2018 was a good year for me reading wise. I managed to read 75 books which I’m pretty satisfied with.
When I look back at all the books I read, there are some I rated 5 stars that I don’t remember much about, but there are also some I rated 3 stars that left a huge impact on me.
I was thinking about doing my Top 10 books I read in 2018 list, but in the end I decided to go with 13 that now seem like the most important ones I read. I just couldn’t force myself to leave behind any of those books.
Not all of them were 5 stars, but they all left a big impression on me, and I am very thankful that I had a chance to read all of them.
1. The Olive Branch by Jo Thomas
This year I was fortunate enough to discover Jo Thomas, and out of all of her books I read, The Olive Branch was my favorite.
This book was perfect in any way, and it made me happy. It was well structured, with good story, great characters and so many positive vibes.
A chick lit novel at it’s best!
2. One Day in December by Josie Silver
You know a story is good when it makes you feel all kinds of emotions and you think about it again and again, even days after you finished it.
This is the book I finished two months ago, so it is the “freshest” in my memory, but I feel like it will stay with me for a long, long time.
If I could recommend only one festive book to my followers, it would be this one.
3. Darcy Burdock by Laura Dockrill
This middle grade comedy made me laugh out loud so many times that I lost the count. It won my heart and it is now one of my all time favorite books. It’s the one I recommended the most when it comes to middle grades, and I am so happy to know that there are so many sequels with Darcy to enjoy.
4. Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
Good Me, Bad Me surprised me, because I never expected to like it that much. What I liked the most when it comes to this novel is it’s writing style. I wish more psychological thrillers were written in a similar way.
5. While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins
If I should pick only one book that put me on an emotional rollercoaster, While I Was Sleeping is the one. It made me sad in ways I didn’t even know was possible, and it made me care about one character like I knew her from my real life.
Even though I was mad the story didn’t took a path I was hoping for, I am still so in love with this novel because I remember the feels, and it is the book I will be coming back to.
6. Five Years from Now by Paige Toon
Speaking of emotional stories, this list wouldn’t be complete without Five Years from Now. It made me cry, and not many books can do that.
It contains my favorite theme: two people who love each other but can’t be together, finding their ways to each other.
It is also very realistic, especially with the way it ended.
This novel is also one I want to re-read many times during my lifetime.
7. The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
The Perfect Girlfriend is definitely the most unique story I have read in 2018. Written from the perspective of a psychopath, it made me understand and even root for the main character, even though I knew what she was doing was wrong.
This book is the one I recommend to everyone who likes thrillers, and I am so happy that it was also translated into Croatian.
8. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Going into The Cruel Prince my expectations were very high, but I was not disappointed. In fact, I was kinda surprised how good it was. I already knew I would like it, because I liked books by Holly Black before, and since my favorite creatures, faeries, were involved, I knew I would love the world too.
I fell in love with the characters, the story and of course, with the world.
This book is next on my to be re-read list, because the sequel comes out in a few days.
9. Give the Dark my Love by Beth Revis
Another ya fantasy I fell in love with, another series I can’t wait to continue. What I liked the most about Give the Dark my Love was character development, the dark atmosphere and the unique world.
I hope next books in the series will also be good, because there’s a big chance this could become one of my all-time favorite book series.
10. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
I feel like everyone and their mothers read this book already, and in 2018 I joined the club. Everyone from my colleagues also read it, and we discussed it many times. This book stayed with me, and even today I caught myself thinking about one scene.
I feel like books that you go back to again and again in your thoughts deserve to be on the best one’s list.
I can’t even count how many times I recommended this book to people around me, and to clients at my work.
11. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Of all the Mistborn books I read this year, I decided to feature the last one from the original series in this list, because of it’s conclusion.
This series is probably the best fantasy series I have read, it is certainly the most unique and Brandon Sanderson is an incredible writer. I love the creatures he created in this universe, called kendra. I am not sure if kendra is his own creation, or was it inspired by some mythical creature, but it is worth of admiration in any way.
12. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
Surprise Me was one of my most anticipated books of 2018. and it didn’t disappoint. In fact, it even surprised me, because it took a turn I didn’t expect. I liked how different it was from Kinsella’s other books, and it is now in my top 3 of her novels.
13. I See You by Clare Mackintosh
I read this novel back in January, but it stayed with me the whole time. I certainly didn’t expect what a huge impact on me this book will have, not even after I finished it. Sometimes we are not immediately aware of the quality in front of us, but time shows us what our subconsciousness recognized. This book is the proof, and it is now one of the best books I read.
That is it!
Please tell me what are your favorite books that you’ve read this year?
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I too loved The Mistborn trilogy and The Cruel Prince! I gotta check out some of the other books you feature, it’s an interesting list 🙂
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Thank you! I see you like fantasy too. I have to admit that I kinda crave for fantasy lately because most of 2018 I read contemporary.
That is a real mixed bag of books. How great that you chose books from all genres. I agree that the 3 I have read from your list are amazing reads. They are ‘Surprise Me’, ‘The Perfect Girlfriend ‘ , and ‘I See You’.
Wow 75 books, that’s loads! I hope this year will bring you plenty more 5 star memorable reads.
Thanks Amanda. Well, tbh, I didn’t think about including all the genres, but since I read so many different genres, it turned out that way. What I noticed that I read the least of non finction, so that’s probably why not one made it to the list.
Thank you for nice wishes. 🙂
I’ve heard a lot about One Day in December. I’ve got Give the Dark My Love on my TBR shelf, need to read it! Great picks! You can check out my “top 10” HERE.
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I hope you will love it!! 🙂
I really enjoyed One Day in December as well You read quite a few amazing books in 2018! I have a few new ones to add to my TBR now. 🙂
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The Cruel Prince would make my list as well! Give the Dark my Love seems interesting and I always enjoy YA. I’m also going to look out for The Olive Tree. Great list! I’ve also really enjoyed reading Veronica Roth’s Sci-fi books this year, so they’d definitely make my top 13…
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I haven’t read Veronica’s Sci fi books, somehow sci fi is the genre I never read, but maybe I’ll chnage that in 2019.
It looks like you read some great books last year, across quite a few genres 🙂 I’m hoping to make 2019 the year of Brandon Sanderson and really get stuck into his books!
Brandon Sanderson is such a good author and he has so many released books, I also want to read more of his work in 2019.