I had such a successful reading year in 2018, completing 120 amazing books! I’ve shared them all along the way, but want to take a moment at the end of the year to reflect on the top 18 books I read in 2018. They are in alphabetical order so their order does not reflect any sort of preference for one over the other. Although, I may divulge my favorite book of the year… *cough* The Nightingale *cough.*
So without further ado, here they are:
One of the most unique books I have ever read! If you like edge of your seat thrillers with an element of science fiction/fantasy, here you go.
A must read for every high school classroom and well… really, for everybody. Let’s talk about rape culture.
Before We Were Yours
Heartbreaking and based on a true story of an orphanage in Memphis, Tennessee. So wonderful.
Want your mind to be blown? Just pick up Dark Matter. Trippy with a capital T.
The Dinner List
I ugly cried while reading this book. Love story meets fantasy? Loved it!
The Dream Daughter
Historical fiction meets time travel. Super unique and beautifully written. I read it in pretty much one sitting.
A sleep-inducing virus sweeps over a small college town. Think The Walking Dead without the zombies.
The Great Alone
Be still my heart, Kristin Hannah. She’s on this list twice (for good reason). Phenomenal storytelling. You feel like you’re reading a movie. Just trust me on this one and read it.
The Hate U Give
Such an important and impactful book about racial inequality. It was eye opening and thought provoking for me.
The Last Time I Lied
Nobody does a good old-fashioned thriller like Riley Sager. Great book to read around a campfire.
Next Year in Havana
Gotta thank Reese Witherspoon for this one. Super interesting look at Cuba during and after The Cold War. I learned a ton from this book and got a love story or two along the way.
Guys… I just can’t with this book. It is officially my new favorite book of all time. I can’t even start talking about it because I won’t stop. Just read it. Immediately.
Loved this cross between a science fiction space adventure and a murder mystery. I could not put this book down.
Ready Player One
If you’ve seen the movie, forget it. Right now. The book is 1,000% better, particularly on audiobook. Take a trip back to the 80’s in this edge of your seat YA novel.
Us Against You
Sequel to Beartown. Beartown is on the list and so is this. Some say the sequel is better. I tend to disagree. But, considering it’s still on this list, let’s just say it was really good.
Evidently, this is similar to The Handmaid’s Tale. I’ve never read it so all I can say is that if you’re a female and you’re proud of it, you should read Vox.
Where the Crawdads Sing
You can’t see me but I’m making a heart shape with my hands right now. This one is making it’s way through my family right now because I’m recommending it to everybody I know.
The Wife Between Us
Twisty, twisty, twisty. I love a good psychological thriller, especially one that surprises me over and over. This one did it for me.
Needless to say, 2018 was a great year of reading. Can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store!