I had such a good reading year in 2018, and read so many good books. I was initially going to narrow it down to my top ten, but since I read 145 books I could only narrow it down to my top 17 (which is such a weird number to stop at). These aren’t in order of favoritism, but in the order I read them throughout the year:
Behind Her Eyes – I read thrillers every once in a while and enjoy them, but I don’t think I’ve ever had one make it onto my favorite books of the year. This book was so good, I still think about it every so often because omg that ending.
The Cruel Prince – I know this book is on pretty much everyone’s faves of the year list, and it definitely should be! I read this pretty soon after it came out, and loved it so much! I’m already planning to reread it before I reread The Wicked King.
The Wedding Date – I enjoyed this book when I first read it, but didn’t initially think it would make it to my faves list. I’m so glad I reread it right before reading The Proposal, because I enjoyed the book so much more and omg why didn’t I enjoy it as much the first time? This book is so good, and I can’t wait to reread the series again when the next book comes out.
Starry Eyes – I can never go wrong with Jenn Bennett, her books are amazing. I love the premise of Starry Eyes, and I love the characters so much. I have a list of books I want to reread in 2019, and this is at the top of the list.
Educated – I read so many memoirs this year, and Educated is still one of my favorites. I loved reading about Westover’s life and everything she went through and overcame.
The Kiss Quotient – Of course The Kiss Quotient made it on this list. Not only is this one of my favorite books of the year, but one of my favorite books of all time. The characters were so amazing, the writing was so amazing, and the romance was fantastic! I cannot wait to read everything Helen Hoang ever writes.
We’re Going to Need More Wine – Initially I picked this book up because it sounded like a fun, quick read. This book was so good, and I enjoyed learning more about Gabrielle Union. This book was not what I was expecting, and I love it so much more for that.
The Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series – I can’t pick just one book from this series, because they’re ALL amazing. This entire series took me by surprise because I did not expect to love every book in the series and want to constantly reread them.
The Girl Who Smiled Beads – Such an intense memoir, that was definitely one of my favorites of the year. My copy of this book has so many sticky tabs all over the place because not only was the story heartbreaking and emotional, but the writing was fantastic as well.
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating – Honestly my favorite Christina Lauren adult novel. I read this book probably three times during 2018 because it was so good, and made me feel so happy each time I read it. I loved the characters so much, and enjoyed how their relationship progressed throughout the novel.
We Fed an Island – I loved this book because it gave an in-depth look at José Andrés and his nonprofit during hurricane Maria. I followed the chef on twitter and loved reading his tweets about how his group was helping, and all the shade he threw on the government because of their lack of help. I knew I would love this book when I had the opportunity to read it.
Before the Devil Breaks You – I’m so glad I finally read the third book in the Diviners series. This is definitely one of my favorite series of all time with some of my favorite characters of all time, and I can’t wait to see what happens to these characters next.
The Simple Wild – I knew I was going to enjoy this book, but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I do. The setting is beautiful and made me want to visit Alaska, and the characters were so realistic. I love the character growth the main character experienced throughout the novel. This is another book that’s at the top of my reread list.
The Fifth Season – Wow this series. I heard so many good things about it for so long, but it always seemed so daunting, and the writing initially scared me a bit. I’m so glad I finally read the book because I can tell that this is going to be one of my favorite series of all time.
The Proposal – Jasmine Guillory is definitely becoming one of my autobuy authors because this second novel of hers was fantastic. Not only were the characters and the romance so great and realistic, I love the way Guillory incorporated food into the story.
Becoming – Michelle Obama is my queen, and her memoir was amazing. It took me almost a week to read this because I did not want the book to end. I loved reading about her life, not just her life in the White House, but her entire life. She seems like such a genuine person, and I enjoyed learning more about her and her family.
Just Mercy – This book was amazing. It was another book I had to read over time because some of the subject matter was difficult to read. This is written by an attorney who created a nonprofit to help individuals on death row and also works with incarcerated kids. It was tough to read about some of his cases, and the prison system, but definitely something I’m glad I did.