25 Favorite Books I Read in 2018

You guys… I tried making this post 18 Favorite Books I Read in 2018, but GODDAMNIT I READ 160 BOOKS THIS YEAR AND HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO NARROW THAT LIST DOWN TO JUST 18 FAVORITES?!

It wasn’t worth being cute. Anytime I thought about cutting a book from this list, I felt a deep sense of betrayal and I was pretty sure the Book Gods would smite me.

Also… I 100% cheated and put books in a series together if I loved them all, so… whatever. THIS IS MY BLOG I CAN DO WHAT I WANT!

#dramaqueen

Anyway, Happy New Years Eve! I’ve been loving reading your End of the Year Wrap-ups. I hope you enjoy this one:

 

Here are my favorite books that I read in 2018:

In no particular order.

Madly, Darkly Duet by Trisha Wolfe

This extremely dark romance is the first of its kind that I read and absolutely adored. These were the first books by Trisha Wolfe that I read, and I was hooked. Her way with words are basically magic.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

This was a recent read for me, and it was 100% worth the hype. I’ve been so into contemporary lately, it definitely took a book like this to pull me back into the fantasy worlds I love.

Until it Fades by KA Tucker

I was so surprised by this novel because it is a trope that I’m not a big fan of and usually avoid (single mother trope), however, it is also a sports romance (which is one of my favorites), so when my sister recommended it to me and told me the premise (a girl rescues a man who happens to be a famous athlete), I decided to read it despite my hesitations, and I’m so glad I did!

Caraval & Legendary by Stephanie Garber

I was absolutely swept away by Caraval and fell even harder in love with this world and its characters in Legendary. In fact, Legendary’s MC, Tella, is one of my all-time favorite MCs.

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

I mean… this is a love-to-hate, ice skating sports romance, what more can I ask for? Also, Mariana Zapata’s hilarious name-calling and put-downs in this were so epic.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

As always, Laini Taylor weaves a gorgeous, well-thought-out story with incredible characters. The premise is so interesting, I loved every second of reading this book.

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

This was a recommendation I was SO glad to have read! It’s the epitome of all things I love in YA contemporary romances.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood #1) by Becky Albertalli

I have so many hearts popping around me like bubbles anytime I think of this novel. It’s such a sweet story and I adored the movie just as much.

King of Code/White Knight/Prince Charming by CD Reiss

OMG, I had no idea what I was getting into when I read my first CD Reiss novel, King of Code. She certainly is the Shakespeare of Smut! Of the three, White Knight was the one that unexpectedly gave me the most butterflies, but I adored all three of these books and have reread them all!

 Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

This is another trope I always thought I didn’t like: age gap, however, the forbidden romance aspect of this book is so seductive, I couldn’t help but be completely sucked in.

 

Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons #1) by Christina Lauren

Though the plot of this seems kind of… trite (couple marries in Las Vegas the first night they meet), as is typical of Christina Lauren, the story becomes so much deeper. I love the exploration of realness that a couple could potentially go through after meeting as these two characters have. Somehow, they turned an instalove story into a slow burn.

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

OMG this freaking book. I knew it was going to be good, but I wasn’t fully sure what to expect. It absolutely took me on such an incredible journey through all the feels and I appreciated every bit of it.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

If you hate instalove and want to be convinced it can be done right, read this book. It’s the instalove book for readers who love slow burns. The uniqueness of this love story is so appreciated.

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1) by Helen Hoang

I’m always impressed when authors can make me relate so deeply to characters that are pretty different from myself, and that’s exactly what Helen Hoang did for me. I loved being inside the MC’s head and loved her story so much. I can’t wait for her next book!

Full Tilt Duet by Emma Scott

OMG I had no idea what I was in for with this series, but I certainly had no idea it’d knock me on my ass with all the angst and all the butterflies.

 

Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase

I say this in my review, but OMG I really thought I was going to hate this book when, a few chapters in, I realized it was going to be based on a reality TV show (I’m not a big TV person as it is, but I kind of loathe reality TV). However, I absolutely fell in love with this story and the hero is one of my all-time favs.

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

This was a book club read recommended by my Mom and all of us in book club loved this so much. I was all in with this one.

Misadventures of a College Girl (Misadventures #8) by Lauren Rowe

This is one of my all-time favorite reads from Lauren Rowe, which is saying something because I’m absolutely obsessed with her books. This one is the epitome of everything I love about Lauren, particularly the friendships, but the relationship in this one, while super steamy, is also so beautiful.

A Love Letter to Whiskey by Kandi Steiner

This book took me on a rollercoaster that I was entirely unprepared for… up until the very last page. I wanted to throw this book against the wall in the best way many times.

Sinner (Priest #2) by Sierra Simone

Oh, Sierra Simone. After reading Priest, this was everything I wanted it to be.

 

With Visions of Red Series by Trisha Wolfe

OMG my freaking heart. I’m so deeply in love with Colton and Sadie is one of my all-time favorite bad-ass characters… and the two of them together? So darkly magical.

Mister Bodyguard (Morgan Brothers #4) by Lauren Rowe

I’ve been so excited about this book for so long and after 4 books of wanting to know more about this character, I was not let down at all.

Blurred Lines (Love Unexpectedly #1) by Lauren Layne

OMG! This book came out of nowhere! Every book I read before this one were good, but not great, then BOOM this one hit me like a ton of bricks. Lauren Layne’s lowkey humor is so epic, I loved this story so much. Friends to lovers at its absolute best.

Maybe Someday (Maybe #1) by Colleen Hoover

100% an All-Time Favorite. Not just 2018. OMG, this book tore me open in the very best way. I fell so deeply in love while reading this book, I’d give anything to read it for the first time again.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

I was absolutely living for this book. The badassery of Lira was so satisfying and perfect, even when she is powerless. And the fact that the love interest actually lives up to her awesomeness made it even better. It’s a rare time that I wish a book was a series.

6 thoughts on “25 Favorite Books I Read in 2018

    1. I listened to the audio for Lukov and it was my first dual narration (where the guy reads the guy parts and the girl narrates the rest)… it was really cool!

      I knew Strange the Dreamer was going to be good because, well, Laini Taylor… and To Kill a Kingdom surprised me!

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