Another nearly impossible list to try to compile . . . but I tried! This year, I’ve decided to ignore my star ratings and go with the most memorable/emotional. Yes, several of the contestants from the “Most Gorgeous Cover” tournament are on this list, but believe it or not, the covers are not dictating this list. I also left out any books that I had read before 2018, which actually helped quite a bit in narrowing it down! I went with my gut this year and here is the result.
***And these are in no particular order, because that really is undoable!***
His Fair Assassin Series by Robin LaFevers
I loved the setting, the story, and the characters in this series. It was unique and fascinating!
Unwind Series by Neal Shusterman
I cannot say enough good about this series. I’ve never read anything like it and Shusterman, per usual, philosophized the hell out of my brain without sacrificing plot or characters.
We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
Dark, interesting, and engaging. It pulled me into the pages and didn’t let go!
Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely
A badass heroine in a western setting. Perfection! Ok, and the cover is easily my favorite of the year!
Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness
A continuation of a saga I’ve been in love with for years! So wonderful to be able to read more about the characters that I’ve come to see as friends!
This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
Crazy mind games in a dark and twisted world; all in the expert way the way that only McGinnis can portray.
Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen
My favorite WW2 fiction, easily. A usually untold perspective of strength and fighting back.
Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty
Another beautiful character in a gorgeous and surreal setting. When a book actually makes me think about going camping, you know it’s good!
Jagged Mind by Taylor Saville
I would talk about this book . . . but I’d probably just start crying all over again! This book stuck in my brain for longer than any other book has and brought out all the feelings!
Alone by Cyn Balog:
Insane, psychological plot twists and surprises and super creepy; I loved it!
What were your top reads on 2018? What are you looking forward to for 2019?
Wow, another year has flown by, goodbye 2018! It is crazy how much quicker the years are passing by now. But here is my top 10 of 2018! (I kept track of my 5 star reads as the year progressed to make this post easier to do!) Here are my picks in order:
10. I Give You My Heart by SarahJane Ford
I read this one as part of a blog tour and it deeply touched me. Organ donation is very important, and when you know someone who is still alive because of it, you can’t say thank you enough to the donor and their family!
9. The Underachieving Ovary by JT Lawrence
I was sent the Audible version by the author, but I already had on my kindle to read at some point. JT Lawrence is becoming one of my favorite authors and this is her semi-autobiographical novel dealing with infertility. As I listened to it I realized how much my friends who have had fertility issues have actually gone through.
8. The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by Cheyenne Young
This is a touching one that was read that you can’t help but tear up during, whether throughout the book or just the epilogue! It shows the true friendship these two girls have: even beyond death.
7. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
A young African American teen boy who did everything right, but deals with racism. I enjoyed the male point of view and the novel takes place in Georgia as well! I also was fortunate to meet Nic Stone in October: she is great!
6. Warcross by Marie Lu
Yes, I borrowed Kim’s picture for this post. Her review had me wanting to read it and I am NOT a gamer! This novel is about so much more than about gaming!
5. How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
What more can I say: WOW! I wondered why there was an airplane on the cover…And then I read the novel! What a journey. This was my first novel by Center and it will NOT be my last!
4. The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon
This one was my first five star read of 2018 and the books that I read afterward had a lot to live up to: In fact, only three beat this one out: I love how this one is different from other YA novels, where the girl is the skeptic about love and there is a realistic ending.
3. Year One by Nora Roberts
Wait a minute: Nora Roberts writes more than romance?!?!?! She writes post-apocalyptic as well?!?!?! This intrigued me so I wanted to check it out! There is a bit of a fantastical element thrown in this novel and fantasy is far from what I read, but I really enjoyed this one! The sequel is out now, I need to read it!
2. The One by John Marrs
I really enjoy suspense/thrillers and The One is everything I enjoy in a book! I won my signed copy via Goodreads giveaway. It will be a series on Netflix at some point and I can not wait to watch it! This would have been my number one read of the year if it were not for the series that ultimately blew me away and took the number one spot…..
What is my number one read of 2018??????
1. Scythe and Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
The reason there are two books in my number one spot is because they are part of a series and were equal for me! I could not separate these two books. Kim’s review of Scythe piqued my curiosity and I am so glad I read these two books. Neal Shusterman is a freaking genius and I need to read more of his books. The final book ( I think) in this series will be called The Toll and is supposed to come out in 2019. If you have not read this series yet, I suggest you wait until The Toll is published so you won’t be in high anticipation as you are left needing more of this series!
