Probably should have posted this back in January, but oh well. Look it’s another book blog post! Back to the roots. Also, these aren’t like books published from 2018, but ones I read in 2018. They are definitely from a number of different time periods. I should though read a bunch of books published in a particular year and then write about it. I’ll look into it.
Anyways, I had a fairly successful reading year last year, which is great because for a while now, I’ve felt like I was fading as a reader, which truly was one of the saddest things I think I could ever deal with. Because I love reading. It’s magical. It’s beautiful. And it makes me so so happy.
I read a lot for my classes as an English major obviously, but being assigned readings does not mean I didn’t enjoy them. I took a YA fiction class last semester and loved it, like seriously loved it and I read a bunch of YA that I had been meaning to read and just never had the time to.
Which also, I would like to be a true defender of YA lit because I think it’s just as important as any other kind of literature—I really, really, really hate to see when people bash on it, because that fiction really made me who I am today. It’s so important to know how they affect teenagers who are reading them because they need someone on their side. I literally am going to write a whole thing in defense of YA. Maybe next month that will be a post. I’d also like to write YA someday honestly, I just want to be that writer that’s there for teenagers like myself. I think that’s pretty special.
So I think I’ll do a top 5 of my favorite books I read last year (in no particular order because there is no way I would be able to decide on that) and a little blurb about them and why I loved them and stuff. Also, I will link my Goodreads account at the end of the post so you can follow along as I read through my list! (also, send me recommendations, I love getting book recs!!):
1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I had been wanting to read this book ever since I first heard about it. I finally got my hands on a copy and was so excited to read it. I think it is really an important read for our generation and for educating everyone about the racism that is still so prevalent in our society. The story is strong itself, with characters that read as realistic and beautiful. I found it so touching and I really want to see the film because that also looked incredible. This is an example of a YA piece of fiction that is so important and so educational for teenagers to read about. I hope to read more of Angie Thomas soon, her work is so so powerful!
2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I am pretty sure I’ve read Wuthering Heights before, but never in depth and I think when I did read it, I was way too young to really understand it. But reading it last year allowed me to really find the incredible Gothic details of it with all the ghosts and the tragic love story. It is so incredible, and clearly, everyone else thinks so too since it is a classic but it is wonderful and tragic and has moments of faults being as old as it is, but it is still so fun to read. I love reading problematic characters, like main characters who you aren’t particularly supposed to like because it makes the tensions that much higher, and I just love Wuthering Heights.
3. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
This is my favorite book of all time. Literally of all time. I got to read it again for one of my classes and I loved it as much as I did the first time I read it (or the first six times I read it). It’s just so magical and charming. And there’s a dog in it, who doesn’t die, which is as much a miracle as the rest of this wonderful book. I love the way it resonates with adults as much as children and how DiCamillo doesn’t shy away from seemingly adult topics because children can handle far more than we give them credit for. I recommend this book to literally anyone I can.
4. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
I read this book over the summer and really loved the display of mental health in the book. I think it offers a really realistic look into how teenagers handle their mental health among other things, like simply growing up. I resonated with some aspects of the main character’s stresses and it stressed me out to read all these thoughts. It’s like I already have all this in my head, and then to read it, really puts it into perspective. It helps people understand and empathize with the main character and hopefully others with similar issues. It was really well-written in that sense and every other sense too, I guess.
5. Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
I essentially grew up with Pooh Bear, and it’s always been so special to me like stuck in my heart really. I wanted to read where it all began and I absolutely loved it. I think it’s good to go back and read things that made you happy when you were a child. If life doesn’t seem to be good right now, I always like to go back to happy moments in my life. Pooh Bear has all kinds of little life advice and cute adages that make things not seem so bad. I think Milne wanted children and adults to feel safe when they read his work, and I definitely felt safe reading this. I think I might have to revisit it this year.
And that’s all my favorites from last year. Here is my Goodreads account, if you are so inclined to check it out: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/44567691-morgan
I know, how exciting. But please, follow me and recommend books! I love how good reads organizes things and makes it so interesting for people who love to read. I just love a little appreciation for us.