1 Jan 2019

Top Ten Books of 2018

It's been a good year, reading-wise, and I had a real hard time limiting myself to just 10 books. But these are the best of the best, the books that moved me the most, and the books I'm most likely to reread and recommend to others.

A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towels Also wins the award for being the absolutely best book I have read all year. It took me completely by surprise, but ended up being one of the most unexpected comfort reads I think I have ever found. I highly recommend it.

The Loose-Ends List - Carrie Firestone Also wins the award for being the book that made me cry the hardest, however I wouldn't call it a depressing book - hardly even a sad book. It is YA when it's best. Poignant and REAL.

Illuminae - Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Partly because of the plot (sci-fi), partly because of the writing style (epistolary), partly because of the awesome way the authors play with the media - using it to underline the plot and characters in pretty brilliant ways. I loved all three books in the trilogy, but the first was definitely the best.

Just One Damned Thing After Another - Jodi Taylor The sequel had too much forshadowing for me to care to continue the series, but this first book was absolutely brilliant! I'd requested book recommendations to get me out of a reading slump, and once again delivered BIG time! She hasn't steered me wrong yet! I love time-travel when done well, and here it certainly was. Absolutely awesome book!

Wolfsong - T.J. Klune A book made out of cupcakes and pine cones. Of epic and awesome. It is completely different from his "Tales From Verania" series, but every bit as awesome. He writes relationships so well!
The One - John Marrs One of the best suspense novels I've read in a long time. I couldn't put it down, forgoing sleep to read it, and it stuck with me for a long time after finishing it.

A Wish on the Stars - T.J. Klune The conclusion of the Tales From Verania quartet, and the best one since the first. I am so very grateful to Leslie and Laura for reviewing this series and have ended up falling deep in love with Sam, Gary and Tiggy... okay, and Kevin and Ryan too.

Beneath the Sugar Sky - Seanan McGuire I definitely have a weakness for surreal books, and Seanan McGuire writes surreal really, really well. Her "Discount Armageddon" came very close to earning a place on this list too, for much the same reason.

The Outsider - Stephen King A stand-alone novel in the "Finder's Keepers" universe. Stephen King is one of those authors who have most definitely improved with age and his newer books are much more to my tastes than his older ones were.

Now That You Mention It - Kristan Higgins Chick-lit with substance. It made me laugh, it made me cry and that automatelly makes me love a book.


Erica Robyn said...

Awesome list! I cannot wait to read The Outsider!! :)

Happy 2019!

My Top 10 Books of 2018

Nikki (www.bookpunks.com) said...

I love Illuminae so damn much. I've never read it on paper though--I actually think I might not enjoy the strangely formatted experience. The audio book is SO GOOD though, so if you know anyone you want to rec it to who might like the story but not be able to handle all the experimental formating stuff in the paper edition, it's amazing.

All the best for 2019!

curlygeek04 said...

I haven't read A Gentleman in Moscow but I see it recommended a lot! I also have Jodi Taylor's book and look forward to reading it, though sorry to hear you didn't like the sequel. Happy New Year!

Brooke Lorren said...

Illuminae had an interesting format, but I don't recommend reading it on the Kindle. I think I would have liked it better if I hadn't read it on the Kindle, where it was hard to read. Happy New Year!

Aj @ Read All The Things! said...

I really need to read The Outsider. So many people love it. Maybe this year. Happy 2019!

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Hanna @ Booking in Heels said...

I really liked Just One Damned Thing After Another. I think I've read four or so of this series, but I really need to go back to it soon.