Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.


This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: 
Best Books I Read in 2018

I actually thought about putting these in order. That lasted about, oh, 2.7 seconds until I realized how impossible that would be. So, in no particular order (mostly), here are my Top 10 Reads of 2018.


THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO
Taylor Jenkins Reid
Read in: February 2018
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Evelyn was one of the most complex and commanding characters I've ever encountered. She was so well-written and so full realized that I found myself wanting to watch all her old movies... and would then remember she was fictional. In Evelyn, Reid created an unforgettable character with an unforgettable story.

EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN
Jessica Redmerski
Read in: August 2018
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Redmerski's post-apocalyptic dystopian tale was epic. At over 600 pages, this story presented a terrifying world of lawlessness, filled with danger, so realistic that I was drawn in from the very beginning. With its themes of good vs evil, light overcoming darkness, survival, and love, I was utterly captivated from start to finish. 

AUTOBOYOGRAPHY
Christina Lauren
Read in: January 2018
Rating: 5/5 Stars

One of my first reads of 2018, Autoboyography was also my first book from Christina Lauren. This story delivered in every way and Tanner and Sebastian became entrenched in my heart. Their story brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes and I know this is one I will revisit again and again.

LOVE AND OTHER WORDS
Christina Lauren
Read in: March 2018
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

This absolute gem had so many elements that I loved: first love, second chance romance, a dual timeline. Teenage Macy and Elliot were absolutely precious and had a delicious push-pull relationship that felt so honest and realistic. Adult Macy and Elliot trying to find their way back to each other did my heart all sorts of good. 

THE SIMPLE WILD
K.A. Tucker
Read in: July 2018
Rating: 4.25/5 Stars

Sometimes you read the right book at the right time and that's what happened with The Simple Wild. Reading this one just weeks after the loss of my father, I ached for Calla as she struggled with her father's illness. Equal parts romance and a look at family dynamics, Tucker totally delivered with this emotional and heartfelt story.

ONE DAY IN DECEMBER
Josie Silver
Read in: October 2018
Rating: 4.25/5 Stars

One Day in December wasn't filled with action and adventure, didn't transport me to another world, and didn't impart great wisdom, but there was something magical about this story that just got to me. The feeling of there being that one special person, and ending up with that person despite all the odds , no matter how long it takes... it made my romantic little heart practically burst.

FOREVER, INTERRUPTED
Taylor Jenkins Reid
Read in: November 2018
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Fact: I love a good tearjerker. If a book can capture my emotions, throw in some cruel twists of fate, trample my heart and make me cry... chances are I'll love it. Forever, Interrupted did just that. A whirlwind romance, a tragic accident, and the heartbreaking aftermath. Elsie's grief was almost a tangible thing at times and I shed many tears for her and for Ben. The relationships that are formed and the wisdom gained along way made this one worth every tear.

STEADFAST
Sarina Bowen
Read in: October 2018
Rating: 4.25/5 Stars

I adore Sarina Bowen. And I love her True North series. And Steadfast was the one that stood out from the rest and really pulled me in. Jude and Sophie had been dealt a raw deal and both were suffering for it. Jude especially captured my heart and I was so in awe of his strength, his selflessness, and his sacrifice.

THE KISS QUOTIENT
Helen Hoang
Read in: August 2018
Rating: 4.25/5 Stars

The Kiss Quotient was everywhere this year and for good reason. It was impossible not to be charmed by this story. Stella and Michael absolutely brought out the very best in one another and I read page after page with a big, goofy smile on my face. This book is this physical incarnation of the heart-eyes emoji.

MORE THAN WE CAN TELL
Brigid Kemmerer
Read in: August 2018
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

I fell in love with Rev when he was a secondary character in Letters to the Lost. Getting his story in More Than We Can Tell was everything I wanted. This kind, introspective, mature, self-aware young man made a huge impression on me and is one of my favorite fictional characters ever. 



Have you read any of my top picks?
What was your favorite book of 2018?

42 comments

  1. Awesome list! I have a few of these on my TBR! :)

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  2. You have such a great list! I really enjoyed so many - Evelyn Hugo, Autoboyography, Love and Other Words, The Simple Wild, TKQ and More Than We Can Tell.

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    1. So many great reads in 2018! Hopefully 2019 will hold the same for us. :)

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  3. I really want to read Autoboyography and The Kiss Quotient! Great list, too.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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    1. I hope you'll love them both when you get to them, Aymee!

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  4. Lots of great titles! Haven't read the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo yet but it's on my wishlist. One Day in December sounds right up my alley too!

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    1. One Day in December was such a wonderful read. I was expecting cute and fluffy and got so much more.

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  5. I love the cover for One Day In December... Think I'll check that one out this year! :)

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    1. Oh, I hope you do, Nicci! I think you would love it!

