Most Surprising Books of 2018

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Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about some books that I read this year and that I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did!

the way you make me feel

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

What is the book about?: A teenager has to work in her father’s food truck with her nemesis as a punishment for a prank gone wrong and she starts to wonder if it’s time to take some things seriously.

Why is on this list?: I loved this book when I read it at the beginning of the year, but it made it to this list because even months later, I still smile every time I think about it and I wasn’t expecting to love it that much. I have mentioned it in so many posts throughout the year because it does a lot of things well, it made me fall in love with L.A., it made me hungry with its amazing food descriptions, and it gave me warm feelings with the cute romance, lovely female friendship and the wonderful father/daughter relationship. (Full review)

From Lukov with love

From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata 

What is this book about?: Two figure skaters that hate each other team up to compete as a pair and end up falling in love.

Why is on this list?: When I found out that this book was about figure skating I was really excited to read this because it’s one of my favorite sports, but then I heard that Mariana Zapata took the concept of slow burn romance a bit too seriously and that nothing happened between the characters for most of the book. Nonetheless, I decided to read it and I found the most beautiful enemies to friends to lovers relationship of all times. The main character, Jasmine, goes through so much character development and it’s amazing, and she and Ivan are perfect for each other. I usually don’t get crushes in fictional characters, but I have a huge crush on Ivan Lukov.

The hating game

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne 

What is this book about?: Two people that work together and hate each other compete for the same job as they act on their sexual tension.

Why is on this list?: I had heard mixed things about this book before reading it, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. But I did! There were a few minor things that I had issue with, but I really enjoyed reading about Josh and Lucy’s relationship. Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes and this book did it so well. I really liked Josh as a love interest, he was surprising because when he is introduced in seems like he is one way, a bit of an asshole, but ends up being such a soft guy and I want to cry just thinking about it!

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal 

What is this book about?: A young woman teaches writing clases to a group of Punjabi widows and things take an unexpected turns when they start writing erotic stories in secret.

Why is on this list?: This book was so much more complex and intricate than I was expecting. There’s an amazing storyline about a community of women supporting each other, there’s a storyline about women not being ashamed of their sexuality, there’s a mystery involving the murder of a young woman, there’s a storyline about a radical group in a community and how people get tangled in it so easily. Honestly, this is a very thought provoking read and I think more people should give it a chance.

The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

What is this book about?: An autistic women hires an escort to teach her how to be in a relationship, but they end up developing feelings for each other.

Why is on this list?: Another book with an amazing love interest. Michael is a soft boy and he’s so kind and wonderful and I really liked him. And then there’s the fact that Stella, the main character,  has Asperger and the rep is #ownvoices and it was insightful and touching and it was my favorite thing about the book. Also, this was really steamy, like one of the steamiest books I read this year.

 

What books surprised you in 2018? Have you read any of the books I mentiones? Did they surpised you? 

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