10 Best Books I Read in 2018 🏅

Happy New Year, friends! I hope you all had a great and safe time celebrating last night if you did, and that the new year treats you well.

2018 was not an easy year for me in terms of opportunities and mental health, but I actually had an incredible reading year. I set my goal for 55 books and I ended up reading 84. I usually don’t leave the 50-55 range so for me that’s incredibly unusual. And on top of that, there were very few books that I gave low ratings to. Yay!

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerry Maniscalco  – I only read this book very recently, but it’s already a new favourite of mine. I have the softest spot for Gothic novels, and while I do argue that a book being set in the Victorian era does not make it Gothic, this book has all the classic Gothic elements: murders, mysteries, secrets, references to the past, they’re all there. Plus, this book is so feminist. Audrey Rose is now my hero, I love her so much.

Warcross by Marie Lu – I was a little apprehensive going into this book because I had seen a few mixed reactions, but thankfully I’m someone who doesn’t read reviews of anything because I loved this book. Once I got past the bounty-hunter-who-hunts-criminals-to-survive-because-the-police-is-too-busy-in-the-future aspect that sounded wayyyy too familiar to be a coincidence.

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – This book here is how you do a diverse vampire book. I’ve been wanting to read a diverse vampire book for such a long time because I felt like the genre got too white-European to be believable. I mean, why would POC vampires not exist??? But yes, diverse vampires. What I love the most about this book is that there are so many different kinds of vampires that are present and the lore is so rich.

A Thousand Perfect Notes by CG Drews – This book broke my heart in a way that I completely did not expect. Like, seriously, my heart still hurts whenever I think about it. If you haven’t read this book yet, you should. The heartbreak is totally worth it.

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – Here’s another book that broke my heart. I have pretty terrible social anxiety and the way it was represented in this book was 100% right. Plus, Kiko’s mother is one of the most hate-worthy characters of the year.

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab – I put off reading this book for the longest time because VE Schwab is one of those universally loved authors, and that intimidates me. Obviously, I’m glad that I finally did read it because this book was so good. I love the dynamic that Kell and Lila have. My only regret is that I got this book from the library and they don’t have the rest of the series 🙃

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins – This book is so bloody I love it. I was very curious to see how Stephanie Perkins would write a horror book and I think she did it so well. This had 80’s slasher movie vibes and I really did not expect it to get so graphic at times, but that was a good surprise. The only thing that bugged me is that there was a huge focus on the romance, but that’s kind of to be expected with Stephanie Perkins.

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead – I only started reading the Vampire Academy series this year and while the books tend to fall in the 3 star region for me, Blood Promise is probably my favourite of them because of how much it broke me. Dimitri is easily my favourite character in the series and seeing how much he changes in this book was actually pretty shocking.

Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo – I couldn’t pick a specific volume of this series to put on this list, so I’m just going to say that the whole series is one of the best. Because there are over 2000 pages and it’s difficult to pick. The manga goes so much deeper than the movie does, but I do still love the movie.

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco – I’m not the kind of person who gets scared by horror books, but this book came very close to achieving that. This is the first Rin Chupeco book I’ve read and I am extremely impressed. I’ve got The Bone Witch on my Kindle, and naturally I’m very excited for it.

What was your favourite book that you read in 2018? Did you read mostly new releases or older titles?


    • Louise
      16/01/2019 / 7:58 PM

      Thank you! 😀

  1. 01/01/2019 / 6:58 PM

    I read Starfish last year, and it was definitely one of my favorites. And I really want to read A Thousand Perfect Notes, so I’m glad to hear it’s (heartbreakingly) good.

    • Louise
      16/01/2019 / 8:58 PM

      I hope you get to read ATPN soon! The heartbreak is definitely worth it 🙂

  2. 01/01/2019 / 11:38 PM

    Warcross was my top book of 2017. I haven’t read Starfish or A Thousand Perfect Notes, but I want to… they’re both in my January TBR jar, so maybe one of them will be randomly picked. I still have to read VE Schwab (even though I keep buying her books when they go on sale).

