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My Favorite Reads of 2018

My Favorite Reads of 2018

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Not Pictured: The Likeness & A Study in Scarlet Women

I read so many great books in 2018. I wrote longer posts on my favorite books from earlier in the year here and here, and a whole post on my favorite romance novels of the year. Here are my favorites of 2018 (in the order in which I read them).

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Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

The first book I read in 2018 and still one I think about frequently. I adored the storyline and the characters. Celeste Ng is a phenomenal writer, and I cannot wait to read whatever she comes up with next.

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman

Another fantastic book. Eleanor’s social miscues keep her from making any real connections, but when she and a new coworker witness an older man fall, her life changes. I adored Eleanor and her quirky self and loved reading about a not-so-typical protagonist. Pick this one up, I know you’ll love it.

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An American in Marriage - Tayari Jones

This was an Oprah Book Club pick and for good reason; I find myself still thinking about this book months later. It’s a book about family, love, and the criminal justice system. Definitely a thought-provoking, fantastic story.

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The Bright Hour - Nina Riggs

I sobbed my way through this, much like I did in When Breath Becomes Air. A powerful story about a woman’s fight against cancer and spending the last days of her life with her family. If you read it, you will need tissues.

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The Likeness - Tana French

I absolutely loved this book. This is the second book in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series. It had some major The Secret History vibes, which I am always here for. I cannot recommend this book enough.

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Bel Canto - Ann Patchett

I had been meaning to read this for years and finally read it while at the beach this summer. A perfect story about a hostage situation with people from all over the world. It’s fascinating; Ann Patchett is a national treasure.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before - Jenny Han

You’ve probably seen the perfect movie adaptation, but do yourself a favor and pick up the book. I adored Lara Jean and Peter and really felt the connection between the two. Also the rest of the Covey clan is phenomenal. Kitty, you are my favorite.

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A Study in Scarlet Women - Sherry Thomas

If you’ve looked at my blog at all this fall, you know I can’t stop raving about how much I love Sherry Thomas’ Lady Sherlock series. It is fantastic. This is the first book in the series. Charlotte Holmes is my new favorite character, and I can’t wait to see where the next book in the series takes us.

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A Place for Us - Fatima Farheen Mirza

I am so glad I waited to publish this post until January 1, because I just finished this book yesterday. It definitely makes my favorites of 2018 and is probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. A Place for Us is about a Muslim family who reconnect at the older sister’s wedding. The rest of the book goes back and forth on how they got to their estrangement. This book is fantastic. I’ll have a full review later in the week.

There were a lot of books that I loved that just barely missed the cut with 4.5 stars: Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You, Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down, Jenny Han’s Always & Forever, Lara Jean, and finally Sherry Thomas’ The Hollow of Fear.

2018 was a fantastic reading year, and I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store.

What were some of your favorite reads in 2018?

Book Review: A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Book Review: A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

My Favorite Romance Books of 2018

My Favorite Romance Books of 2018