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[Short Reviews] Top Ten 2018 Reads… So Far

This week on Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, we’re sharing our Top Ten Reads from 2018… or at least so far. It’s been a busy year so far, but I’ve still managed to read some great books!

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Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lange: The curious tale of an orphan raised by wolves, Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is cited as one of the best books from 2017, and it most certainly deserves it! (4 Stars)

The Wild Book by Juan Villoro: While his parents settle their divorce, young Juan is sent to spend the summer with his uncle, but little does he know, it’s the beginning of his greatest adventure. An unforgettable story about the power of books, The Wild Book is as inspirational as it is entertaining. (5 Stars)

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey: Bringing the glimmer of the 1920s to a desperate and lonesome homestead in the Alaskan countryside, new arrivals Jack and Mabel find themselves amidst a real-life fairy tale as their child-sized snowman magically transforms into the blond-haired and very real, Faina. As Ivey brings the Alaskan wilderness to life, the couple find themselves magically transfixed by the world around them, as was I! (5 Stars)

The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer: A heartbreaking story of faith and family through the annals of time, The Outcasts of Time is the perfect read for fans of historical or literary fiction as the bond of brotherhood is tested. (5 Stars)

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The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch: Torn between the comforts of home and a life of creative freedom, Marina Makarova’s life is forever changed by the onset of war as the Russian Revolution ignites. Full of complex characters and impossible choices, Marina’s story captures the plight of many who suffered through the multi-party war. (4 Stars)

The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu: An account of his time working as a border patrol agent, Cantu’s memoir is more relevant today than ever. Real lives are at stake, real families, and a wall is not going to change that. (4 Stars)

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami: My favorite type of book to read is one that takes the world around you and turns it upside down, making the impossible possible, and leaving you with more questions than answers… perhaps the perfect description for 1Q84, an unforgettable adventure that will certainly leave you asking…. Did I just read that? (4 stars)

Genesis (Project Nemesis, #2) by Brendan Reichs: A cross between Orphan Black and a modern-day Lord of the Flies, Genesis creates a scenario in which the last group of surviving humans (i.e. high school students) are planted into a video game with an endless supply of lives… but as we all know after reading Nemesis, there’s so much more to it than that. (5 Stars)

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What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine: A magical coming of age story centered around a young girl with a mysterious power over life and death. What Should Be Wild takes the family drama to new heights as it explores the depths of womanhood and its duplicitous entrapment. (4 Stars)

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien: Even though I haven’t finished LOTR (yet), I’ve re-read The Fellowship more time than I can count. From good ol’ Tom Bombadil to the depths of Moria, every re-read is like visiting an old friend. (5 Stars)

What books made your list?

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