2018 has been such a great year for me for books! Probably my best reading year ever. In addition to setting a record for the most books I’ve ever read in a year (not counting the upper/elementary middle school years where I read a book a day), I read the most 5-star books I’ve ever read. Where last year’s Top 10 list had I think three 5-star books, this year there are nine. NINE!
So without any further ado, here are my favorite books of 2018.
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Quirky, refreshing, and slower paced. My kind of fantasy! This is definitely going down as an all-time favorite. I am obsessed!
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
I’m going to go ahead and call it. This is the must-read YA Fantasy of the decade. Utterly brilliant.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Gah! Why is everything Rainbow Rowell writes SO PERFECT??? The only problem here is that now I don’t have any more of her books to read…
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
A masterpiece of historical fiction set in my favorite time period, Tudor England. Hands down some of the best historical fiction I’ve ever read.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Funny, touching, quirky, diverse, and jam-packed full of great speculative ethics. Maybe my favorite Sci-Fi book EVER.
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
A brilliant mystery that turn the genre on its head by adding to the mystery of “whodunnit?” the mystery of “who am I?”. Loved loved LOVED this book!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Probably the most important book I’ve ever read.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
Ready Player One meets Arrival, except better. It’s a story that only Hank Green could write, and I loved it.
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Naomi Novik does it again! If you love Uprooted, you’ll adore this Rumpelstiltskin-inspired fantasy.
Hamilton: the Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
Not just a coffee table book. Half libretto, half author’s notes, half making-of, half gorgeous photographs. Makes you feel like you were in the room where it happened.