    Happy New Year!

    • Louise
      16/01/2019 / 8:59 PM

      Fingers crossed that they do get picked! I hope you enjoy them 🙂

  3. 01/01/2019 / 11:59 PM

    Congrats on 84 books! Woo hoo!! I liked Warcross a lot and I need to read the sequel soon!!!

    • Louise
      16/01/2019 / 9:01 PM

      Me too! I have it on my January TBR so hopefully I’ll get to it very soon 😀

    • Louise
      26/01/2019 / 7:08 PM

      I hope you do give them a try some day, I’d definitely recommend all of them 😀

  4. 02/01/2019 / 4:47 PM

    Happy New Year! Congrats on the major reading success — sometimes we need to focus on the good wherever we can find it. I hope that 2019 is overall better for you than 2018 was, though!

    • Louise
      26/01/2019 / 7:45 PM

      Yep, we definitely do! 😀

  5. 03/01/2019 / 1:48 AM

    I loved A Darker Shade Of Magic. It’s one of my favorite series. I’m going to be reading Stalking Jack The Ripper this year. Happy 2019!

    • Louise
      26/01/2019 / 7:50 PM

      Ohh, I hope you enjoy Stalking Jack the Ripper! 🙂

  6. 03/01/2019 / 12:39 PM

    I am torn between wanting to read Starfish from this description and think it might be too painful to read. Hmm. Will have to consider. The hype is building…have seen it on a bunch of these lists lately. And damn I really need to read Schwab, that is becoming increasingly clear as well.

    All the best for 2019!

    Just posted my best of list here if you’re interested: http://www.bookpunks.com/ten-great-books-read-2018/

    • Louise
      26/01/2019 / 7:57 PM

      I can see why Starfish might be a tough read for some people, but I hope you enjoy it if you do choose to read it 🙂

  7. 03/01/2019 / 2:05 PM

    Awesome list, yay for more love for certain dark things!

  8. 04/01/2019 / 8:38 PM

    A Thousand Perfect Notes literally destroyed me and I’m still thinking about it. By far one of the best YA debuts of 2018. Also, ahh, I keep meaning to get into those Kerry Maniscalco books that everyone’s always raving about but it’s another one of those things where I’m like, “YES, I NEED YOU.” but then never get it for NO GOOD REASON beyond, I don’t know, me sucking? Haha

    • Louise
      16/01/2019 / 9:07 PM

      Maybe getting to them could be a resolution haha 😂 But I do hope you get to read them 🙂

  9. 31/01/2019 / 6:59 PM

    I loved A Thousand Perfect Note, A Darker Shades of Magic, and Stalking Jack the Ripper! Those are some of my favorite books!!!

    As for 2018, I have to say that Blank Mastermind, Legendary, Rebel of the Sands, The Empress, and Every Word were my favorite books. (that’s … actually a lot more than I thought, oops) It wasn’t the best reading year for me, but at least I reread some fantastic ones!! Lol.

    Hope that you have a great reading year!

  10. 01/02/2019 / 10:49 AM

    ((I’m only crying just a tiny bit omg thank you so much for the ATPN love!!)) And in FULL agreement on the glory that is Starfish and Certain Dark Things (it made me actually like vampires!) and Stalking Jack The Ripper was a bit of a surprise favourite for me. Eep! I still need to read the rest of the series though!

    • Louise
      09/02/2019 / 4:22 AM

      Eep, I’m glad that you’re glad! I can’t wait for TBWSH! 😀 I read Hunting Prince Dracula recently and unfortunately I didn’t love it as much as I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper. There were so many times where the author did their research and then decided to throw it out the window, which bugged me because all of the history around Dracula is such a hyperfixation of mine :/ But I will still continue with the rest of the series!

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