Here we go. It’s the end of another year, and Finding Wonderland is ready to talk about those “best of 2018 books.”
Though it’s a task to put these lists together, this is one of my favorite things to publish. It’s not only fun to put the publications together and get them publication ready, it’s also so much fun to blog hop and discover what all my book besties loved best.
On a personal reading level, it’s been really difficult to make this into a list. What I mean by this is that it was tough to make up a 10+ list. I think this is more because of the number of books* I read versus the quality of the books. Plus, as I talk about often, I feel like I’m really polishing the genres I best connect with or enjoy. This is so important to me because if you’re not enjoying a book, it’s not worth the time it takes to read.
That said, of course I did discover some lovely favorites. Below I share all of these said books.
PS: Earlier this past week, I published the “best at the box office” list, so if you’re curious about those picks, you can check those out.
*Not sure I should mention this, but I think my count is just above 30, but then again my Goodreads life is non-existent, so… who knows about its accuracy.
Best of 2018 | 13 of My Favorite Reads of the Year!
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1: Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof
I feel like this was a novel that I did like upon the turn of the final page, but the more I think about it, the more I think it grows on me. There’s something quietly powerful about its premise. Amazon | Goodreads
2: The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody
Thanks to the publisher I was able to read this one this year, and the story is one I really did enjoy. It’s not one I anticipated liking as well as I did, so I think that’s part of where my joy came from while reading this. Amazon | Goodreads
3: The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
4: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Finally I read this charmer. It’s such a fantastic novel, and one I really enjoyed discovering just prior to the Netflix adaptation. It’s a magical kind of read you have to experience for yourself. In fact, this one just might be my overall favorite. Maybe. Amazon | Goodreads
5: Olivia Twist by Lorie Langton
This one almost didn’t make my 2018 list because I could swear I put it on my 2017 list since I read the book late in 2017. Fortunately I double-checked myself, and alls well that ends well. Amazon | Goodreads
7: Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey
8: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows
This one was on dozens of lists over the years, and is one I always “understood” enjoyed popularity. But again thanks to Netflix’s unexpected prompt, I finally decided to read this one. I now understand from first hand knowledge why it’s so universally loved. Amazon | Goodreads
9 & 10: Geek Girl: Model Misfit and Geek Girl: Picture Perfect by Holly Smale
From my observation, these books are underrated in the U.S. But what they aren’t is low on fun. No matter how old I am vs. the target age group, I still adore these novels. They’re just old-fashioned fun. ‘Model Misfit’: Amazon | Goodreads • ‘Picture Perfect’: Amazon | Goodreads
11: Falling for You by Becky Wade
Each time I pick up a novel by Becky Wade, I am assured of a beautiful read. This is partial reason why she’s always on these lists. Though I don’t think I liked Willow’s story quite as well as True to You, I suspect this is mostly because Nora is a bookworm and I #relate! Amazon | Goodreads
12: Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh
Not sure what more I can say about this one that I haven’t already. It’s a stunning novel with themes I needed at the time, and let’s be honest: the themes are daily struggles and reminders I need. Amazon | Goodreads
13: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
On Finding Wonderland, no “best of” list would be complete without a Kasie West novel. I adore her books and stories. Makes me all the more excited for 2019 because she has not one but two books that will see publication. Amazon | Goodreads
This brings my Best of 2018 Books list to a close. In all likelihood I’ve forgotten a book or two, but it’s not intentional. Perhaps in 2019 I’ll do better with my Goodreads life, but then again, maybe I’ll continue on this path of disorganized crazy. Either way, I did enjoy the chance to talk about these 13 books – all of which were memorable for very different reasons.
Tell me fellow bookworms and friends, what are your Best of 2018 Books? I want to hear all about them. Share all of your thoughts below!#Bestof2018 | Talking about my 'Best of 2018' with 13 of My Favorite Reads of the Year! Click To Tweet
*Also, joining That Artsy Reader Girl and the January 1st Top Ten Tuesday meme!