Best Reads of 2018

I should probably name this blog post “top ten books of 2018” so I’m restricted to a certain number. But I also really want to shower aprreciation on all the books I loved, you know?

We’re almost a week into 2019! How many times have you written 2018 instead of 19 while writing the date, yet? I can proudly say none, especially considering I had my finals. I was very conscious about the right date.

I had wanted to this post earlier but considering my finals, and also being sick ‘cuz of food poisoning a few days back, I couldn’t. But better late than never, right?

I’m just looking at my Goodreads list of 2018 reads and mentioning books I loved. I’m not choosing based on my rating but based on how much I remember and still like it. Let’s hope this post doesn’t become too long because I read 158 books in total, and there were many good books.

From Lukov, With Love by Mariana Zapata

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I found this book in the New Adult book lists on Goodreads and I LOVED IT. I like a good hate-to-love trope and this book kicked up my standards for the trope. Good characters, great plot and even better setting.

The book is not only about romance but also about character development, the female lead questioning herself, working hard to achieve her dreams while navigating personal relationships. The lead meant more to me than the plot.

If you like hate-to-love romances, I definitely recommend this book.

4.5/5 stars | My review

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

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This is now my favourite Science Fiction book. It’s way too good. It delved into a whole new situation, which is hard to find when genre is not fantasy. I almost did not pick it up thinking that it’s another Sci-Fi book with only teenage romanc, but I’m really glad I read it.

We follow Romy who is alone on a spaceship, hurtling towards another galaxy. She’s been alone for years, and constantly longs for company. One day she receives a message about another spaceship for the same destination, with advanced technology, which will soon catch up to hers. Suddenly, she has hope to meet and talk to someone!

The ending plot twist took me completely off-guard, and it couldn’t have been better.

4/5 stars | My review

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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I cannot believe I waited a YEAR to read it. It had buzz before it’s release itself and I, not completely buying into the hype, added it to my TBR and didn’t get to it until 2018.

If there’s one book which is worth the hype, it’s THUG. If there’s one book recommendation you take from me, let it be this.

This book talks about the black lives matter movement, follows a black teen who witnessed her best friend get shot by a police officer, who walked without charges, and the impact of racial discrimination on her community.

The book, set in America, is very profound and gave me insight into so many things that I did not know before.

5/5 stars | My review

American Panda by Gloria Chao

I completely forgot that I read it in 2018?? The year was so long, oh my goodness.

I love books which follow characters juggling between cultures, and this was a perfect example of it with an Asian teen in America.

I related SO much to Mei. The familial expectations, strict parents, academic goals etc plus wanting freedom to like who she wants was all spot-on. I’m not Taiwanese but I can relate to some of it because I’m Asian.

I really liked the fluffy contemporary. It’s a good read.

4/5 stars | My review

Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner

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I am forever fangirling about Lisa Gardner. This was only my second book by her but I was already a stan.

This book BLEW ME SOCKS OFF. I kid you not. The mystery and the thriller was too damn good. I could not guess a single a plot line or twist. It kept me on the edge.

The book starts off with Nicky who gets into a car accident while drunk and all she can think about is Vero, her little girl. The only problem? She doesn’t have a daughter, nor is there any young girl named Vero in that area. It sets off police investigations and her husband getting questioned, which brings up obvious gaps in stories.

If you’re looking for a good mystery novel to read, I definitely suggest this one.

5/5 stars | My review

The Wall of Winipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

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It’s honestly surprising how much I love this book. I’ve reread it so many times. My last reread was a few days back, in fact!

I think the fact that this book had clear relationship development, which was slow and realistic, sealed the deal for me. Relationship development is such a turn on for my romance loving self.

I found it right after I jumped on the Mariana Zapata train when literally everyone compared all of her other books to this one, holding this as the pinnacle of standards. And I am not disappointed in the least.

It didn’t feel that great in my first read but the more I think about it, and the more I reread it, I love it more. That’s the best thing you can look for in a book.

5/5 stars

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

the night circus cover

I cannot describe what a ride this book took me on.

I had heard of the hype and eventually bought the book because the cover was too beautiful, and I fell in love with the story inside as well.