Have you read any of these books, and if so what did you think of them? Kim’s Top 10 of 2018 will post tomorrow. She decided on her top 10 a little differently from they way I chose mine. Stay tuned to see what books she loved!
It’s always difficult to decide on a Top 10 for the year. I read such a variety of books that it can be difficult to rank them. But I did it! My list ranges from YA, to some thrillers, to a difficult but sadly necessary book. These were all awarded 5 stars. What are my Top 10 for 2017? Here they are:
10. Letters to the Pianist
This is a Historical Fiction novel that has some parallels to the author’s life and family. Pianist deals with the Blitz in London during WWII. There is intrigue, family, and loss. If you are a Historical Fiction fan, you MUST read this book! I look forward to more from S.D. Mayes in the future.
9. Clipped Wings
Jennifer Gilmour is a survivor of domestic abuse herself, and Clipped Wings is her followup book. One in four women and one in six men will be victims of domestic abuse at some point in their lives. Clipped Wings is real survivors stories. This is a very important book where we get to hear their real life experiences in their own words. Maybe one day a book like this will not be necessary. Until then, read this difficult and thought provoking book.
** Please note I was a backer for the Kickstarter campaign for this book and also mentioned in the Acknowledgements. That is always exciting!
8. Never Let You Go
Chevy Stevens is one of my ‘go to’ authors. My favorite of hers is her debut novel Still Missing. She is ‘back’ with Never Let You Go. Never Let You Go will be one of my favorites from her. This one also deals with domestic abuse. You don’t ever want to put this one down, so don’t!
7. Perfect Imperfections
This is one that had some special meaning that I shared in my review. This was one that was definitely a pleasure to read. The cover is simple yet full of meaning. I look forward to see what Taryn Leigh writes next!
6. Zenn Diagram
This is a sweet YA novel by a new author. I like that she had a female protagonist that was good in Math! We need more characters like that for girls to read! It’s ok to be good at Math! We need more women in STEM. The protagonist also has a special ability. If you like YA at all, then pick this one up!
5. The Chosen One
This is the second time I have listened to this audiobook. This is a short YA novel that deals with polygamy. I was blown away with this one the second time as I was with it the first time. The author has an insight on what it may be like to live in a polygamist group. The Chosen One is a novel that will evoke a very wide range of emotions. Despite being a young adult novel, it is a disturbing one that deals with many issues which could be troubling to some readers. This one will make you think, and is 100 % recommended!
4. Behind Closed Doors
Yet another book that deals with domestic abuse made my Top 10 this year. This one is mind blowing. This was a debut novel for B.A. Paris and she is brilliant! I look forward to her upcoming one in 2018!! It will not be for everyone and it is difficult to read. But I have to say this: READ THIS BOOK!
3. The Couple Next Door
I LOVED this novel! I recommend the audiobook as to me the author sounded like Diane Sawyer and I felt like I was listening to an episode of Dateline. I was pulled in from the beginning and it did not disappoint. It is everything you want in a thriller, all the way to that unexpected ending!
2. The Fourth Monkey
Hannibal Lector needs to move aside, because we now have 4MK! This is a superb serial killer novel that never slows down! This novel takes place over a short time period and because of that fact you feel like you should not stop reading it! Monkey will not be for all readers as the diary entries are very unsettling as we see the influences that show how 4MK became what he is today. I will be reading more from J.D. Barker!
My Number One Choice of 2017: Just A Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi
Just a Normal Tuesday has so much personal meaning for me and I knew when I finished it that it would be my top book of the year. I knew it would be hard for another book to beat and they did not. Turrisi tackles the difficult subject of teens and suicide. My review for Tuesday is here. I can’t say much more about this novel than what I have already said. Kim Turrisi, THANK YOU for writing this novel. I know how much it means to you. #liveyourstory
Are you interested in reading any of these Top 10 choices? You have a chance to now! I am having an international giveaway. The winner will have their choice of one of Jessica or Kim’s Top 10 choices. International winner will only apply if Book Depository delivers to your country. US winner will get a choice of kindle or physical book from Amazon. This giveaway will run until midnight on the morning of December 26th. Winner should be announced that day.