The Best Books I Read in 2018

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Hello readers!

This is the second year that I get to write a Best Books of the Year post, and I’m super excited! I love talking about books (wow, really?) and I got to read so much this year, so I have lots of new loves and lots of recommendations. This has been a brilliant year reading-wise and I am glad to share with you my favorites. I have read almost 200 books (no kidding) and while I will never repeat this feat again, it gave me the opportunity to read lots of different genres! What were your favorites this year? Tell me in the comments, leave the link to your own blog posts, tweets I want to know what you’ve read and loved! 🙂

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New Favorite Authors

(only counts if I’ve read more than one book by the author)

Alyssa Cole certainly made a huge difference on how I see the romance genre. Her novels are so brilliant, so addictive and emotional without being cheesy. Gosh, I love them. I need all her books in my life. A Duke by Default is my favorite so far!

I had not read Patrick Ness until this year, but wow, I’m in love with how emotional his books are. I have lots more of his books on my TBR. I was so heartbroken after A Monster Calls, although it was such a short read. Just wow.

But I do think the medal goes to… Elise Kova. I devoured her Alchemists of Loom series and I am so excited to get to her other series. I think Air Awakens is a bit more popular in the YA bookish community, and I look forward to reading it. Although I don’t see how it could be better than this steampunk fantasy world with girls with big guns and deadly half-naked hot guys who are secretly soft in the inside. Just sayin’.

Best Contemporary Fiction

erotic stories for punjabi widows balli kaur jaswal My Year of Rest and Relaxation Ottessa Moshfegh nine perfect strangers liane moriarty

Best Young Adult Contemporary Fiction

love hate and other filters samira ahmed simon vs the homo sapiens agenda becky albertalli the poet x elizabeth acevedo

Best Non-Fiction

educated tara westover furiously happy jenny lawson women who run with wolves clarissa pinkola estes

Best Historical Fiction

the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society mary ann shaffer annie barrows an extraordinary union alyssa cole fruit of the drunken tree ingrid rojas contreras

Best Young Adult Historical Fiction

the diviners libba bray ladys guide to petticoats and piracy mackenzi lee salt to the sea ruta sepetys

Best Fantasy

the poppy war r f kuang perf5.500x8.500.indd Wintersong S Jae-Jones circe madeline miller crooked kingdom leigh bardugo jade city fonda lee

I’m putting Alchemists of Loom and Six of Crows in the category of “this is a bit too adult to be YA”.

Best Young Adult Fantasy

children of blood and bone tomi adeyemi the diviners libba bray  a monster calls patrick ness 36896898 the cruel prince holly black

Best Middle Grade Fantasy

the trials of morrigan crow jessica townsend 40553972

Best Romance

a duke by default alyssa cole the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society mary ann shaffer annie barrows to kill a kindgom alexandra christo

Best Science Fiction

The Psychology of Time Travel Kate Mascarenhas The Power Naomi Alderman six wakes mur laufferty

Best Young Adult Science Fiction

neverworld wake marisha pessl Our Dark Stars Audrey Grey Krystal Wade illusive emily lloyd-jones

Best Thrillers

Behind Closed Doors B A Paris Stillhouse Lake Rachel Caine Watch Me Jody Gehrman

Best Mysteries

The Ghostwriter Alessandra Torre the seven deaths of evelyn hardcastle stuart turton My Sister, the Serial Killer oyinkan braithwaite

Best Young Adult Mystery


Best Literary Fiction

Never let me go Kazuo Ishiguro sing unburied sing jesmyn ward

Best Classic Fiction

The Woman in White Wilkie Collins the bell jar sylvia plath the trial franz kafka

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What were your favorite reads of this year?


6 thoughts on “The Best Books I Read in 2018

  1. Such a fantastic list! 😍 I read The Alchemists of Loom too this year and it was amazing!! I cannot wait to read the rest of the books ❤ I’m also glad to see that you enjoyed Wintersong, as I’ve had it on my physical TBR for a while now and wanted to start it! 🙂


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