Feature & Giveaway: Best Reads of 2018

Crushed on by kelly, on December 21, 2018, in Feature, Giveaways / 27 Comments

Feature & Giveaway: Best Reads of 2018

Christy and I have had some really great reading this year! It was really hard to narrow down our Best Reads of 2018. So we each picked our top 18 for 2018, so without further fanfare, our best reads of 2018 (in no particular order), but all are 2018 releases. We will also giveaway any book of your choice from our lists! So be sure to leave a comment!


Christy’s Best Reads of 2018

  1. Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell
  2. A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
  3. As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows
  4. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
  5. Scream All Night by Derek Milman
  6. Ride On by Gwen Cole
  7. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
  8. Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky
  9. Love Songs and Other Lies by Jessica Pennington
  10. Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert
  11. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
  12. The Case for Jamie (Charlotte Holmes #3) by Brittany Cavallaro
  13. The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson
  14. The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston
  15. Love for Two Lifetimes by Martina Boone
  16. Fatal Throne by Candace Fleming
  17. Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf
  18. Boomerang by Helene Dunbar

These lists are just so hard, because there’s no one way I define my favorite reads. Generally they have to make me feel and be character driven. Romance is always helpful. 2018 was my hardest year to compile yet – I need a variety of lists! It helps that many I would have put on my list also appear on Kelly’s. Stay tuned for our favorite graphic novels!


Kelly’s Best Reads of 2018

  1. Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor
  2. Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Jay Kristoff & Aime Kaufman
  3. Sadie by Courtney Summers
  4. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
  5. The Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
  6. The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde
  7. A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
  8. Venegful (Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab   *not YA*
  9. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
  10. The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding
  11. The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hyptnotik by David Arnold
  12. My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2) by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows
  13. American Panda by Gloria Chao
  14. More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
  15. Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
  16. The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
  17. Chainbreaker (Timekeeper #2) by Tara Sim
  18. Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

I pride myself in reading diversely, and I know I have more work to do, but I hope this list inspires you to pick up some lesser hyped & more diverse books, because they are so good!! Out of the 116 books I read this year (at the time of publishing this post) these were my top 18…I have a goodreads list with 28 books on it, and some I left off this list knowing they are on Christy’s list, so that way I can highlight more books! A lot of these are standalones, which I am finding myself more drawn towards. Also, a lot of these are contemporaries, which is also a switch from some of my previous years. It’s funny how reading tastes change. If I am being honest a lot of fantasy these days seems repetitive, like I’ve read it all before, therefore it has to be very unique to be on my Best Reads list.



We would like to give our readers a chance to check out one of our favorites of the year, so one winner will get a choice of any book from either of our lists, open internationally as long as Book Depository/Wordery ships to you! Just comment on this post which book from our lists you would want to read! Or if you read them all…(cheers to you!) tell us which of these was your favorite and you can pick any other book up to $15 USD. Open until 1/3/2019.


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27 responses to “Feature & Giveaway: Best Reads of 2018

  1. Sylvia

    Hi! I read (and loved) Emergency Contact and American Panda, and the rest are just in my TBR. But one that I really want to read is Undead Girl Gang.
    Happy holidays!

    • What a great choice! I still need to read it myself! I loved Both those books too and I only left EC off my list since it was on Christy’s and that way I could highlight another book!

  2. Danielle Hammelef

    I really love your lists! I’d choose The Shadow of the Fox because I love this author’s work. Thanks for the chance!! Merry Christmas!

    • Thank you Danielle for constantly supporting us and being an awesome book community person! Also I loved Shadow of the Fox (clearly since it’s on my list!).

      • Danielle Hammelef

        I so enjoy this community! Everyone is so supportive and giving of their time and talents.

  3. I’ve already read all of the ones that I wanted to read from your lists 🙂 but I’d love a finished copy of either Emergency Contact (my fave contemporary of the year!) Thank you so much for the chance! And happy holiday! <3

  4. John Smith

    At least two of these have been and remain in my TBR list. I have studied the titles very closely and my top choice would be “Scream All Night” by Derek Milman, since that sounds like such a hoot!

  5. Parnita Tolia

    Haha I have read vicious and my lady Jane so i really want to read the vengeful and my plain jane

    The only book in this list will be dark descent hahaha

  6. Melanie B

    Would love to read Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson! I have Love Songs & Other Lies but haven’t read it yet, great lists!

  7. Emily

    I would love The Apocalypse Of Elena Mendoza! I loved We Are The Ants so I really want to read more of Shaun David Hutchinson’s work.

  8. Julia DeVarti

    These lists have some amazing picks on them (not that I’ve read them all because I apparently am not a very fast reader ?)! I would love love love to read Blanca y Roja or Vengeful or The Astonishing Color of After!

  9. Milena

    Bring Me Their Hearts was one of my favorite reads too! I would love to win Muse of Nightmares. Thank you for the chance!