Can you believe that the year is almost over? It seems like the year just started, but at the same time, it feels like 2018 has gone on for 3 years. This year, in the book world anyways, I found myself discovering new authors whom I connected with thanks to my blog as well as did quite a few re-reads in anticipation for new titles in a series. I make a book goal each year on Goodreads and was happy to have surpassed it again this year. I aimed for 50 and made it to 62 (possibly 63 if I get any reading in this afternoon). My good friend Tim made a post on his blog (you should check out all of his posts. He’s a very talented writer and an all-around interesting person). He made a list of his top reads for the year so I figured I would do it as well! Some of these I did not write reviews for because they were either re-reads or the last in a series that I would have a hard time reviewing without spoilers. I still have some thoughts on those that I will share here though!
10. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
This one is the first in a series and it was a super fun read. It’s a paranormal-type but Jones doesn’t take it all too seriously. I haven’t got a chance to read anymore in the series, but I plan to one of these days. It was a fast read and it was different than other paranormal stories I have read before.
9. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
I had this on my to-read for a really long time before I finally got around to reading it. It was super confusing at first and that can be daunting, but once you get into the story and understand what exactly is going on, it really is fantastic. It’s almost along the lines of Hunger Games but more intense. Again, I haven’t finished the series but I have book 2.
8. Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
This was one of my re-reads for the year. I read this last year with my friend Shelby and we thought we would finish the series this year so I re-read this one. Finishing the series didn’t happen (shocking) but it was still a great read. What’s not to love about a badass female lead who isn’t described as the perfect female specimen. It’s refreshing to read about a woman in a novel who isn’t the perfect princess who wakes up like she’s in a Cover Girl ad.
7. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
If any of you know me, you know my obsession with Gilmore Girls. I have re-watched a handful of shows but no others as many as Gilmore Girls. I am constantly making references even to people who haven’t watched it and I usually have it on in the background while I’m doing homework (in fact I have it playing right now). This book was absolutely wonderful and any fan of Lauren’s or Gilmore Girls should give it a read.
6. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
My husband and I started seeing previews for the HBO show based on this book over the summer and I had never read her before. The show looked so good so we both decided to read the book first. I devoured this book in about 2 days. It was so interesting and gritty that I still think about it to this day. The show was so-so and we haven’t finished it yet, but what we did say, they followed the book pretty closely. I highly recommend the book first though as it really was a fantastic read.
5. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
I read Unwind earlier this year by Shusterman as well and thought I would try another one of his titles and I was not disappointed. He has a way of writing about events that would probably never happen but still make you question the possibility of it happening.
4. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
I don’t tend to do a lot of audio books because my commute to work is literally 3 minutes but because of the vastness of the store where I work and it being just me and the owner, I dust the whole store once a week. It takes roughly 3 hours and I’m allowed to listen to music. I usually opt for audio books so even the shorter books take me a few weeks to get through. This was one of those books. Anna reads it herself and it’s absolutely wonderful. We tend to get these ideas in our head that we know who celebrities really are and you hear them read their own books and it all changes. Anna is so much more down to earth than I imagined and it’s genuinely a great book especially if you do the audio version.
3. One Fine Mess by Mark Petersen
This book was one of the titles I was given by the author thanks to the lovely Jane over at RAR. I had never heard of Mark Petersen before this but if Jane recommended it, I knew it was a good choice. This book was so quirky and fun and had such an amazing female lead. If you haven’t come across Mark yet or read this book, you should go do that. Right now.
2. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
I have been reading this series for a long time and the final book finally came out a couple months ago. This book was like a door stop and I found myself staying up late for a week in order to finish it because I would be damned if I would be spoiled. I was pretty happy with the way the series was wrapped up but there was 1 line in the book that completely took me out of the story and I’m still fuming about it. No spoilers I promise. This was a pretty extensive series and apparently it all took place in like a year and half. HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?! I nearly threw my book across the room when I read that. There are months of sea travel and trekking across vast continents and what not and there’s not way the entire series happened that quickly. I’m hoping that because it’s fantasy, that time passes differently because if I think about it too much my blood boils.
1. This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Phillips
This came up on my Goodreads because someone I follow was reading it and I had no idea it existed until then. As a young girl who grew up in the 90’s, I was obsessed with Dawson’s Creek and I adored the too-short Freaks and Geeks run. I also did the audio of this book (which Busy reads) and oh my goodness it was amazing. It felt like I was just sitting down, drinking coffee with her. She discussed the tough childhood she had which included many odd injuries, an abortion and the struggle to make it into the acting world. She mentions her run-ins with Harvey Weinstein and the pain in the ass actors she dealt it. She was (and still is) very close friends with her Dawson’s Creek co-star Michelle Williams who had a child with Heath Ledger. I was listening at work when I got to the moment she learned of Heath’s death. You could hear the pain in her voice and I was crying in the middle of dusting Vince Flynn. I blamed it on my dust allergy.
This book was seriously one of the best I had read all year and in recent years. I honestly just want her to narrate more books even if she didn’t write them.
So as the year comes to a close, what were some of your best reads of the year? Let me know in the comments so I can add them to my to-read shelf!