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Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ (allisonhikesthebookwoods) | 1757 comments It's that time of the year when all those best of the year lists come out, but I'm more interested in the opinions of my trusted reader friends! Of the books you read this year, which ones were your favourites?

message 2: by Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ (last edited Dec 14, 2018 06:05AM) (new)

Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ (allisonhikesthebookwoods) | 1757 comments Narrowing it down to five books, and in no particular order, these were my favourite reads this year:

1. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
2. Circe
3. The Pillars of the Earth
4. Rebecca
5. Melmoth

As I typed them in I realized that none are Canadian. ☹ Maybe next year. There were three that really stood out for me though, and would easily make my list of favourites if I went to ten.

Our Homesick Songs
Late Nights on Air
Songs for the Cold of Heart

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Petra | 725 comments Looking back, my two favorite reads this year stories that proved to be just a lot of fun to read. They had interesting story lines & characters, a touch of humor, good pacing and were really just a load of fun:
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
The Martian

Other really good reads were:
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
I've Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter (thank you, Secret Sender)
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
Smile (this author is so uplifting; her stories always make me smile)
The World to Come (my favorite "new-to-me author" this year)
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World

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Kim (bookgiddy) | 38 comments My top favourite read this year was How to Stop Time.
Also wonderful: Women Talking, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Sense of an Ending, Non-fiction: Theft by Finding, Finish

message 8: by Mj (last edited Dec 17, 2018 08:53AM) (new)

Mj MJ's 2018 Favourite Books

Fiction Unless Stated Otherwise

🍁Starlight by Richard Wagamese 5 stars
🍁Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette 5 stars
🍁Washington Black by Esi Edugyan 4 1/2 stars
🍁A Quality Of Light by Richard Wagamese 4 1/2 stars
🍁Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper 4 1/2 stars
🍁Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot 4 1/2 stars (Non-Fiction Memoir)
🍁Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez 4 stars
🍁A Place between the Tides: A Naturalist's Reflections on the Salt Marsh by Harry Thurston 4 stars (Non-Fiction)
🍁My Name Is Arnaktauyok: The Life and Art of Germaine Arnaktauyok by Germaine Arnaktauyok 4 stars (Non-Fiction & Memoir)
🍁A Place Called No Homeland by Kai Cheng Thom (Poetry) 4 stars
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf 4 stars
The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg (Inspirational Palate Cleanse) 3 1/2 stars

message 9: by Anna (last edited Dec 16, 2018 07:21PM) (new)

Anna (iudita) | 60 comments I love seeing what people's favourite books of the year are.

Here are mine...
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down by Anne Valente
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O'Farrell
Circe, by Madeline Miller
The Nix by Nathan Hill

message 10: by Wanda (last edited Dec 16, 2018 07:52PM) (new)

Wanda | 567 comments Had tough time narrowing mine down. At the top of my list:

The Home for Unwanted Girls
Kafka on the Shore
The Hate U Give

message 13: by Story (last edited Dec 17, 2018 05:38AM) (new)

Story (storyheart) Love how diverse our lists are. Here are my best books of 2018:


Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
Happiness by Aminatta Forna
The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
🍁Warlightby Michael Ondaatje
🍁French Exit by Patrick deWitt
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
Melmoth by Sarah Perry
The Gloaming by Melanie Finn
When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennoxby Maggie O'Farrell

Non-fiction & Memoir

Aetherial Worlds: Stories by Tatyana Tolstaya
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O'Farrell
🍁Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Issues in Canada by Chelsea Vowel
The Book of Human Emotions: An Encyclopaedia of Feeling from Anger to Wanderlustby Tiffany Watt Smith

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Heather(Gibby) (heather-gibby) | 434 comments My top Reads of 2018 are:
Jane Eyre
The Nightingale
The Great Alone
Late Nights on Air
Dream Wheels
Do Not Say We Have Nothing
The Wreckage

I noticed a theme making this list, that I seem to gravitate towards books of people overcoming really terrible situations.

message 15: by Shannon (last edited Dec 17, 2018 08:11AM) (new)

Shannon White | 244 comments This is a great exercise...makes me realize The Boat Peoplehow many fantastic books I have had the joy of reading this year.

Here are my 5:
Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City
Everything Here Is Beautiful
Where the Crawdads Sing
The Boat People

message 16: by Allison (last edited Dec 17, 2018 03:57PM) (new)

Allison | 1908 comments Love this part of the year. My faves of 2018:

Tomboy Survival Guide (if I had to choose only one, this would be it. It's the book that absolutely changed me, and I haven't stopped thinking about)
Bellevue Square
The Woefield Poultry Collective
The Lonely Hearts Hotel
Precious Cargo: My Year of Driving the Kids on School Bus 3077
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

All Canadian but the last

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✿✿✿May  | 775 comments I need to read Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine real soon!!

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