January 1, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Reads of 2018

I had more favorites than I did in 2017?? This is great news. (Even if it's only a couple more, lol.)

1. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
This one took me by surprise and made me think, and I loved it.

2. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
I love it when I find a good YA mystery.

3. The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross
It's always a relief to find non-Fae fantasy.

4. The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
This one took me by complete surprise. I loved it so much. So, so much, y'all.

5. Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
Quiet and lovely and girl-focused.

6. From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
This one was a recipe for me not loving it, since I tend to not enjoy epistolary novels and I liked, but didn't love, When Dimple Met Rishi. And yet somehow I absolutely loved it with every fiber of my being. It's so swoonworthy and teenager-y and wonderful.

7. The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
Everything I hoped it would be. I loved Philippa so much.

8. All the Answers by Kate Messner
I read this backlist title at work one day, and it was perfect. As someone with anxiety, it expressed my feelings exactly and perfectly for middle grade readers.

9. Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn
Another work title that took me by surprise with how much I adored it. It doesn't release til April, but I know it's gonna be well-loved.

10. Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
Second favorite Emma Mills book.

11. The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
2018 was surprisingly good for middle grade. This novel about adoption and Judaism made me cry, and it's such a bittersweet story.

12. The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood
Sister stories are often the best.

13. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
I never quite expect the turns this series will take.

14. Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens
A cozy Christmas murder mystery!

15. Breakout by Kate Messner
The unconventional storytelling method draws readers in and keeps them hooked.

16. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The fact that I liked this one so much, despite it being a novel in verse, is a sign that it's super good.

17. Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West
Another hit from Kasie.

18. This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
Another great mystery that I finally read.

19. You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman
Considering how meh I felt about Laura's debut, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed her sophomore novel. The prose is well-formed and the characters are relatable.

20. Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers
I missed our fair assassins.

21. Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman, and Kasie West
I'm a sucker for a cute holiday-themed story, so a book with four of them is a dream.

What books did you love this year?


  1. The Light Between Worlds cover is amazing!

  2. I've not read any of the books on your list although I do have the first book in the Two Dark Reigns series on my bookshelf

    I'd already posted about my top ten books of 2018 so I'm talking about the books I'd be stuck on a desert island with in this week's TTT

  3. What a cool list! I've vaguely heard of a few of these, and I'm going to look several of them up, especially All the Answers :-)

  4. I read a Maureen Johnson novella last month and loved it. I need to try one of her novels next. Happy 2019!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  5. Lots of cute books here! I haven't read any of these yet, but I did pre-order The Light Between Worlds and the first book of the Kendare Blake series, so hopefully I'll be able to read them in 2019!


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