had kind of expected to really like the other books on this last, but these two caught me off guard as I knew nothing about the authors. And, suffice to say, I will be looking up R.J. Barker’s other books. This was just a brilliant adventure book that takes you hunting sea dragons across the seven seas! What more could you want!?!? Honestly, I got chills the first time the Arkeesian (sea dragon) arrived on page, and the idea to have Joron Twiner as lour POV character was as much of a masterstroke as Tolkien choosing Hobbits as his main POV characters. His (and their) naivety, general lack of knowledge and lack of the usual heroism a protagonist make them the perfect entry into a new world!
A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
This book just blew me away. I know I said that this wasn’t in any order, but this maybe my actual favourite of the year. As with his other First Law universe books, we have the most amazing set of characters here – and I am sure you guys will love them as much as I did! Plus the industrial revolution themed setting gives this book something a bit unique when compared against a lot of other fantasy books.
24 Hours in Ancient Rome by Philip Matyzsak *The only non-fiction book on my list!
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan
City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri* I read this right at the end of 2018 and so it didn’t make my list last year, but it totally deserves recognition!
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Anyway, I really hope you enjoyed reading this post! Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts? Do you agree or think I am crazy? Let me know in the comments! And share your favourite books too!