Is it late for this post? I hope not.
Technically, if you’ve been in my blog before, you probably have heard/read about the books I’m about to share. So if you don’t mind, kindly act as if this is the first time you’ve heard of them. Help this girl, okay? Okay.
Now, these books were all published in 2018 and I’ve read them as ARCs. I was very careful at picking these titles out of the 201 books I read last year. Books should have less than 300 ratings on Goodreads but have an average rating of 4 stars above. I’ve read 84 ARCs last year and most of them have 4+ stars rating but I only picked the ones I personally rated high.
So without further ado.
10 Good Books of 2018 You Probably Haven’t Heard Of
1.) Happily by Chauncey Rogers
My Rating: 4.5 stars ( My review here )
Goodreads Rating: 4.20 (82 readers)
This is a Cinderella retelling but instead of featuring Cinderella, it features one of the girls fitting the shoe. What an amazing concept. Laure, the MC, is definitely not Cinderella but she is set to do everything to make the shoe fits her foot. And what I get as a reader is an amazing adventure and cute romance. I highly recommend this.
Quote: If the shoe fits, wear it. If it doesn’t, make it.
2.) My Real Name is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih
My Rating: (My review here)
GR Rating: 4.24 stars (353 readers)
The story follows Hanna, a jew who lived and survived the Holocaust along with her family and their friends. I don’t really read books set in Holocaust or wars because they usually includes info-dumped histories but this book got me really hooked. This isn’t just a war story, this is a tale of a family, of survival, of hope and of a belief. Ah guys, please read my review.
3.) In Servitude by Heleen Kist
My Rating: 4.5 stars ( My Review here)
GR Rating: 4.17 stars (115 readers)
The suspense is good. The twists and turns amazed me too. The protagonist, Grace is likeable. But what really wowed me in this novel is its underlying theme. Or should I say, it’s main theme, since it’s in the title. I was expecting a story of a family and suspense, but I get a lesson in life about servitude. You might wanna read this to understand.
4.) Unsolicited Advice by Melinda DiLorenzo
My Rating: 4.5 stars (My Review Here)
GR Rating: 4.28 stars (25 readers)
THIS BOOK IS THE REASON WHY I MADE THIS POST.
The story follows Heidi, an advice columnist, and William, a charming British who have suffered because of one of her advises. Will showed up in her house demanding that she helps him unruin his life. Their first meeting is REALLY entertaining. But then not even an hour since Will laid his eyes on the unexpectedly beautiful and attractive Heidi and her house, that he realized something is wrong with her. She’s agoraphobic. But Will has one crazy journey in mind and he’s set to take her with him. PLEASE READ MY REVIEW. I’ve had too much CAPS for this book, but then you know I’m pretty serious. It pains me that this book has but 25 ratings. This is real gem. OK?
5.) The Kooky Kids’ Club by Robbie Yates
My Rating: 5 quirky stars (My review here)
GR Rating: 4.65 stars (23 ratings)
This is the most adorable book I’ve ever read. Maxine reminds me of my younger self, the loner, trying to fit in kid in school. The one who felt so not normal just because she likes different things. Maxine is relatable and so everyone else in the Kooky Kids Club. I also liked the little mystery that pushed Maxine and her friends play detectives. Aaaah I loved it so much I even requested the author to make this a series. Because why not?
I know I promised 10 but this is already a long post so I’m cutting it on five. But no worries, a promise is a promise, I’ll post a part 2 of this post soon. I really hope you guys give these books a chance. And I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Thank you for reading.