The big book review 2018 Tag

I’ve made a post about the books I’ve read in 2018, but these questions are different. I did enjoy reading the answers Kezzie wrote on her blog, hence me answering to them as well. Also, very little information from the previous post is mentioned here too.

Best book you read in 2018:
Unnatural Causes by Richard Shepherd, I think. It was hard to pick my favourite. He did wrote it wonderfully. I liked how he presented what happens to us after we die, as he is a forensic pathologist. Even more, I loved the way he talked about his patients, with care and respect.

Children’s fiction:
None

Crime fiction:
No

Classics:
Allegory of the Cave by Plato should have been, but it was printed wrong. I will have to get the Republic and read it all.

Non-fiction:
I’ve read more non-fiction, history and memoirs & autobiographies, than fiction. It’s what I like best to read right now.

YA:
For the first time in my life I’ve read an YA series, by Philippa Gregory. It’s not a genre I like. Maybe because I’ve always read “proper” adult books, even before being a teenager.

Dystopian fiction:
I didn’t read any new dystopian fiction this year.

Most surprising (in a good way) book of 2018:
A Crime in the Family by Sacha Batthyany, a memoir. I picked it from the library having no idea what to expect and it was great. His writing style is quite unique and different.

Best series you discovered in 2018:
Someone by Mary Balogh. I’ve read many books by her and I loved this series of her. Now I’m waiting for the last book in the series to arrive at the library, as I’ve reserved it. It’s a regency love story series.

Favourite new author you discovered in 2018:
Steven Pinker, I’ve read The Blank Slate The Modern Denial of Human Nature and Enlightenment now and I loved both books. Both are non-fiction, first one an analysis of nature vs nurture and the second one about how things really are in the 21st century in the Western world (much better than we tend to think).

Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love but didn’t:
This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay. I’ve read so many good reviews that I was unpleasantly surprised by how mediocre it was. Didn’t like the author either, too many jokes that were a bit too hard to believe. If you’ve read the book, I’m referring to the grandma at restaurant incident. Same goes with Dark tracks by Philippa Gregory.

Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre to you:
YA, a new genre that I can’t say I’m hooked on.

Book you read in 2018 that you’re most likely to read again in 2019:
Thinking, fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman, a psychology book about how we think. It is such a great book. It made me think of how I’m thinking. Now I’m paying much more attention to the availability bias when I’m thinking of something and that helps me put things into perspective.

Favourite book you read in 2018 from an author you’ve read previously:
God is not great by Christopher Hitchens. Last year I’ve read The Missionary Position. Mother Theresa in theory and in practice by him and I did think it was great.

Best book you read in 2018 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else:
Mad Dogs And Englishmen by Ranulph Fiennes. I wasn’t familiar with the author and I wasn’t very keen on the name either, but I borrowed the book after seeing a review for it made by a fellow blogger. I’m so glad I saw that review because the book was fascinating. He talks about his family’s history, starting before William the Conqueror arrived in England in 1066. That makes you think of history in a different way.

Favourite cover of a book in 2018:
The colour of time by Dan Jones & Marina Amaral:

The colour of time by Dan Jones

It is a simple white cover, but so appropriate for this book. It is filled with photographs coloured with historical accurate colours and a 200 word description. As the book shows many different historical events and in it the colour is so important, I liked the simplicity of the cover.

Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2018:
There are a few books that had an impact, some of them already mentioned. So, I picked a new one for this question and that book is Toxic parents by Susan Forward, Craig Faustus Buck. I learned about toxic behaviours and ways in which someone can respond to that. I did try this while having an argument with a colleague and it worked. Maybe I should read it again, at least the second part of the book.

Book you can’t BELIEVE you waited until 2018 to read:
How To Be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman, that book is great. It was first published in 2015. I’ve enjoyed it a lot. After seeing Ruth in the TV series with life at the farm (Tudor, Edwardian, Victorian), I knew I wanted to read her books, but didn’t get around to it until now.  If you haven’t read it, do read it.

Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss etc).
There were many things I wanted to talk about and most of the time I did. My husband is used to me reading him paragraphs of the books I’m reading. They do make sense as I do that with non-fiction, so there isn’t a plot to care about.

Favourite relationship from a book you read in 2018 (be it romantic, friendship etc):
Romantic relationship between Joanna and Hal in The blacksmith’s wife by Elisabeth Hobbes. It is a historical fiction book, with an arranged marriage.

Most memorable character in a Book you read in 2018:
Anne Jewell in Simply Love by Mary Balogh. She is a teacher with a traumatic past. Also loved her story with Sydnam, another character with a tormented past. They were in close second place for the previous question.

Genre you read the most from 2018:
Must be history (25 books), because fiction (26 books) is too broad to consider it as a genre.

Best 2018 debut:
This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay was published in 2017, but I didn’t read any 2018 debut.

Book that was the most fun to read in 2018:
The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer. It is a non-fiction history book, but it was hilarious. Now I’m reading (very slowly, but because I do read only a few pages each day, before bedtime) the second book in the series.

Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2018:
Hmmm… there are plenty of books that made me emotional, all non-fiction, like I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman, Hope in a Ballet Shoe by Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince, Henrietta Howard by Tracy Borman. All very sad at times, but so worth reading.

Book you read in 2018 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out:
I have no idea. I don’t follow the trends.

Total Number of books read in 2018:
85.



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