Top 5 Books of 2018 (So far!)

I have been terribly inactive this past week due to the resurgence of a Sims addiction I can’t seem to keep under control and my latest obsession with The Eye of the World, the first Wheel of Time novel. I had meant to write a post for A Little But a Lot’s ‘Six for Sunday’ prompt Favourite Books this Year So Far but I was 4 generations deep into my Sims’ dynasty and couldn’t tear myself away long enough to do any writing. So I’ve altered this prompt down to 5 books and I’m releasing it 6 days late. Better late than never, right?

Now the tricky part. I’ve read 11 books so far this year and other than an isolated instance, I’ve enjoyed them all very much. I definitely get trapped in the mindset that every book I finish is ‘the best book I’ve ever read’ immediately after completion, so it’s fun to reflect on them all weeks or months after the fact. So here are the 5 books that I consider to be the best of my 2018 reads (so far!).

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top 5 wednesday: favourite mentors and teachers

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’m currently on holiday on the Isle of Wight, woo! This is one of my favourite places in the world so I’m really excited to be spending the next few days here. I’ve brought an ambitiously large stack of books with me that I’m sure I won’t read through, but it’s better to be overprepared with reading material I think!

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is Favourite Mentors and Teachers. I tried to include a good selection of characters from a few different genres, but it seems as though my favourite mentors come mostly from the fantasy genre. This is probably because ‘The Chosen One’ trope often found in fantasy novels tend to include a mentor character guiding the protagonist through their journey. I’ve added a more ‘evil’ mentor on the list to mix things up and one mentor who doesn’t want to be a mentor at all. So I hope you enjoy this week’s list! Let me know who your favourite teachers and mentors in literature are in the comments!

This post is a part of the Top 5 Wednesday series from the Goodreads group of the same name. Check it out for weekly #T5W post prompts and to see how other book bloggers have answered this week’s theme!

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New Finds Friday, Week 5

This week I’m celebrating one month of New Finds Friday! I’m really glad I started doing this in February as I’m now feeling way more organised with my Goodreads to-read shelf. I’m taking more care in deciding what to add and what types of books I really want to be reading. It’s also handy to be able to look back at my posts and see what books I was really excited about. So overall I’m super happy I committed to reflecting on my weekly book finds every Friday.

I have a new batch this week that I’m excited to start reading soon. My current stack is growing quite high and I should probably stop buying books on Amazon every 5 minutes, but there’s always room for more! Let me know if you’ve read any of my new finds in the comments!

As a reminder, if you want to join in on my weekly New Finds Friday posts, here are the very simple rules!


  1. Choose any books you’ve added to your Goodreads ‘to-read’ shelf from this week.
  2. Mention why you added it, where you heard about it, and when you think you’ll read it.
  3. Tag ‘New Finds Friday’ creator Ashley in Wonderland. I want to read your post!
  4. Share the Rules in your post so others can participate.
  5. Repeat on Fridays!

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Characters Who Would Make Brilliant Best Friends (Six for Sunday)

This week’s Six for Sunday topic ‘Characters you think would make brilliant best friends’ was a bit more difficult than I thought it would be. It turns out there are more characters I would rather not be friends with than ones I would actually call up on the weekend to grab a coffee. It might be due to the genres I typically read not including overly pleasant characters or characters I would consider to be quality friend material. But the following four ladies and one gentleman are my definite go-to for literary best friends.

This post is part of the weekly Six For Sunday tag hosted by A Little But a Lot! Check out their blog for weekly literary prompts and join in!

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3 Quotes, 3 Days: Day 3

This is it, my final day of quotes. Thank you to mistysbookspace one last time for tagging me — it’s been fun! So far I’ve shared a quote from Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring and Gaiman’s Neverwhere. I guess this means I find the fantasy genre to be particularly quotable. So I figured I’d share another quote in a slightly different genre to mix it up a little bit. A quick reminder of the rules:

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

So here’s my final quote for the ‘3 Quotes, 3 Days’ tag:

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