I’ve been doing ‘favourite books of the year’ lists since 2013. In this post I’m going to be going through all the books that made to my number 1 spot and seeing whether I’ve read it since and whether my thoughts have changed.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Two teenagers meet at a cancer support group. Cuteness and heartbreak ensue.
This book had a real impact on me when I first read it at 16. I really appreciate what it did for the YA genre but my thoughts have kind of changed since then. I’m just not a fan of books that make me depressed anymore.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
A boy who doesn’t look like anybody else is about to start middle school for the first time.
I still love this. I love that it delves into each of the characters lives. It’s so heart-warming and made me laugh and cry.
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
After the loss of their mother, twins Jude and Noah are struggling to find themselves again.
I think I’ve read this twice more since I first read it and it’s beauty still astounds me.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
An iconic classic that tells the story of Jane Eyre, who becomes a governess for Mr Rochester’s young ward.
The only classic to make this list and still one of my all time favourites…even though I’ve never reread it. Really should get on that.
Neopolitan Series by Elena Ferrante
Set in an impoverished part of Naples we meet two young girls who become unexpected friends. These books span their entire life time and we see them go through their ups and downs in a harsh world.
If I had a penny for the amount of times I’ve pushed people to read this I would have enough for a Holiday to Naples by now. One of the most beautifully crafted series I have ever read. It’s just got everything you could possibly want in a contemporary.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
A young journalist gets the opportunity to interview a retired Hollywood movie star who has lived a very colourful life.
This was my favourite of 2018. It made me laugh and cry and I’m still awestruck by how beautiful this story is. I haven’t had the chance to reread it yet but this has a huge place in my heart and I still recommend it whenever I can.
I still love 5/6 so that’s not bad at all. Funnily enough the only one I don’t still love was the one I read the longest time ago.
What past favourite books have you changed your opinion of? Let me know.
Thanks for reading,