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Top Ten Reads of 2018!

Happy New Year Everybody! I almost made this post on time, but I struggled SO hard narrowing my Top Ten list down to an actual ten books (I was stuck at fifteen and kept going back and forth). But I’m here to say that I’d rather be a day late than not be happy with my choices. Anyways, in no particular order (other than the fact that the first one is actually, far and away, my favorite of the year), here are my top ten favorite books that I read in 2018!

*All titles are linked back to the original reviews I wrote, so you can see more of why I loved them, if you want.

Circe by Madeline Miller



THIS BOOK. It spoke to my soul.






The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang


Hardcore SWOON. And so quirk-ily original for a contemporary romance!






Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire


There is something about this series that, if you were ever an outsider of any kind, or felt like you didn’t fit, just reaches out and understands you.




Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith


Another swoon, but this time with a little more seriousness and reality. So much book boyfriend. Gorgeous and artistic writing full of feeling.






The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang


What an EPIC fantasy (and a debut at that!). No holds barred, full world-building. I cannot wait for more!





The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo


A fiery and intense spoken word YA debut. So much expression in so few words!






My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent


It’s hard to explain how difficult this was to read. My emotions were fried. But it was so worth it. And Turtle has truly stuck with me.




The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar


The last book of the year sneaking into the top ten. Heavy and heart-wrenching, but hopeful and told with beyond gorgeous language.






The Power by Naomi Alderman


I could literally talk about this book for hours. SO MANY insights and hypothetical explorations. LOVED it!






Radio Silence by Alice Oseman


This is the book I wish I had had when I was in high school. And I love it for that.




So, there we go – my Top Ten of 2018! I think six were listed on my halfway through the year top ten, so I feel like that’s a pretty good split and a sign that my reading year was equally awesome from beginning to end. Also, as requested by a few people prior to officially posting this, here are the five “honorable mention” books that gave me such a struggle when I had to “cut” them from the top ten. I just feel like they deserve recognition for making things so tough!

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras 


The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

And now that you’ve seen the exhaustive list, tell me, what about you?! Any on here that you loved? Any that you think I overrated? What were YOUR favorites of 2018?!

33 thoughts on “Top Ten Reads of 2018!

  1. Hey! I’ve recently released my debut poetry collection The Moon Can Take His Time. I was wondering if you’d like a copy of it in exchange for doing a review? I’m really proud of this book and I want to get it out in the hands of more people. I have attached the link so you can read the sample if you’d like. I look forward to hearing from you. Baleigh Roberts Sent from my iPhone


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  2. Great list! Love that you had so many favorites that it was a struggle to narrow it down to only ten. It’s better to have too many favorites than not enough though! I think I might be the only reader who hasn’t read Circe yet. Need to remedy that! And you have no idea how happy it makes me to see Furiously Happy as an honorable mention. Love Jenny!

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    1. I know – it does seem like everybody has read it! Honestly though, I really think the hype is worth it. But it is a slower paced book, with beautiful language and subtle development being big points, so make sure that’s what you’re in the mood for before starting! And OMG yes – it was so funny but also so important! And she reads it herself, so the audiobook was amazing.


  3. Hmm now I am interested in Whiskey and Ribbons… darn it. I keep trimming my TBR and then it gets full up again! I also loved The Poet X and The Power (both made it onto my top 10/honorable mentions lists too)! I hope your 2019 is a great reading year!

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  4. There are some really good books and suggestions in your wrap up! Thanks for that😊 I haven’t read most of these books but I’ve ordered Circe and The Kiss Quotient last month and they should be arriving this month, so excited about those!

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    1. It’s not a fast paced book, so don’t go into it if you aren’t in the mood for lush language and slower character development. But I just really loved the retelling of the myths and stories we already know from her POV. Plus, her long, but very personal, journey to find what mattered to her and live for that really resonated with me. I know it’s not for everyone, but if you go into it when you are in the right mindset, it’s really stunning.


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