My Must Read Books for 2018
I know that I’m a tad late and we’re already knee-deep in January, but Happy freaking New Year everyone!
If you’ve read any of my posts before, you may notice that the blog has a new name and a new look. Welcome to Pale Gold Pages – I hope you enjoy your stay. I basically decided that 2018 is the year to really dedicate myself to this blog and of course, vamping it up a bit was the first step. I’m so excited about what’s coming in terms of the blog and just life in general and I hope you are all just as excited for 2018 as I am!
Onto the topic at hand – my bookshelf is overflowing. I recently came to the realisation that I have an absolutely massive pile of untouched beauties waiting for me, yet I persist in buying more and more. Fortunately for my wallet, I’ve put myself on a bit of a book-buying-ban for the first half of this year, in the sense that I’m not allowed to buy ANYTHING until I’ve read at least half of the books I already own or have borrowed (the number is probably sitting somewhere around thirty). Yes, I am already suffering.
Since I won’t be adding to my collection for quite a long time, I have the opportunity to wade my way through a number of titles I’ve had on my list for ages. Here are some of the (older) books I’m definitely going to be reading in 2018:
The A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas
I have this tendency to let my tongue slip and call Maas my favourite author, which is why I really am ashamed to admit that I’ve not yet read the third instalment of this series, A Court of Wings and Ruin, which was released in May 2017. The first two books are two of my all-time favourite fantasy novels, based on a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast and bursting with magic, romance and danger. I’d like to refresh my memory before I move onto the newest book so I’m planning on doing a reread of the entire series quite early in the year. Maas is also releasing A Court of Frost and Starlight, a follow-on novella, on the 1st of May 2018, so I’d like to be fully caught up before then!
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
This YA novel is considered a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, following not Alice, but Catherine, the Queen of Hearts. The story takes place back when Catherine was just a young girl with a love for the culinary arts and her eye on a boy who doesn’t quite fit into her royal future. Not wanting to anger her parents, she begins sneaking around. With all the magic and madness of Wonderland, however, things don’t go according to plan for her.
This book sounds like such a fun, different read and I absolutely love the fact that it’s centred around a villain we’re all so familiar with. On another note, a book that has anything to do with baking doesn’t have to do much else to get my attention – I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this.
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
Another unread series by an author I am obsessed with. This trilogy takes place in the Grishaverse, a world that seems to be full of dark magic, politics and power. What else could you possibly want out of a fantasy novel? The story begins where the “once great” nation of Ravka is being ripped to shreds by an impenetrable darkness and our protagonist has to leave everything she knows in order to fight it. In all honesty, I don’t know much about these books, but I do know that Bardugo’s writing has yet to let me down – and for that fact alone I am excited to read these.
The Angelfall Trilogy by Susan Ee
I read the first book of this series towards the end of 2017 and it BLEW MY MIND. The story takes place in somewhat of an apocalyptic world, where the angels have basically been sent down to Earth to annihilate everyone – because humans suck, right? Penryn, our protagonist, finds herself heavily involved in the whole situation when her younger sister is abducted by a group of the winged creatures. Penryn somehow manages to ally herself with an injured angel, and together the unlikely duo dive headfirst into war – and make some truly astonishing discoveries.
I cannot even begin to imagine what is going to go on in the sequel, but I am all in for every aspect of this series – the romance, the darkness and the awesome fast-paced writing.
Finally, I am making it a mission to get through some more classics this year and expand my genre in general (it’s quite evident that I’m stuck on YA fantasy). There are a few historical fiction novels I’d like to pick up, as well as some more contemporary stories.
In reality, this list is almost endless but I’ll cut this short. What books have you been hoarding on your shelves? Let me know in the comments!