It’s really hard to pick just 10 favorites from this year!
I really struggled… and still don’t know if I picked well, but I cheated a little and listed a few more. #noshame I also decided I’d narrow down by only picking from books released this year. (sorry Goldfinch!)
2018 was epic in new releases….
I’ve read a few 2019 ARCs that are favorites already, too!
So, here they are, in no particular order…
My Top 10 Reads of 2018!
And a GIVEAWAY!
1. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton **GIVEAWAY**
The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.
So fun to read this – Stuart Turton is a GENIUS!
Just comment below what your favorite book of 2018 was for a chance to win a finished hardcopy – extra chances on Instagram.
2. Educated by Tara Westover
An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.
I gobbled this one up – so fascinating!
3. How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
An unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances.
An there’s a brooding, hot Scotsman.. so there’s that… 🙂
4. One Day in December by Josie Silver
Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.
Ugh. I can’t even. Love does not even describe how much I adored this love story.
An I don’t really like love stories!?!? (but here I am – 2 in a row!)
5. Husbands and Other Sharp Objects by Marilyn Simon Rothstein
A heartwarming, hilarious novel for anyone who has ever had a family,
From the author of Lift and Separate (another favorite!) this book will have you LOL’ing throughout the whole thing!
6. A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
A fascinating portrait of a relentlessly immoral man, a tour de force of storytelling, and the next great novel from an acclaimed literary virtuoso.
New favorite author alert! An INCREDIBLE story!
7. The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall
A dual-timeline narrative featuring a 1949 Miss Subways contestant and a modern-day advertising executive whose careers and lives intersect.
Loved this so much! I lived in Brooklyn, and I work in advertising – so it was a great match for me!
8. Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper
A lyrical, charming, and mystical story of a family on the edge of extinction, and the different way each of them fights to keep hope, memory, and love alive.
This one might be a bit lesser known, but it’s magical. I hope you’ll check it out!
9. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
A heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder.
I read this waaaaaaaay before it was even on anyone’s radar and loved it immediately. The hype is worth it!
10. Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood
Based on the experiences of real-life kidnapping victim Sally Horner which inspired Vladimir Nabokov to write his controversial and iconic Lolita, this heart-pounding story by award-winning author T. Greenwood at last gives a voice to Sally herself.
Amazing. Incredible. I still think about this one. A heartbreaking story.
I do have mention some other favorites (so, we’ll call the list my Top 20 in all honesty) because it was SO hard to pick only 10!
- The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
- Sadie by Courtney Summers
- The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
- The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
- Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
- Calypso by David Sedaris
- The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
- Bury Me in Montauk by Jay Dowski
- The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Here’s to 2019!
What books are you most anticipating for the new year?
(I might have to make another list! 🙂
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