My Favorite Reads of 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?