Well, it’s that time again – my favorite books I read this year!
I challenged myself to read 100 books this year, and I was pretty sure I wouldn’t have trouble with that. Well. It got a little crazy halfway through the year, and I went from 10-12 books a month to 2-3.
But I enjoyed A LOT of books this year, and I’m excited to share, in no particular order, my favorites.
Note: I don’t summarize books in my reviews, because you can check Goodreads for that, and I’ve stopped giving star ratings for my reads, also. But if it’s featured here, it was probably a four or five star read, in my opinion.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s memoir was such a great book to end my year with. I wrapped most of my Christmas presents while listening to the audiobook version, which is narrated by Obama herself, and I laughed out loud, and cried, and just generally loved every minute.
This is now quite possibly one of my favorite YA historical fantasy series of all time. Rae Carson is amazingly talented at weaving her fiction with the real events surrounding the California gold rush, and I devoured the first two books in this series in an evening a piece.
I was so obsessed with The Kiss Quotient. It is a steamy romance, yes, but the main characters are so lovable and the storyline so refreshing and fun. I give a lot of credit to a book that I’m so invested in I end up crying, and I did shed some tears here.
Oh, holy Greek gods. This retelling was SO GOOD. It’s on everyone’s top list this year, but there’s a reason for it. I selected this as one of my Book of the Month picks back in the spring, and I read it in one sitting.
Circe’s story is fascinating, and Madeline Miller’s prose is addicting.
I picked Dear Martin up during a 24 hour Readathon weekend because it was short, and I’d seen good reviews. This book TORE ME UP. I’m so glad I read it and I recommend it to people all the time.
This is another 2018 debut that is on everyone’s list, but again, for good reason. The first book in this new series sets up an amazing adventure (and THE SHIP!!!) and it was the only book I recommended to anyone for a solid month.
I fan girled hard when I saw Adrienne Young at YALLfest this year. Because her debut was THAT GOOD. Who knew I needed a beautiful YA fantasy Viking inspired story? But oh my gosh I did.
Ah, shoutout to any book that makes me ugly cry on a plane. We were flying from Austria back to the United States when I read this luxurious and devastating story, and oh yes, I ugly cried.
I am big on self help books, especially a nicely narrated self help audiobook. I started this one with a hefty dose of skepticism (STOP doing things??? Ma’am do you not realize that you’re supposed to tell me how to DO things???) but ended a convert.
I made significant changes to the way I operate based on Falconer’s advice and am glad for it.
I was so excited to have this beautiful cover in my hands, but the STORY. I mean. Wow. This YA fantasy debut so easy to devour in an evening and I’m already drooling after a sequel.