My Favorite Reads of 2018

Hey all! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, if you celebrate! We were so busy – a very fun busy, but busy! Wyatt had a blast this year, which means that we did too.

As the year draws to a close, I thought back to all the books I read this year. It was definitely a year of Jenny Colgan and Karen White – I found their backlists and just went crazy. Also this year I really found a love of reading nature books. I am really enjoying the different persepectives it has given me, and how they have started shaping my family’s life in a different way, one that has more of an emphasis on the outdoors and nature. We always loved nature and being outside, but I am learning how to incorporate that more – sometimes by letting some other things go. But before I get too philosophical here, that is all talk for another post, let’s take a peek at my favorite books that I read this year, in no particular order.

Christmas on the Island – I wanted to pick just one Colgan book, and this one was the winner. I simply loved it.

Virgil Wander – This might be my very favorite of them all.

The Impossible Girl – Lydia Kang never fails to disappoint me. She writes such unique stories that I can’t stop reading.

I read quite a few YA books too – I usually do. These three really stuck out for me.

All the Little Lights – Holy crap, this book blew me away! I wish I could read it all over again without knowing the end just so I can feel that same way.

Truly, Devious – I finished this and it ends on a cliffhanger!! Is the next one out yet?? I need to read it!

Nevernight – My husband wanted me to read this and I fell in love with this crazy world. For me it was like Harry Potter for assassins…

This Fallen Prey – I love this series so much. I love the whole premise of a place where people can go to disappear. I can’t wait for the next installment!

Flight Patterns – Again, hard to choose a favorite but this was the chosen one. Just so much love and tears in this book. I got my mom hooked on reading White too!

The Girl in the Tower – The very first book I read this year, and it was beautiful. I love the beauty and the fairy tale of it all.

And finally, The Nature Fix. This book was kind of life changing, actually. I had my husband read it too, and it shifted our perspective on what is important and how we really want to live our lives. A really cool book, full of so much information. Loved it.

And there you have it!! What books did you read that you loved this year?

Book Review: The Impossible Girl

the impossible girl I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Summary:

Two hearts. Twice as vulnerable.

Manhattan, 1850. Born out of wedlock to a wealthy socialite and a nameless immigrant, Cora Lee can mingle with the rich just as easily as she can slip unnoticed into the slums and graveyards of the city. As the only female resurrectionist in New York, she’s carved out a niche procuring bodies afflicted with the strangest of anomalies. Anatomists will pay exorbitant sums for such specimens—dissecting and displaying them for the eager public.

Cora’s specialty is not only profitable, it’s a means to keep a finger on the pulse of those searching for her. She’s the girl born with two hearts—a legend among grave robbers and anatomists—sought after as an endangered prize.

Now, as a series of murders unfolds closer and closer to Cora, she can no longer trust those she holds dear, including the young medical student she’s fallen for. Because someone has no intention of waiting for Cora to die a natural death.

My Thoughts:

Most people have a secret or two hidden away inside. Some big, some small, some inconsequential, others life changing. Cora Lee’s secret, tucked away, has been beating steadily away since the moment she was born, giving her life yet also threatening it.

Cora was born on the wrong side of the blanket, illegitimate – and with two hearts, a secret she must safeguard always. For this is the time of resurrectionists, when even the dead are not even safe from harm. Cadavers are in demand for scientific and medical studies, and those with “oddities” and differences can fetch a top price. Cora makes her living grave robbing, choosing to steal the bodies of the rich and well to do, feeling the poor suffer enough in life. This occupation though dangerous in itself, actually helps keep Cora safe. For the girl with two hearts is legend, The Impossible Girl, whose corpse would fetch a fortune.

I absolutely loved this book. The underworld of grave robbing, the flash language, the evolution of medicine and science, particularly for women (Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell even makes an appearance in the book!), the idea of anatomical anomalies put on display for entertainment – there was so much to read in this book, if that makes sense. So much content that set your mind imagining. I also enjoyed Kang’s drawing on the themes of duality. Cora’s hearts, her job that keeps her safe yet puts her in danger, upper class vs. lower class, as well as a few other things that I will leave unsaid, as not to give anything away.

I have read and loved Kang’s A Beautiful Poison and The November Girl, but I believe The Impossible Girl is her best to date that I have read. It was an interesting, thought provoking read, and it was a perfect start to my October.