Top 5 Wednesday :: Best Books You’ve Read So Far in 2018

I set out with this idea, at the beginning of the year ➡️ to read as many classics as I could get my hands on. In school I didn’t have to read many (required wise) and, at the ripe age of twenty-seven, I don’t feel like I’m quite as well rounded in Classic Lit as I’d like to be. Over a few months of facing that idea head on – the grandiose notion sort of dwindled down into: “Read at least one classic a month.”

Once I removed the self-imposed guideline, I found I enjoyed the classics a ton more. A few even made my list of favorites thus far.

However, as we cross the half-year mark, the ones I’ve loved most are reconnections with favorite characters. Series I’ve devoted small pieces of myself to.

Isn’t it amazing how much we grow to love fictional beings? It’s one of the neatest experiences to become attached to a name on a page and feel that zap of:

“I can’t wait to read more!”

“What happens to them?”

“Are these two ever going to Get. It. On?” (Yeah, I’m talking to you, Deanna Raybourn.)


Sure do enjoy Wednesdays over at the Goodreads Group and all the fun Top 5 prompts. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again – book nerds are the best people!

Here’s this week’s top five favorite books I’ve read so far this year:

Happy Tuesday night, y’all! And an early Happy Fourth of July to all my fellow American readers! 🇺🇸💥🎇🦅

Love,

B+ H

11 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday :: Best Books You’ve Read So Far in 2018

  1. Gorgeous pictures! I had a classics goal this year but definitely haven’t kept up with it.

    I don’t know how many people have told me to pick up The Bear and the Nightingale, and I’m really starting to think I’ll have to get on that. How did you like the Odyssey? Did you read it in school? I haven’t but am so curious!

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    1. The Bear and the Nightingale was actually my “surprise-favorite” read It was good from the start, don’t get me wrong, but it just gets better and better the further you fall into it. You MUST. It’s so worth it.

      I read The Odyssey when I was a freshman in college. (Almost 9 years ago.) I remember loving it but age definitely made it even more enjoyable. (My overall Greek knowledge has expanded a little since and that helped, too.) I tackled it and The Iliad earlier this year – I want to try and make it a yearly thing since I loved both re-reads so much!

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      1. That’s what I keep hearing! I will get to it this year I think ><!

        Ah, I'm so intimidated by it. I think it's because I'm afraid I won't pick up on all the references. I think if I just go into it thinking it's an adventure rather than some ancient poem I need to pick apart I'll like it…at least for a first run through.

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    2. I’m also one of those people who likes to read Sparknotes or some kind of educational guide whenever I’m reading something challenging. That way I fully absorb everything going on. That helped a bunch!

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      1. Smart! I think I just might do that! I usually stop to research specific things if I don’t get something so sparknotes sounds like a great idea.

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    1. Sooooo good! I read it right after I finished Wintersong (not meaning to read two books back to back with similar “themes” and settings) and The Bear and the Nightingale stole my heart. So lush.

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    1. Yesssss. It was a bunch of elements – history, fantasy, adventure – without a lot of instalove fluff. She loved her family first and foremost = probably my favorite part.

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