2018 was an amazing reading year and it was so hard to narrow down my favorites because I have read too many good books this year. I originally was going to do my top ten but then I was like eight and there was so many that I hadn’t included so I decided to do my top 18. So without further ado let’s get into my top 18 reads of 2018.
1, Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak, My Review
I’ve been waiting for this book ever since I read The Book Thief six years ago. I was terrified that I wouldn’t like it and that it wouldn’t have been worth the wait but thankfully it was everything that I wanted and more. I know a lot of people were disappointed and I totally get that because it’s a very different book from The Book Thief. I still loved it and fell in love with every single character. This book broke me and I can’t wait to read it again so I can suffer all over again.
2. Everything I Never Told by Celeste Ng.
I’ve been hearing praise about Ng’s book for so long, but it’s taken me years to get around to reading her and I can’t believe it took me so long to read her amazing works. This book was so intricately crafted and I absolutely adored how the character’s motivations and fears were slowly revealed. Celeste Ng is an expert storyteller and really knows how to create both intriguing storylines and fascinating characters.
3. Station Eleven by Emily St-John Mendel. My Review
When this book first came and everyone was raving about it, I remember reading the synopsis and not really understanding what all the hype was about. I finally got around to reading it this year and now I finally get why everybody loves it so much. It’s one of those books where it’s best to go in knowing very little because whatever synopsis you’ll read will never do it justice. This is the most brilliant post-appocalyptic book I’ve ever read and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I finished reading it.
4. More Than This by Patrick Ness.
The Chaos Walking Trilogy is one my favorite series but even though I’ve had this book on my shelf for a good three years, I never got around to reading it until this year. This is another one of those books that you just need to go in blind. This book took a turn that I really didn’t expect at all and I’m still trying to wrap my head around what I read. Ness knows how to craft a remarkable world and More Than This is just further proof of that.
5. A Little Life by Hanya Yangihara. My Review
THis book is pretty much the equavilant of someone punching in the gut over and over again for 800 pages. This book destroyed me: I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much over a single book. You really have to be in the right state of mind to read this book because it’s a really rough read. And yet despite how much it hurt me to read it, I loved it. Despite all the tragedy, it’s also an incredibly beautiful book. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to reread it because it took so much out of me but reading it was a journey that I’ll always remember.
6. They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera. My Review
Yet another book that ruined me. Why do readers enjoy sadness so much??? Anyway I wouldn’t expect anything less from Silvera since he’s pretty much the king of making his readers suffer. They Both Die at The End is no exception and thanks to him I cannot listen to American Pie without feeling extremely sad and thinking of the precious cinnamon rolls that are Matteo and Rufus. You know you think I would have prepared for the ending because the title pretty much spoils it but yet I still clung on to the hope that Silvera would give us a happy ending. Foolish of me, I know.
7. Scythe Series by Neal Shusterman. My Review
I know I can always count on Shusterman for writing books that make me think and the Scythe series is no exception. I wasn’t utterly convinced by the synopsis but once I read Scythe I was completely in love. The world building in this series is phenonemal and there are so many twists and turns. I didn’t think it was possible but Thunderhead was somehow better than Scythe and I can’t wait for the third one to come out. This better be a long series because three books is not enough to sustain me.
8 Beartown by Fredrick Backman.
I’m usually super wary of translated books but whoever translates Backman’s books is super talented because I have absolutely loved both books that I’ve read of his. Beartown is such a beautiful book and heartbreaking book . There’s this amazing vibe to his books that is really indescribable which somehow makes them a 100x more amazing. This was such a character driven storu which are my favorite types of stories. The way he crafted all of his characters was absolutely phenonemal.
9.Leah on The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. My Review
I am so sad that Becky is never going to explore the Simonverse again. Nonethless, Leah on The Offbeat was the perfect way to end it. It was everything I wanted in a book like this and more. Leah was one of the most relatable characters I’ve ever encountered and I loved reading an entire book from her perspective. There were so many tiny things about the book that made it all the more perfect from scenes with Blue and Simon to incredibly on-point pop culture references. Albertalli is the queen of contemporary and I can’t wait to see what she does next.
10. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera.
This is basically the ultimate collab in YA history and I was terrified because the queen of contemporary and the king of making his readers suffer writing a book together? This couldn’t end well. And yet it was so incredibly amazing!! Both perspectives were incredibly beautiful and the romance between Ben and Arthur was so great. I know a lot of people were mad about the ending but I loved it and thought it was perfectly bittersweet.
11. Far From The Tree by Robin Benway.
This is a beautiful story about the families we find and the ones we are born into. It’s one of those contemporaries that really makes you think about your place in the world. The way Benway crafted all the different relationships was absolutely brilliant. There was a lot of nuance to the book and it’s one of those contemporaries that you can think about at depth for many hours after reading it.
12.The Summer of Jodi Perez by Amy Spalding. My Review
This is the sapphic summer romcom of my dreams and I seriously need to this be a movie right now. This is the ultimate summer read and the romance was so swoon worthy!!! It was just such a fun fluffy read and is everything I could want in a contemporary and so much more.
13. The Spy With The Red Balloon by Katherine Locke. My Review
This book is the dream book I didn’t even know I had. You’ve got amazing queer Jewish siblings with the best relationship ever. You’ve got people punching Nazis. You’ve got the best speculative fiction concept ever. Locke has redefined historical fiction and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I can always count on her to have amazing kickass Jewish characters.
14. Sadie by Courtney Summers.
I am so happy that Courtney Summers is finally getting the recognition she deserves. She always delivers amazingly flawed characters with incredibly honest storylines. The story was so intriguing and Sadie was such an amazing character. To add to the general amazingness, the format was incredibly unique. I didn’t read the audiobook but I heard it’s amazing so I think I might try my hand at listening to my first audiobook.
15. The Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. Book Review.
Give me a book that has time incorporated into it somehow and you’ve basically given me my new favorite book. I love books that deal with the complexities of times and this one blew me out of the water.It was so incredibly unique and by the time I was finished, I was questioning my entire existence. It was one of those books that was so well developed that I almost felt as though the implausible events that took place in the book could be real.
16. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White.
This is one of the most brilliant retellings I’ve ever seen. It takes all the minor characters in Frankenstein and brings them at the forefront.I actually had never read Frankenstein but after reading this beauty, I delved into Shelley’s original work and it made reflecting on my reading experience all the more interesting. White turns an already fascinating story into the story that Shelley may have written if she hadn’t been restrained by the constraints of her time. It’s a beautiful feminist retelling that I think would do Shelley proud.
17. Our Year Of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon. My Review
While Solomon’s Freshman novel was amazing, her sophomore novel was absolutely phenomenal. She writes contemporaries like no other and I love getting aquainted with her incredibly complex characters. She writes the Jewish experience so incredibly and portrays so many different sides to the issue. Please do yourself a favor and pick up this book when it comes out in January. You won’t regret it.
18. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Tretton.
Tretton took the mystery genre and brought it to a whole different level and I am still astounded by all the different turns this book took. I cannot imagine all the work that must have gone into this book. I am always amazed by mystery writers but this was something else entirely. Very few mysteries are able to shock me but this book grabbed me from page one and had me enthralled until the very end. I struggle to see how he could possible top this book but I can’t wait to see what he does next.
What Were Your Favorite Books of 2018? Have You Read Any of The Ones I Mentioned? Let Me Know in The Comments Down Below!