Hey guys! Today I’m going to be sharing my most anticipated blog post of the year: my favorite books of 2018. I’ve been so excited to write this blog post all year. All of these are books that have become all-time-favorites of mine. They go in backward order, so you’ll find out my favorite book of 2018 at the end. I’ll also be including #HypeYour5, which is a tag created by author Mackenzie Lee, and the point is to share five favorite books of yours that aren’t very well known. Enough chit-chat, let’s get to my favorite books of 2018!
10. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Morgan Matson has become one of my favorite authors of all time. I had the amazing opportunity to meet her this year, and she was awesome! I love all of her books, but this is my favorite. All of her books are contemporary romance, but this one went deeper than just a romance, exploring other issues of the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
9. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
When I heard this book was being released, I was over the moon. I love Roshani’s other series, The Star Touched Queen, and I was very excited for another Indian inspired novel from her. This one is middle grade so it can reach a new audience which is also awesome.
8. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (entire series)
I read the first two books really early in the year, and I devoured A Reaper at the Gates when it came out in June. This has quickly become one of my favorite series of all time, and I’m really sad that we have to wait till 2020 for the last book (this is according to Goodreads).
7. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This is a powerful novel inspired by the #blacklivesmatter movement, and it was an amazing book. I just watched the movie and that will be on my best movies of 2018 list. It was so inspiring (and I couldn’t stop crying). I recommend that everyone read it.
6. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
I actually thought the writing in Shatter Me was really amateur, but the writing got better as the series went on, and I ended up loving this book. The cliffhanger was really mean, though.
5. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (entire series)
This is a really unique sci-fi trilogy told through anything but normal narration. I really grew to love the characters (even AIDAN), and I think everyone should pick it up, even if you don’t like sci-fi. You might end up really enjoying it.
4. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
I never expected that there would be two middle-grade books on my top ten list, but there is. This is a really cool fantasy novel that has been compared to Harry Potter, and while I don’t see the resemblance I loved it, and I highly recommend it to everyone.
Now we come to my top three. Are you ready? My top three favorite books of 2018 are…
3. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
This was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and I absolutely loved it. It follows an Asian sapphic duo, and they are so cute and precious, but also badasses. Please read this book.
2. Caraval by Stephanie Garber (entire series)
This is a lush, dark, and magical novel that really took me by surprise. I really loved the sister relationship and the setting. The sister relationship was very realistic, which I haven’t read a lot of. The line between fake and real is really blurred in this series. The tagline, “remember it’s all a game” didn’t change the fact that I fell for almost every fake thing. I haven’t read the Night Circus, so I can’t speak to that comparison. I loved loved loved this series, and I cannot wait for the Finale (get it? cause the last book is called finale? never mind)
1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
This is no surprise to me. This was my most anticipated book of 2018, and the sequel is my most anticipated book of 2019. I love fairies (no clue how to spell it though), hence my love for SJM’s ACOTAR series. Jude and Cardan were the darkest and delicious characters and they were so fun to read about. I cannot recommend this enough.
That concludes my top ten favorite books of 2018. Below are five books that I loved but didn’t make this list, and feel like they deserve more hype.
5. A List of Cages by Robin Roe
This is a novel about a boy who is being abused and the boy, who was his foster brother, who saves him. This was one of the first books I read this year, and I’ve noticed that I read a lot of really interesting and powerful novels in January of 2018. It definitely deserves more readership, so please pick it up!
4. The Final Six by Alexandra Monir
This is a really cool space novel that I was not expecting to love as much as I did. It follows Naomi, a WoC, and Leo, an Italian, as they train to travel to Europa, Jupiter’s moon, because there are a lot of natural disasters happening on Earth and the planet is not safe to inhabit anymore. Definitely check it out!
3. Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany. D. Jackson
This is another novel inspired by the #blacklivesmatter movement that I’m annoyed didn’t get more hype. It follows a black missing teen, and I made a blog post talking about my thoughts about (it’s actually the first blog post I posted!) and I highly recommend that everyone check it out.
2. The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
A lot of people didn’t like this book, so I was hesitant to pick it up, but I ended up really enjoying it! It follows Brienna, who lives in a world where people have to choose between five passions: art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge. Brienna struggled through four before choosing knowledge. The whole point of this is to be chosen by a patron, but Brienna’s worst nightmare comes true and she is not. Months later, she is chosen by a disgraced patron, but not everything is as it seems. She becomes part of the plot to overthrow the rival kingdom’s king and restore the true queen back on the throne. Now she has to choose between her true blood and passion. I suggest that everyone give this a go because you might really like it.
1. Brave Enough by Kati Gardner
I received an ARC through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This book follows a dancer who finds out she has cancer and a recovering druggie. It is #ownvoices (the author had cancer and had her leg amputated just like Cason. It is a beautiful story brave enough to accept yourself for who you are, and that you are not lesser even if you are different from everyone else. I highly recommend that everyone read this debut from Garder!
Honorable mention goes to Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes! I really enjoyed this book filled with debutantes and scandals, and I highly recommend that everyone check it out!