Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read in 2018


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Best Books I Read in 2018.  This was a tough list to put together, as you’ll see by the fact that I’ve given you my Top 13 because I couldn’t narrow to just 10 favorites.  The way I picked my favorites was to start on Goodreads and see how many books I had given 5 star (or 4.5 rounded up to 5) reviews to.  I had quite a few more than 10, so then I narrowed from there by selecting the books that resonated the most with me.  Those were the ones I’m still thinking about even if it has been months since I read them and they’re also the ones that I tend to recommend most to fellow readers.  Also, not all of these were published in 2018.  At least two of these were backlist reads that I loved.

Anyway, here’s my list.  Happy New Year, everyone!  Here’s to a great reading year for us all in 2019!


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Best Books I Read in 2018

(in no particular order)


THE WINTER OF THE WITCH by Katherine Arden


THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah


LETTERS TO THE LOST by Brigid Kemmerer

THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain


SADIE by Courtney Summers

VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab


ONCE UPON A RIVER by Diane Setterfield

GIRL MADE OF STARS by Ashley Herring Blake



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What were some of your favorite reads of 2018?  Do we share any favorites?

44 replies
  1. Jade @ Reading with Jade
    Jade @ Reading with Jade says:

    Great list! Of the titles mentioned, I have only read The Last Time I Lied (& loved it), however have a few others on my wishlist. Great to see some backlist titles here also.

    Happy reading in 2019!

  2. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    I couldn’t possibly narrow down my list to 10 – I’ve gone to 15, which is why I haven’t posted my choice today:)). Yes – I have also got The Great Alone on my Outstanding List, too. And I have Children of Blood and Bone on my TBR pile, ready to read this January – I’m looking forward to it.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      The Great Alone really was outstanding. Hannah has me wanting to backtrack and read some of her older books now. I’m also curious to see what you think of Children of Blood and Bone. Happy New Year!

  3. Brooke Lorren
    Brooke Lorren says:

    This is a great list! Muse and The Cruel Prince made my top 10 this year too. Plus, there are several other books on this list I want to read. Happy New Year!

  4. verushka
    verushka says:

    Happy New YEar Suzanne! Sadie and CBB are on more than a couple of lists for this one, but you’ve reminded me too that Meg Gardiner’s book was so good too. Kept meaning to read more of her this year.

  5. Daniela Ark
    Daniela Ark says:

    You definitely read awesome books Suzanne! I’m dying to get to ALL of them, BUT “Into the Black Nowhere” just because I had never heard of it. I will have to check it out!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      It’s the second book in the UNSUB series so I recommend reading UNSUB first just to get a feel for the characters, etc.

  6. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Aj @ Read All The Things! says:

    I loved Vicious. The Great Alone is pretty good, too. I’m on the world’s longest waitlist for The Cruel Prince. The waitlist for Sadie is pretty long, too. I’ll get to read them someday. Happy 2019!

  7. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Great choices! I have so many of them on my TBR: The Great Alone, Children of Blood and Bone and Muse of Nightmares are the ones I want to read asap!

  8. Jessica at Booked J
    Jessica at Booked J says:

    SO MANY GOOD BOOKS, I don’t even know where to begin without just repeating every title you listed basically?! So, I am just waving a pom-pom (I don’t actually own a pom pom) and nodding my head in agreement.

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