In 2018 I rated 6 books with 5 stars, which makes up 14% of all my 2018 reads. My first 5 stars read of last year was in January and it was Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft, fascinating fantasy novel. Next, I listen to audiobook What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. It was read by the author herself, which made the whole experience quite special. April brought us third and final instalment of The Illuminae Files, and I simultaneously read and listened to Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I’m sad that the series ended, but I’m excited about next release from the authors. In June I read and loved bizarre YA fantasy novel – The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín. Last two 5 star reads of 2018 come to me in August, when I read Polish mystery novel Żmijwisko by Wojciech Chmielarz and novel about nurse accused of a serious crime – Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.
This is the busiest category, I’m most likely to give books I like 4 stars. So in 2018, I rated 17 books with 4 stars, that make up 40% of all books I read. So together with 5 starred reads, most of the books I read in 2018 were great reads! Check out my reviews for some of the books here. I need to give an honourable mention to Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller, The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. Those books are right now on top of my favourites list for 2018.
Books I rated 3 stars are always Ok, but nothing exceptional. I quite liked reading them, but there’s nothing to remember about them. It’s unlikely that one of those books will come up to me when I’ll be asked to recommend something. In 2018 I read 11 books that I rated 3 stars, which makes up 26% of all my reads.
We’re getting close to the worst books I read. Those rated 2 stars were pretty bad, but not catastrophic enough to warrant 1-star review. Check out my ranty reviews for Artemis by Andy Weir and The Witch Elm by Tana French.
Ah, here we are. Two books that were so horrible and painful to read that I rated them with only 1 star. Even with those two, there is some hierarchy because I believe Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is way worse than The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon.
What are your 5-star and 1-star reads of 2018?