Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Reads of 2018

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Welcome 2019! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “Best Books I Read In 2018”. I’m going to tweak this prompt slightly and make it my “favorite reads of 2018” because I read a lot of 5 star reads, but there were a few 4.25/4.5 star reads that I found myself enjoying more.

Wow, I realized after writing this list that these books are all rereads and popular/hyped books?! So yeah, I might be a bit cliché in some of my choices/rankings, but honestly, this was such a hard list to make, so can ya blame me? I did my best to rank them, but honestly, I enjoyed all these books relatively the same.


For those of you who don’t know:

“Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

(This quote comes directly from the blog That Artsy Reader Girl)


First, before we dive into this list, let’s glance at my “The Best Books I Read in the First Half of 2018” list:

  1. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  2. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  3. When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  4. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  5. Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
  6. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  7. The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen
  8. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
  9. Monstress by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
  10. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

Now for my final favorites list of 2018:

10. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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I love The Little Mermaid, so, of course, this dark Little Mermaid retelling with sirens was a big hit for me! And with secret identities, witty banter, and an awesome world, this book was an immense joy to read! Why aren’t there more good mermaid/siren books out there?

9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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How could I not add this to the list? I honestly think my favorite part about this book, and what I admire most about Thomas’s writing, is her characters. All her characters are so fleshed out and I adored Starr’s family dynamic.

8. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Another popular I finally read! My favorite things about this book was the narration and of course the love story! Ahhh, Simon and Blue are such great characters! I will forever be wanting more of them. (Leah on the Offbeat was not enough; I want to see them in college!)

7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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I finally hopped on this bandwagon! I loved all of the protagonists and it was so great to discuss this book with my roommate and book club. I can’t wait to pick up Crooked Kingdom this year!

6. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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Honestly, I enjoyed both these Leigh Bardugo books pretty equally, but how I could I not include one the Grisha trilogy books? I adored rereading this series and ahhhh, it was great. Alina is such a great morally grey character and I loved her character journey. I’m not sure if I would absolute say that the second book is my favorite of the trilogy, but I technically reread Shadow and Bone in 2017 so I couldn’t include it for this list.

5. Circe by Madeline Miller

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OMG MILLER’S WRITING IS GORGEOUS! Ultimate writing goals right here. I thoroughly enjoyed getting Circe’s side of the story, because honestly, until I read this book, I kept getting Circe confused with Calypso. It was so cool to see all this Greek mythology woven into this Circe retelling.

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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And I LOVE Jane Austen’s writing too! I’ve only read 4 of Austen’s novels, but this one is without a doubt my favorite. It was so great to reread this book this year and discuss it with my Jane Austen class! That’s the only part I’m sad about in regards to my fall semester finishing; I won’t be in my Jane Austen class again! Luckily, I got Austen’s other 2 books for Christmas, so you might see those books popping up on my 2019 list!

3. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

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Wow, another reread (and 2nd book in a trilogy) making this list! Who would have thought? This was my 3rd time reading this book, and the story did not disappoint! I love The Remanent Chronicles so much (except for the trilogy’s ending but we don’t talk about that shhhh). I will say that this series has a lot of cliches with the “chosen one” trope and all, but despite this, it honestly works and I 100% recommend the trilogy to all YA fantasy readers.

2. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Like nearly everyone else in the YA book world, I fell in love with this novel! I adored Jude’s morally grey character and all the crazy plot twists. And now we’re only a week away from the release of The Wicked King! Crap, I still need to pre-order that book…

1. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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A classic choice, but how could I not declare a SJM book my favorite read of the year? I love her writing, characters, and supreme foreshadowing skills. Funny enough, this was the first book I read in 2018! I still haven’t read Kingdom of Ash yet, but hopefully it will be on my favorite reads list of 2019!


What were some of your favorite reads from 2018? Do we have any in commmon?

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your posts in the comments below, I would love to read them!

23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Reads of 2018”

  1. I had a hard time making my list this year! I’ve heard so many good things about Circe- that is definitely on my list to read soon. And The cruel Prince as well- with the sequel coming I need to read that one ASAP!

