Top 18 Books of 2018

The time has finally come for me to compile a list of my top books of 2018. This was honestly the hardest thing ever because I read 150 books in 2018 and so many of them were amazing books! Many of these were series I read and I just included my favorite book that I read in the series.

Wicked King by Holly Black

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I was so lucky to be able to attend Book Expo and score one the 100 copies of Wicked King that they gave out. This was definitely the hardest book to get and I am so glad I got it because let me tell you it was AMAZING. Holly Black has changed the whole dynamic for everything written about fae in the past and I am living for it. If you haven’t already picked up this series, please stop what you’re doing and go get it!

Wildcard by Marie Lu

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This was another book that I was lucky enough to get at Book Expo and I honestly think this is the first time in my reading history that I have enjoyed a sequel more than the first book in the series. Marie Lu is such an amazing writer and this series shows how passionate she is for not only writing fantasy, but also her love for gaming. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

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I honestly didn’t think that I would like this series because it is more of a high fantasy,  which I don’t typically read. Laurie Frost changed my mind on high fantasy because the two books out in this series are amazing! I devoured each of them in a day. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book after the cliff hanger at the end of the second book.

Scythe by Neil Shusterman 

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This concept pulled me in because I had never heard of anything like it before. It tugged at my childhood heart because when I was a kid I always watched the Grim Reaper show on Cartoon Network. Throughout the whole book I was guessing and couldn’t put the book down. It is one of Neil’s best works in my opinion.

Reign the Earth by AC Gaughen 

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This was another book that tugged at my childhood heart because it reminded me so much of Avatar the Last Airbender. I honestly love when any book has elemental powers in it. Then bring in some action and it becomes on of my favorite reads.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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It honestly amazes me that there hasn’t been a popular superhero YA novel before this. Not only did she bring to life all these amazing superheroes, but so much thought went into creating this world and its characters. I love that she did not go with the typical super powers. You see powers such as turning into butterflies, putting people to sleep, sketches coming to life, and turning into smoke.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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One of my favorite books off all time is Throne of Glass and this book reminded me so much of it! It had a badass female main character, awesome battle scenes, and not making romance the focal point of the whole book. Tricia Levenseller is an amazing reader and I am so glad that I decided ton read this series.

When It’s Real by Erin Watt

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I have always been into read Mortal Instruments fan fiction and this book was just like so many of them and I loved it! In the past I never really read much contemporary, but I this year I went out of my comfort zone and really enjoyed it. This book is amazing and if you like contemporary you need to read it.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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This is a reimagining of the Arabian Nights tale and Renee really brings it to life with her amazing characters and world building. I read this in a single night because it is a book that you never want to put down until the last page. I love all of Renee’s writing and can’t wait for her vampire series that she is currently writing.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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PSA I read this before I even knew that it was going to be a movie on Netflix. This book was the book that truly propelled me into seeking out more contemporary novels. The concept is so amazing and you never want to put it down because of all the ups and downs that Lara Jean has to go through to get her perfect ending.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 

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I put this book off for so long and finally decided to pick it up this September. I think I put it off because it was so hyped, but oh my gosh it freaking deserves the hype! I loved everything about this book and can’t wait to finish the series. I finally know what everyone means when they talk about the darkling now 😉

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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Kasie West has become my favorite contemporary writer. I have read most of her books this year and this one was by far my favorite. The whole time I was reading it I kept trying to guess who was writing the notes and I loved it. I did guess right in the end though 🙂

Caraval by Stephanie Garber 

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This book was unlike anything I have ever read in the young adult world. I honestly was guessing the whole time throughout the book. I met her at BookExpo and asked how she came up with the idea. She said that the first spark was when she was watching grand fireworks.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Rainbow Rowell is an amazing writer and I think her book Eleanor & Park was the first contemporary I ever read back in college. This book embodies every one of us book nerds out there. Then Rainbow did the impossible and literally made a book inside of a book and I think that is so amazing and I can’t wait to read Carry On.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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This book reminded me a lot of Fangirl, but in a different light. I loved that the author include illustrations because it really brought the book to life and to a whole new level. I read this so fast and was sad when it was over because I absolutely adored it.

The Afterlife of Holy Chase by Cynthia Hand

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This book was, in a way, a reimagining of A Christmas Carol. I almost didn’t read this because the synopsis doesn’t sound as good as the book truly is, but all of the book bloggers were reading it so I decided to buy the ebook. I enjoyed everything that this book had to offer and am so glad that I read it and let me tell you I did not guess that ending!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Warcross and Ready Player One reminded me so much of each other, but so opposite at the same time. I am glad that I read them close together because it really helped me enjoy both of these very unique gaming worlds. The movie was a little bit of a let down, but the book was wonderful.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

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You knew this had to be on my list because Sarah J Maas is my all time favorite author. I didn’t include A Court of Frost and Starlight because I honestly thought it was the worst of all her books, it just seemed a bit muddy and out of place. I did enjoy Kingdom of Ash because it finally brought an end to one of my favorite series. It wasn’t my favorite of the whole series because it seemed a little too drawn out, but still amazing 🙂

 

Hope you enjoyed my top 18! What was yours?

 

From your local bibliophile, until next time!

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Redhead says:

    Of these, I’ve only read Ready Player One. Scythe and The Wrath & The Dawn look amazing! (I love that grim reaper show on Cartoon Network!).

    here’s a link to my best of 2018
    https://littleredreviewer.wordpress.com/2018/12/28/the-best-of-2018/

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    1. Those two are super good and you should totally pick them up 🙌🏻 I’ll go check out your post today 😊

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