My Favorite Book of 2018: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

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The follow up to the excellent Final Girls that was last years hit, but year I feel he surpassed that learning excellent pacing and setting up two mysteries in different eras that are linked to each other. The end would definitely be in the running for most surprising, This is the only book I rated five out of five.

Runner Up: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Most Surprising Anytime: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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This was a book that was recommended to me and I figured out what I thought was the mystery early and thought why would people recommend this, then the third act gets there and blows me away as it changes everything. I’ve never been so surprised of a book it instantly made me think of the possibilities, and the novel continues to follow through with a couple.

Runner Up: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Most Recommended Anytime: Life After Life By Kate Atkinson

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This book I read on a whim, and loved it.  It deals with Ursula Todd and her many lives, it is not reincarnation, but a woman who lives the same life over and over in 1910 usually to World War II , It is like the film Groundhogs Day, but over an entire lifetime, and she can’t remember the choices exactly but she has intuition to save herself from traumatic events in her life and family.  I really analyzes why we make the choices we do, and it made me immediately think of my own life and choices. I’ve personally recommended it slightly more than the excellent runner up.

Runner Up: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Most Under the Radar Anytime: The Wolf’s Hour By Robert R. McCammon

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Most people know him for Boy’s Life which is slowly becoming required reading at some high schools , and Swan Song was just nominated for PBS’s Hundred Great American Reads.  But I’m here to talk about The Wolf’s Hour published in 1989. The laughable premise is a werewolf that fights the Nazi’s during World War II, but what is so great is this novel is taken seriously. The werewolf (Michael Gallatin) was turned during World War I when his sister and mother are spared by wolves by a German stop where his father is shot dead. The wolves don’t take them out of the goodness of their heart but for the food storage. He watches as his mother is eaten by wolves and fights back getting bit.  The turn is a sickness that few survive.  His sister is turned for breeding pure werewolves.  We get flashback and him now as a Nazi Spy during World War II.  This novel is about heroics  and sacrifices, the horror of this novel is at the Nazi’s more than the horror of a werewolf.

Runner up: The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams

 

I did want to get over 50 followers to do a recommendation post. So a personal Thank you to all of my followers, I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions I love recommendations, so please feel free to recommend.

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