Monday, December 31, 2018

Best of the Best From 2018

As most of you know I keep a running list (HERE) of all my favorite reads from the year but I thought it might be fun to narrow it down to my top favorites in each genre.....and then I realized that was just absolutely crazy because picking a favorite book is something akin to picking a favorite child, it's just not possible. 

So instead of picking one from each genre, I'm just going to pick those books that stood out the most to me. You know, the ones I'm still thinking about days, weeks, even months later. Those that I get super excited about whenever I see someone reading and even a little bit jealous of the fact, that they are getting to experience it for the first time because I know exactly all the emotions they are going to be put through. Yeah, those ones.

So without further ado, here are those top reads I still think about:




First up Sadie by Courtney Summers. Holy cow, if you haven't experienced this read yet. Do it. You are doing yourself a disservice by not reading it or listening to it on audio. It is fantastic. Will hit you in all the feels and will stick with you long LONG after. You will find yourself thinking about it, agonizing over it days, weeks, months later. Do not for a moment let this detour you that it is labeled as YA because, it's not your typical YA AT. ALL. Just trust me on this one and read it and then, thank me later for trusting me about it. 




This next series is seriously underrated. I mean, more people need to read it, even if you don't like historicals, give this one a try because it is amazing, addicting and so so worth it. Wonderful characters, a slow burn romance that is worth all the wait and mysteries that will keep you on your toes and this latest, Hollow of Fear, book three, is my absolute favorite so far. 




This next series is another one that I've loved from the beginning and another one that I believe is labeled YA  but is so not YA. It has a bit of everything. Some historic, steam punk, great diverse characters, amazing settings, mystery, magic, and well, everything. This is the fourth book in the series (out of five) and I can't wait for the fifth book to be out. I must, no, NEED to see how Caine makes it all come together. So well written and plotted out. Things from the first book are still being revealed in the new books and it's just amazing how much time it must have taken Caine to work this all out. I truly am so anxious for the next and sadly, last book. 





I'm going to quote myself on this one because what I wrote is just so fitting for what I have to say about it and that is this, This story, man so freaking good. A tiny bit naughty and definitely steamy but so good. You can't help falling in love with all the characters and all their quirks and right away. I don't read a lot of romance novels anymore but this one was truly a favorite and the one that made me want to pick up more books in the genre and see what I have been missing for the past couple of years. Hoang's debut novel could not have been better. 





I love picking up re-tellings and seeing what an author can do with a classic but even with all the ones I've read, this one blew me away. It was raw and real and completely heartbreaking and I'm so glad I took a chance on it and read it. It was beautifully told and beautifully redone. I loved every single page of it. 




I was so very excited when I saw that we were finally getting another book in Briggs Alpha and Omega series. I adore Charles and Anna and couldn't wait to dive in. The wait was so worth it! This was absolutely fantastic and I need more. I'm keeping my fingers crossed we won't have to wait too long for the next one. 




I was nervous about this one, not going to lie. But even though I miss my Meg and Simon, I adored this and am so glad we still get something set in this messed up scary world Bishop has created. So freaking good, horrifying, and I just can't get enough!





So this next one isn't a new author or a new series but it was "new" to me and I can't believe I waited so long to start it. I can't even begin to express my love for it. The family dynamic, the romance, the just...everything. I devoured all four books. I already loved Bennett's writing but this just proved to me that the woman can write, in any freaking genre she chooses and still come out on top. 




This book was so unexpectedly...well unexpected. So good. Rich in detail and lore and legends and just...fabulous! Can't wait for book two!

So there you have it. my best of the best. But seriously, I had a ton of great reads this year and am so thankful for them all. Make sure and check out my full list at the top because there really are ones that I hope so many more people will try and love as well. 

Here is to hoping that 2019 is filled with just as many wonderful, magical reads. 

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year and thank you for all those that have supported me and my blog, not just this year but from the very beginning. I wouldn't be here without you!!

36 comments:

  1. I haven't read them all but I loved the ones I did!

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    1. Yay! So many were so good this year. It was a great year for releases.

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  2. I agree with The Kiss Quotient. The others I have not read.

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  3. I'm a huge Patricia Briggs and Anne Bishop fan too. I loved those two book too. I hope you find just as many fun books in 2019. Happy New Year

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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  4. Really enjoyed Hollow of Fear, The Kiss Quotient and Lake Silence too! They were great books! I'm so glad you loved Jenn Bennett's series too! That's one of my all-time favorites! :)

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    1. I just saw your list ad realized I forgot Shadow of the Fox! I had too edit my post and sneak that one in too.

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  5. I haven't read any of those but a couple of them are on my list to read.

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  6. I appreciate that you took the time to make this list. This is my favorite part of New Years! I haven't read any of this, but I am going too!!!!

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    1. Thank you and I agree, I love looking at everyone's list as well and adding books I haven't read or heard of. I really hope you enjoy some of these too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. The Kiss Quotient!!! I really want to read Sadie.

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    1. It was so good and I've heard the audio is even better.

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  8. I loved Sadie and the KQ for sure. I hope to pick up the Bird and the Blade. I will also check the Bennett series out too. Happy New Year!

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    1. I hope you love them all as much as I did. Happy New Year!

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  9. I love that feeling when you love a book and then you see someone else reading it. :) I've heard so many good things about Sadie, and The Hollow of Fear looks amazing.

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    1. Yes! Isn't it the best? So glad I'm not the only one that feels that way. ;)

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  10. The Kiss Quotient and Burn Bright are on my lists, too. Must finish Arcadia Bell series! Great list here!

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  11. Great list Kindlemom I've seen some of these on other best of lists too! Happy New Year

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    1. Thanks Debbie! Hope your's has been a good one so far.

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  12. I loved The Kiss Quotient as well. I bought Sadie a couple of days ago when I found it on sale. And Anne Bishop's new book was really so good. I did miss Meg and Simon a lot. The Jenn Bennett book looks good to me. I loved seeing your favorites. Happy New Year Ali!

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    1. Thanks Lorna and I'm so glad you've loved some of them as well! I think you would love the Arcadia Bell series by Bennett, so good and right up your alley. ;) Have a wonderful New Year!

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  13. Great list. I think I have Sherry's checked out from the library. Better check on that before that take it back. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I love love that series so I hope you do make time to read it and that you end up loving it as well.

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  14. I'm for sure reading Sadie soon. Luckily my library has it. I read the Bennett series and loved it too. Have you read the other one yet .. it has a '20s theme, I think? I'm doing that one for 2019.

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    1. I read the first one and loved it but for some reason I don't think I ever picked up the others.

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  15. So many awesome books on your list. Kiss Quotient is one I keep seeing everywhere I'm going to have to add it to my TBR.

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  16. I still need to read Sadie, but it will happen. I plan on starting the Sherry Thomas series this year too as I own the first book.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I'm so excited for you to read both of them! I really hope you love Sadie and the Lady Sherlock series.

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  17. I LOVED The Kiss Quotient and Shadow of a Fox! I'm looking forward to Hoang's second book, and Kagawa's sequel. I needed them weeks ago! :)

    Sadie was intense! I really liked the podcast perspective, too. It was interested to see what people said/did when Sadie wasn't around. A few of the others are on my list!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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    1. I agree, I wish I had them both as well. I did see that Hoang's books (ARCs) are going out so hopefully soon on that one!

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  18. I really enjoyed Shadow of the Fox too! And I have got to get started on that Caine series! Great list!

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