Friday, December 28, 2018

My Favorite Books of 2018

I still can't believe the year is almost over. Did it fly by or what??  I read some fantastic books this year, but I did notice that I didn't read much YA. I think I am having a hard time connecting with a lot of the YA books out there. Anyone else experiencing this issue? 

I also noticed that I read more adult historical fiction, which I think is a good thing.  There were some amazing historical books that were published this year. Here are my favorite books from 2018 and in random order.

Favorite Thrillers:

1.  The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
2.  Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
3.  The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkannen
4.  The Other Woman by Sandie Jones


1.  This Love Story Will Self-Destruct by Leslie Cohen
2.  Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
3.  One Day in December by Josie Silver

Historical Fiction:

1.  The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
2.  The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams
3.  The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher
4.  Tony's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
5.  The Secret of the Irish Castle by Santa Montefiore 
6.  The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable
7.  My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Lauren Kamoie

Best Beach Reads:

1.  Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey
2.  The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand   
3.  The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner 

Favorite Audio Books:

1.  The Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
2.  Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Young Adult:

1.  Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
2.  Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Children's Books:

1.  The Wall in the Middle of the Book by John Agee
2.  Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
3.  Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall


1.  A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
2.  The Address by Fiona Davis
3.  Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
4.  After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

If you are interested in reading my reviews for most of these books, you can find them here in alphabetical order by author's last name. So, what books made your best of 2018 list? Do we share some of the same favorites? Let me know in the comments below.


  1. I read a lot of historical fiction last year, too. It’s one of my favorite genres. I really liked The Great Alone. I still need to read Where The Crawdads Sing.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Me too! The Great Alone was awesome. Not as good as The Nightingale, but still great. Crawdads is an awesome audio book. I am almost done it and really enjoying it! Thanks for visiting, AJ.

  2. Leslie's contemporary romance looks interesting. I remember the title, but haven't what it's all about; Jenn's and Morgan's are both still on my must-read list, and I've seen Beatriz's books various places, but never read anything by her. Glad you discovered some new favorites in 2018! :)

    1. I hope you can read Jenn and Morgan's books - both great! Thanks for visiting, Rissi!

  3. I think I'm reading less YA these days, too, just a couple select authors. We have really similar taste in books - I loved The Summer Wives and Something in the Water, too.

    1. Yes, I have noticed that as well---YA books did not have a great year for me. I'm so glad you enjoyed a lot of these books as well. Thanks for visiting, Angela!

  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you for including me with these fabulous books! I am so thrilled that you enjoyed The Secret to Southern Charm and am so honored to be a part of your favorite books of 2018! Happy New Year to you, sweet friend! xoxo Kristy

    1. I look forward to reading book three in the series! Thanks for visiting, Kristy!

  5. I haven't made my list yet but The Great Alone will definitely be on it. Where the Crawdads Sings is one I wanted to read but didn't get a chance to. I really liked One Day in December and I liked The Wife Between Us. I just tried reading their new book but I couldn't get into it unfortunately.

    I read fewer YA books in 2018 too. Mostly it was rereads (Harry Potter and Rick Riordan) but I did read some new YA books that I liked (Save the Date was one of them).

    Hope you have a fantastic 2019!

    1. I'm glad to hear that I am not the only one who read less YA this year. It definitely makes me sad. I DNF a lot of YA books. Hopefully this year will be better! Thanks for visiting, Christina! Will you be returning to blogging? I miss you and hope you have a great start to 2019!

    2. Thanks! I am seriously considering returning to blogging this month. I think my last post was from February 2018. I have missed you and missed writing too.

      I hope that I will find more YA books I like this year. I am currently rereading To All the Boys I've Loved Before (after watching the Netflix movie) and I never read the sequels so I will definitely be giving those a try. I also just finished Refugee by Alan Gratz. I thought it was very moving though the writing wasn't always the greatest.

    3. I miss you as well! Come back! Ahhh! You'll love Jenny Han's series. It's so good and the Netflix adaptation was awesome.


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