Top Ten Books Of 2018 (So Far)

This has been a year of rereads for me. I think I’ve spent more time rereading books than reading new ones, and honestly I’m fine with that! I’ve gotten to revisit many of my favourite books and gave feels or notice something I missed before.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s topic is Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far). Although I haven’t read as many new books to have 10 books I really loved, I have read enough books.

So I’m just going to list the best 10, which aren’t really all that I totally loved. It’ll be ordered best to good.

[1] The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

the hate u giveLet’s start off with one of the BEST I’ve EVER read. The Hate U Give centers around #BlackLivesMatter and it’s so powerful.

It is the story about a girl named Starr who is the witness of her best friend’s unfair shooting. We follow along the consequences and how lives are changed after that event, and how the law sides with white Americans. Starr was a brilliant character and I absolutely loved the supporting characters as well.

The book has also been adapted into a movie! Here’s the amazing trailer which makes me want to watch the movie NOW.

Click here to read my review.

[2] The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James

the loneliest girl in the universeI don’t usually go for Young Adult Sci-Fi books but I heard a LOT about this book so I picked it up. And it BLEW me away.

We follow Romy Silvers as she’s in a spaceship headed to a new planet. She’s the only person and she’s been very lonely. Suddenly there’s a new, better, spaceship also headed the same place. She’ll get to see another person after years!

I think the loneliness was told very well and I loved the concept. In the beginning the book might have been a liitle boring but by the end, I was a fan.

Click here to read my review.

[3] Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner

crash and burnI read her book The Other Daughter years back and always wanted to read more of her work but I didn’t get to it. Recently I saw this book in the bookstore and bought it immediately.

The book is about Nicky, who one day starts looking for “Vero” and her car overturns while drunk driving. From then starts the search for Vero but it’s also a problem that Nicky doesn’t really know. Above that, both her and her husband look very suspicous because chunks from their history is missing.

The book gripped me right from the start and took me on a ride.

Click here to read my review.

[4] From Lukov, With Love by Mariana Zapata

from lukov with loveI found this book on the New Adult list on Goodreads and it immediately got my attention. I was totally into the idea of the main character being an ice skater.

But the book was so much more than that. I absolutely adore the hate-to-love relationship and the relationship growth. I’m all for those two things. This book got 5 stars from me and I’m not a fan of Mariana Zapata.

Since then, I’ve read two more books by her but From Lukov, With Love is my favourite.

Click here to read my review.

[5] American Panda by Gloria Chao

american pandaThis book made it to this list because of the diversity. The main character is Taiwanese-American and I learnt so much about Taiwanese and Chinese cultures from this book! And I was surprised to find similarities as well.

Mei tries to be the perfect daughter because her brother disappointed her parents, but it’s hard because of the numerous things she has to follow. Her parents are very strict and she doesn’t feel free to do what she wants and date who she wants. We follow her as she tries to stay within line but also walk the line because she wants cross it.

Click here to read my review.

[6] The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

the bellesImagine a world where a few women control beauty. Everyone is born ugly and then, The Belles transform them into something beautiful. If you can pay, you can go to them when you wish to change something about yourself or change completely!

The world in this book is revolving around beauty and your definition of it. It’s centered on Camellia Beauregard, who is a curious Belle with a tendency to rebel.

Belles are cherished by the world and wanted everywhere, but they’re also held to a number of restrictions and their life is not as perfect as you would think it would be. Dhonielle Clayton has formed a very interesting world and I can’t wait to read more.

Click here to read my review.

[7] Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

restore meI liked Shatter Me’s first two books and LOVED book three. So you can imagine how excited I was when more books in the series were announced.

Restore Me has one thing that was missing from the previous book and that is the rest of the world. Previously we only saw the surroundings around Juliette and knew barely anything about the rest of the world. And despite thinking we did, we didn’t know all that much about Warner’s past as well.

All of the plot holes and missing facts are explored in this book along with the continuation of Juliette vs. The Reestablishment.

Click here to read my review.

[8] Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

let's talk about loveThe reason I picked up this book and what I liked best is the asexuality representation. I only knew the basic definition of asexuality but I never read a book about it before.

This book has an asexual main character who tries to navigate relationships—platonic and romantic. I mostly liked that she’s just an average person with a small fact that she’s asexual. It does bring in problems while dating but she tries.

While it’s not an absolute favourite because of the almost-insta-love, I did quite like it.

Click here to read my review.

[9] The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

the cruel princeThis book is HYPED. And the hype has led to huge expectations, even if we’ve tried to avoid it. And in some cases it has led to disappointment. I wasn’t very disappointed but I have to admit, I was a little let down.

The book is about fae and the faerie. I’m always into faerie but I somehow was not that into this book. Mainly because I couldn’t grasp how someone as inconsequential as Jude, who is a human, who only wants to climb ranks causes so much change. I don’t get it.

While the story is pretty good, the faerie world was cool and Jude was okay, I still do not get the hype.

Click here to read my review.

[10] Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

wintersongThe last book of the list is Wintersong, which only made to the list because I don’t have another better book. I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Leisl, our main character, is talented in writing music but since her musician father likes more good musicians than songwriters, she’s not as valued. She’s overshadowed by her siblings. One day her sister disappears and she finds out that the Goblin King took her.

She goes into the world she thought was a myth to get back her sister and her story changes beyond what she thought.

The book was really nice for the first half but after that I was just bored. I might pick up the next book but I’m not sure, so let’s see.

Click here to read my review.

I just realized as I was writing this blog post that I’ve included every genre I read most into the list! Contemporary, Science Fiction, Mystery, Dystopian and Fantasy!

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So that was my top ten books of the year! What were yours? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments! Also do comment the link of your TTT if you’ve posted one.

27 thoughts on “Top Ten Books Of 2018 (So Far)”

      1. I’m so torn about the Shatter Me series you have listed here because I see such mixed reviews, but you made it sound so appealing with the books getting better as the series continues and adding in missed opportunities later on in the books. Gah! Maybe I just need to take the plunge?

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      2. the reason I like it is because I stuck through book 3, which is like a hidden gem to me. Book 1 and 2 are meh though.

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      3. Hmm…So you’re saying I need to know, in advance, that I might not love 1 & 2, but the journey is worth it to get to 3?? And is 3 like TRULY worth it? Or like when and if I find the time worth it??

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      4. 3 is TRULY worth it. I want to say “if you like” but that’ll be a spoiler 😬 but I did see a lot of character growth, which I always love.

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  1. I read and loved the Belles too! And I am dying to read Lets Talk About Love – especially because of the asexuality rep!!! ❤️ A lot of these books would be on my list too!

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  2. All of these books sound awesome- I definitely think I would like to try The Hate U Give and The Belles! Thanks for introducing me to them 🙂

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