Hello, hello. It’s that time of year when everybody is posting videos and blogs and lists of all the amazing books they read in 2018. So what am I going to do? That’s right, I’m going to tell you, anyone who finds themselves here (hello, you there! drop a comment with some of the best books you read in 2018 so we can talk, yes? please?) the 18 most amazing books I read in 2018! Because, of course I am.
Why not? Right? Right.
So, without further ado…
The first 5 star book of 2018… The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – I read this book during a snowstorm, because I was trying to avoid looking at the snow that I was going to have to shovel… maybe Alaska wasn’t such a good place to read about just then but this book has stuck with me all year
The book I gave 5 stars because it was so good, just don’t ask to explain why now… After Nightfall by A.J. Banner – a murder mystery thriller set in Seattle… don’t ask me to explain more… I posted reviews, they’ll have to do
The nonfiction book I didn’t expect to like…Hope and Other Superpowersby Jon Pavlovitz – being an agnostic, I didn’t think I needed a self-help sort of book written by an evangelical pastor and yet, here we are
The start of a new series to love… She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge – a British detective series? why yes, I’ll read that all day long!
The YA that has a message we should all hear in real life… Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarod Shusterman
The one I expected to hate because I can be a bit of a book snob about historical fiction based on real people… The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher
The book I kind of, sort of read aloud to someone because I was learning so much history from it… The Grouchy Historian by Ed Asner – things are terrible in America as 2018 comes to a close, as Ed Asner tells you in a way that makes you laugh a little, things were just as terrible in America when the Founders and Framers wrote the Constitution
The best middle grade book I read this year… And Then The Sky Exploded by David Poulsen – an engaging story of a young boy who tries to reconcile the great-grandfather he knew and loved with a man who developed the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima
The best cozy mystery I’ve read… Bunburry: Murder at the Mousetrap by Helena Marchmont – this is adorable and there are more books coming in the series!
The YA that made me laugh and cry… The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather Smith – I haven’t read many books set in the 1980s but Bun and her eclectic group of adult friends working through the 1980s in Canada is easily one of the best books I’ve read in 2018
The psychological thriller of the year… The Au Pair by Emma Rous – this is a weird book, weird in a good way… and I learned I’d rather call December 31 Old Year’s Night than I would New Year’s Eve
The one that’s going to creep me out for years… The Mansion by Ezekiel Boone – it would be so easy to spoil this book, so let’s just say that I don’t use Alexa, Siri, Cortana, or Google Home for a reason and that reason is very clearly laid out in this shiver-inducing book
The best historical fiction I read in 2018…Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar – based on a true story, this is a novel about a non-Jewish woman who went to Auschwitz because she couldn’t leave her children go without her… she manipulated Josef Mengele to try and safe children in Auschwitz
The book that confused me just enough to get five stars because I couldn’t stop reading… The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – as I said – if you like books that you have to keep reading because the mystery is just complicated enough, give this book a try
The book I keep thinking about… The Last Days of Cafe Leila by Donia Bijan – this book is the only one I’ve ever read set in Iran… the main character is an Iranian born woman who returns home to care for her father and family cafe… the story is rich and beautiful and importantt
This book is one part of something magical… Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley – if you like Victorian era, Downton Abbey type stories but need a bit of murder, mystery, and romance, this book (and the series it’s part of) are for you… the main character is a sassy, spunky cook named Kat who isn’t afraid of any titles and pompous home… and book 3 comes out in June!!! (Hey look! A book to put on my most anticipated books of 2019 list! YAY!!!)
The book I loved best of all… Virgil Wander by Leif Enger – I guess this could be categorized as literary fiction?… Virgil is one of the deepest, most interesting characters in contemporary fiction that I’ve ever read… the town he lives in is so complex… the people are like friends you know… basically, read this book if you haven’t yet
The sentimental best book of the year… Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare – why? because my dearest friend sent me an annotated copy because we love it together and best we are parabatai forever!