It’s time for the Best Books of 2018 meaning… My Favorite Read of the Year and a few special Book Awards. Not all of these were published in 2018 but it’s the year I read them so that’s what we’re going with! I’m not going to go into to much detail though I’ll link to reviews but needless to say I would recommend them all!
Best Start to a Series
Brandon Sanderson does YA sci-fi. My first Sanderson will not be my last.
Biggest Surprise Considering…
Granted I’ve loved leviathans ever since Farscape but considering how much I hate the cover and the title I did not expect to love this story so much. Great relationships, no romance (yet), awesome ship, friendships. Looking forward to the sequel.
Best New Character
Murderbot. I’ve read all four novellas in record time this year and am breathless awaiting the next story with my favorite cranky cupcake.
I went to Green Gables this year and despite the fact childhood went by so fast I will always count Anne among my favorites and I can’t believe it took so long to read it!
Best Ending to a Series…
If my journeys with Gert and Larry through the supremely messed up Fairyland had to end it stayed true and really ended the only way it could have.
Lived up to the Hype
The origins of Victor and Eli totally lived up to the massive hype this book has in the blogging community. It’s sequel didn’t do it for me but that’s a whole other story.
By no means am I an expert but I fell in love with Nikita Gills accessible and empowering poems this year!
I loved Eleanor and Raymond’s friendship in this book and the sense that even though issues run deeper than we may ever imagine there’s always a chance to grow and heal. And relationships whether friendships or romances help but do not offer the cure.
The Best of the Best
Muse of Nightmares and Strange the Dreamer really struck me as the tale of the devastation that an endless occupation and enslavement wrought. The character of Minya might be one of my all times favorites. Her and Eril-Fane especially show the trauma and effects on two very different victims of that occupation. Taylor also seemingly opens up this world to create a shared universe with Daughter of Smoke and Bone and possible future books which I’m very much looking forward to.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows but I really loved this slice of life story even with its tragic mystery focused a lot on not just women but middle-aged and older women immigrants. It was both funny and heartbreaking all wrapped up in an English class turned erotic writing.
Because it’s also about one of my other favorite things- the power of stories to connect people of all ages, pasts and parts of life.
Sneaking in at the end of the year (though perhaps not surprisingly since The Bear in the Nightingale was on last years best list) the story of Vasya continues on this time crossing paths with her brother and sister, the Grand Prince and a power she can’t imagine. Not only did this sequel live up to the first one. It’s possible Arden is writing what could be a favorite romance.
And coming from me that’s a big deal.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo might be one of the most hyped books I’ve ever read and I couldn’t believe it when it lived up to the hype. This is the story of aging starlet Evelyn Hugo’s rise through Hollywood and the one true love that sustained through it all.
Heart-breaking and beautiful with a twist I did not see coming.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was another one I expected something completely different out of so when I got one of the best space/survival stories I’ve ever read was the best of surprises. Romy Silvers is not only a great character James just completely nails the isolation and the helplessness and puts us in her place.
You are trapped with a group of former friends between life and death. All of you have secrets and after a set amount of time you will have to vote. Only one of you can live and until you decide the world keeps resetting itself.
It’s an insanity fear inducing nightmare come true. But it’s also fascinating, fast moving, heart-breaking and poetic and I felt for everyone by the end. Neverworld Wake was Marisha Pessl’s first YA foray and, I hope, not her last.
Matt Haig was probably the author I read the most this year but The Humans about an alien who comes to Earth to do what it takes to stop us from getting the technology for space travel. According to his alien people- we aren’t good enough.
In fact he finds us quiet gross. What are noses?
But dogs, music and poetry make our case in this funny and sweet book that’s really about the good of humanity.
Madeline Miller’s Circe turned out to be my favorite of the year. The journey of a great female character. Mythological retellings. Fantastic cameos. The fate of Odysseys and the relationships Circe develops and that ending! I mean this one was always going to appeal to me but Miller’s writing just knocked the book out of the park.
30 thoughts on “The Best Books of 2018”
Murderbot is the total best. And Loneliest Girl in the Universe- that’s good to know since I’ve been mulling that one. Also Honor Among Thieves- another one that I was sort of considering but hadn’t decided on- good to know that one’s good as well!
Ignore the horrible title and cover of Honor Among Thieves- of course if you wait until mid-February book two will be out as well!
Wow…thanks for this list…looks great. I have lots of reading to do in 2019!
Have a great New Year
Happy New Year to you as well!
Oh, i’m so happy to see Skyward and the Murderbot book on your list 🙂 I look forward to reading those next year.
I have fond memories of Anne of Green Gables from my childhood. <3
My childhood was more Christine and Cujo 🙂 Of course Anne is much needed in these adult years!
Haha 😀 I love both Christine and Cujo! I was 14 when i first “met” Stephen King, and it was love at first read.
How bad is is that I haven’t read any of these books yet? Yes, not even Anne. Though I did watch a bit of the Netflix show, if that counts for anything? ^^’
Your list gave me some inspiration, though, so I’ll try and check these out soon! I already have some of them in my TBR so I did see the potential – I just need to commit to them and I’ll be good to go 😉
It’s not bad at all 😉 Honestly I think I loved Anne more now than I would have when I was younger!
This is fantastic and gives me lots of books to shelve as to read on my Goodreads list! Thanks for the recommendations! 🙂
Wow, great list, most of them are on my To Read list (The Circe, Erotic stories, Evelyn Hugo, Eleanor). I can’t wait to dive into Stranger the dream, I love Laini Taylor, her world building and way of writing are fascinating.
You pretty much nailed my love for Laini Taylor because usually its the type of romances that would make me cringe but everything else is so perfect I can block that out! Happy New Year 🙂
Ah this is such a great list of books, so many are on my TBR list! Definitely need to read Circe and The Girl in the Tower asap though. I read Anne of Green Gables a couple of years ago now and loved it! Hope you have a lovely 2019 x
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Oh Circe was soooo great! There’s some great books on your list – a good reading year!
Thank you! Hopefully 2019 will be just as good 🙂
Sounds like a great reading year <3 I hope you have a great 2019!!
I love your list! And I’m so with you with Eleanor – what a great friendship that was. And Evelyn, Circe and Vasya are the best.
I haven’t read any Brandon Sanderson’s books yet but there are on my list.
What a year 2018 has been, here’s to another great year. Happy New Year! 🥳 🎉🎉🎉
Happy New Year to you as well!
You read so many great books!! Definitely agree with your best of the best, especially Muse of Nightmares, Evelyn Hugo and Circe!! Hope you have an even better 2019!💕
Thanks! You to!
Honor among thieves really fascinated me but I still couldn’t get to read it! I’m looking forward to reading it this year; Circe and Evelyn Hugo as well!
I hope you like all of them when you do!
Gosh, there are so many fantastic books in this post! I also loved Skyward, The Girl in the Tower and Eleanor Oliphant. Can’t wait to read Circe either! 🙂
Wonderful list! I’m so excited for skyward. Anne of green gables is awesome. I’m glad vicious lived upto the hype at least. The friendship from eleanor oliphant is a great pick. Yay that you loved muse of nightmares and girl in the tower 😀 And I really wanna read evelyn hugo. And I loved circe too! It’s brilliant!!
Humans sounds a bit like this Bollywood film called PK (which became huge in China too)! ☺️ Neverworld Wake looks really good! I was intrigued by the cover from one of your previous posts and it looks like it will be quite a surreal reading experience.