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    2. ONE DAY IN DECEMBER IS SOOOOO GOOD!!!!

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  6. Nothing but love for CLo. Adored the two on your list, and can't wait to read more! I cannot stop screaming about One Day in Dec. I was just on Instagram chatting it up. True North is another favorite series, well, I love all that is Sarina Bowen. And, it goes without saying that TKQ was superb. I am probably going to cave and buy The Simple Wild. I really want to read it, but my library does not have it. Maybe it will go on sale?

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    1. I love that I still have plenty of backlist Sarina Bowen to keep me entertained. :) And several by CLo. Yay me! I wish I had the mobi file of The Simple Wild so I could lend it to you! But it's a doc file and I've never been able to figure out a way to share those. Fingers crossed the price drops because I think you'd love it!

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  7. I loved The Kiss Quotient too!

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    1. The one surely deserved all the hype in 2018! :)

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  8. The Kiss Quotient was one of my favorite 2018 releases. There were just so many good books that came out last year!

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    1. Definitely! And now I'm excited for The Bride Test. :)

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  9. Yay for The Simple Wild and The Kiss Quotient! I need to catch up on the True North series. Love Sarina Bowen.

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    1. I think I still have two books to go in the True North series. Sarina Bowen is one of those who has never let me down. :)

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  10. I got One Day in December for Christmas and I can't wait to read it, it's literally on my nightstand right now !

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    1. Oooh, so excited for you, Kat! I hope you'll love it as much as I did!

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  11. The Seven Husbands sounds really good, and I see you have two Taylor Jenkins Reid books on your list. I really need to read more of her stuff- Maybe in another Life was quite good as I recall. One Day in December sounds nice too!

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    1. Over the last two years or so I've become quite the Taylor Jenkins Reid fan. I've loved everything I've read from her. I haven't read Maybe in Another Life yet, though, so that needs to happen soon!

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  12. I’m glad Seven Husbands lived up to the hype! I’m on a super-long waitlist for it. Happy 2019!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. It's crazy that the wait list is still so long after almost a year!

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  13. Great list! I really loved The Kiss Quotient and More Than We Can Tell. The rest of your list is on my TBR. I'm hoping to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo soon because I haven't seen a single bad review for that one.

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    1. Same here, Suzanne. Even with hugely popular books there are always some bad/mediocre reviews. Not everyone is going to love the same thing. But I'm not sure I've seen any bad reviews for Evelyn Hugo.

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  14. I still need to read Seven Husbands, and again, I own Autoboyography, so I'll be reading that soon.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  15. Oh gosh no, I couldn't put mine in order either lol. I've heard such great things about Evelyn Hugo, I'm so intrigued! I think I remember your review for Everything Under the Sun because it sounds like one I might enjoy. The Kiss Quotient is another I've heard so much about, all good! Glad you found so many great books!

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    1. Evelyn Hugo totally deserves the hype. My mom was over last night and I was talking to her about it. She ended up borrowing my physical copy of it. I'm pushing it on everyone. LOL

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  16. Dude, I literally just bought Everything Under the Sun after reading this post. I had it on my TBR but somehow I missed that it is dystopian/post-apoc! My faveee! I really need to read Evelyn Hugo, everyone raves about it! Probably should read Forever, Interrupted too. And The Simple Wild. So many books that sound amazing, I am glad they lived up to it! Autoboyography was really good too, I agree!

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    1. Squeeee! I'm so excited that you got it! Hopefully it's not too heavy on the romance for you (I didn't think it was but you never know...). It was just one of those books that got to me, y'know? And one of only 3-5 five star books last year.

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  17. I haven't read any of these, but I looooooove the cover of Autobiography! 👍✨

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    1. That's one of my favorite covers *ever*! I mean, how gorgeous is that?! :)

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  18. oh nooo! I'm so sure I left a comment here yesterday! I wonder what happened! So I was saying that I was not surprised to see Autoboyography here I remember how much you fangirled about it! :) And Happy to see The Kiss Quotient here because I got it on sale during the holidays :)

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    1. Don't you just hate it when the interwebs eats the comments? :) Yeah, Autoboyography was a no-brainer. Even though it was last February that I read it, it's one that has stuck with me.

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  19. Are you surprised if I tell you that no I haven't ready any of your top picks? Hehe. Everything Under The Sun is going straight onto my tbr though!

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    1. LOL Not surprised at all, Olivia! Our reading rarely intersects. :) Everything Under the Sun might be a *tiny bit* too romance heavy for your liking but I thought is was phenomenal.

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  20. I NEED to read both Autoboyography and More Than We Can Tell. And I loved The Kiss Quotient!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. It was easy to love The Kiss Quotient. Stella and Michael were so likable! I really think you would love both Autoboyography and More Than We Can Tell.

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