My Top Books of 2018

It’s all been leading up to this.

This year I have read 290 books and somehow, I had to whittle that number down to just 18 of my favourite books.

To make it a bit easier, I must have only read the book in 2018, so no re-reads are allowed (you can check them out here). Also, I am only including the first book in a series (slightly cheating, I know, but my blog, my rules), even if I adore the entire series.

Every single of these books really affected me in one way or another and have been really memorable. I would highly recommend every single book on this list.

My Favourite Books of 2018:

In no particular order, here they are!

1. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

A gorgeously written, twisty, dark collection of fairy-tales that utterly entranced me,

2. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C Dao

This isn’t exactly a surprise, as I’m constantly raving about this book. Check out a more coherent version of my ramblings in my review.

3. Sadie by Courtney Summers

Utterly exquisite, heart-wrenching and compulsive reading. A full review will be coming soon.

4. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

You’ll begin to see a pattern here, as most of these are books that I am shouting about constantly! This is the start of a thought-provoking, mind-blowing and excellent series, which you can see my complete fangirling over in my review.

5. The Diviners by Libba Bray

Another series that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with. It’s a set of dark, diverse, supernatural mysteries with brilliant integration of historical events and issues set in the 1920s. I mean, what else do you need?

6. I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

A phenomenal, accurate and casually diverse contemporary that establishes Alice Oseman as a force to be reckoned with, but check out my full review for more details.

7. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

It’s rare for every story in an anthology to surprise and delight me, but this one manages it. Honestly, please just pick it up, as it’s so underrated and needs so many more people shouting about it.

8. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Feminist, satirical Lord of the Flies (ish) with brilliant representation, my kind of humour and swashbuckling pirates to boot. Another underrated gem.

9. The Good Immigrant

A powerful, eye-opening and emotional book that should be required reading.

10. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Another series that has completely entranced me this year and one that’s been on my radar for a long time now, so I’m kicking myself for not getting to it sooner. Action-packed, character-driven and casually diverse heist shenanigans that introduced me to the wonderful writing of Leigh Bardugo.

11. Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles

It’s so nice to see yourself in a book and that’s precisely how I feel about the Bookshop Girl series. Paige is clumsy, awkward and heavily bookish, which are all character traits that I share.

12. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Delectably dark and twisty fantasy that only gets more complex as the books continue and it’s just so addictive. I love most of the characters and I’m both eagerly anticipating and dreading the fourth book, as I’m not sure what devilish tricks Blake has up her sleeve.

13. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

This is one heck of a book. It’s short but immensely powerful. I don’t cry easily, but this book had me in floods of tears.

14. Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon

This is a gorgeous, heart-warming contemporary that is simply beautiful. I wanted to reach into the pages and protect Rosie as she went on her journey. Darbon doesn’t shy away from tough issues; that’s for sure.

15. American Panda by Gloria Chao

A gorgeous mixture of a mug of hot chocolate and a hug all wrapped into one book with some discussion of difficult issues to boot. Check out my full review, if you like.

16. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

This just made me so happy. A character openly questioning their sexuality on page, with an adorable romance and great exploration of friendships.

17. The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Stevens

This hit me hard. As a teenage girl, the sort of behaviour that’s in the book is so commonplace and to actually see it addressed in a book, well, that means a lot. It rips the ‘friend-zone’ to shreds and provides plenty of badass feminism as well.

18. The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson

I was lucky enough to be able to interview S.M. Wilson back in August after I’d utterly devoured the first two books in the Extinction Trials series. They’re so addictive, intense and cleverly written that I couldn’t help but fall in love with them, so much that I’ve already pre-ordered book 3 (Extinction Trials: Rebel)!

Over To You:

What are the best books you read in 2018?

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