I’ve already shared with you all my favorite covers and favorite characters from books I read in 2018, so that means… it’s finally time to share my favorite books! I don’t know why I keep calling these posts “Top Ten” when I never manage to stop at just ten. My blog is just full of lies. It sounds good as a post title though, you know? Anyway, I’m excited, as I always am for this post, because I LOVE talking about amazing books!
Just a note, though I did put my 3 five-star reads at the end (the others are mostly 4.5-stars, which I round up anyway), the rest are in no particular order because they were all absolutely amazing! Another note, I read one 2019 ARC that would’ve made it into this post, but I’ve decided to save it for next year.
And now let’s not waste any more time chatting! Onto the books (and non-bookish things)!
The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French
I don’t always love high fantasy, but man did I love this! The characters were great, the world and story were complex, it was all about half-orcs, and it was a great combination of intensity and fun!
The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle
This was the first book I read this year, and it helped me finally break my “terrible first book” curse! The goblins were interesting, the MC was great, and all the nature was really terrifying but cool!
Lovesick Titans by Amanda Muewissen
This was the second half of a really touching duology that I loved. In fact, I was surprised by how much I loved it since I don’t normally like superhero stories! But these characters were so cute together, and the books handled the topic of mental illness really well.
Thieves Series by Lexi Blake
As many of you may already know, I do include rereads in my top ten posts because if a book or series is good enough for me to read it and love it multiple times (in this case, four times), then it deserves the extra recognition. And the Thieves series with all of its humor and heart and lovable characters remains one of my absolute favorites!
The Shadow Weave & The Blood Curse by Annette Marie
These two books brought the Spell Weaver series to a close (kind of), and they both had great characters, amazing descriptions of magic, interesting supernatural beings, and a sweet romance.
Hell Divers III: Deliverance by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
The Hell Divers series has continued to be intense and amazing, but this book in particular really amped things up with a fascinating villain and a lot of emotional moments.
Under Series by M.N. Arzu
This series is one of those gems I just kind of stumbled upon on Amazon because the first book was free at the time and it sounded interesting, and I’m so glad I tried it! The merfolk-human relations are so well thought-out and believable, the characters all feel like real people, and this series has just gotten better with each book!
The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards
This book had this great kind of urban/high fantasy fusion feeling to it with one of the most unique settings I’ve ever read about, a really sweet friendship, and a complex cast of characters!
Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
I honestly don’t remember how I came across this book or what compelled me to look closer at it since I didn’t even used to like werewolves. But this book changed that! It has beautiful writing, touching family dynamics, and a very gritty portrayal of werewolves that I loved.
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
This was my third time reading the Harry Potter series, and what I’ve learned is that, if you wait long enough to reread a series, it’s almost like reading it for the first time again. It’s amazing how much you forget in a few years. (I don’t watch the movies, so I didn’t have that to refresh my memory either.) Anyway, I was so gripped by these books, and the last few were so much darker than I remembered and made me more emotional than I was expecting. I loved them all, but Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows were the ones that hit me the hardest.
Beckoning Blood by Daniel de Lorne
Although I enjoyed all the books in this trilogy, it was this first one that really captured me with its darkness, its sexy-but-deadly vampires, and its gorgeous writing.
Bang! Bang! BOOM! Vol. 1 by Melanie Schoen & Del Borovic
I have been gushing about this comic both on my blog and Twitter for a while now, so it should be no surprise that it has made it onto this list! I absolutely adore these lovable gangsters, and the story and artwork are both equally fantastic.
Detox in Letters by Cheryl Low
All of the books on this list were amazing. But if I had to choose one favorite, it’d be this one. This book blew me away. It’s a unique and complex story with incredible characters, incredible world-building, incredible writing, incredible everything!
As I mentioned, I also wanted to include a few of my favorite non-bookish things in this post, so…
This movie was so bittersweet and angsty and emotional, and it made me so emotional.
This show was also so angsty and emotional. The characters could be such shitty people, and yet I loved them and felt for them anyway. It was maybe a little over-the-top, but also so relatable in some ways for anyone who’s still trying to figure their life out. This show left me with such a bad show hangover because of how good it was.
West of Loathing
Lake of Voices
I couldn’t decide between these three. Both of the first two have brought me so much fun and joy and distraction this year. Both are hilarious and well-made and creative. The third one isn’t really a “bring you joy” kind of game since it deals with a lot of death, but it completely sucked me in every time I played with its fantastic art, characters, and story, and I’m still thinking about it even though I’ve completed all the endings. I recommend all these so hard.
Check Out the Rest of My 2018 Top Ten Posts!
Best Book Covers from Books I Read in 2018 – Runners Up
Best Book Covers from Books I Read in 2018
Top Ten Characters from Books I Read (and Games I Played) in 2018
Top Ten Books I Read in 2018 (+ Some Non-Bookish Things)