I read and reviewed 51 books throughout 2018 and I have chosen 18 that I would consider favorites. That’s a lot less than I figured there would be but I’m very picky about what I choose to call a favorite. Some of these books have been favorites of mine for years but I reviewed them this year so I included them. To be considered a favorite each book had to meet certain qualifications: entertaining, have well written and unforgettable characters and be a story that I would want to reread in the future. As I said above, I have reviewed all of these throughout the year so I won’t be reviewing them here but I will link to their reviews.
I reviewed The Summer Queen, The Winter Crown and The Autumn Throne by Elizabeth Chadwick throughout the beginning of the year. This is a historical fiction trilogy revolving around the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, a French and then English queen during the late 1100’s.
Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday and Garden of Shadows by V.C. Andrews have been some of my favorite books for many years but I finally got around to reviewing them this year. I would consider this series to be fictional drama in the New Adult genre. This series follows the lives of four siblings, Chris, Cathy, Cory and Carrie, who all experience traumatic events at the hands of their own family members.
For the Christian historical fiction genre, my favorite series was Daughters of the Promised Land by Jill Eileen Smith. It contained four books: The Crimson Cord, The Prophetess, Redeeming Grace and A Passionate Hope. Each book follows the life of a different woman from the Bible and intertwines scripture with fiction.
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden is another long time favorite of mine that I finally got around to reviewing this year. This book is historical fiction that follows the life of a young Japanese girl named Sayuri in the early 1900s as she becomes a geisha.
What the Flower Says of Death by Danielle Koste totally took me by surprise this year. The author sent it to me to review and I hoped to like it but I didn’t expect to love it. The book is in the young adult genre and follows two teenage main characters, Violet and Jack. It deals with the heavy topics of suicide and death but it’s done in a beautifully written and creative way.
I seriously debated whether to include this series or not in my list because I’m only half way through it but I’m far enough along to know it’s a favorite. That series would be Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve finished the first four books: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows. I still have four more to go. This is a young adult fantasy fiction series that follows Celaena Sardothien and all of her epic adventures.
That was all my top reads in 2018! I’m already planning out what I want to read in 2019 and there’s so many books that I’m excited to review. I would love to know if we share any favorites or what your favorites were this year! Thank you for reading and have a great day!