18 Best Books I Read in 2018

Of the 102 books I read in 2018, there were a few that really stand out in my mind as being truly amazing books. Some were released this year, some are classics I have never made time to read before. Either way, each and every one of these books are worth your time.

Behold the Dreamers By Imbolo Mbue — This book sucked me in right at the beginning of the year and has held my heart every day since then. If you haven’t read it, add it to your TBR right now, put it on hold at the library, do what you have to do. It is an amazing read.

Fierce Kingdom By Gin Phillips — I am not usually into thrillers; however, this book was just amazing. Think of any thriller you have ever read, now add a kid into the mix: trying to keep him quiet and calm while keeping both of you safe. When you pick this book up, make sure you have a full day to crank through the entire thing because you will not want to put it down.

A Mother’s Reckoning By Sue Klebold — Warning: you might cry a lot during this book. It is the memoir of the mother of Dylan Klebold who was one of the Columbine shooters. This book might be even more relevant now than it was when it came out a few years back and gives an amazing perspective to life after a shooting.

Bear Town By Fredrik Backman — Every single book he publishes I love more than the previous one, and I am not sure how much more amazing these books can get.

Other People’s Houses By: Abbi Waxman — This was an awesome book about the carpool mom and what she witnessed in (go figure) other people’s houses. It was fun, insightful, and extremely well written.

People Who Eat Darkness By Richard Lloyd Parry — A book club book pick that was an extremely dense journalistic book on Lucy Blackman, a young woman who went missing in Japan in 2000. Her story made international news and Richard Parry was one of the on site reporters for the investigation. This covers every possible facet in the investigation and is fascinating to read.

Children of Blood and Bone By Tomi Adeyemi — This was one of the best selling YA books of the year and it deserves every award it has won. We read this for book club and I could barely set it down. Tomi is extremely talented and her world building skills are superb.

How to Walk Away By Katherine Center — A life-changing book for me. The characters were flawed and realistic. The storyline was heartbreaking and inspiring. And the writing was incredible. Her next book comes out in 2019 and it is equally as amazing. You can pre-order it here!

As Bright as Heaven By Susan Meissner — This was the type of book that I didn’t expect to be on this list. When I picked it up I presumed I would like it, but as I devoured it in 2 sittings, I realized how amazing it really was. This is a historical fiction book yet doesn’t feel cumbersome or hefty.

Rising Out of Hatred By Eli Saslow — Possibly my favorite book of 2018. I had an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley. This journalistic book covers the life of Derek Black, who was raised as a white nationalist and whose uncle was the leader of the KKK. Especially with racial tensions high right now, this book is important for every single person to read.

The Great Alone By Kristin Hannah — If I had to describe this book in one word it would be wonderful. The adventure, beautiful writing, attention to detail, and stunning descriptions make this book worth every single one of its 435 pages.

Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen — I know I am far behind the times reading this one. Not sure why I never did in high school, but I digress. I loved this book and can’t wait to tackle more classics!

American Fire By Monica Hesse — I didn’t even realize this was nonfiction until about a third of the way through this book. It is that well written. It is an interesting and little known series of events in American history (at least to me in Wisconsin). Great book, great topic, great execution.

Girl Wash Your Face By Rachel Hollis — If you haven’t heard of this book, then now is your chance to check it out. This was one of the best selling books of the year and it was worth every penny. I was curious what it was about and then it changed my life. I have entire pages of quotes written down. Rachel Hollis also has an awesome podcast called Rise.

Spinning Silver By Naomi Novik — It took me a bit to get into this book, but in the end it was one of my favorite of the year. It was just so magical! Every sentence was a part of the journey and each took you deeper into this amazing world.

Crazy Rich Asians By Kevin Kwan — Honestly, all three of the books probably could have made this list. I am still finishing the third, but it was a great series. Entertaining and definitely worth the read (even if you have already seen the movie).

Renegades By Marissa Meyer — Marissa Meyer is one of my all time favorite authors. I loved the Lunar Chronicles and am equally as obsessed with her new series. Archenemies was just released this fall and I cannot wait to read it!

Artemis By Andy Weir — This book didn’t get as much fanfare as The Martian, but honestly, I loved it. The main character was a bada$$ and it was a fun, science fiction read set on the moon.

These books aren’t in any particular order though Rising Out of Hatred was probably my favorite book of the year. It is extremely hard for a book nerd to narrow down books into favorites, and this list definitely had some changes while I was drafting it!

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