My Most Surprising Books of 2018

Here is part 3 of my review for 2018! I am going through my best and worst books of the year, also my most disappointing and surprising books!

So now the negative ones are out of the way, these books I didn’t have high expectations for (either due to mixed reviews or lack thereof), but ending up really enjoying and loving! I’m usually more tempted to pick up a book if there are mixed reviews because I’m curious to know where I fall. Luckily in these cases, I absolutely loved them!


5/ Queens of Geek – Jen Wilde 28245707

Rating: 4/5 stars

Ave Rating: 3.92


I wasn’t expecting anything amazing from this – I initially picked it up because it looked like a quick and easy read, but it was so much more than that! I thought it was extremely cute (without being cheesy) and I loved all the messages and representation in this book! One of the main characters is Australian/Chinese and bisexual. Another main character suffers from anxiety and has autism. There’s a lot of discussion in this book about racism, sexism, homophobia, slut-shaming, and loads of social justice points. Another thing I really loved about this book is the fact that it takes place at a comic con, and all the fandom references. I didn’t expect to like this as much as I did!



4/ Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough 31285838

Rating: 4/5 stars

Ave Rating: 3.75


I had low expectations for this, I’m not gonna lie. I have always been hesitant with ‘thrillers’ recently and never really enjoy them. However, this one was different. You either love the twist or hate it, and I loved it. I loved the supernatural aspect which didn’t become clear until the final quarter of the book. I was always guessing and was kept intrigued to find out how it was going to end! It was great being inside Adele’s twisted mind… I couldn’t figure out what was going on until it happened. I really enjoyed this!



3/ Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty37648119

Rating: 4/5 stars

Ave Rating: 4.24


As this book was quite hyped in general by most people, I didn’t expect it to be that amazing. But it turned out to be much more than a simple Chick Lit book. It was really well-written, and the plot was well-paced and kept the suspense going all the way through. The characters felt real and flawed in their own way, and each had their own problems to deal with along with all the craziness going down. Also the main twist I didn’t see coming, and in hindsight it pieced together well.



323332002/ The Rattled Bones – S. M. Parker

Rating: 4/5 stars

Ave Rating: 3.97


I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected, I had no idea what it was about and was mainly a cover-buy, but I’m so glad I read it! The main character was so different and intriguing towards other female MC’s I’ve read. She lives in a fisherman’s village, so there was a lot about the industry included, which I found was really interesting and unique. The paranormal aspects I found very enjoyable and kept me hooked until the very end. The developments of the characters were spot-on and well fleshed-out, and Rilla’s constant battle about whether she stays or goes to college was done well.



1/ One Day in December – Josie Silver34879283

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Ave Rating: 4.09


I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this; it was adorable without being cheesy, it was predictable in a few bits but still felt realistic. I adored the relationship between Laurie and Sarah, such a genuine female relationship to read about. I got huge ‘One Day’ vibes thorough-out the book, with a bunch of ‘almost’ moments and ‘will they/won’t they’ vibes. One of my biggest pet peeves in books is when a simple bit of communication would’ve solved a lot of issues, but in this case it sort of made a bit of logical sense. The ending really felt like something out of Bridget Jones, which I was all for. I wasn’t expecting to love a fluffy, rom-com book as much as I did!


So those were the books I was mostly surprised with! Not quite favourites, but I liked them a lot better than I anticipated, and some of these will always stick with me. What were your most surprising reads of the year? Any unexpected favourites? What are you reading to end the year? I’d love to know!



Abbie xxxx

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