This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Best Books I Read In 2018. I read a total of 145 books this year, including audiobooks. With so many titles, it’s hard to narrow down to just ten, so I’m only choosing books that were published in 2018. Here are the top ten best books of 2018, in no particular order.
Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton: Lush world-building, multifaceted characters, and a better story line than the original Shakespeare play earns this book as one of the best books I read this year. It’s dark and deep and there is so much packed into this story. I loved every page.
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir: I’ve been waiting two years for this book, and it did not disappoint. Also, I love Helene so much, so don’t you dare hurt her anymore, Sabaa!
The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell: This was probably the best sequel I read this year. The stakes are higher, the magic is bigger, and the writing is better. Despite the length, I did not feel I got enough of the characters and the world and the magic of this series. I need book three.
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan: The prose of this book blew me away and I admire Emily’s careful navigation of suicide and its aftermath. Highly recommend to people who like contemporary and magical realism
The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien: It’s a Tolkien book, so it makes the list for obvious reasons.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan: This book was devastatingly beautiful. The writing is gorgeous, the characters are intriguing, and the romance never feels overbearing or unrealistic. The whole plot is natural and intriguing.
The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli: The story told between these pages is breathtaking. I love Kristen’s message and her knack for creating well-developed characters and world-building.
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee: I think this book is better than the first. The adventure is exciting, the female characters are amazing, and the historical details are magnificent. I’d like to order ten more stories with these characters, please.
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: This book was a gut-wrenching whirlwind. My only complaint is that all the main characters survive and for a series that is known for killing off tons and tons of people (I’m talking thousands), it seemed a bit unrealistic that not one of the main characters died. Whatever.
King’s War by Jill Williamson: The conclusion to the Kinsman Chronicles, King’s War was a wild (and long) ride. So much is packed into this tome and it’s all so great. I liked seeing the characters grow and change over the course of the series. This book has it all.