This year, I read a little over 60 books… so I wrote a ton of book reviews! Here are five of my favorite book reviews that I wrote in 2018:
The Hating Game is an important review for me because it features a different kind of book than I usually read. While I’ve reviewed other new adult/adult books on my blog before (a couple books by Sophie Kinsella), this one really kick started me reading a lot of other new adult books. Looking at this review, I think it’s a good start. I think by reading and reviewing more new adult books, I will be able to provide even more helpful reviews as I become more familiar with the style of these books.
Save the Date was an interesting book for me. I heard not-so-positive reviews before reading it, but I ended up absolutely loving it. This book isn’t the type of Morgan Matson book that I expected after Since You’ve Been Gone and The Unexpected Everything, which are the two of her four books published right before this which definitely fall in the cutesy contemporary vein. For me, it can be difficult to articulate my feelings towards books that I really loved compared to books that I didn’t like reading. However, I like this review because I think I showed some personal growth when reviewing books that I really enjoy. I tried really hard to pinpoint exactly why I enjoyed this book and I hope that I can be just as specific in what I enjoyed in book reviews that I do in the future.
This was a book that I received as an ARC and was receiving a lot of attention for its plot that resonated with people who love to read. For me, this book was a bit of a miss. However, I still was able to see potential in this book, especially if it continues as a companion-novel style series. I think I really enjoyed reviewing this book because I put aside that this book was written for someone much younger than me. Although there were some aspects that I didn’t enjoy, I liked explaining how I think people younger than me probably would really enjoy this book. Even if I don’t necessarily really enjoy a book, I do like when I am able to recommend it to someone else you may really love it.
Fish in a Tree was a highly anticipated read for me. While I liked the overall message this book tried to highlight, there were many areas that I didn’t like. In this book, the story revolves around a student with a learning disability in the general education classroom. As a special education teacher, I love reading books that feature characters with disabilities and accurately portray special education. However, this book did not accurately portray special education. I liked that I was able to utilize my background in special education to point out areas were this book needed improvement to accurately portray the special education process.
Lola and the Boy Next Door was a re-read for me. When I was in high school, I absolutely loved this book. Reading it years later opened up my eyes to things in this book that I didn’t pick up on when I was younger. Some of these aspects that didn’t bother me before, got under my skin and gave me a new perspective on this book. While I still enjoy this book, reading it again when I’m older allowed me to look at more critically. I am proud of this review because I was able to explain all of the reasons why I still like it, but other areas that I find a little problematic.
What were some of your favorite reviews that you wrote? Link them below so I can check them out!