Yeah, I know, you’ve already read about 100 of these posts.
But I can’t help it! I want to scream about my favorite reads from this, or, should I say last, year. But! These aren’t just my favorite books of the year – they are all the books worth mentioning this year for… a multitude of reasons. (I did the same thing for 2017!) Confused? Once again, you shall see.
Most Disappointing Books of 2018
These books aren’t necessarily my least favorites, but I was definitely expecting more from them.
Ship It by Britta Lundin
I don’t know if I can articulate again how much I absolutely hated this book, so if you want to hear all the gory details, you can check out my review. Basically, this could’ve been a great read for representation and fandoms everywhere, but, let’s just say that it wasn’t.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The only book on here that isn’t a YA (I had to read it for a class), but I just had to mention it. Maybe I’m just not ready to dive into the classics yet, but I was severely disappointed by this book and it was a frustrating way to end my summer.
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd
This wasn’t the worst book ever. I actually ended up giving it 3 stars. But after all of the hype and that gorgeous cover, I really was expecting more from it. By the end I was so frustrated with the characters that I just wanted to be done with it.
Quiet Heroes of 2018
These books aren’t necessarily my favorites of the year, but they are the unsung heroes! Books without nearly enough hype in comparison to their awesomeness. (These are all releases from this year.)
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
This book did get some hype, but in my opinion, not nearly enough! I didn’t know a book that basically only has a couple characters could be SO enthralling, but it really, really was. If you’re looking to stay up all night to finish a book, look no further.
This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender
I was lucky enough to score an ARC of this one, and let me just say, it was so freaking cute! I loved the main character and his development as he tried to get over his ex-girlfriend/current friend and reconnect with a childhood best friend, and explore coming out. It’s a bit emotional, but for the most part, this is a heart-warming read.
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
(This one is a little confusing, because I think it was published in 2017 but then re-published in January of 2018). Whenever it was published, the point is that it’s fantastic. What a sweet, emotional, tender book! It was one of those YA’s where the couple gets together earlier/towards the middle of the book so you actually get to see them interacting and navigating the relationship way more! I love this contemporary so much and highly recommend it!
2018 Releases I am Totally Going to Read at Some Point (Hopefully)
Top 2018 releases that are on my TBR for 2019. This list could go on and on and on, so I’ll try to keep it brief.
Emergency Contact Mary H. K. Choi
I’ve really been wanting to pick this one up! Honestly, it’s a bit on the long side, and any book over 400 pages always gives me pause. Still, I just borrowed this from the library, so I better read it soon.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The book community just cannot stop talking about this book. Jude? Cardan? All I know is everyone is obsessed with these characters, and I want in on it.
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
I’ve heard that this is just hilarious! Even the little tagline is funny. I don’t read a whole lot of comedy, so I think this will be a nice change of pace.
Obsidio by Aimee Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
It’s true, I still haven’t finished up this trilogy. The truth is, I’m scared! I don’t want this series to end, and I’m worried about how it’ll all wrap up and whether it’ll be as good as the other books. Still, it’s time to bite the bullet and read the book!
Favorite Books of 2018
Come on, you thought I would just pick one? Although I will say, just like in 2017, there were some clear front runners this time. (These aren’t all 2018 releases, just ones that I read in 2018!)
What if It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
I adored this book, and if I’d read it when it first released, I definitely would’ve reviewed it. I would read five more books about Ben and Arthur. I’m crossing all my fingers that the movie turns out as amazing as the book.
If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak
This is a book that ABSOLUTELY needs way more hype. It is the perfect summer romance, but even deeper than you might expect. I laughed, cried, and swooned (Sebastian is one of the BEST MCs and love interest’s I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Such a science nerd. I love him).
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
I honestly think this book is a little underrated! It won the National Book Award but I don’t see it get talked about a lot on book twitter or bookstagram. It’s one of the best portrayals of family that I’ve ever seen. I cried so much and it cut me so deep. Consider this my glowing recommendation.
Come on, you thought I would leave it at my favorites? I couldn’t resist sharing these others that weren’t my favorites but were as close as it gets.
And that’s it, folks! Gotta say, I think I read a lot of awesome books this year that I will be screaming about for a long time.
Plus! I actually managed to complete my Goodreads challenge of 45 books! (A whole six hours before midnight!) Yay!!
The happiest of new year’s to you. I hope it is filled with books, joy, love, and more books.
That’s a wrap! What were some of your favorite reads in 2018? Books that disappointed you? Which ones were your “quiet heroes”? Tell me in the comments! 🙂