Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. The theme for today is top ten reads of 2018.
10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I listened to this on audio and I know I missed some things, so I actually want to reread a physical copy in 2019. It was so magical and whimsical and I have a feeling I will love it more when I experience it again.
9. Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
This is a gem of a book, mature for middle-grade but not inappropriately so.
8. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
I think a lot of people who didn’t love this expected something else. I had no expectations going into this and I found the story strange and mystical and ultimately endearing.
7. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Wow, this one gave me a lot of feels.
6. Legendary by Stephanie Garber
I liked Caraval but I enjoyed Legendary more. I had a harder time following the events in Caraval, but I was very intrigued by the Prince of Hearts and Donatella’s quest to discover Legend’s identity in Legendary. I’m very curious to see how everything will ultimately come together in Finale!
5. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
I was a little nervous about this one despite the praise, because I knew it was a little gruesome, and wasn’t sure if I had made an especially poor decision to listen to it on audio. But I quickly came to love Audrey Rose and Thomas and was actually able to stomach the gore. I found the ending a little predictable, though still heart-breaking and disturbing.
4. Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
It was fun to get to read the first three books so close together, and having Audrey Rose and Thomas trapped on a cruise where murder is prevalent proved for one wild ride.
3. Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West
I read three Kasie West books this year and while I enjoy all of them, this one quickly made it to my top three favorite Kasie West books of all time (along with P.S. I Like You and On the Fence). I liked the list aspect a lot and the romance really worked for me.
2. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
I remember at a certain point of this book being really engrossed in it, but not really thinking it was going to be a favorite. I couldn’t fully relate to the characters’, and I knew they would end up together and I just wasn’t seeing it or feeling it. But the further I got into it, the story unfolded into something really profound for me and I enjoyed it so immensely that it clearly became a favorite for the year.
1. A Hint of Hydra by Heidi Lang and Kat Bartkowski
The predecessor of this book, A Dash of Dragon, was one of my favorites last year. These middle grade books are absolute delights – fun and adventurous, starring a smart heroine and a solid cast of secondary characters. This book was just as fun as the first and I can’t wait for book three! Also, I totally ship Lailu and Greg, even if they are only 13. 😉
My top ten books round out to include on adult fiction, two middle grade fiction, and seven young adult fiction titles. Three of these books I listened to on audio, and the remaining I read. It was a pretty decent year for reads, and I hope I won’t get too slowed down in 2019 by a new little person entering my life, but if so, it’ll be OK. 🙂
What were your favorite reads of 2018?
I really need to get to All the Crooked Saints! I adored the raven boys trilogy. Great writer.
SO many good books. I love The Night Circus and Maggie Stiefvater’s books are always fun. As for the rest of these, I’m in awe over the cover for Goodbye Stranger. This is the first I’m hearing of it but dang is it pretty!