It’s everything I love in one. It’s fantasy, magic, love, hate-to-love (sort of), A CIRCUS, AN AESTHETIC, an in-book fandom and great writing!

It’s a book which you can keep fangirling about. I did not stop talking about it for DAYS.

If you’re into fantasy and magic, I suggest this book.

4/5 stars | My review

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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This is one of my top 5 reads of 2018.

The book has an autistic female lead who wants to become comfortable with intimacy and hence hires an escort to help with that. The male lead is a very handsome man who has taken up escorting to earn fast to pay his mother’s hospital bills.

It’s very interesting because not only do we get a insight into Asperger’s but also get to see the perspective into the life of an escort.

This is a very good romance book and I highly recommend it.

5/5 stars | My review

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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Another one of my top 5 books, and a brilliant and entertaining read.

This is a hate-to-love romance as well but this is almost comical. The first few pages of the book, where we get to know Lucy and Josh IS comical.

It’s very entertaining, funny and also got me swoon in a couple points of the story.

We follow Lucy and Josh who are colleagues and spend all working day in the same room. They exchange jabs and play silly games which are usually seen kindergarten classrooms. They are entirely adorable.

It had a LOT of hype, which made me wary, but I’m glad I finally picked it up.

5/5 stars | My review

I Was Born For This by Alice Osman

I was born for this cover

I considered including this and Radio Silence by the same author but this book made was more of an impact on me than Radio Silence.

The book follows two perspectives—Jimmy, who is a band member of “The Arc”, and Angel who is a super fan of the band.

So we see the life of someone who idolizes a celebrity, and also the life of the celebrity being idolized.

It showed the difference between media and real life so much. It showed human imperfections and flaws. It was so realistic that it took my breath away.

It made so much of an impact because it talks about the lives of fans and the obsessive fandom culture. At the time I read this, my friends had just gotten into BTS and were COMPLETELY obsessed. I wasn’t a fan then so I had an outsider’s perspective.

Now that I am a fan of BTS, I relate to Angel even more.

4/5 stars

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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Ever since I read the first Christina Lauren, I’ve been a fan of the author duo. Their books always have proper relationship development, which is a big requirement for me.

This book is a best-friends-to-lovers romance story, and I’m LIVING for it. It’s my favourite trope, with hate-to-love as a close second.

Hazel is chaotic. I cannot describe her in any other way. She’s “eccentric”, as some would call her. I love that she’s the complete opposite of a composed, graceful woman which is what the media throws at us as the “ideal woman”.

Josh is the perfect counterpart because he’s mellow and thoughtful. I could not have made up a better pair in my head.

It’s a light read with humourous moments and swoon-worth moments with bits thrown in about each character’s issues individually.

5/5 stars | My review

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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Of course this list contains this book. Queen of Angst and Depression (as I like to fondly call it) is in a completely different level.

I did wonder how CC was going to top Lord of Shadows (which was bloody heartbreaking on it’s own), but she did it SO WELL. I cannot compare this book to any other book from this list. It’s simply impossible.

I got so many feels while reading this book, it’s not funny. It made me feel SO MUCH and so many variety of emotions. And I still want more.

I hope Cassandra Clare is an immortal because I would rather die first than her stop writing books. We’ve have TMI and TID along with The Bane Chronicles, The Shadowhunter Academy and now The Dark Artifices. We also have Ghosts of the Shadowhunter Market coming soon along with The Red Scrolls of Magic and The Lost Hours trilogy.

And I CANNOT WAIT.

I have not been able to write a review because of finals. I’ll see if I can write it on a later date.

5/5 stars

Talk, bro.

What were your best books of 2018? Do we have any books in common? Do you have a reading goal for 2019? Tell me in the comments!

6 thoughts on “Best Reads of 2018”

  1. I still have not gone through my 2018 reads to find the ones I liked best 😂😂 I read THUG last year and I loved it! There are so many great books on this list that I haven’t tried yet. Thanks for the recs ❤

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    1. Tbh going through my reads and choosing the best was quite daunting and I spent a lot of time on this 😂 no problem, I hope you love the books!

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