LIST #10 | Best 15 Books Read in 2018

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Hi, everyone! We are now at the end of another year…can you believe it? And because of that, there are tons of “best of 2018” lists, like mine! This is a list of the 15 best books I read this year, and not necessarily top 15 books published. Just so everyone knows. Oh, and it also doesn’t include re-reads because we all know what will be #1 on this list if they were counted… So, let’s get started!


15. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

⭐⭐⭐⭐
4/5 stars

Review

I have such mixed feelings about Crooked Kingdom,” which makes me sad because it is the sequel to my most favorite book. Though, I still loved it. There is more action than Six of Crows, and the interactions between the Dregs were amazing. However, I still cannot shake the disappointment from the execution of a certain character’s death.

14. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

⭐⭐⭐⭐
4/5 stars

This was a book I read before I created my blog, which is why I do not have a review linked. Even though the world-building and Sal’s motivations were unclear at times, I still really enjoyed Mask of Shadows. I really like fantasy-assassin-type books, and that is what this is. Also really enjoy the casual diversity!

13. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

⭐⭐⭐⭐
4/5 stars

Review

The first book about police brutality that I read, Anger is a Gift blew me away. It delved not only into police brutality, but also trauma, mental illness, race, and friendship. It was a beautifully-written book, and I cried several times. And the entire cast is non-white!

12. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

⭐⭐⭐⭐
4/5 stars

Review

My first audiobook! I will admit, I am years behind the hype, but I absolutely loved this book. I have not read a dystopian in a while read this, and it was nice to get into one again. And honestly? I loved being in Katniss’ head. I thought she was a great protagonist. (it sucks that the end of Mockingjay completely ruined the trilogy, but whatever).

11. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

Review

There is so much more tension in Catching Fire than The Hunger Games, and it was amazing. The stakes seemed to be more extreme, and I flew through the audiobook. I just could not put it down. Katniss is still an amazing character, too, and I love her.

10. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

Review

This book gutted me, honestly. It was heavy and sad, and it showed that grief can be incredibly messy. I felt for the characters, even the protagonist Theo, when he was making dubious decisions after his ex-boyfriend’s death. It was the first Silvera book I read, and it will not be my last.

9. We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out by Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

Review

We Believe You is about sexual assault; it is an anthology with different survivors of college sexual assault. It is a very powerful book that delves into survivors’ reactions and thoughts on their assault. There are many different kinds of people with different viewpoints. However, if this was not obvious already, huge content warning for sexual assault.

8. The Diviners by Libba Bray

⭐⭐⭐⭐
4/5 stars

Review

I did not know I was going to like this book so much, but here we are. I listened to it on audiobook, and it was absolutely amazing. I also really enjoyed the plot and characters. And! It is one of the first historical fiction books I actually remember liking!

7. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

Review

I love fantasy books with all-black casts; I think they are so refreshing to see. On top of that, the characters are fun to read, and I enjoyed the Avatar: The Last Airbender vibes. I definitely loved this book, even with the sketchy romantic couple, and I cannot wait for the sequel.

6. The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

Review

What can I say…fairy tales with gorgeous pages and illustrations Yes, please. I loved these stories, and if Leigh Bardugo wrote another book of fairy tales, I would devour it. the stories were entertaining and the illustrations were amazing. Definitely recommend it.

5. Legend by Marie Lu

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
5/5 stars

Another book I read before my blog. However, another amazing read. I already read The Young Elites when I read this one, and absolutely loved them. However, I was a bit hesitant about Legend because of the sci-fi elements. I should not have worried: the sci-fi portion is easy to read, and it is much more dystopian. Very good book, and I cannot wait to read the rest of the trilogy.

4. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
5/5 stars

Review

My first review on my blog! If you want a book that will make you angry about the state of society and college campuses in the U.S. in regards to how they respond to sexual assault, I recommend picking this up. Although it can be graphic with the assaults, the book has a smooth writing style that makes it easy to read (relative to the subject matter).

3. The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5 (average across series)

Yet other books I read before my blog came to life. But as I was reading through my Goodreads reviews, the only thing I thought was that there was no way I could not include The Heroes of Olympus. The first two books were pretty good, but the last three really hit their stride, and I absolutely loved them.

2. And I Darken by Kiersten White

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
5/5 stars

Review

I did not go into And I Darken with many expectations, but wow, I was blown away. The characters? Selfish and loving all at once, which is beautfiul. The plot? May seem a bit slow, but still well thought out, and I loved every bit of it. The world? Gorgeous. Seriously, I urge everyone to read this, if they have the chance.

1. Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
5/5 stars

Review

I…loved this book. There are so many quotes that I underlined that made me squeal or giggle or make me feel warm with content. This book is fluffy f/f, with commentary on race, authenticity, and (of course) corrupt governments. The sequel is going to be amazing, and I am definitely not ready for it. This book is my favorite read of 2018, and I have no regrets.


And there you have it! My favorite books of 2018! I loved making this list, and I hope you all enjoyed reading it.

Were any of these your favs, too? What did you love this year? Let me know!

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