    Great list!

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    1. It’s so hard to pick favorites, isn’t it? I knew making this list was going to be stressful, so I just went with gut instinct and tried not to overthink it, lol.
      And yesss, definitely pick up Circe and The Cruel Prince as soon as you can!
      And thanks! 🙂

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    1. I read the book on my own and then again for one of my college lit classes.
      Yesss, definitely reread it when you have the chance! Julie Otsuka’s writing style is so amazing, omg.

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      1. I remember being floored by it when I was in high school. Until this point, I had never heard of the Japanese Internment Camp so it was a big shock to me. But I guess I read a lot of books like that on high school.

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  2. EEEEEEE! I LOVED Tower of Dawn!! It was amazing! I think it’s safe to say that it’s one of my favourites in the series! The world building, the characters – absolutely amazing!
    I remember back when the hype for Circe appeared and I was all, “Oh, that’s a pretty looking book!” and ignored it. But now I keep seeing it, I have finally read the synopsis and it is scribbled on a lot of list that are labelled, “bUY iT nOw! wHy ArE wE waITinG?!”
    I’ve also been meaning to get my hands on the Remnant Chronicles, but Amazon doesn’t have the first book in stock and I have cried bucket loads! I’ve heard it’s really good, and I am all about reading cliche tropes!! Chosen One books will always be a winner! XD
    As for the Cruel Prince…… I. Am. Waiting. At least until I get my claws on the sequel…. then my self control will snap and I’ll devour it all!!! I’m so ready to read it and have my heart shattered by whatever painful cliffhanger awaits us in The Wicked King!
    Happy New Year to you!!
    And Happy Reading!! ❤

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    1. Yesss, Tower of Dawn is amazing, isn’t it? I ADORED having Yrene’s POV. I was so glad that SJM brought her back!
      BAHAHA, yesss, Circe is a book that is definitely worthy of buying and being read immediately after.
      And oh no, that’s a bummer about Remnant Chronicles! Idk how particular you are about your books, but have you looked for used copies? If you live in the U.S., I totally recommend Thriftbooks.com!
      And oooh, that’s smart about The Cruel Prince (and I am very impressed by your self control 😉), because waiting for this sequel has been agony! And LOL, yep, The Wicked King is gonna destroy us.
      Aww, thanks! Happy new year and happy reading to you too! ❤

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  3. Six of Crows is one of my favourite series, I love the Grishaverse! And I have such a special place in my heart for Pride & Prejudice, really anything written by Jane Austen. Happy New Year!

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    1. How does Leigh Bardugo write so many amazing books?! Ahhhhhh
      What other books have you read by Austen? What are your other favorites? So far I’ve read P&P, S&S, Northanger Abbey, and Emma. Besides P&P, I also really enjoyed S&S. ❤
      Happy New Year! 🙂

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      1. Right, she’s amazing!
        I’ve read Sense & Sensibility, Emma and Persausion but after Pride & Prejudice, Emma is definitely my fave. Still gotta read Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park 🙂

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  4. ALL THESE BOOKS!!!! yesss im so HAPPY to see to kill a kingdom, the cruel prince, and six of crows on this list but most importantly, tower of dawn ranks #1 and MY GOODNESS, what was that book??? i basically died reading it bc how on earth does one manage to survive all that?

    chaol and yrene and nesryn and sartaq, the whole crew was too much for my fragile heart i cried more than i should have tbh. i CANT WAIT to hear your thoughts on kingdom of ash, bc girl, you’re IN FOR A WILD RIDE!! i really want to get to the Remanent Chronicles this year and i seriously hope i love it.

    great list!! 💖💖

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    1. IKR? I loved Yrene in ToD so much. Before ToD I had been kinda indifferent about Chaol and Nesryn, but this book made me adore them both SO MUCH.

      ahhhh, yes, I can’t wait to get to Kingdom of Ash! Hopefully it’ll happen in the next month or two…

      AND YES YES YES, please pick up the Remnant Chronicles this year! I love those books so much!

      Thanks and happy reading! ❤ ❤

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