Books I Read in 2018

 

Looking at my read books for the year of 2018, I concluded I read a lot of entertaining and great books. Most of them are wonderful, some are not.

Almost all of them are fantasy.

Favorite series for 2018: Mistborn Original Trilogy by, Brandon Sanderson

Standalone Favorite: Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

Nonfiction Favorite: Mastery by Robert Greene

Bland and Not Recommended: The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula, Originals by Adam Grant, The Concept of Anxiety by Soren K.

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1. Mistborn 2: The Well of Ascension by, Brandon Sanderson

Genre: High Fantasy

Mistborn has become one of my favorite fantasy novels of all time. I like Vin and Kelsier but most importantly the magic system in this series. I hope more novelists will proceed with more magic system.

Rate:

Story: 9/10

Plot: 8/10

Prose: 7/10

Magic System: 10/10

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2. Mistborn 3: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Genre: High Fantasy

An epic conclusion to the series. I didn’t see it coming. I didn’t expect the hero all along was…Anyway, it’s a great series. If you like your novel to be action packed and full of adventure, you won’t regret it with Mistborn.

Note: This is the conclusion to the first trilogy and an introduction at the magic system and the world. But Mistborn continuous on book 4 with different characters and hundreds of years after the first trilogy.

Rate:

Story: 10/10

Plot: 10/10

Prose: 7/10

Magic System: 10/10

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3. Mastery by Robert Greene

Genre: Non-fiction

If you want to master a set of skill, then Mastery is the book for you. Robert Greene delved in the life of the greats and analyzed their biography to give us the keys of what make a person great.

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4. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Genre: Non-fiction, self-help

It’s about self-acceptance and showing compassion to others. Compared with Mastery, Daring Greatly is more about internal. It talks about self-esteem.

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5. Originals by Adam Grant

Genre: Non-fiction, business, leadership

The book is about creativity and debunked one idea I am against. Procrastination encourages and gives us more creative power.

It’s entertaining and intriguing.

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6. The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay

Genre: Fantasy

This is my first book of Guy Gavriel Kay and different from my usual ones of Prince of Thorns and Mistborn. He writes historical fantasy novels. He always incorporates and studies a country’s history and culture. Though for me I can’t think the relevance of the history on the story. There is afterword that shows us Guy researches what he writes but I can’t see which ones are history in the novel and which ones are fiction.

My reaction: I’m disappointed with Ammar and his pupil, as I’m looking for more scenes with just the two of them. There are more scenes with Belmonte and his king, of Badir and Mazur, but almost nothing with Ammar and Malik. I thought that’s why Ammar had to return. Rather I was given a sentence or two of his exit by Yazir.

The last scenes are a rush for me, in chunks of paragraphs of what is going on. Summary of what is happening here and there. Mazur’s exit could have been written. Reunion of Ammar and Malik could also have been shown. 

Rate:

Story: 7/10

Ending could have been solid. Some of the characters started and appeared as intriguing on the start of the novel but they eventually vanished as the story progresses.

Plot: 8/10

Prose: 10/10

Magic System? There are not much magic in this novel. There is only one character who is clairvoyant and can sense situations but he is a minor character and doesn’t appear that much.

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7. Tigana by, Guy Gavriel Kay

Genre: Fantasy

Rate:

Story: 10/10

Plot: 10/10

Prose: 10/10

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8. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Genre: Fantasy

The story didn’t appeal to me.

Rate:

Story: 6/10

Plot: 8/10

Prose: 8/10

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9: Blood Song by Anthony Ryan

Genre: Fantasy

It’s slightly dark and almost like Prince of Thorns type novel.

Rate:

Story: 8/10

Plot: 8/10

Prose: 8/10

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10. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

Genre: Fantasy

The story of Locke Lamora continues. It’s about tricking people, stealing, trickling people and stealing then repeat. Character is really an anti-hero. Though I like the first book more than this.

Rate:

Story: 9/10

Plot: 9/10

Prose: 9/10

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11: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Genre: Romance, Classic

Yes, you read it right. I read Pride and Prejudice and I like it. Problem?

Let’s move on.  

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12: Persuasion by Jane Austen

Genre: Romance, Classic

Yes, I read another Austen novel. Please, let’s move on as quickly as we can.

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13: The Great Ordeal by R. Scott Bakker

Genre: High Fantasy

This is only a re-read, which means it’s really good. It’s my favorite book of the entire series of Aspect Emperor.

Rate:

Story: 9/10

Plot: 7/10

Prose: 10/10

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14: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Genre: Fantasy

Hmm. What can I say about this book on one glance in my bookshelf? I love the prose. As for the abusive nature of their guardians and the ending I think it could be made better.

Rate:

Story: 8/10

Plot: 8/10

Prose: 9/10

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15. The Stranger by Albert Camus

Genre: Classic

Novel is eccentric but high on originality and creativity.

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16. Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

Genre: Fantasy

Ship of Magic. Yes. In one glance in my bookshelf I know immediately that this is one of my favorite fantasy series.

Story: 10/10

Plot: 9/10

Prose: 9/10

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17. The Concept of Anxiety by Søren Kierkegaard

Genre: Philosophy

I don’t know what’s going on with this book. Adam and Eve are mention and the book explains about sin. It’s the only thing I can remember as I write this. I think I need to be introduced to this book more.

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18. Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

Genre: Fantasy

Recommended! It’s all I can say. I jump to book 3 right away. I just love the tempo and pace of this novel. It’s different with Blood Song where I hesitated if I will read book 2, which I haven’t so far. With Liveship Traders Trilogy my reading is smooth and I have no hesitation continuing the series successively.

Story: 9/10

Plot: 8/10

Prose: 9/10

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19: Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

Genre: Fanatasy

Even after reading the series, I’m still thinking the world Robin Hobb created. I want more of their world and characters! A must read!

Story: 10/10

Plot: 9/10

Prose: 9/10

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20: Stein on Writing by Sol Stein

Genre: Nonfiction

I always read a writing book during Nanowrimo and I decided to go with Stein on Writing. If you are a novelist, a short story writer then grab this book.

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21: Story by Robert McKee

I picked up some lessons here but topics are centered on screenwriting.

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22: The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz

Genre: Nonfiction, self-help

A book how to have a healthy relationship with yourself. The topic Don’t take anything seriously resonates with me and something I want to work on myself.

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23: Iron John by Robert Bly

Genre: Philosophy

This is a book for men. Take it with open mind. There are some ideas that I disagree but it’s worth reading.

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24: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Genre: Fantasy, Classic

A timely read from a classic book. We are all stuck with social media and news. We are trapped with things and ideas that are not important. We are easily triggered by irrelevant matters.

When did we connect with other people on a deeper level? Are we having a real relationship?

Rate:

Story: 10/10

Plot: 8/10

Prose: 8/10

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Books I want to read for 2019.

-Any of Michael Sullivan or NK Jemisin books.