It is nearing the end of the year (and decade) now and even though it isn’t quite over yet, I think my reading is all but over for the year since I’ve decided to end my year with another re-read of Harry Potter and it goes without saying that I love them. Therefore, I thought I’d just skip over them and talk about my favourite 3 books of the year! I have another post planned for next week, where I’ll talk briefly about all the books I’ve read this year, but I wanted to take the time to specifically talk about my top 3.
I haven’t been reading as much this year because so much else has happened, but I have still read some good books this year, so let’s just get into them…
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
For some reason I’ve decided to start with the last book I read this year (aside from re-reading Harry Potter), but that is because I ABSOLUTELY FREAKING ADORED Caraval! I’m like 4 years late to this hype because I prefer all the books in a series to be out before I read anything, but I finally picked Caraval and I understand what everyone was screaming about years ago because it truly is amazing! The writing and the world were so magical and every aspect of it drew me in. Scarlet and the world of Caraval felt so real when I was reading and yet I was never sure what was real because there were so many twists and turns that I could never have predicted. I really felt like I was on the journey with Scarlet and I love books that do that and allow you to be so deeply immersed in the world and the story that you forget where you are.
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
I absolutely devoured both of the Heartstopper comics this year in under and hour, all whilst grinning from ear to ear! They were the perfect light summer read for me after I had finished my exams and had me feeling exstatic for hours because they were just so great! They were very real and they tackle several important issues, but mostly they are just wholesome and adorable with gorgeous illustrations to go along with them. If you’re looking for a cute, quick, drawing filled romance, then definitely pick up heartstopper and I promise you will be smiling for hours afterwards!
The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight
The final book on my list is a non-fiction, which is somewhat unheard of for me because while I do love learning, they never come close to beating a good fantasy story or cute romance. However, my reading this year was somewhat disjointed and I ended up reading a lot of non-fiction since it was easier for me to absorb whilst I was in exam mode. I read all of Sarah Knight’s books this year and I loved them all because they are incredibly funny (with a lot of swearing!), but also incredibly helpful. I don’t know what it was that really made the advice drive home for me in her books since the advice and information she was giving is stuff I’ve heard quite a lot (especially since her books are so popular), but reading her books and hearing her wording made me actually put the advice into practice. It might have been all the swearing because I have quite a foul mouth myself that made me connect with it, but whatever the reason, I found her books really helpful and I especially liked ‘The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck’ because it was advice I sorely needed.
Those are my 3 favourite books of the year! Obviously I gave all of them 5/5 stars and I highly encourage you to pick them all up if you haven’t already! If you want to know what other books I read this year, then you can subscribe to my blog via email to make sure you don’t miss that blog post about my reading year next week or go and follow me on Instagram: @theoriginalbookdragon
What were your favourite books you read this year? What are your thoughts on my favourite books? Do you love them as much as me or do you hate them? I’d love to know, so leave a comment down below and chat to me!
Goodbye for now!
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