How late is too late for a 2018 top 10? I’m going to consider March as still okay, because I technically made this list in January but needed to post my December reads first and reviewing those…I was quite slow.
Still, I had an incredibly productive reading year in 2018. I read 146 books! So picking a top 10 was tough, and if I thought about it too much I would probably update my list again but these 10 are all incredible and I highly recommend any of them! It’s fun to see what a mix it is–YA contemporary, a novel in verse, poetry, YA magical realism, YA historical fiction(ish), YA sci-fi, non-fiction, YA romance, and a YA fairytale retelling. Yeah, that’s eclectic taste! I find it interesting that even though I do read a decent amount of adult books, only poetry and non-fiction made the list. I also read a ton of thrillers but while I enjoy them, none blew me away enough to make the top 10. Maybe in 2019!
Anyway, here, in chronological order (not in order of preference, don’t make me pick), are my Top 10 Books of 2018:
Completely worth the hype, this emotional story with great pacing and writing about a teenage girl whose best friend is killed by a cop is a powerful message for the world and an absolute must-read.
A beautifully written novel in verse told from the perspective of a conjoined teenage twin, it is filled with emotion and tells a powerful story about sisterhood.
Filled with beautiful and quotable lines, this collection of poetry is sharp, honest, raw, and incredible.
The first book in a magical realism series about children who travel through doors to other worlds, this is incredibly creative and beautifully written and will leave you instantly reaching for book 2.
A hilarious blend of historical fiction with a magical element, this story about Lady Jane Grey, her dying cousin King Edward, and Glifford, who becomes a horse every day is just the right amount of mad and has an amazing audiobook.
The second book in the much-loved Lunar Chronicles series features a feisty main character and a jam-packed, adventure-filled story about a girl who goes looking for her missing grandmother that somehow manages to do it all: plot, complex characters, and great writing.
The third book in an exceptional science fiction trilogy, this is a mixed-media “dossier” format book that continues in the tradition of Illuminae, one of my favourite books of 2017 and tells the story of teens on the run, in space.
Non-fiction written with incredible storytelling skill, this shares the history of David Fairchild’s adventures and the origin of many of the fruits and vegetables we love today. 9. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera [Review–Amazon US–Amazon Canada]
Hilarious yet heartfelt with excellent writing, this is the story of two boys who have a meet-cute but can’t seem to get things right afterwards.
A beautiful, lush, blended fairytale retelling filled with emotion and depth about two sisters, one of whom is destined to become a swan, and the journey to finding out who you really are.
And there you have my top 10 books I read in 2018! Have you read any of these? What was your favourite book last year?