Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.
It’s July, so that means 2018 is officially halfway over! Before I started blogging about books, I would have had to rely on my remarkably terrible memory to list my favorite reads of the year thus far. Fortunately, though, blogging led to bullet journaling, and I keep track of the books I read and my ratings there every month.
The real struggle, it turns out, was narrowing all of my reads from the past six months down to 10 favorites. I cheated (a little!) by grouping books and their sequels together, because sometimes it’s just too hard to pick the best out of a series!
So, without further ado, here are the best books I’ve read so far in 2018 (in no particular order, because then I would have been sitting here for a week trying to figure THAT out):
- Red Rising (trilogy) by Pierce Brown
I read all three books this year, and I thiiiiink the third book, Morning Star, is my favorite. But I have to give the whole series a spot on this list, because there wouldn’t be a third book without the first two!
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
I haven’t read the sequel yet, but no doubt it would be on the list if I had. Nevernight was so good, and that ending was so Jay that it hurts.
- The Gift of Fear by Gaven De Becker
This book is actually a decade or two old, but it was a pick for my local women’s book and brunch club, and really resonated with me. It taught me about recognizing the value of real fear (and quelling it when it’s unnecessary), and made me a bit more confident navigating through a dangerous world.
- Obsidio (Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Illuminae Files is one of my favorite series everrrr, so naturally the last book made this list! It was a very bittersweet ending.
- Force of Nature by Jane Harper
Jane Harper has my utmost respect as a slow-burn thriller writer. Force of Nature was just as atmospheric and impactful as The Dry, her first book. Plus, I adore her main character, Aaron Falk.
- Would You Rather? by Katie Heaney
I’m a huge fan of personal essay collections, but I had no expectations going into this one, because I hadn’t heard of Katie Heaney or read her other work before. Now, I’m kicking myself for my own ignorance, because I loved this book so much! Heaney is funny, relatable and a great storyteller.
- Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
I don’t know how, but this book managed to be cute, funny and absolutely creepy all at once. I loved that it contained girl power, diversity, body positivity… and zombies that I actually cared about!
- Project Nemesis (Nemesis + Genesis) by Brendan Reichs
These books consistently blew my mind and made me cringe, in a good way. I don’t normally read a sequel directly after finishing the first book, but I felt compelled to after the way Nemesis ended. As a science fiction series, I’m sure Project Nemesis is hit or miss for most people, but I enjoyed the ride.
- The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold
I can’t even form coherent thoughts when I talk about my love for this book. Maybe that’s why my review is mostly flailing. JUST READ IT, OK.
- Arc of the Scythe (Scythe + Thunderhead) by Neal Shusterman
Another pair of books I couldn’t choose between, because I thiiiink I liked Thunderhead better, but Scythe laid down so much groundwork that I can’t NOT mention it!
Have y’all read any of these books? Thoughts?